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

Amazing Croatia surprises and delights

U.S. and Canadian travelers have likely heard of Croatia. You know, one of those Balkan countries more closely connected to Eastern Europe than the better-known tourist destinations of Europe and the Mediterranean. But listen up. Croatia is a jewel, especially for small ship cruising. I’ve traveled the world and its waters from the Amazon to … More Amazing Croatia surprises and delights