ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH: ESTES PARK, COLORADO

We passed lots of legal recreational marijuana dispensaries on the way up to Rocky Mountain National Park. The business names were fun:  “Bud Depot”, “Ganja Gourmet”, “House of Kush”, and my personal favorites… “Higher Education”, and “Let Us Be Blunt”. However, our title is actually referring to the John Denver, “Get high on being a Continue Reading »

GAMELAN IS “HOUSE MUSIC”: BALI, INDONESIA

On to the next island, this one uniquely Hindu, on our “Java & Bali: Indonesia’s Mystical Islands”, tour by Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT). An hour flight from Java, Bali welcomes tourists with a thoroughly modern airport in the capital city of Denpasar, yet sits very close to villages, rice paddies, and dense forests rich in cultural traditions, Continue Reading »

MORE JAVA PLEASE: YOGYAKARTA, INDONESIA

The final leg of my very hot and humid two-month Asian travel was a well planned and luxurious cultural tour, “Java & Bali: Indonesia’s Mystical Islands”, with Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT).  A separate blog on Bali will follow. As usual with OAT, the tour was extremely comfortable with amazing meals and accommodations and a thoughtful and Continue Reading »

EPIC CYCLE TOURING: NORTH SULAWESI, INDONESIA

After our first two-wheeled adventure in South Africa last Fall, I’ve been banging on about the sheer awesomeness of going on an epic long-distance cycle tour.   Sal needed a break from too many airports and global traveling especially after for months of Middle East and African travel last year alone.  She’s been to Indonesia Continue Reading »

SUPERBLOOM OR SUPERBUST?: DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK

Due to historic flooding last October 2015 in the Valley, yellow ‘California Gold’ wildflowers have covered the desert floor. “Superbloom”, at the peak of the season two weeks ago meant the park was “pretty full” according to the rangers. My chosen campgrounds were already ridiculously full but this particular National Park differs from the usual Continue Reading »

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