Global Outings® (87)

How Camping Can Kill You – Paradise

Friday, July 31st, 2015


Hiking and camping alone for the last several weeks, I’ve honed my ability to sniff out danger. Sure there were some predators to worry about, but my main concern was the wrath of Mother Nature.

Here’s how I dealt with …

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Why Road Trips Rock

Friday, July 31st, 2015

Road to Nowhere, photo by GoErinGo

I love  getting in my car and driving. It’s all about the open road, being behind the wheel, uncharted territory.

Here’re my 6 reasons to drive—instead of fly—to your next destination:

#1. You’re in the driver’s seat. Getting behind the …

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Camping Can Kill You – Predators

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015


When I told folks about my hiking adventure and they learned that I was camping alone, many issued dire predictions of my imminent death.

But I was prepared to counter any threat by predators. Here was my scheme for coping …

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3 Camping Calamities

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

squirrel photo 2I’m off solo camping in one of Utah’s National Parks. I reserved the campground ahead of time and miraculously got a 5-night reservation over July 4th weekend. The catch? I inadvertently reserved a campsite for 30 people. Oops. It is …

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Car Camping Packing List

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

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Not even two days after my “Staying Put” Party I did the unthinkable – I planned a trip. Doh!

Utah Bound

But how was I supposed to turn an invitation to go to a wellness spa with friends in Utah? …

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She’s “Old & Creepy”

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThat’s pretty much my take on the RMS Queen Mary, the flag-ship ocean liner that sailed the Atlantic Ocean from 1936 to 1967. The retired luxury liner, permanently anchored at the Long Beach port, is now a hotel, event venue, …

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Nano Erin

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo my fascination with all things tiny continues. If possible, I may be becoming even more obsessed with downsizing my belongings. But since I live entirely within 3 bins, I can’t really do away with any more stuff. So now …

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Sobering Travel Realities

Friday, August 22nd, 2014


Last week, my good friend Marianna asked me during one of my recent readings how I had changed after my two years abroad. I said I was more serious. She gave me a sad face. But it’s true.

I think …

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8 Tips for Solo Travelers to Stay Healthy

Friday, August 1st, 2014

A recent article in the New York Times sadly recounts how a 23-year old Peace Corps volunteer died during his assignment in rural China. Even though he sought care from a Peace Corps-approved doctor, he was not given the proper …

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Staying Safe upon Arrival

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

My sweet neighbor Harriet contacted me the other day because her granddaughter Jaclyn had just received a medical fellowship to work in a small village in Peru. Apparently Jaclyn is to fly into Lima, then catch a bus to her …

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