Monthly Archive: March, 2016

Puerto Princesa and El Nido, Philippines

“Are you alone?” asked the clerk who checked me into my hotel in Puerto Princesa. “Yes.” A frown.  “Why are you alone?” “Um…” “You know, it is much more enjoyable to travel with… Continue reading

Donsol, Philippines

The night bus from Banaue back to Manila left at 6:30pm and arrived on schedule at 3:30am.  Dazed, I took a taxi straight to the airport, marveling that the traffic remained heavy at… Continue reading

Banaue and Batad, Philippines

The night bus from Manila to Banaue should have taken about eight hours, but – thanks to construction and bumper-to-bumper traffic, even in the middle of the night – we were on the… Continue reading

Manila, Philippines

Getting to Manila was a good reintroduction to the importance of patience while traveling.  From Denver I flew to LA, where a five-hour layover already had me antsy before the big 15-hour flight… Continue reading

White Sands National Monument, New Mexico and Denver, Colorado

My first visit to White Sands National Monument was just five months ago, but I liked it so much I wanted to return as soon as possible.  This time I planned to camp… Continue reading

Monument Valley, Arizona and the Bisti Wilderness, New Mexico

There may be no landscape more visually iconic of the American West than Monument Valley.  A partial list of movies filmed there:  Stagecoach (1939), The Searchers (1956), Easy Rider (1968), Forrest Gump (1994),… Continue reading

Zion National Park, Utah and Page, Arizona

From Death Valley I drove straight to Zion National Park.  For most of the year Zion blocks private cars from the valley, but the road is open in February and I enjoyed being… Continue reading