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Tasting the Good Life in Carmel Valley

Tasting the Good Life in Carmel Valley October 10, 2014 | General | Read More
Life was good: a glass of wine in one hand, and a bocce ball in the other, gazing out across a vineyard at the scrub-forest hills of the Carmel Valley. As my wife knocked my ball out of scoring position, I silently complimented myself on the choice to come to Bernardus Lodge for our first year wedding...

Hard Days and Soft Nights in Montana Ranch Country

Hard Days and Soft Nights in Montana Ranch Country October 7, 2014 | General | Read More
Walking along the deck toward our tented cabin, I heard a rustling in the brush to my right. There calmly munching the greenery was a large female moose, along with her calf nearby. I slowed to a shuffle as she picked up her head to evaluate my intentions, and for a moment I was concerned that my path...

In Marrakech, Variety Is the Spice of Life

In Marrakech, Variety Is the Spice of Life March 26, 2014 | General | Read More
The sun dipped low on the horizon, and a cacophony of sounds filled the square—percussion beats, singing and chanting, the calls of touts, the hiss of burning charcoal, and the flutes of snake charmers. This sensory overload mixed with the smells of freshly-squeezed orange juice, meat on the grill,...

Travels in the Western Cape

Travels in the Western Cape December 30, 2013 | General | Read More
The skies darkened and the rain started. Soon, it was coming down so hard that it sounded like a jet engine roar on the roof. Then came some cracks of lightening, which sounded at increasing frequency until it felt almost continuous. Fortunately, while the 30-year storm raged outside, my wife Sylvia...