Never Underestimate Your Fellow Traveler. Not Every Adventurer is Bear Gryllis.

“So I understand you wanted to hear about selling?” WTF? I was standing on the side of a mountain in the Muskwa-Kechika Wilderness, sweating. All around me was dense brush. My horse Leon had blown [...]

Adventure Rule #1: Stay Calm at All Times. Why Wilderness Adventure is a Fine Motif for Life.

Wayne leaned back in his chair, his white mustache and slightly grizzled face expressive. “Camp Rule #2,” he smiled, and I did too because I knew what was coming, “is that nobody touches the red [...]

What a Month in the Canadian Wilderness Taught Me. Or, You Don’t Know What You Can Do Until You’re Pushed Very, Very Hard.

The sun is beating down hard on the deck railings, the high plains temperatures climbing to close to 100 degrees. A few weeks ago I was doing my best to whip my shock-corded Nemo tent [...]

“I Can’t Do That.” You’re Right. You Can’t. Especially If You Don’t Even Try.

It’s bad enough that others are in the constant business of informing us- rightly or wrongly- of what we can’t possibly do. Complete that PhD, become a doctor, run a marathon, climb a tough mountain. [...]

Unstoppable Older Women

This past Tuesday I got home from nearly a month in Africa. Along the way, I climbed a killer peak, then spent a week in Madagascar riding horses each day, then enjoying pristine beaches in [...]

I’m Going to do What Any Reasonable 65-YO Woman Should Do — Set a BHAG

The inquiry was reasonable enough. Ben (Jennings, CEO of E-Trip Africa) wrote me if I’d ever thought about Kenya, and more specifically climbing Mt. Kenya, Kilimanjaro’s little sister. Just over 17,000 feet high, she’s two [...]

A Journey by Camel in Africa: A Tale of Spit, Bad Breath and Camel Kisses

Dominique and his handler 2013 “Camels like to kick, spit and bite,” wrote the safari planner out of Kenya. “You need to be really careful.” Hogwash. If there’s anything I really dislike, it’s when people who [...]

We Get Old When We Stop Playing

The four Indonesian boys, all small but ranging in age from twelve to fourteen, led us along a tree-lined path. The fenceposts to either side of us as we left the island village were sprouting [...]

Six Tips for Isolating Yourself in Paradise

Choosing where to travel when you have options and a bit of time can be daunting. All too often we fall into default mode, which is Disney World, or Costa Rica (because it’s close) or [...]

When You See the Southern Cross for the First Time

The sailing ship swayed in the light surge, the two tall white masts carving circles in the night sky far over my head. I lay on beanbag chairs on the aft deck, awaiting moonrise off [...]