If ever there is a good time to be had, it’s rafting the wild and scenic rivers this world has to offer! Our backyard happens to be Idaho where there are plenty of rivers to be adventured! Add in a full week’s worth of gourmet camping food and this is quite a pleasant way to spend time, disconnected from any and all technology!
Imagine you’ve been transported for breakfast to a rustic and charming backcountry lodge nestled in Idaho’s Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, miles from the nearest road. It’s a spectacular summer morning in the mountains, and you’ve settled in on the lawn at Sulphur Creek Ranch with a majestic view of Soldier Mountain, an 8,909-foot peak directly in front of you.
This idyllic scene has no automobiles – cars cannot reach Sulphur Creek Ranch. At 2.366 million acres of wilderness, you could say the Frank Church is rather remote. Not exactly your “run of the mill” breakfast routine, but it is a rare moment of peace and tranquility, quietly tucked into your everyday pace.
Suddenly, the air is stirred as bush pilots circle the field, preparing to land and join you on the lawn for their own Sulphur Creek moment. And, you have a front row seat, bearing witness to wings glistening in the sunlight as pilots navigate the surrounding tree line. Reality check – you truly are here to take it all in.
You'll swear you've jumped onto a postcard when you drop into Los Barriles, literally "The Barrels". Nestled along the verdigris waters of the Sea of Cortez, Los Barriles, once a quaint fishing village, has become a destination for those who are into action, relaxation, or the sublime salutations of the coral-crimson sunrise.
As we cruised through the Texas hill country last spring, we marveled at the astonishing wildflowers painting the landscape. Everywhere we turned, the land was in full bloom. I had always heard about the legendary beauty of springtime Texas,
but I had no idea just how beautiful it really is!
This was the most amazing town, built into the mountain and paralleling an ancient Roman aqueduct. Amazing restaurants, views, hikes and more.
Tulum is a treasure trove of fascinating and fun activities for the adventurous traveler. From bike riding to snorkeling, scuba diving, exploring Mayan ruins and kiteboarding, it is a haven for outdoor recreation, innovative cocktails and great food!
It was about time to take a cooking class in India and this one was super fun! Indo-Goan cuisine is bursting with color and flavors and so many spices! And Rita Shinde took us to her favorite market vendors to shop for our recipes and learn about local spices and unusual produce!
A day of market touring and cooking with Orly in Tel Aviv was not nearly enough to learn all of her amazing recipes and cooking tricks, but I did learn quite a few!
This most beautiful cemetery in the courtyard of the 10th century fortified Wehrkiriche St. Michael, sits just above the Danube In the Wachau Valley.
From monkeys to jaguars, this tropical beachfront has so much to offer. Iguanas, howler monkeys, cacao beans turned chocolate, biking, hiking, kayaking, and plenty of sand and surf.
Journey by plane, horseback, river raft or on foot, Idaho offers dozens of beautiful rustic back country lodges for hiking, fishing, or just to get away from it all. Many offer up scrumptious meals for guests after a long day of hiking.
This peak is definitely not for the faint of heart! If the altitude doesn't get you, the 30 mph winds at the summit just might blow you over! But, do bring a lunch and enjoy the views from the top!
Sandpoint has so much to offer from any kind ofwater sport imaginable in this massively huge lake to hiking, cycling, snowskiing, great restaurants, coffee houses and brew pubs!
When I discovered the "Make Your Own Croissants" class at Le Foodist on the Left Bank in Paris, I was sold! What better place in the world to learn how to make croissants!
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