Category: Themes

Swimming Beneath a Tropical Waterfall

Most people have a fairly romantic notion of swimming beneath a waterfall. I’ve done it. More than once. You’ve probably never given this much thought but there are different types of waterfalls. When fantasizing about swimming under a waterfall, most people think about what’s called a free-standing waterfall. That’s where...

Peruvian Birthday Adventure

“Are you crazy?!” “You’ll starve to death.” “You’re going to end up mugged or killed.” “Why would you put your daughter in harm’s way like that?” “How are you going to communicate?” I heard all that and more. As my daughter’s 18th birthday approached, I told her that I was...

Take a Ride… on Heavy Metal

With a great deal of chuffing, 500 tons of steel slowly begins inching along. Not even walking speed. Trees and landmarks creep by the windows. The brass fixtures and polished wooden trim speak of a bygone era. An era most of us have never seen firsthand and yet, one which...

The $50 African safari

Full disclosure: This isn’t my story, it’s my friend Tommy’s. Tommy is a super adventurous traveler. He’s also an absolute train fanatic. He loves trains, especially old steam trains. He travels all over the world just to ride on interesting trains that are still in service. A few years ago...

Travel Firsts

One thing I love about travel is all the firsts. An especially fantastic trip typically has a lot of them. (I even think that’s one of the things that makes a trip especially fantastic.) For her 18th birthday, instead of wrapping up some trinket she didn’t really need I decided...

Living in the Shadow of Machu Picchu

As the nearest large city ┬áto Machu Picchu, Cusco Peru is the gateway to the celebrated “Lost City of the Incas”. In reality, Cusco is a modest sized city of only about 300,000 people. It is extremely scenic and picturesque, in that strange way that only third world countries have...

Bay of Fundy – Crown Jewel of Beautiful New Brunswick, Canada

The Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick, Canada is one of the coolest places you may have┬ánever heard of. Out of all Canada’s Maritime Provinces, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island tend to get a lot more attention than “plain sister” New Brunswick. So I was pleasantly surprised at finding...