Of Sue, Ginsu and the Greek Islands – Chicago

Whoo, I fell off the blogging wagon and it's hard to get back on! I had one crazy week and want to write about all of my feelings about Reno, Donner Pass and Chico, but alas, I must wait until I finish off Chicago. Chicago, you're finished! No, just kidding, we have only just begun. … Continue reading Of Sue, Ginsu and the Greek Islands – Chicago

Hometown Chicago – Boys of Summer

Wait, what,  you say? You're from Chicago? Well, no, I'm not. I was born in NYC and lived my charmed childhood in bucolic Westchester County NY and Fairfield County CT. But every summer growing up I went to Chicago (South Holland to be exact) to visit my grandmas, and my aunt and various other Dutch-descent … Continue reading Hometown Chicago – Boys of Summer

Hatchet – Woodhull Lake, Adirondacks

For the third summer in a row, we were invited by good friends to their place in the Adirondacks in late July. I have written about their wonderful house and their spectacular hospitality before--you can read it as background, if you so choose, here. As that blog was titled, this place is completely off-grid, though … Continue reading Hatchet – Woodhull Lake, Adirondacks

Treasures Close to Home – New England Aquarium

As I've said more than once, our trip to the Amazon was life-changing for me. Unfortunately the bad part of that is that I want to go back immediately. And then again. It's a little bit of how I feel about South Africa which is also a major love affair of mine--we went four times … Continue reading Treasures Close to Home – New England Aquarium

The Zoo of Jungle Warfare – Manaus

On our last day in Manaus before heading back home, we let the kids vote on (most of) the plan. Yes, I had to see the famous opera house and that was non-negotiable. The kids chose the zoo, probably because we had not seen enough of the animals they thought they would in the thick-scrubby … Continue reading The Zoo of Jungle Warfare – Manaus

The Unexpected..and the Expected – Novo Airão

On our final day alongside the Rio Negro in Novo Airão, we had scheduled an early morning bird safari. We woke at 5 am in full darkness, dragged the kids out of their beds, and went down to the veranda where we were to meet Aurecir, our guide of the last two days. Twenty minutes … Continue reading The Unexpected..and the Expected – Novo Airão