The Bigger City

The pedestrians spread across the intersection like a mass of balloons dropped on a tiny gymnasium floor. It was 8:30 a.m. when we stepped out of our Uber in Midtown Manhattan, and we had spent our first, post-LaGuardia hour creeping through the a.m. rush. But, really, how else should you interject yourself into a truly … More The Bigger City

Dolly Sods, WV – A Day Hike

The trail changed from ankle-turning, edgy rocks, to soft sands either white or silver, to root-laden, hollow dirt paths, to patches of sole-sucking bog. Our scenery changed from dense forest to unusual ground-hugging vegetation, with wind-stripped pine trees jutting courageously out from high ground. The elevation changes, while noticeable, were not dramatic, and the rocks … More Dolly Sods, WV – A Day Hike

Sound (of) Waves

We’re home.  My house is eerily silent when compared to our Sayulita villa.  The beach below was relentlessly besieged by Pacific swell, and the sound waves barreled upwards across the amphitheater-shaped hill through our bedroom windows: the ocean’s audio fireworks.  I think I felt them, too. In between the booms, our ceiling geckos chirped warnings to their … More Sound (of) Waves

Destination: Sayulita?

It hasn’t rained in Sayulita since last October 8.  The often-steep dirt roads leading to our villa are covered in sandy powder that also coats the dense vegetation bordering the road.  Water for gardening, showering, washing, all arrives where I sit and to many other places via a truck delivery, and potable water arrives separately by … More Destination: Sayulita?

Sayulita Says…

Sometimes a destination just speaks to you. In December, at the end of a challenging year that still had obstacles to tackle, my husband sent me a link, a simple google image search of “Sayulita.” I still don’t know from where he heard of this Pacific Coast town in Mexico, but its pictures danced with rhythmic colors, and … More Sayulita Says…

Silent Beaches

There’s a beach we visit to listen to the buckets of dropping saltwater, our breeze-dulled murmurs, and grainy, muted footsteps.  Our closest neighbor probably wouldn’t hear us yell, and our phones are barely functional. It is perfect. There are other beaches we’ve visited, too. The ones wholly responsible for building a resort city, with a boardwalk … More Silent Beaches

Next Stop: Miami Beach

Our sunshine therapy trip is booked:  We’ll be heading to Miami Beach for a long weekend soon.  This is actually our third stay Miami, a trip made easier by regular direct flights and the allure of consistent warmth and beautiful beaches.  We look forward to revisiting Miami’s liveliness, and I’ll be sharing the details in this … More Next Stop: Miami Beach