August 6, 2014
When my daughter, Emily, announced she had one week off of work this summer when all kid activities are cancelled due to an annual sailing race, my mind immediately started working. “What will you do?” I asked casually.
“Annabel and I are thinking of going away somewhere”, she answered, referring to a friend she met three years earlier on a summer community service trip to Costa Rica.
Emily is leaving for college this fall. Knowing that this could be an ideal opportunity to spend quality time with her, I blurted out, “Would you and Annabel want to go away with me and Dad? Somewhere we could do some high adventure?”
I held my breath, and within seconds she said, “Yaaaa!” She texted Annabel who responded in kind. And that is how I lured my 18-year-old daughter to come away with us. Yes, we’d be sharing her with a friend, though it seemed the ideal strategy for getting her to travel with us and we happen to be very
fond of Annabel.
To make the package as attractive as possible, challenging outdoor activities would be key. Planning a trip for 5 days and 4 nights, Read More→
October 24, 2012
“There are two kinds of travelers,” announced Jurg Schmid of Switzerland Tourism to a packed house of over 600 international delegates who convened in Lucerne, Switzerland for the annual Adventure Travel World Summit. “There are those who want to forget, to leave everything behind and go away and do nothing”, he explained, “and those who want to remember, to engage and be active and learn about the places where they are traveling.”
Engage and be active. Yep. That basically sums up the essence of this gathering of adventure folks, who came from 55 countries to meet up in this picturesque city in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. The steep shorelines around lake Lucerne and its surrounding mountain peaks infuse adventure – hiking, biking, climbing, mountain biking on Mt. Pilatus, kayaking, rappelling and much more.
During my four day visit, there were some things I expected to see and experience, and others that came as a bit of a surprise. I knew I’d be spending my first day on a mountain bike, and the ride on Mt. Pilatus was challenging, but worth the effort for the views alone. Our guides from Baumeler Travel were clearly proud not only of the vistas, Read More→
July 25, 2012
After writing my first post about Peru, I was all excited to write the follow-up. The trip had been amazing, and there is much information to share. But something kept me from getting to it and I kept on re-adding it to my “to do” list without actually doing it. Keep reading and you’ll find out why.
When planning our trip, I got some wonderful guidance from a colleague who works for Mountain Lodges of Peru. I would’ve loved to do their four night lodge-to-lodge hiking trip, but didn’t think my 11-year-old was ready all that hiking. I was eager, however, to hike part of the Inca trail,and Nadia advised me that we could obtain a permit to hike from Kilometer 108 into Machu Picchu.
With her help, we got the necessary permits and met our guide, Dalmiro, at 6 am the morning of our departure. Together, we hopped aboard the Perurail train in Ollantaytambo for the 45-minute train ride to Kilometer 108. Across a bridge over the raging Urubamba river and through a check point where our passports and hiking permits were reviewed, we began what we were told would be a five to six hour hike. Read More→