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Hiking Pinnacle Peak in Scottsdale, Arizona

Pinnacle Peak in Scottsdale, Arizona is the focal point in Pinnacle Peak Park. From afar the summit of the peak looks far more challenging than it does up close but you do need to be a rock climber to get to the top of it. Hikers must be content with a 3.5 mile round trip […]

The Top 5 Backpacking Trips in the Canadian Rockies

I’ve been getting emails asking for my thoughts on what the top backpacking trips are in the Canadian Rockies. After sending detailed replies, I figured it was time to pull together a blog with my answers. And summer will be upon us before long so it doesn’t hurt to start planning – and in fact […]

Climbing Miravalles Volcano in Costa Rica

You need to wear these rubber boots, Pablo our host at La Finca Anita Rainforest Lodge explains – to guard against snake bites. Oh great I’m thinking. John and I are both wondering what we’ve got ourselves into. We have elected to do a guided climb, organized by our hosts at the lodge, of the […]

5 Easy Cross Country Ski Trails in Banff National Park

5 Easy Cross Country Ski Trails in Banff National Park

Banff National Park has much to offer the winter visitor. You can choose from downhill skiing at three different resorts (Sunshine, Lake Louise and Mt. Norquay), snowshoeing and skating, cross country skiing and at the end of every day you can immerse yourself in the steamy waters of the Banff Hot Springs. I am a […]

Food Recipes and Restaurants

A Visit to Baumwollspinnerei AKA the Leipzig Cotton Mill

Dinner at Spinnerei is what I see listed on my itinerary for the second night of a conference I’m attending in Leipzig, Germany. Beforehand, life is a little out of control, so I don’t even spend one minute checking it out on Google. That’s just as well so I have no preconceived expectations. Spinnerei isn’t a restaurant […]