Hi-Tec Altitude Lite...

With summer upon us ladies, you’ll need a great pair of boots for active summer fun.  Here’s a recommendation for a great protective boot that’s light in weight and easy to wear. Hi-Tec Altitude Lite i WP boots Hi-Tec Altitude Lite i WP boots are perfect for any time you’re spending hours on...

Armadillo LT Gaiters...

If you like walking/hiking in the snow, chances are you would rather the white stuff not get in your shoes or boots.  Ever tried using rubber bands to keep your pants legs tight around your ankle?  Yeah, doesn’t work so well. Armadillo LT Gaiter Bet you’ve never tried gaiters.  I never had. ...

What’s better than a...

Cushe Dawn Patrol is something I first became aware of in September and they haven’t been off my feet much since then.  (No, I don’t wear them to bed!!!)  Casual, stylish, ready for anything.  They make the perfect slip-on-and-forget-them footwear. Cushe (pronounced Cushy) has been perfecting...

S.H.W. – Simply Heavenly Walking or Sheep’s Head Way – you choose Jul22

S.H.W. – Simply Heavenly Walking or Sheep’s Head W...

It may be named for the sheep, but the people and the trails make this a fabulous destination. Ireland’s southwest coast is a series of finger-like peninsulas extending into the wild Atlantic Ocean. One of the slimmest is Sheepshead Peninsula – extending from Bantry on the north, past Ballymoor Mountain, to a lighthouse that sits precariously on a cliff at the very southernmost tip. While it’s a beautiful sight, you’ll only be able to see it from land if you take a walk…a long walk. The Sheep’s Head Way was named the Best Walk in Ireland shortly after it was opened. It’s easy to see why.  No matter what your ability level, you’ll find...

Doolin, Ireland for caves, castles and coastal walks Jun26

Doolin, Ireland for ...

Doolin is what you get when a seaside village meets a barren limestone landscape. Rugged beauty – yes. Crazy caves – check. Quaint little cottages – yep. Doolin Following the signs for the Wild Atlantic Way, as you crest the hill coming down into Doolin, your eye is immediately drawn to an...

Travel to Hawaii with the whole family Apr25

Travel to Hawaii with the whole family

Multigenerational travel is becoming more and more popular…and with good reason.  It’s a chance for kids, parents and grandparents to relax and enjoy each other’s company in new and fun settings. Away from the dishes, the trash that needs to be taken out and that room that needs to be cleaned, all generations can do what they like and create new memories.   What about Hawaii? So where would you go if you had two weeks with the whole clan? How about Hawaii?  As America’s 50th state, it’s one that most American’s have never visited. That’s a shame, as it is arguably one of the most interesting and beautiful of all. So let’s imagine a...

Enjoy Sun Moon Lake by land, bike, boat or from the air May30

Enjoy Sun Moon Lake by land, bike, boat or from th...

Sun Moon Lake has been drawing tourists since 1999, when it was reconstructed into a National Scenic Area after a major earthquake. It is now a 9,000 hectare vacation mecca for Taiwanese and international tourists alike. The largest alpine mountain lake in all of Taiwan, it’s perfectly located at almost the geographical center of the island. Surrounded by mountains on all sides, every direction you look can be a photo opportunity. Rising from 600 meters to 2,000 meters, the hills offer hiking and biking opportunities as well as wonderful overlooks. Approximately a dozen hiking trails of short to moderate distances offer something for...

Hualien is the gateway to eastern shore attractions May28

Hualien is the gateway to eastern shore attraction...

Cisingtan Scenic Bike Trail Midway down the eastern shoreline of Taiwan is the city of Hualien.  It’s just a short, under-an-hour flight from Taipei and you’ll find yourself next to lush green hills that parallel the seashore. This makes a perfect setting for the Cisingtan Scenic Bike Trail. The trail isn’t very long. It can be ridden one-way in about an hour. To the north is a fishing operation where people come to watch large fishing boats transfer their catch to smaller Zodiacs who then rush their loads to the beach. A waiting construction road grader catches their ropes and pulls them up onto the beach. From here, the fish are loaded on...

Take in the sights and tastes of Taiwan’s north coast May25

Take in the sights and tastes of Taiwan’s no...

YEHLIU GEOLOGICAL PARK Far up on the northeastern tip of Taiwan sits a fragile peninsula dotted with geological formations unique throughout the world. Mushroom-shaped rocks sit perched on pedestals looking like they have been set on display in an outdoor museum. But, in this case it was Mother Nature that formed these pitted artifacts and then through wind and erosion separately shaped their pedestals. Where the monsoons batter this thin sliver of natural wilderness, the limestone has taken on recognizable forms and 180 formations have been given names to represent their shapes. Wandering the length of the 1,700-meter-long cape you may...

These towels really ...

I’ve always been a fan of little things that do a big job. I recently discovered Lightload Towels and they certainly meet the criteria.  Compressed in a waterproof cellophane wrapper, they take up virtually no room when not needed, but open to a fully useable towel when the need arises....

Skip the backpack an...

I’m a big fan of backpacks, having used dozens of different brands over the years. While in the Amazon, with nowhere to use a roller bag, I’ve even used two at a time – one hanging forward on my chest while the bigger one hung on my back. But, I’d never experienced a front pack, dedicated for...

Ridgway, PA – center of all-season outdoor fun Mar02

Ridgway, PA – center...

In February every year, the internationally renowned Chainsaw Carving Rendezvous takes place in Ridgway, Pennsylvania. Since my great grandfather was their town physician around the turn of the 20th century, we decided to go see the Rendevous and also check out Dr. Bardwell’s office on Main...