Pittock Mansion – A Piece of Portland’s History

Pittock Mansion – A Piece of Portland’s History

I arrive at the side door of the Pittock Mansion, a historic French Chateau in Portland’s West Hills and knock on the door.  Even though this house-turned-museum is currently closed, I am allowed in, which makes me feel special.  Once in the door, I take in the grandeur of the surroundings, the gleaming white marble, the […]

The Gibbon Experience – Monkeying around in northern Laos

The Gibbon Experience – Monkeying around in northern Laos

“Step into the harness as if you’re stepping into a diaper,” the narrator in the instruction video said. “Don’t reckon I ever actually have stepped into a diaper,” a fellow traveler mumbled. Fair point.  I hadn’t either.  But it’s not that hard. I had just crossed over from Thailand in a small wooden boat. The […]

The Ants Go Marching…and Cutting, and Farming

The Ants Go Marching…and Cutting, and Farming

Meandering along the trail in the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary & Jaguar Preserve in Belize, I found myself wishing I had an extra pair of eyeballs – one set to watch where I’m going (I’m a terrible klutz), and another pair to take in the scenery. The dense, broadleaf forest offered a feast for the […]

In the Presence of Her Majesty, Mother Nature, Atop the Banaue Rice Terraces

In the Presence of Her Majesty, Mother Nature, Atop the Banaue Rice Terraces

I didn’t want to make the trip, almost succeeded in avoiding it, which I would have regretted! There were a lot of challenges coordinating the trip and I was milking all the reasons not to go. I mean who looks forward to business trips where you go to interesting places, don’t get to do anything […]