Swiss Army Knife Adventures

Swiss Army Knife Adventures

Swiss Army Knife Adventures Origin Story Mark presented me with a brand-new Swiss Army knife one Valentine’s Day early in our relationship, because we both loved hiking, backpacking, and opening bottles of beer and wine. Little did I know how many wild and...
Caribou, Me and You

Caribou, Me and You

Caribou, Me and You Gypsies in a Camper It was 1986 when my lover, Mark Schulze (now my husband), and I decided to sell or give away all our earthly possessions and travel around the United States and Canada for the next nine months in a small camper. We bestowed our...
Pompeii, Ruin Arising

Pompeii, Ruin Arising

Pompeii, Ruin Arising Pompeii has always stimulated curiosity in me, ever since I was a young girl and learned how Mt. Vesuvius erupted and decimated an entire town at the foot of the mountain. If you are someone who, like me, loves the CSI shows, the sensationalism...
Fairy Penguins of Phillip Island

Fairy Penguins of Phillip Island

Fairy Penguins of Phillip Island Fairy Penguins are possibly the CUTEST of all penguins.  It seems like a century ago now, but way, way back in 1990 Mark and I backpacked through Australia.  While there, we saw the fairy penguins of Phillip Island. We spent a month...
Rafting Athabasca River

Rafting Athabasca River

Rafting Athabasca River You know how glaciers are comprised of ice? And how cold ice is? The Athabasca River is glacier-fed and as cold as ice. The Sevylor Four-Man Raft In 1986, as Mark and I rambled around the U.S. and Canada in our small Chinook, we would stop at...
Kern River Rafting

Kern River Rafting

Kern River Rafting Call of the Wild Kern River called and we answered. The last time Mark and I had inflated our Sevylor raft, a “Caravelle” was 25 years ago. We bounced along many streams and rivers on it, prior to shoving it up on a garage shelf. That...