More than Just Joshua Tree(s) National Park

Joshua Tree National Park is part of the Mojavi and Colorado Desert on the border of San Bernardino & Riverside County, California. If you need a point of references its near Palm Springs… Continue reading

Snapshot Sunday – Shimmering Sunset

  Shimmering Sunset   The golden hour, the end of another day. No matter how awful it was it will always end with magic. The lucky few enjoying the end of the day… Continue reading

Snapshot Sunday – Succulent Beauty Inspires

     Succulent Beauty Inspires   In a world full of despair, it’s hard to find a silver lining. Social and political conflicts hang over our lives like a gloomy cloud lingering in… Continue reading

Snapshot Sunday – Family Bond

    Family Bond   Your family bond can be strengthened if you share goals, do family responsibilities together, have family meetings, encourage and support each other, and eat meals together. Accomplish these… Continue reading

My Top 10 Unique Travel Experiences

      There is so much to see and do in the world and in my position as a part-time traveler I’ve just touched a small portion. With that said, I’ve still experienced… Continue reading

Snapshot Sunday – Take Me To Church

  Take me to church on time so I can be closer to god, so I can be in the front pews, so I can admire the centuries old architecture, and so I can… Continue reading

Playa del Carmen

    Playa del Carmen   Loved places or things often have multiple names associated with it. There is such a place located on the Mexican coast, an area off the Caribbean on… Continue reading

Cenote Dos Ojos, Mexico

     Cenote Dos Ojos   The word “Cenote” is pronounced say-no-tay and is derived from a Mayan word sacred well. A combination of geological events and climate changes created an incredible and… Continue reading

The Xel-Ha Experience

    Once upon a time, long long ago, three brothers entered a lush jungle filled with high-adrenaline activities such as cliff diving, zipline over water and exploring a Cenote. In the middle of… Continue reading

Whale Sharks of The Yucatan

I travel not to escape life, but to live it. After all, our time is limited as mortal beings. I just returned from a trip to the Yucatan that featured one of the… Continue reading

Snapshot Sunday – Again and Again

  Again and Again   When you love something so much, you want it over and over.. again and again. When you’ve found a part of the world you truly enjoy, you make… Continue reading

Time, Elusive Time

    Time, Elusive Time   How often do we reflect upon life and ask ourselves “what is the most important commodity in our lives.” Most will answer with material things such as… Continue reading

Snapshot Sunday – Shady Tree

  Shady Tree   In the vast Savanna of the Rift Valley, a shady tree can be your best friend. The heat can make the grassy fields appear to be on fire. Under… Continue reading

Palm Springs Tram and Alpine Forest

      Palm Springs is a popular destination in the California desert. It offers multiple activities and attractions  for people from Southern California to flock to this city on weekends and some… Continue reading

Snapshot Sunday – Ghostly Figures

  Ghostly Figures    For those who believe in the paranormal, anything is possible. The deceased roam the world, caught in purgatory, unable to enter heaven. Existing in the same world they once inhabited… Continue reading

Snapshot Sunday – Desert Timber

  Desert Timber   In a sea of sand the occasional tree sprouts. Does it know it’s fight for survivor is fleeting? Yet, it reaches for the sun. The same sun that hinders… Continue reading

Live Oak and The Monastery

  Live Oak Trail and the Monastery   As many hikes do, this one started early. After a short drive to Trabuco Canyon I met my Sherpa, Harish, and the rest of my… Continue reading

Snapshot Sunday – Hilltop Hitching Post

  What a beautiful hilltop hitching post and me with no horse. A great place to rest, replenish my energy with a protein barn and rehydrate for the hike down the trail. But… Continue reading

Snapshot Sunday – Golden Zanzibar

  Golden Zanzibar Zanzibar is beautiful in the daylight. The view in the clear blue waters isn’t bad either. But, definitely, don’t miss the sunset as the dhows dart across the horizon and darkness blankets… Continue reading

Trail Flowers

  Trail Flowers Hiking can be a grueling form of exercise and so time-consuming if your trail is of the longer variety. Recently, I’ve been doing more local hikes in the Orange County area… Continue reading

Snapshot Sunday – Gift shop and more

  Gift shops are commonly viewed with disdain for selling useless items. These shops can be the life blood of small towns around the world who depend on them, economically. Realistically, they’re vital… Continue reading

Lovable

  Lovable He’s not a model of beauty by any means. His character, charm and quick wit will be missed by all if judged solely by his appearance.  He’s one you’ll keep in… Continue reading

SnapShot Sunday – Faded

  Faded A life full of long days filled with strenuous work, moving dirt and boulders around the worksite have taken its toll. This little bulldozer has seen better days and it wears its… Continue reading

Snapshot Sunday – Floral Endowment

      The maker gave us flowers to remind us of the beauty that can come from this, sometimes, cruel world. The nectar of flowers gives bees sustenance and a foundation for their honeycombs.  This… Continue reading

Tale of Mountain Lions and The East Ridge Trail

  The East Ridge Trail of Caspers Wilderness Park is definitely not a difficult or advance hike. The park is located in Orange County, California, at the foot of the Cleveland National Forest. The beauty… Continue reading

Snapshot Sunday – Lily Pad Crowned Beautiful

  Lily Pad Crowned Beautiful Water so clean it’s unnoticeable to the eye and the lily pads appear to be floating. The surroundings so pristine a frog would be proud to hop from… Continue reading

Love’s True Stripes

    Love’s True Stripes It’s said that love knows no bounds, a colorless emotion that can control lives. A level of adornment equal to the worship of deity. For some, its elusive as… Continue reading

Snapshot Sunday – Chasing Waterfalls

  Chasing waterfalls The explorers looked for new passages and conquistadors lusted for gold with the same enthusiasm as todays travelers chasing waterfalls. They are said to be the legendary source of rainbows.  Waterfalls exude power while… Continue reading

Snapshot Sunday – Aging of History

  Aging of History, a redundant statement but one to be heeded. The beautiful become worn and the powerful weaken with age. The ruins of Cahal Pech in Belize was once a symbol of the… Continue reading

Sadness

    Sadness, an emotion associated with a feeling of disadvantage, despair, grief, or sorrow through an experience of pain or loss. Not to be confused with depression which arise from unclear reasons. Sadness… Continue reading

Snapshot Sunday – Glow of Sunset

Glow of Sunset A beautiful day of 70 degree weather and not a cloud in the sky. Newly bloomed flowers cover the desert floor, a site so rare, it only happens every few years. The… Continue reading

Expedition Africa Reflected

    Expedition Africa As I planned my trip to Africa, I knew it would be one to remember for the rest of my life. It turned out to be a life changing event… Continue reading

Cultural Light of South Africa

   March 19th, 2016        I had arrived in the last country of my four-country tour of Africa exhausted and longing for the comforts of home. Living out of a suitcase and traveling… Continue reading

Hiking Hell’s Gate, Kenya

  Hell’s Gate, Kenya The name evokes the images of somewhere hot and deadly. An African wilderness filled with top of the food chain predators. Hell’s Gate National Park in Kenya should be renamed… Continue reading

Skeleton Coast and the Namib Desert

           The 2nd half of my safari in Namibia was another long drive through the world’s oldest desert and the Skeleton Coast of Namibia. It was time to leave Etosha National… Continue reading

Etosha National Park, Namibia

Etosha National Park During my visit to Namibia I decided to do a safari that would allow me to see most of the country. The safari began in the capital city of Windhoek and… Continue reading