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Nature

Namibia – Lost Among the Red Dune Mountains

By On November 23, 2015

We were lost, wandering the desert wilderness for about 45 minutes just north of Tsumeb (soo-meb). Worry was setting in. No map. No food. Only a quarter tank of gas in a… Read More

Nature

Brazil – Where Danger Lurks

By On September 30, 2015

Asher and I were standing at the end of a three-meter long tree stump that was stretched out over the fastest part of the Salobra River. We were nervous. Beneath us, schools… Read More

Nature

Alaska – An Epic Loop to the Arctic Circle

By On August 31, 2015

He was our neighbor for six days in Fairbanks and we spoke every morning and evening, but I knew nearly nothing about the man; nothing except that our dog, who usually barks… Read More

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Travel

Japan – Coloring Inside the Lines

By On April 30, 2015

Contrasted with the sweat and strain of Southeast Asia, we found Japan a nation of sublime balance where strife and urgency are juxtaposed against natural beauty and human aesthetics. We arrived in the… Read More

Places

Vietnam – Down the Rabbit Hole

By On April 15, 2015

Asher and I were crawling 15 feet beneath the hot jungle of Vietnam, still 50 meters from the intersection where we hoped to find steps back to the surface. We had no map, no… Read More

Architecture

Cambodia – Temple Mountain

By On April 9, 2015

“Do you know about the linga?” our guide asked. We nodded. It was the tenth time he’d shared the story about their significance in the Angkor culture, but that didn’t stop him… Read More

Nature

Laos – Land of the Red Sun

By On April 5, 2015

It was night when we landed; as we walked a quarter mile across the tarmac to the terminal, flakes of black ash gently spun around us like maple seeds in dry August.… Read More

People

Vietnam – Irony Wears a Hammer & Sickle T-Shirt

By On April 2, 2015

Vietnam is a land loaded with irony. You can buy hammer and sickle t-shirts, Che Guevara hats and Ho Chi Minh era propaganda posters just about anywhere. Breathtaking landscapes are occasionally obscured… Read More

Places

Singapore – Basecamp for Southeast Asia

By On March 25, 2015

Singaporeans are proud of their country and most are very reverential of its founder, Lee Kuan Yew (LKY). Throughout our time there we were reminded of his importance not only to this… Read More

Nature

New Zealand – Glaciers, Kayaks & Doctors

By On March 21, 2015

Early starts are part and parcel to life on the road, but getting the family up at 1:00a to drive an hour and a half for a 5:00a flight from Cairns, AU to… Read More

Nature

Australia – Mountains, Jungles and the Great Barrier Reef

By On March 2, 2015

Travel days aren’t all bad. An eight-hour drive or 12-hour flight can be uneventful and even pleasant. The day we drove from Canberra to Melbourne was NOT one of those days. The… Read More

Places

Australia – On the (Left Side of the) Road Again

By On February 19, 2015

It was a long 15-hour flight from San Francisco to Sydney. We were feverishly exhausted, hungry and grumpy when we arrived at the queue for border control and customs. It took an… Read More

Events

United States – Holiday Road

By On February 8, 2015

We were on a mission to travel more than three thousand miles across the U.S. between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. The trip would take us through rough terrain and crazy weather in… Read More

People

Germany – Past, Present & Future

By On November 12, 2014

My grandfather always said where the eye rests, there too does your focus. Despite Berlin’s more than 900-year history, the mind naturally rests on its most recent past. It’s almost as if… Read More

Art

Prague – Eternally Beautiful

By On November 1, 2014

They say that Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, but we arrived at night so had to wait until morning for proof. Our train from Budapest to… Read More

Architecture

Budapest – Where Everyone is a Local

By On October 29, 2014

Hungary has been free from the Soviet puppet show for 25 years, but my formative years were in the midst of the Cold War. It was the Eighties with Reagan in office… Read More

Architecture

Vienna – We See the Fall

By On October 25, 2014

It was late October and we hadn’t yet experienced cool autumn weather. Other than our time in Iceland, most of the weather had been warm or hot. We really wanted sweater weather,… Read More

Architecture

Croatia – A Leap of Faith

By On October 22, 2014

Leaving the town of Split in broad daylight was a lot easier then entering it in the dark. We decided to skip seeing Diocletian’s Palace as most of the reviews compared its… Read More

Nature

Croatia – An Illyrian Garden

By On October 16, 2014

Croatia was a tabula rasa for me. I knew it was part of the former Yugoslavia and that it inhabited a long stretch of beachfront along the Adriatic, which I imagined was… Read More

People

Venice – The Papal Blessing

By On October 13, 2014

We spent quite a bit of time debating whether to skip Venice in favor of somewhere less touristy. Surprising perhaps given the city’s rich history, sheer beauty and standing in the world of… Read More