January 2018

Are You Eating Fake Foods?

For many generations, we Americans have all too often relied on food manufacturers to provide us with convenience foods. Whether the food is prepackaged, pre-sliced, pre-cooked or any other convenience, generally the more processed food is, the less ‘real’ it is. During the 1950’s and beyond, food manufacturers tried to fill the void that was left in the kitchen after more women entered the workforce. These dehydrated and artificial foods were also pushed on Americans because after World War II, food companies had to convince people to purchase their military grade foods or risk…

Ascending Mount Hood

The following is a guest post from Mitch Stevens, Sierra Club hiking leader and founder/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.   The snow-cat rumbled to a stop amidst the barren rock and snow fields on Mount Hood, Oregon’s iconic summit at 11,250 feet. It was an eerie sensation to be grinding along in pre-dawn blackness; we had to start our journey at 12:30 am to…

Top 10 Things to See at the British Museum

The British Museum Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG Grading: A Open: Daily 10am – 5:30pm, Fridays until 8:30pm Admission: Free! One of my favorite sites in London is the British Museum. So many pieces of historical significance lay under this very roof. Antiquities from all over the world can be found here, many of them created thousands of years ago. The British Museum itself, states that they exist to “tell the story of cultural achievement throughout the world, from the dawn of human history over two million years ago until the present day.” As with…

Visiting the Wieliczka Salt Mine – Krakow, Poland

  Wieliczka Salt Mine ul. Daniłowicza 10 32-020 Wieliczka, Poland Grading: A (In full disclosure, I find geology fascinating, thus my rating of an A. I would probably give it at least a B if I wasn’t into geology because it is such a unique destination.) Overall Impression: The Wieliczka Salt Mine is a very unique tourist attraction that’s a short drive from Krakow. Opened during the 13th century, this mine is no longer a commercial mine; however, it’s more like a museum of sorts, hundreds of feet below ground…