The Galapagos Report

I have lived many places in my 70 years, and have travelled to countless others. I don't usually rave about a location even if I loved it. I don't make bored dinner guests watch endless slideshows. But my recent trip to the Galapagos Islands is an exception. If you are looking for unusual and weird... Continue Reading →

Galapagos Islands, Here I Come!

The Island Girl is at it again! I leave home on Monday for a week exploring the Galapagos Islands. I expect that it will be reminiscent of Iceland, except for the heat, the rain, the snorkeling, the cacti, the buried pirate treasure, and the wildlife: blue-footed boobies, lumbering giant tortoises, showy frigatebirds, the only marine... Continue Reading →


The Canadian Border Patrol finally got back to me, after I wrote an email, an online request, a letter, and called several times. The first time I called, they said crossing the border on the Red River couldn't be done. This time it was good news for us! Instead of giving the impression that Canada... Continue Reading →

AMT Excursions

Long long time ago, I can still remember…..I had a student exactly thirty years younger than I, and a colleague exactly fifteen years younger than I. We went on a college canoeing trip to the BWCA once, then twice, and now it has morphed into an every year activity. We paddle one year, bike the... Continue Reading →

Taming the Mississippi

Jim Post singing Mighty Big River In 2004, two of my college friends and I decided to paddle canoes from the headwaters in Itasca State Park in northern Minnesota to the Twin Cities. We all had experience canoeing in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, so it wasn’t a stretch to think we could paddle the... Continue Reading →

Triple Whammy

TRIPLE WHAMMY Think about your experience with crossing an international border into another country. One always needs lots of paperwork and lots of time. Now think about what travel has been like for the past two years. Covid has made it nearly impossible to get anywhere without jumping through countless hoops. Now think about trying... Continue Reading →


I taught school in Thailand for six months in 2005. It was a teacher exchange program through AFS, with which I was familiar before this opportunity arose. The students had all taken English lessons since kindergarten but their spoken English was atrocious. I had an after school guitar club however that was quite rewarding. There... Continue Reading →


"Augurinn", an Icelandic folk tune Due to a series of unlikely events, I found myself as a tour guide for Icelandic trips. I have been to Iceland more than a dozen times, and led ten trips between 2010 and 2016. From the beginning, Iceland held a special appeal to me. Believe it or not, the... Continue Reading →

Easter Island

I remember seeing pictures of the statues on Easter Island in a National Geographic magazine when I was a child. I always wanted to go there and see them for myself. Easter Island belongs to the country of Chile, and we had an exchange student from Chile in 2004. A few years after Antonio returned... Continue Reading →

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