Mountain Highs and Family Ties in Grindelwald, Switzerland

Mountain Highs and Family Ties in Grindelwald, Switzerland

I awoke this morning in the shadow of the snow-capped Eiger Mountain to the chorus of bells worn by cows grazing upon the rolling hills of Grindelwald, Switzerland. Now, I’m standing 11,333 feet in the open air at Jungfraujoch, knownRead more

Provençal Charms and Personal Challenges in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

Provençal Charms and Personal Challenges in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

In a flash of self-pity, I think about what I’m not doing while staying in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France, the enchanting and historic island town ringed by the Sorgue River in the Luberon region of Provence. I’m visiting nearby Gordes, one of theRead more

Diversions and Destinations in Sonoma County Wine Country

Diversions and Destinations in Sonoma County Wine Country

Hiking atop Tomales Point’s craggy cliffs on the California coast, dense fog swirls with abandon, obliterating my view a few yards ahead. Just as quickly it shifts, allowing a fleeting glimpse of scrubby vegetation hugging the sandy trail. Save forRead more

Art of Reading Tours Marry Art and Literature at The Mint Museum

Art of Reading Tours Marry Art and Literature at The Mint Museum

I’m hopeful Mr. Darcy will magically materialize and join our Art of Reading tour at Mint Museum Randolph. The Art of Reading tour is a free program that draws connections between art and literature, two of my passions. Our guide, docent Debbie Struble, spearheaded developmentRead more

Rocking On in California’s Joshua Tree National Park

Rocking On in California’s Joshua Tree National Park

Our plan for this sunny day in Southern California seemed straightforward enough – drive about 60 minutes from La Maison, our French-inspired boutique hotel in Palm Springs, to Joshua Tree National Park for a desert hike. Instead, we’ve either materialized onRead more

Blowing in the Wind at San Gorgonio Pass Wind Park

Blowing in the Wind at San Gorgonio Pass Wind Park

It’s a sad day at San Gorgonio Pass Wind Park on the northwest outskirts of Palm Springs, CA, laments Randy Buckmaster, our guide from Palm Springs Windmill Tours. Wind – the element that makes one of the deepest mountain passesRead more

Small-Town Charms Amid Minnesota’s Lakes

Small-Town Charms Amid Minnesota’s Lakes

Competition is fierce, but my money is on the turtle named “Speedy,” the one the announcer says has been training by running, lifting weights, and swimming laps. I have no idea which turtle among the dozens is Speedy because theyRead more

Timeouts and Turning Points on Kiawah Island

Timeouts and Turning Points on Kiawah Island

My pulse quickens as always when my husband, Bill, and I cross Maybank Highway and head straight on Bohicket Road for the final stretch of the drive through Johns Island to Kiawah Island. It revs up more a few hundredRead more

Flying High Aboard the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Flying High Aboard the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

With the fabled California desert city of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley spread far below in a hazy morning shimmer, it occurs to me I have something in common with the large raven I spot scooting determinedly along aRead more

Reconnaissance at Point Reyes Station

Reconnaissance at Point Reyes Station

I’m dropping by parachute into the small, western California town of Point Reyes Station. Sam pilots my private plane. Lucky me that he sports the rugged blond good looks of Robert Redford in his Butch Cassidy and the Sundance KidRead more