Eating my way across Europe

Eating my way across Europe

Those of you who know me know I'm fairly simple. I live to eat, drink, hike, and travel. So while Campskunk is traveling across Europe in his Roadtrek, I ate my way across a good swath of the Czech Republic.  Every country and culture has its own foods, and I try them...
Surviving the cold – in an igloo

Surviving the cold – in an igloo

On our 2017 January freezeout, we built igloos. Real igloos like my house in Canada. (Just kidding.) (About the Canada thing.) As none of us were experienced igloo builders, and we didn't have any Inuit on hand for lessons, I bought an igloo builder from Grand...
Philosophical musings on buying an RV

Philosophical musings on buying an RV

(Editor's Note: Yan is an engineer with the Erwin Hymer Group of North America, maker of Roadtrek motorhomes) I just got back from the Hershey RV show. As always, shows are exhausting, fun, disappointing, exhilarating, and ultimately unique experiences. We work about...
Off the beaten path – climbing in the Gunks

Off the beaten path – climbing in the Gunks

On our way back from our Great Smoky Mountains Photo Safari daughter Akari and I stopped by the Mohonk Trust and the Shawangunk mountains in New York. The Gunks and I go way back – I was a rock climber until I went to college. The Gunks are famous throughout the...
Smoky Mountains Hike

Smoky Mountains Hike

During our Smoky Mountains Photo Safari a handful of us decided to go on an overnight hike, starting at Clingman's Dome.  The goal was to meet up with another, smaller group at Siler's Bald. That meeting never took place; instead we had a grand time with some...
Staying Found: How NOT to get lost on a hike

Staying Found: How NOT to get lost on a hike

I wrote the second half of this post a few days earlier, adapted from a talk I gave to our Roadtreking Great Smoky Mountains Photo Safaris group. We were all doing a lot of hiking and exploring and the tipic of knowing your surroundings, not getting lost and being...
Bataan Memorial Death March

Bataan Memorial Death March

Last weekend I participated in the Bataan Memorial Death March. This is an event that commemorates the events of 1942 and beyond, when thousands of men and a handful of women surrendered on Bataan and Corregidor. The story is told in many places. Many died on the...