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Looking Ahead: Travel Plans for 2014

I had planned to do a wrap up of my favourite adventures and misadventures for 2013. But that never happened. And on a visit to Taliesin West – the Scottsdale home and office of Frank Lloyd Wright just after Christmas, I decided to follow Wright’s mantra. Never look back. Of course he took it to […]

A Hike to Escondido Falls in Malibu, California

My expectations were low as I headed off to Escondido Falls in Malibu. After all I was in southern California – a place at least in my mind associated with lots of people and very little in the way of wilderness. Fortunately I was wrong. It seems that some of the canyons accessible from the […]

A Visit to Rincon de la Vieja National Park in Costa Rica

While in Costa Rica for my son’s wedding a big group of us took a day to visit Rincon de la Vieja National Park. It’s located close to the city of Liberia in the northern part of the country. Most people visit the park to see the cinder cone volcano – Rincon de la Vieja, […]

The Hike to Lake McArthur, Lake O’Hara Region, Yoho NP

All you need is half a day to hike to Lake McArthur, one of the true gems in the Lake O’Hara area of Yoho National Park. The lake itself isn’t that big – just 1.5 kilometers long but the sapphire blue colour will mesmerize you as will the setting. The lake is 85 meters deep […]

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 […]