Will came to visit from Rhode Island for two weeks. Prior to this visit he had never stepped foot into Washington or Oregon. I was delighted to be able to show his virgin eyes my favourite part of the world. On our first day back home after Seattle, the day dawned sunny once more, and […]Read More Rock & Falls
Day two we headed east and then dropped south from the Columbia River Gorge to explore the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.Read More Mini RT series – two
Can you believe I got lucky enough to find a volcano during my trip to Chile? Of course you probably already thought of it, but I was delighted to face Volcán Villarrica all day today. Our day started on the overnight sleeper bus. Our sleep was fitful. Margaret heard the bus hit something metal, and […]Read More Volcano Villarrica
Arno hung a thermometer in the tent and when we checked it in the morning, it read 30 degrees. Below freezing inside the tent.Read More Columbus Day backpacking – Is that a bag of poo?
Despite having lived around mountains all my life, or perhaps because of that, I remain in awe of the awesome sweep of snowy mountain slopes that rise from valleys in the way that volcanoes do. I am simply not able to drive along our highways and not feel an emotional surge of admiration for volcanoes […]Read More In the shadow of a volcano
A deep river of lava poured through the valley following a volcanic eruption around 100,000 years ago.Read More Christmas 2011 – Part II
We got up nice and early, and headed directly for the 9am opening of the ‘Iolani Palace, the only actual Royal Palace on U.S. soil. The building was beautiful inside and out. I snapped photos all around our waiting space on the front porch area. As part of the welcome address and rules, they informed […]Read More ‘Iolani Palace and Mt. Tantalus
Just like people believe there was no Holocaust, some people believe there was no Tiananmen? But, but, but… I still carry the pain of it! It was real!Read More Twenty Years and Three Days