Maui Highlights

  Although Maui was the most disappointing of the Hawaiian islands we visited, there were certainly some things to like. Here are our personal highlights.1. Snorkeling with vonu (sea turtle) that was as big as me, and she let me hang out with her. This was a SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE. Don’t put it past me to start…

Impressed with Canada’s Cowtown: Calgary, Alberta

General Impressions Beer Food Coffee General Impressions Alberta takes a lot of crap from Canadians. It’s the punch line of more jokes than no other province except for Newfoundland. But Calgary is the part of Alberta that can take it on the chin. It’s a confident city, has a good deal of swagger. The vibe…

Intermission

I have information to share from Calgary and the Canadian Rockies, to Portland, the Sunshine Coast, several trips to Bellingham, Amtrak, and more related to beer hunting, foodie grazing, hiking, and biking. We’re also going to Alaska next week, and Hawaii mid-September. There’s too much to do to worry about blogging, my spirit hasn’t been…

Rocky Road Trip Day 4: Head Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

Today was divided into three parts: The drive through Fernie and through Crowsnest Pass Head Smashed-In Buffalo Jump UNESCO site Fort MacLeod First, the scenery unfolds continuously like a NatGeo film reel. Fernie area is especially fetching because the town sits in a tight basin surrounded by mountains. On one side of you are precipitous bald rock faces that slope…

Rocky Road Trip Day 3: The Long Bomb from Oliver to Kimberley

Every road trip has a long bomb: those days it’s better to keep on truckin’. Today was our long bomb. The drive from Oliver in the southern Okanagan to Kimberly in the Kootenay-Rockies takes seven hours, but it’s plenty scenic and there’s stuff to do and drink along the way. The south Okanagan is semi-arid shrub-steppe with sagebrush,…

Rocky Road Trip Day 2: Okanagan Wine and Cheese

Waking up in the Okanagan is really awful. That sense of peace that floods the brain can be unbearable. But I got over it, and managed to leave the house for a day of wine touring and picnicking. Uggggg. So on this ugly warm and pine-scented morning, we said hi to the Okanagan sun (which was…

A Rocky Road Trip: July 2014

Day One has us driving from Vancouver to the Okanagan using Highway 3, through the Similkameen. Josh has done this leg before; I had not. We paused at two fruit wineries: Rustic Roots and Forbidden Fruit. Both had solid fruit wines, with Forbidden Fruit edging out Rustic Roots for overall depth and maturity. But we…

And…Back to Travel (Remember That?)

After a few posts more drink-related than travel-related, I thought I’d fill you in on the latest travel news on our agenda. That and, I’m tired of people asking when we’re going to leave and where we’re off to next. So much for a relaxing year-long staycation in Vancouver. We, my friends, are going to…

Death of Style 2: Dying with Style

Originally posted on OCONNOBLOG:
Don’t cry over spilled beer; get angry. Last week I wrote a mini-manifesto that centered on my conflicted feelings about the current state of craft brewing. I kind of figured I’d get my usual response: some double digit hits, an occasional “nice job” from people I know off-line, but mostly the usual ambivalent silence.…

Sexism in Beer

Here’s an article about a family-run Franconian brewery. Exciting, right? Oh how I love Franconian beer, and I’m thrilled to see a new generation of brewery owners stretching the boundaries of traditional brewing. The region needs more breweries like these. But there are many problems with this article, and that’s what I want to talk…

Traveling Without Kids

Much has been said about the logistics of traveling with children. Very little–perhaps nothing–has been said about what it’s like to travel as a child-free individual or couple. I’d like to open this discussion. Having children in tow presents some constraints over things like where you choose to spend the night, the activities you plan, where…

Travel Bug is Genetic: A Case Study [Happy Mother’s Day!]

This post was inspired in part by this blog post about traveling with mom. My mom has a serious case of travel bug, and she passed on the affliction to her daughter. I believe it was fate. My mom has two brothers and one sister. They all have Parsi names: Piloo, Adi, and Soli. They all…