Galápagos Day 2: Cruising the Red Mangroves & Hiking to Darwin Lake

June 9, 2022Ecuador

“The natural history of this archipelago is very remarkable: it seems to be a little world within itself.” ~Charles Darwin, Voyage of the Beagle Our zodiac had been bouncing along the Pacific at a steady clip for about ten minutes when suddenly groves of trees appeared in the open waters, lining both sides of a narrow … Read More

Getting to the Galápagos: The Enchanted Islands of Ecuador

June 1, 2022Ecuador

Getting to the Galápagos Islands is not the easiest of travel tasks. The Pacific Ocean archipelago lies about 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, with 19 islands and dozens of small islets spread across both sides of the equator. Visitors must first travel to Quito or Guayaquil and arrange a flight to one of … Read More

Galápagos Day 1: Black Sand, Red Sand & Wildlife Everywhere

May 31, 2022Ecuador

“Love the earth and sun and the animals.” ~Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass Early morning light was washing over the golden grassy landscape of Santiago Island, creating a soft and moody scene. Lava rock in wavy, striated sculptural formations lined the back side of the beach, with low-hanging branches spilling over onto the black sand. Our … Read More

Notes from Home: Soaking In the Glory of Travel

March 17, 2022Notes from Home

“Don’t it always seem to go That you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.” Joni Mitchell, Big Yellow Taxi A few days ago, my yet-to-meet travel friend Bob wrote a beautiful piece of advice from his recent travels for a cruisecritic.com trip report. Bob and his wife Jeannie were nearing the end of … Read More

Hiking to the Hollywood Sign: LA’s Iconic Hillside Landmark

February 24, 2022California

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt Bucket lists are a curious thing. There are the splashy, someday places we dream about that often take a lifetime to reach. And then there are the little aspirations, … Read More

La Jolla’s Coast Walk: Keeping Traditions on New Year’s Day

January 3, 2022California

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice.” ~T.S. Eliot, Little Gidding I’m not exactly certain how it all began, but one New Year’s Day in the early 2000s, our family decided to head out on a walk along the La Jolla coast. As we welcomed a … Read More

Notes from Home: Dear Paris, A Thank-You Note

November 11, 2021France, Notes from Home

“Little darling, the smiles returning to the faces Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been here Here comes the sun, doo-doo-doo-doo, here comes the sun And I say it’s all right.” ~George Harrison, Here Comes the Sun I left Paris wanting to write a thank-you note. A curious idea, perhaps. But after being … Read More