One of the biggest reasons I travel is to see what I expect to see but in an unexpected way. A fellow traveler and I were visiting the Constitutional Court of South Africa. This place is where the South African Supreme Court resides and court cases are heard. Through prior arrangement, we were given a tour of the Hall by two young people who worked there: a white South African man who was a descendant of the Afikaaners and a black South African woman. Both were born on or around the time when Apartheid was vanquished so they represented the new... read more ❯
Paddling Alaska's Inside Passage - Getting Ready
I have decided to spend a couple of weeks this summer kayaking Alaska's Inside Passage in the vacinity of Wrangell. I will be taking the ferry from Bellingham, WA to Wrangell, AK on or about 6/21/2019. Then paddling in that general area, hopefully paddling up the Skikine river at least a little ways. I will be taking the ferry back from Wrangell on July 3, arriving back in Bellingham on the 5th. I will be carrying a Gramin inReach which will report and map my location every hour while I am moving. You can view the map HERE. The tracking will... read more ❯
What Makes the Santa Fe Art Scene So Unique?
Published by Upward Magazine, Printed April 2017. “Santa Fe is an inspirational place. Its geographical beauty, sheer mountains, singular light, Indian pueblos and traditional craft draw people who themselves become an inspiration for other artists.” According to John Feins from Tourism Santa Fe, it is not hard to understand why the area is attractive to so many talented crafters but one might still wonder how this little western town gained its international reputation and became the third marketplace for Art in the country, competing with L.A. and N.Y. All Trails lead to Santa Fe Santa Fe, oldest continually inhabited state capital in the... read more ❯
Winter Birding in the Okanogan Highlands
Fancher Flats glowed in the fading light. Stefan said, “Scan the cliffs for Chukars. They go to roost up in the rocks. I hope we aren’t too late.” Nothing moved in the freezing air, and it was difficult to see into the shadows. The light had almost disappeared when a “chuck, chuck, chuck” came from our right. Over the next five minutes at least fifty Chukars climbed up the steep front. When they walked across snow patches, field marks were obvious, but they were just moving blobs on the talus. I noticed... read more ❯