A Guide to Road Tripping the American Southwest

The southwestern portion of the United States is home to some of the most breathtaking sights and locations in the world. With major attractions such as the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas drawing millions of visitors a year, these states can be quite a “hot” spot. To really capture the beauty and vastness of the region, traveling by car to make sure to hit all of the great sights is a must. Here are a few tips on hitting the open road in the great American Southwest....more
Linda Anselmi the Grand Canyon is a given. I'd hope anyone visiting the area wouldn't skip over ...more

9 Tips for Quick Trips: How (and Why) to Pack Light

Now that most airlines charge to check bags, the words “carry-on only” are becoming more attractive. When packing for a trip, I’m in the “less is more” camp. My packing tips fit my comfort zone and the kind of traveler I am. Will they work for you?...more
Completely agree with your commitment to carry-on. Our family of four never checks luggage, even ...more

Avoid the Rapids When Canoeing!

Of all the topics that our river guide, Mike, covered before we started our five-day canoe trip on Utah’s Green River, it was the mention of Cataract Canyon that stuck with me the most. I remember wanting to ask him more questions about how we’d know where our pick-up point would be out there in the wilderness, so that we wouldn’t get carried away into some of the world’s roughest rapids. Would there be signs or maybe a Starbucks?...more
I think the movie "Deliverance" has spoiled the enjoyment of being in beautiful but remote ...more

Drama on the High Seas!

Isla de la Plata, Ecuador, known as "the poor man's Galapagos".Here I am, in Ecuador, on a volunteer dive trip, and it is drama a...more

24 Hours in Milan

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NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina

When visiting our son in Charlotte, North Carolina, we visited the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The NASCAR Hall of Fame was on both my husband’s and son’s to do list, so it was time. Many people worldwide enjoy the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, better known as NASCAR. The NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina, is a must see for anyone who is a fan, especially for those that have attended any of the NASCAR races....more

Meeting Travis Tritt

How I met Travis Tritt......more

Rome's River Tracks, Our Night Out on the Town

When Domenico and his girlfriend Simona reached out to me to join them for a night on their River Tracks boat, I was flattered but really did not know what to expect. I had never heard of this particular Tevere excursion and some of our Italian friends even told us that they were completely unaware tourist boats were allowed on the Tevere (they ended up being extremely wrong about this). ...more

3 Places To Eat In Paris Off The Tourist Track

A few weeks back, I shared some photos from our recent weekend in Paris. Though we were only there for a long weekend, we packed in a lot (LOT). We saw all of the main touristy bits that everyone knows, and also explored and ate at some lesser known places that I now firmly call favorites.If you're heading over to gay Paris anytime soon, be sure to check out a few of these:...more

Indianapolis Children's Museum

The Indianapolis Children's Museum is the world's largest museum of its kind and a definite must-see attraction if you have kids. My kids loved everything about it and would like to go back as often as possible. Between the excellent dinosaur exhibit, train displays, indoor carousel and playhouse, National Geographic Treasures of the Earth exhibits, dedicated toddler/preschooler area, and plenty of hands-on science stations, the kids will enjoy hours of educational entertainment. There are always several rotating special exhibits as well....more

Burning Man Changed My World

Somehow I made it to Burning Man, a weeklong annual event that takes place in the Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada, and back home generally in one piece....more

A walk through Moorish Granada, Spain

 Stepping off the train into the heart of Spain’s Moorish country was an all at once intoxicating feeling.  The dramatic setting of Granada in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada with its steep climbs and eclectic neighborhoods crowned by the mystical Alhambra Palace  makes it one of those places that takes your breath away at first sight....more
oh, I want to see photos!!!!  I've always dreamed of seeing the Alhambra.more

ICY HOT Patagonia Glacier SNOW SCENE Margaret Aycock Original Painting

My nephew who is studying to be a mountaineer sent me this photo of a rarely visited place on the planet.  He had to climb up icy mountains and camp in the snow in order to get this rare photo.  I thought it looked both freezing cold and somehow, warm with that brilliant sun in the sky and reflected back on the icy snow. To visit my artist blog: http://margaretaycock.com...more