• Utah

    Hiking in Utah’s Red Canyon – A Quiet Alternative to Bryce

    Red Canyon marks the start of Utah’s Scenic Byway 12.  Its features are similar to those in Bryce Canyon National Park – located 13 miles further along the Byway. Consequently, many visitors simply drive through while on their way to Bryce, admiring Red Canyon’s scenery from their car.  But, Red Canyon is worthy of a stop in its own right.  It features a Visitor Center, large parking lot, and several…

  • USA

    Touring Seattle’s Ballard Locks by Boat with Argosy Cruises

    The Ballard Locks are one of Seattle’s most popular tourist attractions. The Locks separate the saltwater Puget Sound from the freshwater lakes and channels inland, and also function as a “boat elevator”, moving boats up and down between the two separated water levels. While tripping some things to do during our recent visit to Seattle, I discovered that Argosy Cruises offers the chance to pass through the Ballard Locks by…

  • USA

    A Height-Phobic’s Guide to Visiting Seattle’s Iconic Space Needle

    The Space Needle is perhaps Seattle’s most iconic and recognizable landmark.  I’ve been up a few times in the very distant past, and don’t recall liking it.  That had nothing to do with the quality of the experience that generally comes with visiting the Space Needle. Instead, it had everything to do with my intense dislike of heights.  And I remember the last time I braved a ride to the…

  • Utah

    The Bear Canyon Suspension Bridge – My Favorite Local Hike

    I’m lucky enough to live at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains in the southeast Salt Lake Valley. Beautiful hiking trails with amazing views zig zag through this whole area. Our favorite hike here follows the Bonneville Shoreline Trail from Hidden Valley Park to the Bear Canyon Suspension Bridge. This 3 mile round trip hike is part of our regular exercise routine. We generally hike it twice weekly. The Bear…

  • Food,  Utah

    Birria Tacos at Los Tapatios in Salt Lake City

    I love tacos.  In fact, it’s fair to say that a perfectly executed taco is my favorite food.  And there are some great tacos in Salt Lake City.  The Hispanic community in Salt Lake is large and there is no shortage of great Mexican restaurants to choose from.  My daughter, who inherited my love of good food, had been telling me for several months about the Birria tacos at Los…

  • Warm Islands

    A Thorough Guide To Frederiksted St Croix USVI

    St Croix in the US Virgin Islands – a paradise in the Caribbean. Of the three islands that make up the USVI, St Croix has the reputation as the most laid back and authentic. Visitors to St Croix will find pristine white sand beaches, turquoise blue water, friendly people, and a real sense of history and culture. St Croix is not a big island – you can drive from one…