Category Archives: Travels

Beautiful desolation at Lake Aloha

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating … Continue reading

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Three generations, ten springs of exploring Cape Cod

For ten years now, I’ve made a spring pilgrimage to Cape Cod with my son and mother, for a few nights over the April spring vacation week or on a weekend in May. We take advantage of off-season rates at the Ocean … Continue reading

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Up in the air at Kluane National Park, Yukon Territory

The clearing weather presented both a threat (mostly to our wallets) and an opportunity.  As we pulled into Haines Junction, we debated our options. The circle was nearly complete.  Along with my 13-year-old son, my Alaskan friend Elizabeth and I … Continue reading

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A trip to Bennett Lake, British Columbia, then, and now

In 1986, when I arrived at Bennett Lake, my body was beat up, but my spirit was soaring.  After four days of backpacking on “the meanest 33 miles of history,” I’d conquered the  Chilkoot Trail to reach this legendary destination … Continue reading

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A slew of seals at LeConte Glacier

The blue icebergs bobbed and floated seductively, dangerous but enticing, clues that somewhere upstream lay a glacier.  But in Southeast Alaska, navigating a field of icebergs field is dangerous is any season, all the more so in November, with its … Continue reading

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Bears, bears everywhere: AnAn Alaska adventure

From the platform, we could see the drama at the outhouse unfolding, predictably, almost comically, if not for the fact that the climax could be a dangerous human-bear encounter. The older gentleman had scurried across the boardwalk to the outhouse, … Continue reading

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Tiny travel, big world at the Peabody Essex Museum

I call this blog The Maniacal Traveler because I have a mania for travel in all its forms.  Visiting museums, wherever they are, is a sort of super-condensed travel, or tiny travel. The Peabody Essex Museum – established by the … Continue reading

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When the cold fails, try the warmth

Five things to do instead of skiing during New Mexico’s worst drought ever I am probably the only person in the United States who was disappointed by snowfall totals this winter.  Specifically in New Mexico, where we made plans for … Continue reading

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Missing my (Wild)Cat: Skittering on New Mexico’s ski slopes

Here in New England, skiers are familiar with what I call the “skitter” – the combination of a clattering sound and a slipping movement a skier experiences when she is cruising down a slope and suddenly encounters a patch of … Continue reading

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Drinking coffee and looking for aliens in Roswell, New Mexico

In Roswell, in need of coffee and a bathroom, we stopped at McDonald’s.  I ordered a cup of Newman’s Own and opened out my wallet. “Fifty-three cents please,” the cashier said. Fifty-three cents?  Where in the United States does anyone … Continue reading

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