Exploring Southern Utah’s National Parks during Coronavirus

Stepping up to the edge of the precipice, there is nothing but air in the spectacular abyss known as the Grand Canyon. The shackles of months of coronavirus isolation seem to vanish in an instant. Glancing back, my 18-year-old cousin Charlie stands frozen five steps behind me with terror gripping his face. “You’re afraid of […]

After Surviving Covid NATURE is the Key To Regaining One’s Life

If you Google “pandemics” you’ll find a host of terrifying historical events that can keep you up at night. It starts with the Prehistoric Epidemic CIRCA 3000BC and moves on through the Europe’s Black Death in the 14th century and then, of course, there’s the deadly 1918 Spanish Flu. While I’ve always embraced the quote “well-behaved women rarely make history” I never wanted to make history as a statistic in a worldwide pandemic. Yet, eight days after being […]

Summer in San Juan Islands

The three largest Islands, Orcas, Lopez and San Juan, are served regularly by ferries, seaplanes and wheeled planes. Find well-appointed inns and charming waterfront resorts and renowned chefs who serve food as fresh and exciting as anything you’ll find in Seattle or Vancouver.

Katy Trail State Park, Missouri

Clinton Trail End

The Katy Trail State Park has many distinctive features, one of which is that it’s the longest rails-to-trails park in the United States.

Exploring the Cherohala Skyway

Great Smoky Mountains

Most people have heard about the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive which highlight the Blue Ridge Mountains from just outside Washington D.C., all the way down past Asheville, N.C. No one would disagree that these are among the great scenic drives in the world.