Dive Into The Unexpected – Try Snorkeling in Ketchikan, 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Meet two of the Best Street Musicians in NYC: Coyote and Crow

Coyote_and_Crow_playing in Washington Square Park

Walk through Washington Square Park on a beautiful spring day and you’ll be met with a cacophony of sound: Children laughing, dogs barking, the splash of the water fountain, the ever-present rumble of passing vehicles, and the tangled sounds of some of the best street musicians the city has to offer. The park is a ten-acre […]

Where to Photograph Stunning Views of the New York City Skyline at Night

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Updated December 2019 There are few cities with the grandeur and magical quality of the New York City skyline at night. Its skyscrapers and bridges light the dark like a fairytale. Along the east and Hudson rivers are a couple of easy to get to parks close to public transportation, as well as great spots […]

Liliana Bobo: The Patron Saint of Central Park’s Feathered Set

Lillian Bobo feeds a flying pigeon in Central Park

I was so disappointed. I was basking in the glow of a wonderful wildlife moment and in she ruined it. Not on purpose mind you, I know that, but without warning my subject, a big, beautiful Canadian goose who was stretching and preening like a supermodel for my camera, abandoned me, leaving me bewildered and annoyed. […]