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the declining cost of distance

The declining cost of distance

My wife went to visit her sister a few weeks ago in New York.  While she was gone, my daughter and I felt like doing something fun, so the two of us went to Washington D.C. to see the cherry trees in bloom.  A hundred years ago, either one of those trips would have been […]

travel roulette

Travel Roulette

  For a while I’ve wanted to show up at the airport with no plans, no luggage and no ticket and ask the agent to book me a flight somewhere.  I think it would be a fun experiment.  Travel roulette.  So a few days ago, I sent this text to four of my friends: To […]

favorite travel tools

My 5 favorite travel tools

The family and I have been traveling in Iceland for the last few weeks.  We had an amazing time (more in a future post), but I was again reminded that whoever said “The joy is in the journey” never spent much time flying coach.  If you do any amount of traveling, you know that travel […]

climbing mt st helens

Climbing Mt St Helens

“Oh.  Sorry.  You’re on the wrong side of the mountain.” That was the response I got when I called the park ranger help line.  The number was conveniently posted on a big “You Are Here” board which I got out of my car to examine because it happened to be right next to the “Dead […]

national parks

aMUSEments: National Parks Guide

Note: Retirement is more than just a math problem.  Yes, money is important, but you need meaningful activities and relationships too.  When money and meaning intersect, you have the chance for something special.  With that in mind, I’m starting a new periodic series called “aMUSEments” that will focus on a particular trip, activity, idea or […]