Desert Island Maine

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Updated 2021 Bar Harbor Maine Bar Harbor Maine is one of the main towns on Mount Desert Island (the others being Northeast Harbor, Southwest Harbor, and Bass Harbor). Bar Harbor itself, is the epitome of a tourist town with about half the stores selling tee-shirts, half the remainder are restaurants (lots of lobster as you [Read more …]

The Mid-Maine Coast: Camden, Rockland and Rockport

Canden Harbor

Although the Mid-Maine coast encompassed more than Camden, Rockland and Rockport, they are very close to each other and one of our favorite areas. Partly because they are charming towns in and of themselves (with the best restaurants and galleries east of Portland). Each has its own beauty, personality and offer lots of activities. Camden [Read more …]

What To Do in Portland Maine


Portland Maine is a lovely small city with a nice museum and great restaurants. We love walking through the lovely historic (and much gentrified) Old Port historic area that is filled with restored brick buildings or down Commercial Street, which was built on old piers in the 1850s. While some of the old (but mostly [Read more …]

Mendocino California Hikes and Parks


Mendocino is a small unincorporated area on the northern California Pacific coast. It has breathtaking views. While it is neither a town nor a city, we will refer to it as a town for simplicity. The lovely town and its headlands have been designated a National Historic Area and are well worth spending some time [Read more …]

Exploring Santa Cruz California

Santa Cruz boardwalk merry go round

Santa Cruz Santa Cruz is a town located at the northern edge of Monterey Bay, about an hour south of San Jose. It is known primarily for its beach, its surfing, and its university. It has plenty of places to stroll, relax and people watch. The Beach Boardwalk is home to an amusement area with [Read more …]

Olympic National Park


The Olympic Peninsula is a scenic peninsula just east of Seattle Washington. It is filled with steep, glacier-clad mountains, a conifer rain forest, rushing streams, and waterfalls. Most of its area is wilderness and devoted to Olympic National Park. In its million acres, the park contains three primary, ecologically interlinked ecosystems: mountains, rainforest, and lakes [Read more …]

Mendenhall Glacier


Getting to Mendenhall Glacier from Juneau The Mendenhall Glacier is about 13 miles from downtown Juneau Alaska. You can reach it in various ways from Juneau: Taxi. While we thought this would be a reasonable cost, it ended up being expensive as taxis need a special permit to drop people at the glacier. They charge [Read more …]

Boulder Colorado

Pearl Street Boulder

Boulder Colorado is another of our favorite small Colorado towns. This hip town is home to the University of Colorado. It has developed into the state’s primary education center and primary technology hub. It is home to several corporate research labs, government organizations such as the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the Joint Institute [Read more …]

Rocky Mountain National Park: Too Popular For Its Own Good

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We can’t count the number of times we have visited the Rocky Mountain National Park, We’ve driven the park’s roads (especially Trail Ridge Road—the highest paved road in the country), explored the visitor centers, stopped at the designated overlooks, walked a number of the trails and read the interpretive signs. Unfortunately, too many other people [Read more …]

Vail Colorado

Slackline demonsration

Vail Colorado is in Eagle County in Colorado. At over 8,000 feet it is home to the highest ski mountain in Colorado. It is not one of our favorite towns. We are not skiers and we tend to not like these types of tourist cities. But the Swiss-themed city is conveniently located for when we [Read more …]