How four scared rattlesnakes scared me on a short foothills hike.
It's September first. The Binge Mode: Harry Potter episode I listened to this week reminded me that the Hogwarts Express leaves from platform 9 3/4 today. In 2004, I saw the Hogwarts Express in person, but it was a complete accident. I didn't think about Harry Potter when I was planning my trip to Scotland, or I... Continue Reading →
Back in March, I spent a week in southern Arizona birding. While I have looked for birds while hiking in the past, this was my first trip dedicated to birding. I discovered that focused birding is both wonderful and frustrating. Here's what I learned. 1) Birding can be intense. Knowing I might see something I'd... Continue Reading →
I recently went on a road trip through the Midwest with some good friends. Our itinerary included national parks, museums, and gardens and included a lot of unexpected stops when something caught our eye from the road. When asked what I wanted to see on and do on the trip, I didn't have much in... Continue Reading →
Back in November, I was too sick to fly and had to cancel a trip. I hated doing it. It meant missing a visit with my family but even more painful was the thought that I would have to sort everything out with the airlines at some point. I would have to call the travel... Continue Reading →