A Costa Rican Adventure

Our khaki-clad guide Sergio, a small man with wiry gray hair, neat mustache and beard, green bandanna tied around his forehead, stopped abruptly on the heavily forested trail. Finger to lips, he motioned for silence. Our group froze mid-step, and leaned in to hear his soft-spoken words. Head cocked to the left, he listened intently and then nodded vigorously. “yes. …

A Year on Clear Lake-Jun 27, 2013

New Escort–June 27, 2013 Just when I’ve convinced myself this is an immature male red wing blackbird, I re-read the description and study the photos and suddenly I’m convinced it’s a female. Immature males have a small rust colored patch on their wings in the same area where the adult males have the tell-tale red and yellow patch. Neither of …

Denali Road Lottery – Things You Need To Know

My husband and I won the Denali Road Lottery in 2011. The win entitled us to purchase a $25 permit to drive the 92-mile Denali Park Road – the only road in the six-million acre Denali National Park and Preserve. During the main tourist season (May to September) only shuttle buses are allowed to travel the narrow, two-lane road, but …

Denali – Ticket To Drive

My husband and I won the lottery. Our prize was a permit to drive a 92-mile road in the middle of Alaska. Not just any road, the only road in the six-million-acre Denali National Park and Preserve. It’s usually only accessible via shuttle buses, but for four days in September, at the close of the tourist season, the Denali Park …

Small Boat, Big Adventure: Getting Up Close and Personal In Alaska

The adventure begins on an overcast, drizzly day aboard the 42-foot Alexandra, a commercial fishing boat that hauls halibut in the spring and tourists in the summer. There won’t be any fancy buffets on this five-day Alaskan “cruise,” but an endless feast of discoveries hiking, kayaking and exploring one of Alaska’s brightest crown jewels, Prince William Sound. An offshoot of …

Aurora over Ice Museum

Hot Soak, Cool View: New Year’s Under the Northern Lights

The Aurora Borealis have enchanted and frightened humankind for eons, and for most of those years we could only guess their origin. The ancient Chinese thought them to be dragons roaring through the heavens. The frightened sinners of the Middle Ages saw them as foreboding omens of impending doom. One indigenous group believed the lights were the happy souls of …

Sacred Spaces, Sacred Places

Long before there were computers, Twitter or Facebook, and back before cell phones, TVs and radios – way back to the earliest of times, humans were connected. Not to a global world made small by technology, but to a small world made global through its connections to the heavens and the earth – all one, great, mystical world to our …