Category: Travel

Asphalt highway in New Mexico

Road Trip to New Mexico

One of my best friends is living in Santa Fe, New Mexico, for several months to complete a project — and I thought, what a perfect excuse for a road trip!

“I was surprised, as always, by how easy the act of leaving was, and how good it felt. The world was suddenly rich with possibility.” — Jack Kerouac, On the Road

US Driver's License. Photograph, Hal Bergman - iStock Photos.

Can You Travel If Your ID is Lost?

Your wallet and identification are GONE, and you have a plane to catch. What are you going to do? My cousin came to visit for a week, and was due to fly home yesterday afternoon. Before we left for an early lunch, Peter discovered that his wallet was missing […]

Mulberry Street on New York's Lower East Side, ca. 1900

Visiting the Tenement Museum

One of the most fascinating museums in the United States stands at the corner of Delancey and Orchard Street on the Lower East Side of New York City. Stepping into the Tenement Museum is time travel into the lives of hardworking American immigrant families. You pick your year. Would […]

Learning to Love Museums

Want to make someone hate you? Find a person who doesn’t know much about art and force them to spend hours as you drag them to every painting in every gallery in a museum while you read every placard as they fidget next to you. Yep. I guarantee […]

Whooping Crane in the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge

Whooping Crane Morning

In early December, I drove to Rockport, Texas.   Mission: to visit Whooping Cranes in their winter home. I met Captain Kevin Sims the next morning, just before sunrise, and we headed out on Aransas Bay towards the marsh and the cranes. The Whooping Crane is one of the most […]

Star Clipper raises sail Black and white image

Crossing the Atlantic on a Tall Ship

And so it begins . . . I am on Star Flyer as she heads out into the Atlantic making for Barbados and winter in the Caribbean. Crossing the Atlantic Ocean on a tall ship is the stuff of dreams. Rope and cable thrumming in the breeze, the crack of a sail filling with wind: these are sounds old in human time — these sounds lie deep within our collective consciousness.

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats performing at ACL on Sunday of Weekend 1. Photograph, Ann Fisher.

Good Music on a Hot Afternoon

Hot Damn. I need a drink. I took three teenage girls to the Austin City Limits Festival. The original plan involved having another mom with me, but it didn’t go down that way. So I went, I saw, and I survived ACL. I had a Sunday pass, but […]