Volcán Masaya

The Volcán Masaya is about a half hour ride from Granada. It’s one of 28 volcanos in Nicaragua, 8 of which are active. It’s a great night-time experience to see a molten lava lake. But you have to look way down- it’s about 400 meters below the rim. This National Park wisely controls access to the … More Volcán Masaya

Las Peńitas

This 4 room lodge is a pleasant, relaxing spot. The owners from Spain created  it,  about 3 years ago. It’s not right on the beach, but the surf is only a short walk away. It’s a lovely lodge, with good healthy food, and  a pleasant New Age vibe. Las Peñitas is a small seaside village … More Las Peńitas

In the Clouds

We left the chilly US on January 16th and flew to Nicaragua. The temperature in Managua was in the high 80s. The next morning, we started our trip to an eco reserve in the cloud forest of the Nicaraguan highlands. We arranged for Geroges, the owner of Reserva Silvestra el Jaguar to pick us up … More In the Clouds

Garbage City

Not to be confused with the upscale Garden City section of Cairo, Garbage City at the base of Mokattam Hill, is a squalled part of town with a fascinating back story. A group of maligned but enterprising Copts, known as Zabbaleen, took on the job of clearing the city’s trash. Men, women, and unfortunately children, … More Garbage City

Coptic Cairo

The Coptic area was fascinating. Narrow streets and alleys wind through the quarter leading to one of the oldest sections of Cairo. It is largely built over the 3rd century AD Roman fortress of Babylon. The Coptic people are native Egyptians who were converted to Christianity in the 1st Century. Copts today comprise just about … More Coptic Cairo


We spent the morning in Cairo then headed for the Giza plateau on the west side of the Nile around noon. It takes an hour to get there by car. The dusty main access road to the site parallels an irrigation channel, and the roadway is shared by all manner of vehicles and donkey carts. … More GIZA PLATEAU

Chihuly Nights

A stalwart group from Frederick ventured to NYC via Amtrak for a few days adventure in September. In  addition to some broadway shows, and an emotional visit to the 9/11 Museum, the prime objective was the exquisite exhibition at the New York Botanical Garden. Just a few stops on the Metro North line from Grand … More Chihuly Nights

Cranberry Pond

    August 10th was the last day of the AT Conference, and our 4th hike. It was the only one that Jane did not lead. It was a welcomed relief not to be responsible for a rag tag group of hikers, but to simply enjoy the 7-mile trek. The downside of not being in … More Cranberry Pond