Dive Into The Unexpected – A Snorkel Ketchikan Excursion in Alaska

Our group of 10 ready to hit the waves. -On an Alaskan Land + Sea adventure with Holland America, I went on a lot of exciting excursions. One of my favorites: snorkeling in Ketchikan.-IMG_3129

I’m trying desperately to pull on a 7mm wetsuit but it’s clinging to me like a surgical glove. We’d been warned it would take some effort but it’s so absurdly difficult that the other women in the dressing room and I can’t stop laughing. I’m convinced there’s a hidden camera and we’re being filmed for […]

This Amazon River Cruise Will Make You Yearn to be on the Water

Amazon River Cruise Peru -International Expeditions-0998

He looked at us with a mischievous grin and then said it, the phrase we’d learn to finish for him. The phrase that Juan—one of two local naturalists on our Amazon River Cruise in Peru with International Expeditions’ —would say every time we began a new adventure. “My friends, you’re not going to like this … […]

Dog Sledding in Canada’s Whitehorse, Yukon – A Husky Adventure

Dogs running in Canada as if in the greatest dog sled race in the world.

It was mid-morning when we arrived at Sky High Mountain Ranch,  a 30-minute drive from Whitehorse, Yukon, and a beautiful place to have a husky adventure dog-sledding in Canada.  A sea of magnificent pines bordered a large that shown silver in the sunlight. Everything glistened liked sugar under four inches of freshly fallen snow as […]

The Thrill of Canada’s only Walking Polar Bear Safari

She’s walking straight at us. Her long, powerful strides putting her well within the 50 meters (164-foot) safety range. Even if I could run, what’s the point?  She could outpace me in seconds. I look down the line of fellow photographers to where Andy McPhearson and Rob Watson, two of our three Churchill Wild guides, […]

8 Amazing Things to do in Winter Around the World

Winter is here and with it plenty of amazing snow-capped adventures in countries all over the world. From ski bobbing in the Jizera Mountains to igloo building in the French Alps, here are eight challenging, out of the ordinary and downright exhilarating, things to do in winter worth traveling for. Base Camp Crawl Where: Himalayas, […]

10 of the Most Beautiful Places in Canada for Spectacular Views

Aurora and the Main Lodge at Blachford Lake Lodge/ Photo: Martina Gebarovska

For me, a fantastic view isn’t necessarily a landscape, though it can be. It’s any scene that stops you in your tracks, puts a smile on your face or simply makes you gasp with wonder. I recently put together a list for U.S. News & World Report of some of the most beautiful places in Canada with spectacular […]

Exploring the Yukon’s Mysterious Sternwheeler Graveyard

Boiler room - Exploring Sternwheeler Graveyard Dawson City, YT

I’ve always loved exploring ruins. Something about the tattered remains of a bygone era that fascinates me. I’ve explored lost civilizations such as Machu Picchu, Tikal and Angkor Wat, and smaller, more modern gems such as the infamous Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. Most recently, it was the eerie pile of disintegrating boats in the […]

Behind the Scenes of a Rodeo and What Makes Canadian Cowboys Tick

I don’t think much of him at first. He isn’t big or even that muscular. He just stares at the ground, swaying gently from side to side. What’s so intimidating? He looks up, and I make the mistake of holding his gaze. He doesn’t like that. He doesn’t like that one bit. Instantly, I feel […]

Finding Fossils With Wendy Sloboda: The Canadian Badlands’ Legendary Dinosaur Hunter

Finding Fossils with Wendy Sloboda- The Badland's Badass Dinosaur Hunter, Devil's Coulee, Alberta, CA

Standing on the hill above the ancient nursery, Wendy Sloboda squints into the afternoon sun, her mane of blonde dreadlocks resembling an elaborate tribal headdress. Her short, muscular frame is adorned with tattoos and her lips are pierced.  One of many tattoos, an illustration of the parrot-beaked Wendiceratops pinhornensis she discovered and is named after her is […]

That Time I Drank the Infamous Sourtoe Cocktail With a Real Human Toe (Video)

Drinking the SourToe cocktail from the Sourdough Saloon in Dawson, City

People do the craziest things. Just look at reality television. But who am I to judge?  I joined the ranks of over 74,000 other nut jobs who’ve downed the famous Sourtoe Cocktail in Dawson City. (If you haven’t heard, that’s a whiskey shot garnished with a desiccated human toe.) What can I say? I’m a […]