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November 23, 2015

Spain: El Caminito del Rey

Don't look down.

About an hour by car from Ronda is the infamous El Caminito del Rey. This narrow walkway is stunningly pinned to the steep rock walls of the narrow Gorge of the Gaitanes.


August 13, 2012

Turkey: Istanbul, Çemberlitaş Hamamı

The New Mosque: Istanbul’s sights are close enough to walk to but it is hard on the body.

A visit to Istanbul would not be complete without a visit to a Turkish bath or haman.   At least that’s what the guidebooks say, though I’m not sure why.  But for us this declaration applies even though our last visit to a bath was far from unequivocally pleasant.  Indeed, (more…)

January 23, 2012

Canal des Deux Mers: Toulouse to Montbartier

Backlit trees and mirror smooth canal waters (color IR)

Canal du Midi and the Canal de Garonne

“We’re sinking.”


December 29, 2011

Mount Saint Helens: The Climb

Climbing Mt. St. Helens is just a walk in the forest down low.

Periodically the notion of climbing a mountain sparks through our synapses. Usually good sense prevails. The painful pounding reality of the effort required to reach the top of some remote mountain quickly tempers the overactive enthusiasm. This time we made an exception. Mt. St. Helens was just too interesting not to climb.


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