“I had my own blog for a while, but I decided to go back to just pointless, incessant barking.” (not!)

This cartoon is courtesy of the New Yorker.   It’s been one year now since I started this travel blog. 31 posts by me; 4 guest bloggers; 735 visitors reading from 16 countries; over 1600 views.  Google analytics says the most popular time to view is Monday at 6 am!! That can’t be true. If any … More “I had my own blog for a while, but I decided to go back to just pointless, incessant barking.” (not!)

Adventure Travel in the Colombian Andes: It’s payback time!

In mid-summer 2013 my son brought his new love and her preteen daughter to visit us for a couple of weeks from Medellin, Colombia. If you are trying to sell Minneapolis to denizens of “the city of eternal spring” (Medellin), a July visit is a good tactic.  Having visited Medellin and its gorgeous mountainous environs … More Adventure Travel in the Colombian Andes: It’s payback time!

Southwest Road Trip: Chapter 2-Busted Flat at Hoover Dam (with thanks to Janis Joplin)

On day 8 of our month long road trip through the American Southwest we reached our campsite at Lake Mead near Hoover Dam. Hoover Dam was the first dam on the Colorado River built during FDR’s presidency.  This water recreation area on the Arizona border is a short tourist bus ride from arid Las Vegas. … More Southwest Road Trip: Chapter 2-Busted Flat at Hoover Dam (with thanks to Janis Joplin)

Red Clay, Cacti, and Ravens: A Southwest US Car Camping Trip—Chapter 1

The southwest region of the United State of America was not meant for modern human settlement.  Much of it is desert: dry, rocky, hot and splendid.  The Sonoran and the Chihuahuan Deserts are classic arid deserts that cover much of the Southwest low land and largest cities, while the high desert defines places like southern … More Red Clay, Cacti, and Ravens: A Southwest US Car Camping Trip—Chapter 1

A Walk in the Woods: through a three year old’s eyes

My husband Phil, the “mayor of Theodore Wirth Park” as I like to call him, started taking our grandson on woodland outings after he turned three in October. Wirth Park is the size of Central Park in New York City, over 700 acres, and has large tracks of undeveloped woodland, bogs and lakes. It straddles Minneapolis … More A Walk in the Woods: through a three year old’s eyes