wanders, looks and news

  • hanoi bucket list check

    The first thing I noticed as I taxied away from Hanoi Airport was the smell. In a good way. It was a tropical smokey scent and it excited me. Almost like the great memories you have of campfires but in a tropical foreign land. I knew in that moment that this trip would be different. It would be a gladly embraced and accepted adventure. I arrived to my hotel, The Light Hotel, late in the evening so I just reviewed my tour itinerary with the kind staff, got situated in my room and had dinner on the rooftop.
  • knoxville smoky mountain retreat

    I came rolling into to town through the open fields of the freeway. A nice introduction to the area before entering the city; one I had always wanted to see being raised on the west coast. From the open fields to a sprawling little city with its downtown perched right along the Tennessee River.
  • yosemite at last

    After all the wandering around I did in California it took me to move out to return to visit Yosemite. Go figure...and glad as heck I finally did. With all the exposure of travel these days I find myself, and I think I'm not alone, questioning a visit to one of the classics. As opposed to finding something new. And the point is if you haven't been it is new. So I got going.
  • todos santos leaves an impression

    A very-very good one. Like most I had done many getaways to Cabo over years. And like most always overlooking TD. But this time I didn't. I wanted something off the typical path of Cabo and just as easy. Yet still safe, comfortably accommodating and relaxing. TD is everything Cabo isn't, it's still low-key.
  • st. lucia exploration

    What can say...St. Lucia was really what started it all. It lit the fire. So be forewarned this trip can really get the travel bug going. Until St. Lucia it was local wanders around Southern California and short trips up the west coast and into Mexico.
  • utah roadtrip

    I had often wondered when I'd roadtrip around Utah. I knew I would do it one day. And it turned out I ended up right where needed to be to do it. I had a small window of time so I went for it. St. George is 2.5hrs from Las Vegas and the last major city you'll find before starting the loop. Late fall or early spring is the ideal time with comfortable temps and crowd.
  • key west roadtrip

    In between international travels I'm always looking around for my next Americana trip. Now that I think of it they always end up to be road-tripish. And this one is certainly one of the classics. And a great option to visiting the area if looking for something other than the Miami Beach scene.
  • lima for 2 days

    Lima...a very significant place in my memory forever. It was my first stop on my journey into the international world. In hindsight, I should have spent more time and gone far deeper but thats hindsight for ya. There was a great deal from LA to Lima, to Miami then on to Rome so I figured pop into Lima. And so very grateful I did, even for a short time.
  • tucson an unexpected find

    I was just looking for an easy getaway for the weekend to hide from the cold. There's great flight deals so I thought huh...lets see the desert. Unexpectedly, I found Tucson to be far more than just the desert. And all of it, as I set out for it to be, just very easy and enjoyed.
  • a long walk in paris

    As a solo traveler Paris was not really on my list but Im glad it crossed my path. I was heading back to Europe for another go and Paris had a great deal. So I went with it and spent a day to walk the city as a layover. And I really didnt do any planning intentionally, just to let the chips fall as they may for the day.
  • new york fiolage roadtrip

    I had been wanting to do this road trip since I was a yee lad. I flew into NY and had an at-opening lox bagel at Russ & Daughters. You step from the street into a-whole-nother-world, a swanky diner vibe.
  • charleston preserved

    At this point in my wanders Charleston, SC is my favorite city walk in the US. Not just for the obvious photogenic spots you see but rather all the nooks-&-crannies you find everywhere along the way.