Three Days in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Three Days in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

No, it wasn’t a large dog—that was a small black bear on the prowl! I saw the bear, my first in the lower 48, shortly after having crossed the longest tree-based canopy walk in North America (880 feet)1. The day before, I had been surrounded by sharks. Admittedly, the...
Vagabonding in France and the City of Light

Vagabonding in France and the City of Light

The aim of life is self-development. To realize one’s nature perfectly – that is what each of us is here for. – Oscar Wilde I’ll be honest: I was a little nervous about vagabonding in France and visiting Paris, the “City of Light.” Why? I have no...

The Great American West Road Trip

American interstates have a way of changing perspective. And scrambling brains. I learned this firsthand during my recent Great American West road trip. Not all, but most American West roads are so utilitarian and straight-as-an-arrow efficient that you start...
Chasing the American Dream Across the South

Chasing the American Dream Across the South

Hunter S. Thompson went across the desert while on his infamous quest to find the American Dream. He didn’t seem to find it. And while the Mazda 6 I hired wasn’t exactly a Caddy convertible with a trunk full of drugs, I did get better gas mileage and...

Vagabonding in Washington DC

I was welcomed out of the Metro station with a crystal-blue sky and biting wind. Just to the left of me, the Washington Memorial obelisk was glowing white in the sunshine and hundreds of people were flying colorful kites in the lawn. The freezing wind carried the...