Heading to Seattle for the Ugly Sweater Christmas Tea

  • Park rangers now tell you NOT to make cairns.  They prefer to be in charge of the trail marking rockery, thank you.

Camping in the Maze, Canyonlands

By |October 19th, 2016|

Canyonlands National Park has a section called the "Maze" which is known to be rugged and remote.  Visitors must be prepared for self-sufficiency and isolation.   That's why we turned back after one night, as [...]

  • One of my favorite resting spots, near the top of Glacier Point.

Yosemite National Park

By |September 25th, 2016|

The National Parks Foundation invited us to Yosemite for a 3 day hiking event, and we were the first to RSVP!  What a great event to meet and greet others who love the National Parks [...]

  • We rang in Mike's birthday with Hamilton, the Tony award winning Broadway show.

I’ll take Manhattan, New York

By |September 14th, 2016|

Our stop in New York was made incredibly special by our friends who are lucky enough to live there.  What an incredibly energetic, diverse, exciting city.  

  • One of eleven pregnancies among the victims.

9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York

By |September 13th, 2016|

We stopped in New York on our way back to pay our respects at the 9/11 memorial.  The largest attack ever on American soil shook our nation to its core in 2001.  Although it was [...]

  • Beautiful double archways surround a sun soaked courtyard.

Mont Saint-Michel Abbey

By |September 10th, 2016|

Now that we slogged through the sandy hike to Mont Saint-Michel, we spent the next day hiking up the interior.  Mont Saint-Michel started as a monastery (monks only) in the 7th century, became an abbey in [...]

  • "And you’ll walk across any territory, and any darkness, however fluid, and however dangerous to take the one hand and the one life, you know belongs in yours."  David Whyte

Pilgrim’s Walk in Mont Saint-Michel

By |September 8th, 2016|

During the Middle Ages, pilgrims had to walk their way to Mont Saint-Michel during extreme low tide. It was considered very dangerous. Back then, people who planned to go to Mont Saint-Michel first made out a [...]

  • "This embattled shore, portal of freedom, is forever hallowed by the ideals, the valor and the sacrifices of our fellow countrymen."

Omaha Beach and the American Cemetery

By |September 7th, 2016|

On June 6, 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily fortified French coastline, to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. General Eisenhower called the operation a [...]

  • Hiking to the sound of seagulls and the smell of salt air.

La Hague Coastal Trail

By |September 6th, 2016|

We hiked a piece of the Grande Randonnée which runs through the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Spain.  It runs for thousands of miles, like the Pacific Crest Trail.

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Étretat Cliffs and Claude Monet

By |September 5th, 2016|

We hiked a windy trail for miles along the Étretat cliffs, in the northwest of Normandy, near the English Channel.  This was a favorite location of Impressionist painter Claude Monet.  He moved to several locations [...]

  • Vieux (old) Port in St. Tropez

Rouen and Honfleur, France

By |September 4th, 2016|

We started our Country Walkers tour in Rouen, along the Siene river, and worked our way to Honfleur, a picturesque seaside town.  We hiked, and they moved our bags from hotel to hotel.  Nice! [...]

  • Speech wasn't free in the Renaissance.  Speaking out against the King or the church could get you in big trouble.

The Gardens of Villandry

By |September 3rd, 2016|

The Château de Villandry was the last great castle built during the Renaissance period.  Acres of geometric box hedges surround carefully tended fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers.

  • Mike is willing to castle hop if there is aerobic rowing involved!

Chenonceau Castle in the Loire Valley

By |September 2nd, 2016|

This French castle has it all - an ambitious mistress, a vengeful wife, and a king killed in a jousting tournament (by a spear in his eye).   King Henry II gave control of Chenonceau to his mistress [...]