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Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano: Pele Made Me Pay

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The best things in life are free? Absolutely not. I’m on the Big Island of Hawaii and have just stood within 3 feet of crackling, super-heated lava oozing from the earth — a primordial, surreal sight that has instantly rocketed to No. 1 on my all-time travel list. The cost? A guided hike to witness one of the planet’s most ... Read More »

Just Another Day of Inspections – on Board the Aleutian Ballad


Every now and then I get to do something a little out of the ordinary. For example, when working in Alaska, I was asked to check out the Bering Sea Crab Fisherman’s Tour. It takes place on board the Aleutian Ballad crab boat, which was featured on the hit television series “The Deadliest Catch.” It has now retired from its ... Read More »

Colorado Adventures at Rocky Mountain National Park

Buffalo Bill Grave Site I was on a Colorado adventure and heading for the mountains.  I decided to spend a couple of nights in the town of Grand Lake and ventured into Rocky Mountain National Park.  As I drove west on I-70 from Denver, a flashing sign indicated that the Eisenhower Tunnel was closed ahead. I couldn’t remember if the ... Read More »

Survival of the Fittest: The Galapagos Islands and Celebrity Xpedition

The usual travel life cycle is ‘dream, plan, book, travel, and share’.  But when friends invited us to join them on their ‘bucket list’ Celebrity Xpedition 10-night Galapagos cruise/tour, we jumped right past the ‘dream’ and ‘plan’ stages and went straight to our local AAA office to ‘book.’  Now, granted, it was a pretty special trip and we did do ... Read More »

Chill Out: Rafting In the Rockies

The Seiters In Colorado Dress in layers and hold on tightly! That’s the best advice I can give if you plan to go whitewater rafting in late May or early June along the Arkansas River in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Fortunately, before leaving Elk Mountain Ranch for our 45-minute commute to Wilderness Aware the morning of our scheduled full-day river trip, ... Read More »

Whitewater Rafting on the Nantahala River

I had booked a whitewater rafting trip in North Carolina once before, only to cancel upon learning of my first child’s pending arrival status.  That child is now 14, so it took me awhile to reschedule, but now the trip would include her and her 9-year-old brother. As a first-time rafter, I waded online through river choices, rafting jargon and ... Read More »

Cabo San Lucas for the Adventurous

Traveling for adventure is a wonderful thing – no matter what your age.  Not everyone can hike the Himalayas or Mt Kilimanjaro, but there are many destinations that offer all kinds of unique things to do.  Stretch your imagination and consider some of the things you can do just south of the border in Cabo San Lucas, Baja, Mexico. Bike ... Read More »