Beyond the Beaches of Waikiki, Oahu

  • September 08, 2009
  • by Inga

The myriad activities in Waikiki are obvious, from people watching to surfing on perfect waves, outrigger canoeing in the surf, catamaran rides, and world-class shopping on Kalakaua Ave.  After a couple of days unwinding on the beach you might be ready to avail yourself of the many other charms the island of O’ahu in Hawaii …

The Hidden Wines of Anderson Valley

  • August 31, 2009
  • by Inga

The Anderson Valley, an appellation only fifteen miles long and a half mile wide in places, is a hidden jewel among the rolling hills of Mendocino County, close to the coastal areas of Northern California. Lurking the shadows of its better known brethren in adjacent Sonoma County, and over the next ridge, Napa County, Anderson …

Learning to Relax in Puerto Vallarta

  • August 04, 2009
  • by Inga

(Excerpt published in Romantic Traveling, Winter 2008 (Vol 19, No 1),; Posted on on August 23, 2009, After surviving a hectic spring this year, which included a workplace reorganization, the sale of one home, purchase of another and a move, my husband, Steve, stated emphatically, “We need a beach vacation.” After scanning …

The Deaver Family Reunion in New Braunfels, Texas

  • July 19, 2009
  • by Inga

July 2009 The hot Texas sun beamed down on our family reunion in New Braunfels, threatening to melt anything in its path, but we were unperturbed because we had the river. The Other Place, the resort where we were staying, was conveniently located at a bend in the Comal River. We plunked tubes in the …

Sampling Fine Wines in Napa Valley

  • June 19, 2009
  • by Inga

There are about 400 wineries in picturesque Napa Valley, with neat rows of vines punctuated by lovely wineries, some built in the chateau style, others in mission style, some gleaming and modern, all with a back story of the owner’s passion for the grape. Sparkling tasting rooms provide a glimpse into the zeal of the …

Vietnam—Navigating the Mighty Mekong

  • June 13, 2009
  • by Inga

Published in International Travel News, April 2009, “This is a river that could keep us busy for years,” uttered my husband, Steve, who has a fascination with rivers. Our first trip to Vietnam this summer began our exploration of the Mekong River that will span many trips to come as we unlock the secrets …

Movie Location Tour, Oahu, Hawaii

  • June 09, 2009
  • by Inga

If you’ve been engaged, mystified, puzzled, curious, stumped, or otherwise hooked on the time traveling, sometimes mystical survival tale on the television series LOST, you’ll be as fascinated as we were to go on a tour of LOST filming sites on the island of O’ahu in Hawai’i.  My husband, Steve, and I were watching an …

Eating and Sleeping in Waikiki, O’ahu, Hawai’i

  • May 25, 2009
  • by Inga

Although I seek all manner of exotic and authentic travel experiences, I must admit I have a soft spot for Waikiki, a blaze of humanity crammed onto a thin strip of sand cradling one of the best beaches in the world, dominated by the stolid mass of Diamond Head anchoring the far eastern point of …

Driving Costa Rica’s ‘Infamous’ Roads and Highways

  • May 17, 2009
  • by Inga

Published in International Travel News, November 2008, “Are you going to go zip-lining?” everyone we knew asked when told that we were headed to Costa Rica for our next set of adventures. It sounded like fun until so many people asked that I started envisioning the canopy of the jungle crisscrossed with zip-lines zinging …

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