Costa Rica Rainforest Hiking: An Experience in Sight, Sound and Touch

hiking up from lake at cerro chat

I should have anticipated rain, especially as we were hiking in a rainforest during the official rainy season in Costa Rica. Still, the sheer volume of water falling from the sky and roiling down the trail was daunting. “I think we should go back,” our younger son appealed, looking at me with worried eyes. A child […]

Summer in Steamboat, Part Three: Water, Water Everywhere

rafting yampa river

Located on the banks of the Yampa River, named for a chugging hot spring that once sounded like a steamboat, Steamboat is a haven for water-based recreation. While the river is a hot spot for rafting, tubing, kayaking and fishing, not surprisingly, it’s the hot springs that get the most notice. Right in town, you’ll find Old […]

Summer in Steamboat: Four Hooves, Two Wheels and Water (A Three Part Series About One Busy Weekend)

horseback howelsen hill

I love Steamboat in summer. So it won’t be any surprise that when we visited for a weekend in mid-June that we had a terrific time. Simply put, there is no other mountain town (that I know of) that has so much going on for families of every age. Activities for Kids, Big and Small […]

Paddling Pleasures: Getting Out In Minnesota

thompson falls mini golf

Minnesotans are an active bunch. Despite living in state known for ridiculously cold winters, these hardy folk spend their winters outdoors: skiing, skating, sledding and, of course, ice fishing. When summer comes, they stay outside, delighting in mostly moderate temperatures and waterborne activities. Last July we visited my brother and his family. They  relocated to […]

Unique California: Sea Kayaking Santa Cruz Island

clear california ocean water

Just about an hour off the coast of southern California lie the closest of the Channel Islands. Rising from the clear waters of the Pacific Ocean, four of these islands, Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, and San Miguel, swing away from the west coast in a graceful volcanic arc.  Together with Santa Barbara, a fifth […]