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Dawson City Yukon: Why This Historic Canadian Town is Worth a Visit

Frontier style buildings that harken back to the gold rush days, Dawson City, the Heart of the Klondike Gold Rush-8741

Updated May 2020 Dawson City, Yukon, can’t let go of its past. And for this tiny town less than 200 miles from the Arctic Circle, that’s a good thing. The Gold Rush On a hot August day in 1896, gold was discovered in Yukon swampland that would later be known as Dawson City, and the Klondike […]

Flightseeing Over The Extraordinary Kaskawulsh Glacier

Looking down the glacier down towards the icefield--Kaskawulsh glacier in Yukon's Kulane National Park-1084

I opened the door of the tiny plane and hopped out, sinking into the wet snow up to my shins of the Kaskawulsh Glacier. Squinting behind my sunglasses, I scanned the sea of snow-covered peaks glistening against a blinding blue sky. We were completely alone. Tiny specs of life standing in the middle of the Yukon’s […]

Don’t Miss the Fabulous Coney Island Mermaid Parade

Woman and her baby walking in the Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2016

Women half dressed wearing fish costumes. Men half dressed wearing fish costumes. Elaborate doos, makeup for days. Painted floats and classic cars. The streets filled with cheering crowds. Welcome to the Mermaid Parade. It’s quite a spectacle. When to Go I’d read about the Parade for years before finally going in 2016. Once I was there I felt […]

Sing along with David Ippolito, The Guitar Man from Central Park

Boaters on the lake in Central Park stop to listen to David "Guitar Man"

here are plenty of things to do in New York City on a warm summer Saturday, but if you haven’t spent an afternoon with David Ippolito, The Guitar Man from Central Park, you’re missing out. Whether alone or with the family, he’s a big dose of feel-good, and who can’t use more of that?

Take Part in an Authentic Spring Cattle Branding in Montana

Cowboys' roping a calf for Triple Creek Ranch Spring Branding Day -

As soon as I get out of the vehicle, I’m hit by the baritone wails coming from dozens of distressed heifers. Their calves have been moved to an adjoining pen—and they’re not happy about it. Some pace while others stretch out their necks, raise their noses to the sky and mooooooooooo. (click above to hear the cows that morning)  Spring […]

Triple Creek Ranch: An Extraordinary Luxury Dude Ranch in Montana

Riding on the CB ranch in Darby, Montana

I was exhausted.  Emotionally Spent. I needed an escape. The outdoors. Fresh air. So when I was invited to Triple Creek Ranch, an adult-only, all-inclusive resort hidden in a sea of pine, I knew it was fate. I learned I’d attend a real Spring cattle branding, ride horseback, commune with nature, and try sapphire panning (Never heard […]

Where to find the Best Burger in Manhattan

Hamburger and fries in Burger Joint in New York City

Long before the likes of Shake Shack, In & Out Burger and a myriad of other hamburger hotspots skyrocketed to fame and foodie fortune, there was, and still is, Burger Joint. Sequestered (dare I say hidden?) behind an imposing velvet curtain in the lobby of Le Parker Meridien on West 56th Street in Manhattan, Burger […]

Cuba’s Classic Cars: So Much More than Postcard Fodder

Red classic car with sexy hood ornament in Havana, Cuba

I had to mull this post over. I asked myself: was a photo-essay showcasing the sexy (and perhaps not so sexy) classic cars that I saw while on my photo tour in Cuba too cliché? My conclusion: Probably, but what the hell. I’m not a car person. As far as I am concerned, they’re just a […]

Captiva Cruising – Sun, Fun and Flawless Beaches

We were stumped. The ceiling and walls of Cabbage Key’s breezy back patio were dripping with dollar bills. Where on earth would we leave our “donation”? Affixed with gobs of masking tape and mounted with the precision of a leaf blower, I couldn’t see an inch of available space. Thousands of travelers had been here over the years […]

“Speaking of Travel” – Peru, Cuba, Africa – My Interview on I Heart Radio

Speaking of travel

A while back, I was featured in a USA Today article entitled Life-changing travel: Bloggers share their magical moments. In it, I talked about my trip to Machu Picchu – a destination that was a first for me on many fronts. A few weeks later I received an email from Marilyn Ball, a vivacious southerner […]