I miss the magnificent mountain sky

This is a tough time of year to live in Western New York. I work in downtown Buffalo, where it’s cold and snowy.  I live in Hamburg, which is a suburb of the city that gets hit considerably harder with lake effect snow coming off Lake Erie.  We’ve probably had about two feet of snow... Continue Reading →


Banff and the Castle in the Rockies

As soon as we arrived in Banff we agreed it was one of the most beautiful towns either of us had ever seen. The mountain resort community is completely surrounded by large, broad mountains. Cascade Mountain, Mount Rundle, Sulphur Mountain, and Mount Norquay are closest, while other peaks encircle the town farther out. Tunnel Mountain,... Continue Reading →

Moraine Lake

Following a great night’s sleep in the Chateau Lake Louise we were ready to head to our next destination in the Canadian Rockies. We had hopes of reaching Jasper by lunchtime. Much to my dismay we were greeted by dark gray skies and a steady rain. Before heading north for the day, into Jasper National... Continue Reading →

Hiking Tip #3: Take More Breaks

Hiking Tip #3: Take More Breaks   I am no expert on hiking. Do hiking experts even exist?  Maybe you could call guides and search and rescue workers expert hikers.  Anyway, like I said, I’m no expert.  I have run out of water, gotten lost on the trail more than once, and have surely made... Continue Reading →

Monument Valley

It was the spring of 2017 when I flew to Las Vegas with my wife and in-laws. Once we arrived we rented a van and began a week-long exploration of the southwest. We stopped at the Hoover Dam, Sedona, and the Grand Canyon before making our way to Monument Valley. Monument Valley is essentially on... Continue Reading →

The Many Glacier Hotel

The Many Glacier Hotel is the grandest of Glacier's celebrated hotels. Completed in 1915, the historic lodge was created in the Swiss-tradition. It resembles the great chalets of the Swiss Alps, which is fitting considering the jagged peaks in Glacier National Park look a lot like those in the heart of Switzerland. The brown paneled... Continue Reading →

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