Articles by Josh Steinitz

Not Your Average Tropical Paradise

Not Your Average Tropical Paradise November 19, 2014 | General | Read More
It was a bit of a tropical symphony. The air outside my room buzzed with the calls of insects, birds, and monkeys. These sounds merged with the drips of millions of water droplets falling off the leaves after the rain to create a cacaphony of tropical music. Despite the luxury around me , I felt as...

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...

Mozambique Rising

Mozambique Rising December 8, 2013 | General | Read More
The Portuguese pilot chatted amiably over the radio as our small plane banked around for a final approach. As we descended toward sand dunes and scrub brush, he explained why he left the air force for a more relaxed lifestyle. Mozambique was relaxed, good for his family, his wife had a job she enjoyed,...

Venice Through the Side Door

Venice Through the Side Door October 9, 2013 | General | Read More
Venice is famous for many things – history, architecture, art, shopping…and crowds. While the city’s charms are justly world famous, the hordes along the Rialto or in St. Mark’s Square are only marginally less so. That’s why those who know Venice well seek out havens of peace and tranquility...

A Dolomites Getaway

A Dolomites Getaway October 8, 2013 | General | Read More
It must have been a cold, lonely, but stunningly beautiful perch for the soldiers. Rocky spires extending in all directions, with valleys carpeted in forest and meadow far below. Intensely cold winters, with fingers too cold to squeeze a trigger. Occasional bursts of intense gunfire and mortars, interspersed...

Wows and Vows: Planning a Wedding in Telluride

Wows and Vows: Planning a Wedding in Telluride November 28, 2012 | Active/Outdoors, Colorado, General, Romantic | Read More
Looking over the valley and scanning across it to a skyline of 13,000 foot peaks, surrounded by aspen leaves quaking in the breeze, we knew we had finally found our spot. Not just our perfect getaway, but the place to become husband and wife, and to share our celebration with our closest friends and...

Hard Days, Soft Nights in Peru

Hard Days, Soft Nights in Peru October 6, 2012 | Featured | Read More
We were in a remote valley in the Cordillera Vilcabamba, with no other people in sight. The sun’s last rays were lighting up the fluted snow-covered ridges of Salkantay in a soft pink, creating a stunning alpenglow effect on the highest peak in the range. Where exactly were we? High on a mountain ledge,...