Yes, There is a Human Toe in the Infamous Sourtoe Cocktail (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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Ultimate Kazakh Mongolian 8-hour Dance Party [Videos]

Dancing with Kazakh Nomads in the Altai Mountains of Mongolia

I’m not that much for big crazy parties. Don’t get me wrong I have my moments. But normally I’m pretty low-key, preferring an intimate dinner to a raucous evening out on the town. But on a trip to Asia, I  gleefully indulged in one of those aforementioned “moments” with a group of Kazakh Mongolians.  And when […]

Why Kazakh Nomad Women in Mongolia Can Spend All Day Milking

Old Kazakh Woman milking sheep and goats in the Altai Mountains, Mongolia

It’s milking time. Again. All hands on deck. The women of the Kazakh nomad community in Western Mongolia are in all-out commando mode. Their tongues click and arms wave as they chase their herds of goats and sheep into a pen. Hundreds of hooves dart this way and that, swirling and spinning, trying to avoid what’s […]

Why a Mongolian Kazakh Wedding is so Much More Fun

Scenes from a Kazakh wedding in Mongolia

I remember musing that an American wedding planner would think I’d lost my mind. Wrestling? You want wrestling at your wedding?! Her shock giving way to complete bewilderment and horror when I followed up with…..and, we’ll want a horse race too. A Kazakh Wedding Tradition: The Wrestling Begins I scanned the celebration and grinned.  This […]

Kazakh Nomads and the Importance of Tea

This Kazakh woman cut huge bricks of cheese Photographing Kazakh Nomads in Mongolia

We sit on the ground around a low wooden table waiting for the day to begin. It’s overcast, threatening rain, and the ger is dim, throwing everything into monochrome. A pot of boiling milk sits on top of a battered wood-burning stove in the center of the room, and I watch as steam rises into […]

Camping and Kazakhs: My Amazing Mongolian Adventure

Three Wrestlers: Scenes from a Kazakh wedding in Mongolia -

It’s been a while since my adventure in western Mongolia with photographer Timothy Allen and seven fellow photography lovers, and yet I still think of it all the time. We camped in the Altai Tavan Bogd National Park, a vast and profoundly beautiful and pristine expanse where we met the world’s most tolerant and gracious […]