Travel Archive

In The Dark at the Great Barrier Reef

The boat rocks precariously and the storm’s waves slap and crash over the dive platform that stretches across the boat’s stern. While we pull on our scuba wetsuits, diving tanks and masks, dark descends over the boat and The Reef, the locals’ name for The Great Barrier Reef. The battleship gray clouds obscure the moon and stars. The ocean is the color of charcoal, the …

Making Art While You Travel – The Why and the How

Cameras are a great way to capture your experience while traveling.  Making art adds a different dimension, whether you’re sketching or painting, because you are not just copying but interpreting.  It also causes you to more deeply absorb and enjoy what you’re experiencing.  Later, when you look at your sketchbook, it will all come back far more vividly than a photograph would.It’s not hard to …

Zanzibar – Exotic, Tropical, Relaxing

Zanzibar is an exotic, tropical island archipelago that is a semi-autonomous area of Tanzania. It even has a president of its own. The islands have a burgeoning population that is 95% conservative Muslim. The architecture of Stone Town, the major city of the main island, has a multi-layered history which includes, mainland African, Arab sultan, as well as German and British colonialists. Zanzibar has extensive …

Soloing in the Desert

I am alone in remote wilderness in the desert of The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, a vast area in the American West. The only sound I hear is the wind blowing through the juniper trees. It has been blowing all day, dusting everything with fine sand. In a low, protected-from-the-wind spot next to a 40-foot high, peach-colored bluff of sandstone and behind tall sage brush, …

The Dark Side of Cruises

 As you statistics fans may have already noted, the odds of getting sick or killed or maimed on a cruise ship are far less than many communities we’ve traveled in so we are by no means trying to discourage you.  Just remember, though, the fact you are in what feels like a very safe environment carries it’s own dangers.  In other words, you’ll be far …

An Impassioned Defense of Venice (It’s Not a Sewer!)

As I was planning my trip to Italy, I saw and heard all kinds of nasty things about Venice – that it was an open sewer, that it was a decaying, dying city and smelled.  Worse yet, we were going in July with anticipated temperatures of 100 degrees, so, if there was ever a time where Venice might have an unpleasant odor, this was it.  …