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 […]

Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia: A True Crime Lover’s Nirvana

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 […]

A Handy Guide to the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) in the Bronx

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I love Manhattan, but when I need a break from the concrete canyons I head to the Bronx and the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG). One of the country’s most beautiful historic landmarks, the garden is filled with lush flora, intriguing exhibits, and exciting family-friendly programs and activities. The botanical garden is an ideal escape […]

Exploring the Yukon’s Mysterious Sternwheeler Graveyard

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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 […]

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 […]

Dawson City Yukon: Why this Remote Canadian Town is Worth a Visit

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Updated April 2019 DawsonCity, Yukon, can’t let go of its past. And that’s a good thing. Dawson City Gold Rush On a hot August day in 1896, gold was discovered in the Yukon near swampland that would later be known as Dawson City, and the Gold Rush was on. In less than two years, the population […]

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 […]

What it’s Like to Go to an Authentic Spring Cattle Branding in Montana

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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 […]

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 […]