An Easy Visitor’s Guide: 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 […]

11 Amazing Reasons You’ll Want to Discover Saba Island

View from the lava flows on Saba Island

If you ask people if they’ve been to Saba Island (pronounced Say-ba), chances are you’ll be met with a blank stare. “Is it in Indonesia?” one friend asked. “Are you making it up?” inquired another. I only learned about the Dutch Caribbean’s tiny speck of a former volcano a few weeks before my visit. And that’s […]

The Ultimate Visitors Guide to the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island

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Whenever I am in Fort Myers seeing family, a visit to the JN “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge and Bird Sanctuary 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.  The Ding Darling is located on Sanibel Island, a […]

Don’t Miss Churchill’s Astonishing Beluga Whale Migration

Beluga whale swimming in the Churchill River

Astonished, I am overcome with excitement. Following me is nearly a dozen snow-white beluga whales close enough to touch. As a rule, boats must stay at least 50 meters from whales, but evidently, the belugas have no such regulations about humans, and I couldn’t be happier. When we set out, Lazy Bear Expeditions guide, Jason Ransom, […]

Beware: You’ll Become Obsessed with the Zipline at Hunter Mountain

View from the 1st Hunter Mountain Zipline

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

UnCruise the Sea of Cortez: Don’t Miss this Great Small Boat Adventure

Sarah, our guide, snorkeling up toward the surface

Updated: December 29, 2019 “Here they come!” Racing toward us a huge pod of dolphins eager to ride the bow waves of our boat, their dorsal fins slicing through the Sea of Cortez like hot knives through butter. Propelled by the swell, they weave in and around each other with the deftness of a con […]

Smorgasburg NYC – A Delicious Weekend Foodie Mecca

Smorgasburg

On a lazy summer Saturday, my sister Lisa and I subwayed our way to Brooklyn’s East River State Park in Williamsburg to check out Smorgasburg, a popular hipster-ish food market (there were a lot of man buns walking around) I’d read about but never explored. It was part gourmet, open-air food market, part culinary crystal […]

Celebrating the NYC Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival

No one would ever mistake Manhattan for being a touchy-feely city. People mostly keep to themselves and the pace can make even the most type – A personality long for a breath. But now and then a holiday comes along and the city softens. Crowds brim with laughter and smiles and the only goal is […]

Visit Eastern State Penitentiary: Al Capone’s Home before Alcatraz

Updated March 2019 If you’re like me, fascinated by the criminal mind, fading ruins, and history in its most infamous, Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia will make your day. It’s an icon of the world’s early penal system turned tourist attraction. You may recognize its cavernous cell blocks and post-apocalyptic vibe from the 1996 Sci-Fi […]

Why Swimming with Sea Lions = Instant Bliss

Sea Lions swimming near Isla Espiritu Santos?

As the baby sea lions swim past me, banking, rolling, diving, zooming around in loop de loops like Hotwheels on a track, I am sure of one thing, even if this UnCruise adventure sucked (which it doesn’t), the trip would be worth it for this one hour. Los Islotes Near Isla Espiritu Santo We are […]