Outside Para, Bhutan.  February 21, 2015. I had a tiger by the tail. Or it had me. In the last few years I’ve hiked far greater distances. I’ve hiked higher. I’ve...

Outside Chiang Mai, Thailand. February 11, 2015. A short  vignette from my third around-the-world trip (and to those who are tempted to say, “that ain’t travel, that’s flying” read on ....

Beijing, not Peking, duck

A cold wind and a day of walking can take you to unexpected places and Beijing, not Peking, duck. Walking down a street in Beijing at the end of December, the...

No more famous sign than this!

November 7 through 10, 2014 Sometimes I just need a Western Americana road trip headed down a wide-open highway towards a fine steak, ponies and jazz. Sometimes I just need to...

cheese and sausage ooo la la

Wheels of Cheese and Sausages on the Street Annecy’s market is a reminder of the humble beginnings of great food.   I sometimes hear people speak in an authoritive tone on...

This seasoned American traveler loved dinner with the seasoned French chef. August 2014 Among the blessings bestowed on the independent traveler is the ability to act on a whim including dinner...

Galapagos Islands, May 26 through 30, 2013. My buddy Marty and I take one trip a year together. We started with five of the “Stans” of central Asia. Then it was...

Masai Mara, Kenya, February 2014. Here I was on the African savannah for the first time. Again. My home, Las Vegas, is a city of two million people, surrounded by mountains...

Mexico City to Los Angeles, December 31, 1975. The takeoff from Mexico City was uneventful, we’d reached cruising altitude, and the captain had turned off the seat belt sign. We were...