Under the Stars

DSC_6187About the Location:  The small city of Leh, India is nestled into the foothills of the Himalayas in the state of Jammu & Kashmir.  Formerly the capital of the Kingdom of Ladakh, it sits at nearly 12,000 feet above sea level.  From there, a 1.5-hour drive will get you into the mountains near a small village called Rumbak, accessible only by foot.  We camped about an hour’s hike from Rumbak in sub-freezing temperatures at about 14,000 feet.  The terrain was rough and unforgiving.  The rewards were unmatched. continue…

The Road Winds

DSC_9896About the Location:  Mount Desert Island on the east coast of Maine is known as the “Isle of Lonely Mountains.”  It is home to incredible trails, roads, coastline, and beautiful Acadia National Park with its notable Penobscot Mountain, Jordan Pond, and Beehive Trail.  Bar Harbor is the main attraction for those seeking any food with lobster – from steamed lobster to lobster eggs benedict or lobster mac n’ cheese, you’ll find it here. continue…

Kuna Yala

DJI_0271About the Location:  A little slice of heaven from this weekend in Kuna Yala off the northern Caribbean coast of Panama. The Kuna people are indigenous to parts of Panama and Colombia and a large number live on a series of islands where they trade goods, fish, and entertain the occasional gringo.  Though the little cottages may look inviting, they were quite rustic.  Just a wood box with bed, some mosquito netting and one light bulb at the end of a wire, swaying in the gentle breeze.  But when you wake up to this scene, it sure feels luxurious! continue…

Night Market

dsc_0044About the Location:  This is the infamous Temple Street Night Market of Hong Kong.  Located just south of Mong Kok, the most densely populated neighborhood on earth, this market is a thriving part of the Kowloon experience.  You can find a wide assortment of items here from souvenirs to travel accessories, but it is dominated by men’s apparel (the Ladies Market isn’t far away).

About the Shot:  I had come to this street earlier in the day with a friend who thought this location continue…

Puerto Rican Paradise

dsc_2290About the Location:  The history of Puerto Rico is complex.  Its location in the northeast Caribbean Sea was (and is) of great value to many imperial powers.  Its name, translated to “Rich Port” in English, may describe why it has been occupied by Spaniards for centuries, enduring invasion attempts from the French, Dutch, and British, before ultimately being continue…