Outdoor adventures in DC -- kayak the Potomac, hike the Shenandoah valley, bike the C&O canal, sail the Chesapeake!

Outdoor Adventures in or Near Washington, DC

My team at work is launching a spacecraft this year so I’m grounded from international travel until at least February. The good part of that is that I am able ...

The goddess Pandora — Zues’ beautiful, cunning, seductive yet deceitful punishment to Prometheus

Pandora’s Jar

History may have trouble fitting a square peg into a round hole, but it has no problem changing a round object into a square one. What we think of as ...

Hornitos Black Barrel -- photo by @iStefPayne

Hornitos Black Barrel; a Drink With my Father

The most memorable drinks that I’ve ever had were also an experience. I had such an experience with my father a couple of weeks ago, sitting on his deck overlooking ...

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The Milky Way over Tenerife. Photo Credit & Copyright: Juan Carlos Casado via NASA APOD

Starmus: Space Geeks, Science Peeps and Travel Freaks to Meet at the Canary Islands

Niche travel has many special interests covered — food, wine, literature. I rarely ...
Eduardo Kobra's mural from High Line depicting famous photograph 'V-J Day in Times Square' c. August 14, 1945.

I [Heart] New York

I love New York. Even Times Square. Even the fact that I can’t ...
The mountain god (or Apu), Salcantay

The Other Inca Trail to Machu Picchu: Nevado Salcantay

If you are an adventurer, chances are that you either dream of ...
The Amazon Rainforest in Peru

The Pleasures and the Pains of the Amazon Rainforest

When you ask a traveler where in the world they’d like go ...
The dunes at Dead Vlei in the Namib Desert, Namibia

The Thunderous Roar of Deafening Silence — Sounds From the World’s Oldest Desert

I hadn’t heard such a silence as far back as I could ...
Hadza warriors of East Africa

A Tale of Three Tribes: the Maasai, the Hadza Warriors and the Totoga “Tree People” of East Africa

As a child, I favored field trips to lesson plans. As a ...

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The Best Movies about Travel and Adventure (Pictured: City of God)

The 70 Best Travel and Adventure Themed Movies of All Time

(Last updated January 25, 2014 – sign up to receive updates by email) There are a lot of “Best Travel Movie” lists out there on the web. And there are a lot of epic travel movies to love. The intention of this list is to dive farther than the most popular and deeper than the […]

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Prayer flags in the Himalayas lead the way to Mt. Everest in Nepal (Image: Jonathan Irish | http://www.jonathanirish.com)

Great Quotations About Hiking, Walking, Mountaineering (and Some Metaphors for Life)

❤ “Climbing is as close as we can come to flying.” — Margaret Young ❤ “If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking.  Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk.” — Raymond Inmon “Chasing angels or fleeing demons, go to the mountains.” — Jeffrey Rasley “It’s always further than it looks. […]

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Bi-Rite organic grocery in San Francisco's Mission District.

5 Smart, Free Ways to Change the Way You Cook

Hit the specialty stores. One day at Hana Japanese market in DC, I found myself loading up on ingredients that I either don’t normally use or cannot find at my regular grocery. This one act resulted in a totally different style of cooking, at least for that week, and later led me to latin American markets, […]

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Real Joe: Greek Coffee

Real Joe: Greek Coffee

A short background, facts and fables, and how to make traditional Greek coffee. The Mediterranean is known for long, lingering meals — a tradition dating back to the Ancient Greeks. Early recordings storied feasts — appetizers of olives, figs, cheese or dried fish; main courses, pastas and desserts and wines — that would start in the morning […]

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