November 2016

Visiting the Portland International Rose Test Garden

Last year, I wrote about my first and only 24 hours in Portland. I haven’t been back since, but the vitality and spirit of the city draws me back. One of the sights we visited (that I never went into detail about) was the Portland International Rose Test Garden. It’s time to fix that mistake and share some info…

Hiking Utah’s Coyote Gulch

This is a guest post from Mitch Stevens, founder and lead guide of Southwest Discoveries. Based out of Tucson, Arizona, Southwest Discoveries offers multi-generational guided tours of the Grand Canyon, Sedona, Horseshoe Bend, the Tortolita Mountains, and more. Visit Southwest Discoveries for more information. Canyons are the Southwest’s magnificent cathedrals. Today’s article is the first in our Hiking the Escalante series showcasing the beauty and splendor of these incredible cathedrals and the awe-inspiring formations created by the Escalante River. Sheer cliffs, red rock walls, ancient geologic sculptures and dozens of tributaries await the adventurous trekker when…

My Traveling Husband

I write about travel. But I am often the one at home. As my husband has climbed the corporate ladder over the years, his amount of travel has increased. I can’t really complain, because as a family, we decided that I would stay home and raise our girls and he would work. At first, travel was rare; when he was gone, he was only gone 2-3 days, and was traveling domestically. Years passed and he then started traveling to Poland. He would be gone 4-5 days. Eventually, it became 7-9 days and sometimes even longer…

How to Survive a Bear Attack

Surviving Bear Attacks In the last ten years, only 28 people have been fatally attacked by a bear within North America (reported cases). Bear attacks are rare and almost always occur due to defensive reasons like defending their cubs or protecting their food…