Category Archives: Travel

Pura Vida: Highlights from a Costa Rican Adventure

From Vision to Reality Costa Rica had been on my shortlist of places I wanted to visit for some time, mostly due to photos I had seen of its wildlife, its reputation for natural beauty and scenic hikes, and the … Continue reading

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Secret Stairs

A little over a year ago, a friend loaned me a book entitled Secret Stairs: A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of Los Angeles.  When he later heard how much use my wife, Samantha, and I were getting out … Continue reading

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Grand Canyon: Rim To Rim Hike

The Grand Canyon is 277 miles long, about a mile deep, and averages 10 miles wide “as the crow flies”.  But if you don’t have wings, and you want to travel across it, you have to hike! South Rim to … Continue reading

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Some Days Are Gifts From Others

On my trip to Peru earlier this year, nearly everyone in our group got sick at one point or another, from one thing or another.  Each day more newly ill were confirmed.  For some it was altitude sickness (those of … Continue reading

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The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

You could show up at Machu Picchu not knowing anything about it whatsoever.  Not knowing, for instance, that it was built over 500 years ago, and by a people (the Incas) who had no written language yet were sophisticated enough … Continue reading

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Eight Days in Peru

I spent the first eight days of April on a whirlwhind tour of Peru.  It took me until the more-than-ripe age of thirty-eight to travel outside of the U.S. for the first time, but this was my third international trip … Continue reading

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Via Ferrata Ivano Dibona – The Dolomites, Italy

It’s been nearly two and a half months since returning from my first (and hopefully not last!) trip to Italy, but I thought I’d share some photos from an extraordinary hike I was fortunate enough to be able to enjoy in the magnificent-beyond-words Dolomites … Continue reading

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