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....

Caribbean, Water sports / 02.05.2017

After day three of snorkeling the reefs of Bonaire, my wife looked at my computer screen and said, “Honey, what did you do today? Your snorkeling photos look so much better!” Ahhh, she noticed. I had indeed changed my approach to taking photos underwater. The night before I devoted some time to analyzing all of my failed attempts to capture the ocean’s beauty and its amazing creatures. And I made a determined effort to learn from my flops...

City walks, United States / 09.02.2017

We like to start out in any new city with a small group walking tour. It’s a great way to get oriented to a new place, learn its history, and get a sense of sites that you may wish to revisit and spend more time at. San Francisco is a place we’ve been many times. But on our last trip, we saw and learned lots of new things thanks to a unique walking tour. We explored buildings and alleys we would never have seen following the tourist routes....