How Green Is My Ski Slope: Or, Summer in Vail

More Colorado: Visit to Vail and Rafting Having spent three fantastic days at Rocky Mountain National Park, it was time to move on, albeit with a heavy heart. Despite our pebbly-floored tent, Brian could easily have spent a week or more here exploring the parks proliferation of wilderness trails. But he had promised Sylvia a …

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Lorenzo de Arabia: A Mexican Camel Adventure

Cabo San Lucas II: The Joy of Camels Sylvia has told Brian many times that two of her singular ambitions in life are: To ‘go to Egypt and ride a camel.’ To ‘go to India and ride an Elephant’ Why any of this is so Brian is unable to fathom, but it is his opinion …

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A Day Among the Dunes

Jockey's Ridge State Park and Cape Hatteras National Seashore With the recent expansion of the team to five, we’ve been challenged to find new places to go and new things to do to keep everybody happy and engaged. Hence Brian, the Minister of Expedition planning, decided to take the whole family – Himself, Sylvia, our …

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Surf Dog! Fun and Frolics at Fort Macon, NC

Fitz Roy Visits Fort Macon State Park Beach Sylvia and I are all about doing something new. Last weekend, we went to the beach. For us, this is nothing new. We live only two or three hours from some of the best beaches in the Eastern US north of Florida. We make several trips to …

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Shock, Sorrow…And Hope…for Our Lady of Paris

Notre Dame Cathedral Burns Just Eight Months After We Visited *BecauseItzThere was planning to run the third in a series of posts about our preparations for Patagonia. However, in light of the tragic events in France -- and a place which we feel oddly connected to -- we decided that can wait a bit.* By …

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The Great Valley

The Great Shenandoah Trip Part I Sometimes a bit of serendipity falls upon one disguised as bad luck. For example...Last week we were supposed to go away for a weekend trip, which would have been the subject of this blog post. Unfortunately, Sylvia’s business commitments prevented this from happening. In search of something to write …

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The Grand Canyon’s Grand Front Door

Glen Canyon, AZ While the far-reaching views from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon may be the most enigmatic and spectacular, there is a particularly intimate magic to being inside the canyon itself. One cannot really know the place without being underneath its shadowy depths. But there's a rub...there’s still no easy way into …

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