Experience Dog Sledding in Alaska and Mush Your Own Team

April 12, 2018 3 Comments »

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I looked around the Two Rivers post office wondering what it was like to live in such a small community in Alaska. In this tiny little ‘rest stop’ along the Chena Hot Spring Road, the post office and the general store were attached to each other and seemed to be the hot spot of the […]

Exploring the Foreign World of Elko’s Cowboy Poetry

March 13, 2018 No Comments »

cowboy poetry

Sometimes you don’t have to go far to experience culture shock. I first heard the term Cowboy Poetry in the tiny town of McCarthy, Alaska. I had struck up a conversation with a young woman about travel and she told me about the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko as a festival that I “must […]

Take the Road Less Traveled to Norddal Norway

November 14, 2017 3 Comments »

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Every time someone said it, they blushed a little. “We call it the Happy End,” said Susanne. She was very quick to point out that it was meant to describe the happiness you find at the end of the road – not ‘the other’ happy end. I smiled. I wondered if they were aware of […]

Things to do on the Acadian Peninsula

October 24, 2017 7 Comments »

things to do on the acadian peninsula

The woman at the counter brings my pain au chocolate and says something to me in French. I always admire the French language; it flows so beautifully, like silk coming out of people’s lips. It makes me nostalgic for my high school days when I took French and wondered why I was taking it. After […]

A Handshake in the Canadian Badlands

October 4, 2017 10 Comments »

Canadian Badlands Writing on Stone

I was going through all the motions…it had been a whirlwind travel day of moving, moving, moving. We did introductions quickly in the parking lot and shook hands. I never thought of myself as hurried – until I went to pull away from the handshake and he took his other hand and cupped it around […]

Add This Goat Safari to Your Norway Itinerary

September 7, 2017 6 Comments »

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“Do you want to take the baby goats to pasture, “ Farmer Petter asked me. My eyes lit up and I felt 7 years old again. “Yes, yes! I’d love to take the baby goats anywhere!” I replied. Oh happy day! I’m not sure what it is about farms, but no matter how old you […]

Why Would Someone Live in the Canadian Arctic?

July 18, 2017 15 Comments »

Canadian Arctic Inuvik

At the far north end of the Dempster Highway sits the remote community of Inuvik. Located 125 miles above the Arctic Circle, with only one road connecting it to the rest of the globe. The community not only lives with, but also thrives in, 9 months of winter-like weather and 1 month of total darkness. […]

Forget Cruising and Take a Real Arctic Adventure Tour

July 6, 2017 8 Comments »

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One if by land, two if by sea; everyone knows land is better whenever possible, even the forefathers. It’s that time of year when people start heading north in search of Arctic Adventure Tours. Most people go to the Arctic by ship cruise in the summer – it’s the most accessible, however Canada’s Northwest Territory […]

Celebrating the Maine Blueberry

April 18, 2017 5 Comments »

maine blueberry festival

I heard the woman yell out to the little kids passing by, “Learn about farming AND get to see baby pigs!” Even though I knew her sales pitch wasn’t for adults, she had me at “baby pigs”. It’s hard to compete with the glitz of midway rides, cotton candy, and corn dogs; but the people […]

4 Ways to Travel Deeper in New Zealand

February 23, 2017 7 Comments »

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Few places on earth have as much landscape diversity than New Zealand. There is a ton packed into 2 relatively small islands; from glaciers to farmlands, to mountain peaks, to tropical beaches. I still remember my trip to the islands ten years ago when I first started my travels. The landscape and my experience in […]

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