Signal Hill cannon

Climbing Signal Hill

Sometimes one of your writing gigs sends you on a work trip to St. John’s, Newfoundland. Sometimes you tack on an extra couple days to your work trip to enjoy what the city has to offer. And sometimes the weather cooperates so you can tour to your heart’s content… but this was not one of…

Rincon de la Vieja National Park in Costa Rica

A Rainforest, a Volcano and Lots of Monkeys

“Remember that time we hiked through a rainforest on the side of a volcano in search of monkeys?” I can’t wait to look back years from now and say those words. I imagine that then, as now, the feeling will be surreal. When you think of your everyday, conventional life and then juxtapose it with…

campfire

Camping Cures Post-Summer Sadness

Here it is again. One of the saddest times of year for me. My beloved summer somehow slipped away and I’m left with autumn, a season resembling a changing leaf: drying up by the moment and threatening to blow away to make room for evil winter. Evil, evil winter. Instead of dwelling on the loss of…