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....

Hiking, Safe + Healthy / 20.06.2017

“Hey Mister! Are those ski poles?” “Daddy, why is that man carrying metal sticks?” So, what does my nephew have to do with this post? He grew up to become an accomplished ultra marathoner, trail runner and amazing athlete. Some of his races are 100 miles over steep terrain. And he finishes under 24 hours. Yet, one day I took him on a leisurely eight-mile hike and he was amazed at how nimble and fast I traversed the trail. I even had to hold the outdoor juggernaut’s hand to help...

City walks, Europe / 26.05.2017

Lucerne, Switzerland will always be one of my favorite European cities. Its core of well-preserved medieval history exists in harmony with modern architecture, business and the arts. Its location on Lake Lucerne with snow-capped mountains surrounding the town is truly picture perfect. We were surprised to discover how many photos we took during our three days. Around every corner we discovered another idyllic photo opp. If you’re going to travel Europe, Lucerne is a must-see....