Even a Weekend of Disaster Can’t Get in the Way of Switzerland’s Ethereal Beauty

Even as we take the rail from Lyon to Lucerne, Switzerland, my girlfriend Thyme is already coming down with a fever. Still we enjoy the ride, taking in the glorious green mountains and pastoral landscape of rural France, then the mountainous wonderland that is the neutral state of Switzerland. It is a place where the … More Even a Weekend of Disaster Can’t Get in the Way of Switzerland’s Ethereal Beauty

After 5 Years of Drought, Southern California Comes Back to Life

About a year ago I went to Laguna Beach Wilderness Park and took the short hike to Barbara’s Lake. Except it wasn’t a lake any longer. Instead, a dry and cracked crater sat dying in the hot sun due to the unrelenting and uncompromising California drought, which lasted five years. Now as I walk over the … More After 5 Years of Drought, Southern California Comes Back to Life

A Blanket of Snow in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado

The moment I fly into Denver, after renting a car, I go for some noodles at a local fusion joint that boasts chili verde ramen. Then, I have a few beers from Breckenridge Brewery in the heart of downtown Denver, before I retire for the night to prepare for what turns out to be a week full of outdoor … More A Blanket of Snow in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado