Planes, Trains, and Automobiles From Tuscany to Zurich


I love the comforts of home, planted into my Lazy-Boy, stretched out on my couch, or strolling around my beach town community of Ocean Beach, CA, But at the same time, I feel more alive and somehow pleasantly at home when I am thousands of miles away, trampling over cobblestone streets, and when I am surrounded by unfamiliar places, faces, languages, foods, and sights. There’s a wanderlust that builds up inside of me, tugging me away from the familiar, and then begging me to stay. I find pure joy and happiness as I find myself strolling down dimly-lit, narrow streets, […]

The Road Leads Back to Cave Creek


It doesn’t matter how many beautiful places I’ve seen, and how many places I’ve been. When all is said and done, Cave Creek, Arizona is still one of the coolest places there is. Yes, the place has grown tremendously from the time I lived there during the late 80’s and throughout the 90’s. Yes, some of the old stomping grounds have been bull-dozed over to make room for fancier condos, commercial buildings, and stuff I would say is built for the sole reason of satisfying the yuppy. But beyond the growth and the influx of yuppiness, the beauty, small-town delights and warm […]

Visiting Paradise!


It’s not everyday that you get to visit Paradise! Fortunately, on a recent trip to Seattle, and then south to Mt. Rainier National Park, I did get to visit Paradise. Located just about two-and-a-half hours to the southeast of The Emerald City, nestled right at the base of the 14,411 majestic peak of Mt. Rainier is this stunning area, aptly named ‘Paradise.’ From what I was able to see during a half a day visit to this area of the park, from what I can tell, there was nothing more than a lodge, a visitor center, and then a stunningly […]

Discovering Spain’s Magical Brilliance in Andalucia


I’ve fallen in love again. Quite possibly harder than I have in the past. I’ve fallen for the vast landscape of seemingly infinite olive groves, the mash-up of cultures, the nonsensical zig-zagging of streets and alleys, and the lack of any true sense of urgency that seems so prevalent with the people that call this region of Spain their home. I have found myself in the heart of Andalucia, free to roam the streets aimlessly in search of tasty tapas, some local vino, and listen nonchalantly for the distant sounds of the foot stomping of Flamenco dancers that escape from […]

Blairsden/Graegle, CA

RV Trip from Pacific NW to Vegas: Like a Band of Gypsies


I recently returned from a stunning four-day RV trip that took us on a journey from the Pacific Northwest through the rugged mountains of California, through Death Valley National Park, and to the desert oasis of Las Vegas, NV. As I sat there for hours upon end staring out at the vivid landscape that zipped past me for four days, I once again, as I always do when I’m out and about traveling, began to yearn for a life that allows me to see more of this great world. As we started our journey and continued further south, the various […]