Hiking in Rancho San Antonio A fine summer day dawned this weekend. We didn’t have plans but wanted to be outdoors to enjoy the brilliant sunshine. What better ideathan to head to the nearest open space preserve and hike its many trails? Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve is very popular [...]
Mon, Jul 28, 2014
TrailBound Category: TRAILBOUND
A toast to the heron: Photo of artwork used with permission, Jake Hose Seven years ago, Big Papa and I got married. This fact, in and of itself, is truly something to marvel at. Because—we nearly didn’t. Our first wedding venue cancelled six months prior to the wedding. Next, a month before [...]
Mon, Jul 28, 2014
Pampers & Pakhlava Category: PAMPERS AND PAKHLAVA
I’ve been traveling around America for the past three weeks on a project working to promote US cities to international tourists. Needless to say, it’s been three weeks of busy filming and LONG days! I haven’t had much of a chance to enjoy the spa scene, but I did manage [...]
Mon, Jul 28, 2014
Spa Hopper Category: SPA HOPPER
Hopefully by now you know I’m leaving for Bhutan in September to do the Snowman Trek. In brief, the Snowman Trek is a 220 mile, 25-day hike in the Himalayas. At times we’ll be at over 18,000 feet and, during the trek, we’ll be going over numerous passes above 16,000 feet. It’s [...]
Mon, Jul 28, 2014
Wanderluster Category: WANDERLUSTER
“Those are Rockports?” WanderHubs asked. I confess I’dhad a similar thought before I checked out the brand’s recent lookbooks. These stylesare a far cry from the humorless, sensible shoes fancied by retired schoolteachers and or devoted wearers of pleated slacks (my Nana Sheets included. She had a sense of humor, even [...]
Mon, Jul 28, 2014
WanderChic Category: WANDERCHIC
Last weekend we took a spontaneous road trip to Port Aransas, Texas. My family made yearly summer trips to Port Aransas throughout my childhood. As an adult, I’ve only been back a few times, but each time has been beautiful. This time, however, was absolutely devastating. The beach was covered in [...]
Sat, Jul 26, 2014
Wandering Artist Category: WANDERING ARTIST
I always cringe when watching skiers walk up to the lifts with gear that still has 20 years of dust on it. Sure, they still look fine and they might get you down the hill, but at what cost? When speeding downhill, one must be confident that the planks they’re [...]
Fri, Jul 25, 2014
Ski Gypsy Category: SKI GYPSY
Like millions of people all over the world, I was obsessed this year with the World Cup. Some might even say I had football fever. I would watch every game I could, and be glued to my app for the rest of them. A couple weeks ago, a few days before [...]
Fri, Jul 25, 2014
Short Stops Category: SHORT STOPS
Before it started raining the other night, things were feeling summery up here in Seattle. It even got up to 94 degrees at the beginning of the month which, in the Pacific Northwest, practically calls for a heat advisory*. When the weather is that warm, it can be a challenge [...]
Fri, Jul 25, 2014
WanderDudes Category: WANDERDUDES
When I’m not writing about weird places and weird things, I sometimes act as a theater critic for a Pittsburgh-based paper (which you could say makes me weird for an entirely different artistic reason). Last week, I reviewed amusical called Side Show, which is based on the true story of [...]
Fri, Jul 25, 2014
Weird Wanderings Category: WEIRD WANDERINGS
It’s no Kim Kardashian: HollywoodbutSmarty Pins from Google Maps is addicting. It’s a geography trivia game that you can play on your desktop or the Google Maps app on your phone.Addicting, fun and, sorry Kim, educational. Smarty Pinsasks a series of questions and allows you to drop a pin to answer. [...]
Fri, Jul 25, 2014
Checking In Category: CHECKING IN
“I truly enjoyed wandering around the interior of these churches, looking at the architecture, art, stained glass, and religious relics. Taking pictures of the altars, seats, kneelers, windows, and arches.” I quote myself from my last blog where I introduced the churches of the Cotswolds. That blog contained pictures of the [...]
Fri, Jul 25, 2014
Though it has been a few months since I was in Barcelona last, I thought I would write about some tips and tricks I have found while traveling to this city—you might find that it’s unlike any other major city that you will really visit in Western Europe, and one [...]
