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Montefiorale, a typical rest stop on a Tuscan hike.
Nov 02, 2014

My 8 Favorite Places in Tuscany

Every year, I lead a hiking and touring trip to Tuscany, which I like to call “Trails and Tables of Tuscany.” It’s a fantastic mix of walking through the countryside, hiking in the hills, visiting cultural sights, and of course … eating. Here’s a link to the 2015 trip. If you want to know more about […]

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Oct 31, 2014

18 Years a Portlander: A Little Roadtrip Reminiscing

This particular Halloween, I find myself in London, enjoying a pause in the middle of another soccer run — this time seeing nine games in 13 nights. But on this day 18 years ago, I arrived in my new hometown of Portland, Oregon. I will never forget it being Halloween, since I walked out of the Greyhound […]

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These views come early in the hike to Pania di Corfino.
Aug 25, 2014

Hiking in Tuscany: The Pania di Corfino

What is it like to go hiking in Tuscany? You start in dense forest, with occasional views of tree-covered slopes stretching to the horizon. You climb higher to see bald-topped mountains in the distance and tile-roofed villages dotting the hillsides. You emerge in a cluster of houses as quaint as the hobbits’ Shire, where you […]

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Cherry blossoms at the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC
Apr 17, 2014

English Soccer Tour: That “Back on the Road” Feeling

What is that feeling of arriving in a foreign place? It’s excitement, touched with fear, but anticipation through and through. It’s giddy, it’s happy, and it’s freeing. Whatever was back there is just … back there. Left. Escaped? Avoided? Maybe, but not here anyway. That “back on the road feeling” comes when the last home […]

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Argentina's Perito Moreno Glacier is just one stop on Embark's epic Patagonian journey.
Jan 07, 2013

Amazing Hikes from Embark Adventures

This one isn’t about Portland hikes, but rather a Portland hiking company: Embark Adventures, whom I work for. Embark is mainly about Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro and trekking in the Himalayas, but today we announced the trip lineup for 2013 and the start of 2014. It’s a remarkable set of trips — Nepal, Bhutan, Kilimanjaro, wildlife […]

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Fly Fishing Featured
Nov 28, 2012

Great New Book: Get Started Fly-Fishing!

A little break from Portland Hikes and whatnot, for a review of a book that would make a fine gift for somebody who might want to get into fly-fishing … Everybody who fishes can tell you who got them started. Often it was their dad, or an uncle, and in most cases more guides and […]

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Brennans
Jun 29, 2012

Travel Story: Eating in New Orleans

A while back I got to go to New Orleans for a travel-writer gig, and the first story to result has hit the pages of the Memphis Flyer. It’s called Eat Here, and please ignore the typo in the first word. I’ve let them know!

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Cody
May 22, 2012

Travel Story: “Old and New” in Cody, Wyoming

I squeezed out another travel article for the Memphis Flyer last week, and it’s now up on their site. It’s called Old and New (read it here). It’s about a trip I took to Cody, Wyoming, last summer. And it’s about the area around there, which is amazing. And it’s about looking for the magical […]

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RickSteves
May 16, 2012

Interview with Rick Steves

I recently had the great pleasure of interviewing Rick Steves for an article in the Memphis Flyer. I bet there’s at least one big thing you didn’t know about Mr. European Travel, but you’ll have to read the article to find out what it is.

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Greyhound
Feb 15, 2012

Travel: Grey Dog Treats

I won’t lie: I love the Greyhound bus. Or at least, I used to. I’m 45 now, and I hear it’s changed a little, doesn’t go to so many small towns anymore, everybody’s just on their headphones, and so on. But many of the travel articles I’ve written for the Memphis Flyer were inspired by […]

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