Israel's Cheese Trail, One Goat Farm at a Time

Editor's Note: Sarah and her family had just finished the Israel Trail at Tel Dan and needed a new travel goal. “Let’s walk from the sea to sea” was one suggestion, "The Golan Height Trail?” was another idea. The popular Jesus Trail also came up. And then Sarah made a final statement: “Guys, we are going to do the cheese trail now” and that was it. --Heather...more

Childhood Adventures: The Wilderness of Oregon

Editor's Note: At the urging of her father, a woman reflects on her childhood memories and one in particular, came roaring back. --HeatherOne summer, when I was 11, my dad had the crazy idea that it would be really fun to go and spend 5 weeks in the wilderness of Oregon and try our hand at building a log cabin.  And then, since we didn’t quit finish this “cabin” we went back for another summer adventure two years later....more

The Charm of Charleston

Editor's Note: Ever been to Charleston, South Carolina? Founded in 1670, the town was recently named by Travel & Leisure as the "friendliest" in America. With all the architectural charm and culinary decadence, you may not want to leave. --HeatherEven though it’s supposed to rain all weekend, my love for this town isn’t shaken. Knowing that the forecast calls for steady rain today and tomorrow, we decided to soak up as much of the city as possible yesterday....more

Utah: Trail to the Toadstools

Editor's Note: Ever been to the Toadstools in Southern Utah? Me neither. but these amazing photos offer a glimpse into this bizarre and beguiling place, reminiscent of Mars. --HeatherSince the sun was setting as we arrived at the Toadstool Trailhead parking lot, I held off taking pictures until the morning.When it came, we were pretty excited about our day ahead. Here are the pictures. Again, I'll leave you to them. This great landscape can speak for itself......more

Gasparilla: Pirate Party in Tampa

Editor's Note: Ever heard of Gasparilla? Me neither - been out of the Pirate Party loop and feeling a bit scurvy-ish too. No more. Here's a dastardly date to put on your calendar for 2014. --HeatherFor yet another year, Tampa was pillaged and plundered by pirates. And of course, every year since 1904, we have made it out alive! Relatively of course – it was Gasparilla after all - Tampa’s biggest party day of the year!...more
I used to live in Tampa and LOVED GaspARRRRilla, as we called it.  Things were wild but fun.  ...more

A Weekend in Normandy

Editor's Note: A girl from Philadelphia meets a Frenchman, falls in love and moves to Paris - you'd see that movie, right? Well, seven years later, she is still in love with both man and country and generously sharing her travels and insights...Dieu Merci! --Heather...more

The Jewish Community in Cuba

Editor's Note: Rabbi Phyllis Somer takes a trip to Cuba to aid the Jewish community of Cuba where she was "stunned by the beauty and decay" of the island nation. Cuba once hosted a thriving Jewish population but it has shrunk over time, making their connection with other Jewish communities even more significant. --Heather:...more
Sorry, I'm dashing to airport. Google 'Jews of Cuba' and enjoy recent photographic documentary ...more

Yurt Camping in a Snowy Spring

Here’s a question: Can it really be called winter camping if it takes place during March Break, and if our shelter of choice is a yurt instead of a tent? I’ve decided that since there was snow on the ground the answer is a big fat YES.I’ve uploaded a slew of photos to Flickr already (you can see them all right here), but I wanted to share one right here that summed up this wonderful new experience for me:...more

The Nomadic Life: More Experiences, Fewer Things

I picked up the emerald dress, turning the soft jersey cotton over in my hands, looking for stains, smudges, or smears. I lifted it to my face and inhaled with a little trepidation. Good enough. I pulled it over my head for the third day in a row and packed the rest of my belongings into my backpack. Today was moving day, onto a new country. ...more
Hey stranger, fancy meeting you here. :)more

Alaskan Cruise: A Caregiver Takes a Break

Halfway into planning a vacation with my husband that doubled as my 50th birthday present, the stress of work and caring for an elderly parent left me with zero energy to map out a road trip up the California coastline. A friend’s offhanded suggestion about a cruise to Alaska intrigued me under the circumstances, even though I was the last person who envisioned packing winter woolies and a hat to freeze on a ship....more
isthisthe middle -- love your handle!  That vacation really was an other worldly experience.  ...more