Thu, Jul 24, 2014
Gen Y Wanderer Category: GEN Y WANDERER
We all know the old adage that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I would argue that breakfast is even more important for travelers because it provides fuel for long days of travel or sight-seeing. (A healthy breakfast also keeps you satisfied so that you are less [...]
Thu, Jul 24, 2014
Global Zen Category: GLOBAL ZEN
As I mentioned in my previous post about National Tequila Day, there’s more to tequila than margaritas. Following are just a few creative concoctions that will take your taste buds on a tantalizing trip south of the border. ˇSalud! MINTED MULE Created by Pete Vasconcellos of The Penrose in New York City; [...]
Thu, Jul 24, 2014
Wanderlush Diary Category: WANDERLUSH DIARY
Last Suitcase In the last week we’ve packed our first two suitcases with clothes, our next two with electronics and technology gadgets, and our 5th with some first day comforts which just leaves us with the 6th suitcase to pack.The good news for you is that when Husband and I were [...]
Wed, Jul 23, 2014
Expat Village Category: EXPAT VILLAGE
Recently I came across a BuzzFeed articleentitled 17Foods American’s Miss While Living in Europe. I was struck by this idea because it implies a lack of interest in the food of wherever you’re visiting. Yes comfort food is called that for a reason, and there are things we miss that [...]
Wed, Jul 23, 2014
WanderFood Category: WANDERFOOD
We Seattleites are used to hearing jokes about our rainy weather: “What do you call two straight days of rain in Seattle?” Answer: “A weekend.” “When’s the rainy season in Seattle? Answer: “August through April and May through July.” “What does daylight saving time mean in Seattle?” Answer: “An extra hour of rain.” “When [...]
Fri, Jul 18, 2014
WanderBoomer Category: WANDERBOOMER
Each year it seems like luxury hotels try to outdo one another when it comes to luxury hotel amenities. How about monogramed pet towels and “tanning butlers? Ok, I get it. A hotel is really just a place to sleep. What differentiates one from another? The experience. And it’s the little touches, [...]
Sat, Jul 12, 2014
Luxury Nomad Category: LUXURY NOMAD
Q: Will I be in a shark attack if I swim in Australia? Rumor has it that you have more chance of being hit by a coconut (yes, they have those in Australia, too) than of being caught in the jaws of a hungry Great White. You’re also twice as likely [...]
Fri, Jul 11, 2014
Gone Workabout Category: GONE WORKABOUT
I’ve been loyal to Salomon for years as my go-totrail-runningshoes. They’ve consistently fit my slightly wider feet well, and their colors are bold and bright, just the way I like ‘em. The lug pattern on the soles provide excellent traction when jogging on the trail, as I mentioned here in [...]
Thu, Jul 10, 2014
Lady Sherpa Category: LADY SHERPA
Sharing your story – You are back from your trip or vacation and you have dozens, if not hundreds of photos. What do you do with them? If you planned your story while you were taking photos, you might already have an idea of how to gather and showcase them. [...]
Thu, Jul 10, 2014
Global Snapshots Category: GLOBAL SNAPSHOTS
I went mountain biking for the first time this week—and it wasawesome! After hearing tales from all of my cycling friends about the wonders of off roading, I finally tagged along with two more experienced friends. We headed to Duthie Hill—a mountain biking park less than an hour from Seattle—and [...]
Wed, Jul 09, 2014
WanderSpokes Category: WANDERSPOKES
Last month, I shared how I got hooked on Vietnamese scooter culture in Saigon. American scooter culture is a bit different. In the USA, scooters and even motorcycles are usually looked upon as toys or passionate hobbies. But after my trip to Vietnam and seeing first hand how economical, useful, [...]
Fri, Jul 04, 2014
WanderLit Category: WANDERLIT
Visiting the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre is one of the best ways for you to spend a couple hours while in Luang Prabang, Laos. Since opening in 2007, the TAEC has been showcasing the culture, history and crafts of the more than 30 ethnic groups found throughout Laos. Although [...]
Fri, Jun 06, 2014
WanderShopper Category: WANDERSHOPPER
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