Biking, United States / 03.08.2017

Martin surprised me with a six-day cycling trip to Hawaii’s Big Island for my 60th birthday. What a great way to start a new decade – riding a bicycle in paradise! Founded in 1979, Backroads claims to be “The world’s #1 active travel company” and offers worldwide trips with biking, walking, hiking, camping, cruising and combinations of multiple sports....

United States, Where to stay / 12.07.2017

While we were raising our kids, we took several wonderful trips to different areas of California. Martin and I have also visited on our own. Our son and daughter-in-law moved to San Francisco a few years ago, so now we venture there to visit our kids and enjoy their big new state! Often times, while the kids work during the week, we rent a car and head out of town to explore. Wine country was calling to us, and off we went to beautiful Sonoma....

Hiking, United States / 10.05.2017

We’re fortunate to live just a couple hours drive from the Great Smoky Mountains, site of the most-visited national park in America. Its more than 11 visitors in 2016 more than double the second most visited park – the Grand Canyon with 5.9 million visitors. The park’s higher elevations get 85 inches of rain yearly – most anywhere in the continental United States except the Pacific Northwest. The moisture, temperature and varied altitude create an amazing collection of plants and animals....