Golden Gate Bridge

Weekend in San Francisco

Party in San Francisco! I follow sports just about as closely as I follow the weather conditions on Pluto. Yet it did vaguely seep into my consciousness that the San Francisco baseball team was playing in the World Series. “Hope that’s…

Five Backpacking Tips for Isle Royale

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Took this photo of the Dock at the Three Mile Campground So your going to Isle Royale, awesome your going to love it!  I visited the Island recently and decided to do a quick write up based on my own experiences.  I'm definitely no expert…
Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton - The Little Park Next Door

I can imagine how Grand Teton National Park feels. It must be just like being in High School and having your big sister be the Head Cheerleader. No matter how great you are, everyone pays more attention to that Park next door. In this case,…
Waipio Valley

Waipio Valley - Hawaii's Valley of the Kings

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I’ve come to the end of the road. Literally. Highway 240 dead-ends and the land falls away to the ocean almost 2,000 feet below. With its jungle-covered, emerald cliffs, dropping straight down to the Pacific, pretty much everything about the…
Tree Fern

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - The Basics Welcome to the newest place on earth! There is a lot to see here and your $10 entry fee gives you the right to come/stay for seven consecutive days. But if you don’t have that much time, here…
Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaii Inter-island Travel: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Aloha! Welcome to Paradise! The Hawaiian archipelago is the most isolated in the world and contains over 100 islands.  Of course, not all of those are populated or accessible.  But the eight main islands each have their own “personality”…
Pittock Mansion

Pittock Mansion - A Piece of Portland's History

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I arrive at the side door of the Pittock Mansion, a historic French Chateau in Portland’s West Hills and knock on the door.  Even though this house-turned-museum is currently closed, I am allowed in, which makes me feel special.  Once in…
Mauna Kea telescopes.

Mauna Kea - Gateway to the Stars

A Cool Conversation at 30,000 feet... The second flight of the trip, I would be sandwiched in the middle seat for the five plus hours as we crossed the Pacific.  I didn’t much care as I planned on being unconscious for most of the time. …
Keep Portland Weird

Portland- It Really Is That Weird?

I was a little surprised when I learned that there are bumper stickers saying “Keep Austin Weird”.  I had thought that the slogan belonged to Portland.  Turns out that it originated in Austin and Portland usurped it.  But in a way, it…
Zion National Park

America: The Wilderness of the West

Getting away from the populated cities of the East Coast, the West Coast offers plenty of remote and nomadic pleasure. The national parks of the West offer back road trails, forests, deserts and the adventure of exploring the nature and wildlife…