Ansel Adams Wilderness, California and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

To help celebrate Marie’s birthday I planned not one but two weekend getaways. First up:  backcountry camping at Ediza Lake in the Ansel Adams Wilderness.  Marie had been wanting to go there for… Continue reading

Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota, and Utah

After almost two months in Africa it felt great to relax at Marie’s place in Mountain View before hitting the road again.  I wasn’t sure when I’d make another long overseas expedition, but… Continue reading

Kruger National Park, South Africa

The final leg of my seven-week loop around southern Africa was a quick trip to Kruger National Park.  We left Johannesburg early in the morning and arrived at the park in time for… Continue reading

Zimbabwe

It was probably when I called the middle-aged Italian guy a jackass that I abandoned all hope of turning things around with my tour group. Warning signs were there from the start.  When… Continue reading

Livingstone, Zambia and Chobe National Park, Botswana

When I planned my Africa trip I left the middle part blank.  I knew I’d need a change of pace after the highly-scheduled overland tour from Cape Town to Victoria Falls, but I… Continue reading

From Ghanzi, Botswana to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

On our first night after crossing into Botswana we stayed at a campsite where a group of San bushmen performed a traditional dance around a fire.  I did my best to not dwell… Continue reading

From Namib-Naukluft National Park to Windhoek, Namibia

After Sossusvlei our group continued on to a relatively remote campsite just inside the eastern edge of Namib-Naukluft National Park.  Once we had our tents set up a local bushman guide took us… Continue reading

From Cape Town, South Africa to Sossusvlei, Namibia

I can’t say I enjoyed the 34 hours and three flights it took me to get from San Francisco to Cape Town, but a few inspiring moments eclipsed the standard indignities and discomforts… Continue reading

The Palouse, Washington

Imagine sand dunes rolling to the horizon in all directions.  Now replace the sand with meticulously cultivated farmland – gentle slopes of green, yellow, and brown – and you’re close to picturing the… Continue reading

Olympic National Park and the Columbia River Gorge, Washington and Oregon

The timing of my trips to the Pacific Northwest has always been off.  The Palouse area of eastern Washington and the waterfalls of the Columbia River Gorge are incredibly photogenic in late spring,… Continue reading