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Loyalty to the Nation all the time, loyalty to the Government when it deserves it.
~ Mark Twain

“I need to run into the house for a minute.” Jim told me. “Wait here with the yak.”

There were two Tibetan yak in the pen. An adult and a child. The adult was sauntering slowly toward me.

“Is it safe?” I asked, as the yak approach at the speed of a riding lawn mower in low gear.

“He’s charging you right now,” said Jim with a chuckle and then headed off toward the house with the long strides of a man who walks many miles each day. Continue Reading →

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Is This The Most Ideal Island Getaway In America?

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It’s the all-American beach that looks like it belongs in the Carribean.

This post was brought to you by the Galveston Tourism Board, but the opinions expressed within are all my own. Learn more on my disclosure policies page.

You don’t need to buy a pricey plane ticket — or even had a passport — to visit an island paradise. Galveston Island, Texas is home to 32 miles of beautiful beaches, rich 19th-century history, world-class attractions, and refreshing ocean waters. The barrier island, surrounded by Texas’ West Bay and the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, is one of America’s best kept secrets, and it’s only 50 miles southeast of Houston. Continue Reading →

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Are Calgary and Kananaskis about to become a river surfing mecca?

“Your wetsuit has some holes in it.” Jacob Kelly told me. “So it’s going to be a little colder for you.”

It was May and we were standing on the banks of the Kananaskis River in the mountains between Calgary and Banff, Canada. The day before it had been snowing. I had finished photographing the surfers for Tourism Calgary and was about to try river surfing in the barely-above-freezing water.

That was not what I wanted to hear. Continue Reading →

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I found some pretty cool things to do around Kalispell

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As I drove down Highway 93 from Canada to my photography assignment for the Chamber of Commerce in a city I’d visited once or twice as a child, I had no idea how many awesome things to do in Kalispell I was about to discover.

If you look at a map, Kalispell, MT, is a dot just south of the Canadian border that sits at the junction of two squiggly yellow lines (highways) that wind through enormous swathes of green (national parks) and splotches of blue (lakes). Notable points of interest on the map have names like Lonepine, Lost Trail, and West Glacier.

It’s almost like the people who named these places were trying to make it sound as desolate as possible.

That’s my kind of place. Continue Reading →

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Discover Why Chicago Is the Ultimate Summer Vacation Destination


Image by Milko Valnev via Trover

The “Windy City” is known less for its summer gusts than its glistening skyscrapers, picturesque views of Lake Michigan, and outdoor attractions that are best enjoyed in the year’s warmest months. It’s time to look toward the Midwest’s favorite city for an action-packed, summer getaway that will place you in the city and steps away from the sand. Continue Reading →

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The Last Ifugao Weaver of Batad

Rita traditional weaver in Batad

Rita in front of her home, a few moments before we said goodbye.

I met Rita in Batad, one of the small villages perched among the 2000-year-old rice terraces of the jagged Cordillera mountain range on the island of Luzon in the Philippines.

No roads reach the mountain village. To get to Batad my friends and I hired a jeepney in Banue and rode an hour along a windy dirt road to the trailhead where we disembarked. We hiked an hour down the steep rocky trail into the village.

Most of the villages in this part of the Philippine Cordillera can only be reached on foot.  Continue Reading →

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Taken By Surprise: Santana And The Singha Experience

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When I was invited on a blogger trip sponsored by Singha to try out their signature Singha concert experience, I figured “Why not?” My buddies Ian and Erick were also going on the trip and not much happens in the sleepy little beachside village 3hr southeast of Bangkok where I live.

I thought it would be a fun night out, but I wasn’t expecting much

Man, was I in for a surprise. Continue Reading →

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