An award from NATJA

The North America Travel Journalists Association has awarded me a prize for this piece I wrote in 2021 about my first experience of whitewater rafting. The rafting happened at the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve, the newest national park in the U.S. My lodging for that trip was at Adventures On The Gorge, … More An award from NATJA

New national park in West Virginia gives this gal a wild ride on the whitewater

The New River Gorge National Park and Preserve is the U.S.’s 63rd and newest national park. And the designation is already drawing more visitors to this gorgeous part of West Virginia. I was lucky enough to visit in early May, when the wild rhododendrons were blooming and the New River was running fast enough for … More New national park in West Virginia gives this gal a wild ride on the whitewater

Luxury tents make for fine campout at The Fields in South Haven, Michigan

In South Haven, Michigan, my home away from home during summer, there’s a new Glamping resort that makes camping out far from roughing it. Set in a blueberry field outside of this Michigan tourist hotspot, 10 luxury tents offer visitors a chance to commune with nature and listen to the birds and bull frogs sing. … More Luxury tents make for fine campout at The Fields in South Haven, Michigan

Dreaming of dark skies

I traveled many miles and spent many months working on this story that showed up in print in the Chicago Tribune on Sunday, Dec. 16. Furthest location: the Atacama desert in Chile. Closet: Beverly Shores, Indiana. Hope you enjoy it. Take a look here.

The Oregon wine country contest I almost want to keep a secret

Late last summer I had a chance to spend some time in the Willamette Valley, Oregon’s fabulous wine country. We had a great trip, visiting a few vineyards, a few more tasting rooms, and spending a couple of nights at the new Atticus hotel in McMinnville. So,¬† I was excited when today’s email contained a … More The Oregon wine country contest I almost want to keep a secret