Central Park in Fall – Best Places to See and Photograph Autumn Foliage

Central Park’s Gapstow bridge in autumn

Updated Sept 2020 If I could only visit New York’s famous urban respite once a year to make photos, I’d choose Central Park in Fall. In winter, New York is a snow-capped wonderland. In spring and summer, a flower lover’s delight. But Central Park in Fall is utterly magical. There’s nothing like wandering the park’s […]

Perfect 1, 2, and 3-Day Itineraries For Vancouver

Summer is people-watching season at Kits Beach.

Whether you’re laying over or enjoying a well-deserved holiday, Vancouver never disappoints. A Day-by-Day Guide to Exploring Vancouver Story and Photos by Carolyn B. Heller If you like urban explorations mixed with time outdoors, Vancouver is your place. Western Canada’s largest city hugs the Pacific Ocean, with sandy beaches right downtown. The forested North Shore […]

Experience One of the Best Small Ship Cruises in the Great Bear Rainforest

A small tender cruising on a rainy day on a lake surrounded by mountains and fog in the BC Rainforest

Though traveling may not be in the cards right now, a little daydreaming for 2021 and beyond can’t be a bad thing. (If you’d prefer to jump straight to the logistical info refer to the Table of Contents above.) Wisdom From the First Nations “Ask the Grandfathers to help you,” said Old Hands with a crooked […]

Smorgasburg NYC is Now “Smorg to Go” For 2020

Smorgasburg

Updated July 2020 “Smorg to Go!” Yes, Smorgasburg NYC will return this year, albeit in a different fashion than the crowded weekend family-fests we’ve come to know and love, and that’s a good thing. Instead, New York’s favorite gourmet food festival is now “Smorg to Go“, and will be open for takeout-only. Debuting on July […]

17 Awesome Things To Do In Churchill Manitoba

A group of visitors sitting in kayaks in Churchill, Manitoba Canada

Situated on the remote southwestern shore of Hudson Bay in Canada’s subarctic, is Churchill, Manitoba, population 900, give or take (50% indigenous). Surrounded by hundreds of miles of rugged wilderness, the only way to get to Churchill is through the capital of Winnipeg by plane, or endure a 40-hour train ride. Why should you care about this remote hole-in-the-wall […]

The Ultimate Guide to Polar Bear Tours in Churchill Manitoba

Polar bear walking in the snow

Updated August 2020 When you think of polar bears, does Churchill, Manitoba come to mind? Never heard of it? You’re not alone. It’s a small, remote hole-in-the-wall town in north-eastern Canada, but for polar bears it’s the cat’s meow. The tiny hamlet (population 900) is one of the best places in the world to see […]

“In the Wake of the Vikings” a Stunning Greenland Cruise

People soaking in the hot springs on Uunartoq Island in Greenland

I first fell in love with the polar regions on a polar bear walking safari in Manitoba. From that moment on, I’ve been fascinated by the otherworldly landscapes, the spectacular wildlife, indigenous history, and the inherent adventure of going to such a remote destination. Just a quick break in your read. If you think I […]

How to Go Behind the Scenes at the Cathedral of St. John The Divine, NYC

Updated: January 2019 At over 120 years old and the largest Cathedral church in the world, St. John the Divine was on my “explore” to-do list for some time. Over the years, it’s hosted dignitaries such as Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, and the Dalai Lama. Sting held a concert there for the launch of his […]

The Ultimate Guide: Visit the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island

White Pelicans - Best Guide to the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island-061301

Whenever I am in Fort Myers seeing family, a visit to the JN “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge is always at the top of my to-do list. It’s a beautiful spot with walking trails, bike paths, an abundance of wildlife with over 245 species of birds.  Ding Darling is located on Sanibel Island, a popular vacation destination […]

Why the Zipline at Hunter Mountain is one of the Best in North America

View from the 1st Hunter Mountain Zipline

One of the most memorable experiences you’ll ever have is one that frightens you then ends up being tons of fun. Such was the case with the SkyRider, the zipline at Hunter Mountain in New York’s Northern Catskills, one of the fastest, highest and longest in North America. Why was I afraid you ask? I […]