Monument Valley

Monument Valley on the Navajo Nation Reservation is what many consider to be quintessential America. The road that leads into the sunset will also lead you to your dreams of freedom. Called Tse’Bii’Ndzisgaii or, loosely translated, the place where streaks go around in the rocks, in the Navajo language, this is one of the most […]

Antelope Slot Canyons

I clearly remember seeing a photo of Antelope Canyon the first time. It was that first time it appeared in the National Geographic magazine, and I was blown away. How was it possible that the shapes of the rocks and the colors flowed together, formed flames, looked so strong and soft at the same time? […]

Grand Canyon

As I stand at the south rim of the Grand Canyon watching the sun set 30 years after I last stood there, I ask myself if it has changed. Has it gotten smaller? Is the canyon not as deep or as wide as it once was? Three days later, after walking the entire Rim Trail, […]

A Day in Funchal

On our last full day on the island of Madeira we took the cable car down from where we were staying Monte and spent the day roaming the streets of the capital, Funchal. Our first stop was the famous Mercado dos Lavradores (Farmer’s Market) which is in every guide book. While it was interesting to […]

Madeira’s Gardens

When talking about Madeira, someone will inevitably say: oh, the island of flowers! It’s true that at any given time something is in bloom. In fact, Madeira was the first place I saw poinsettias growing in someone’s garden. Since then, I’ve seen poinsettias on the islands of La Palma and La Gomera, but that first […]

Madeira’s High Country

It may come as a surprise that Madeira has a high country, but Pico Ruivo is Portugal’s third highest peak at 1861 m (6,106 ft). There is a fantastic hike from Pico do Arieiro at 1,818 metres (5,965 ft), Madeira’s third and Portugal’s 5th highest peak. We drove up in complete darkness to witness the […]