We read traveler's tales to entertain us, inform us, and most
importantly, to inspire us. You will find many travel stories
within the pages of this website. Some of them merit their own
page, while others can be found as part of the pages that are
primarily tips or information. The links below will take you
to the best of our traveler's tales.
A Traveler's Tale at 20,600 Feet
The peak of Chimborazo, in Ecuador, is the furthest point
from the center of the earth (further out there than Everest,
due to the earth's equatorial bulge). My guide didn't speak a
word of English, and thought I was an experienced mountaineer.
I was learning Spanish, and had never climbed up glaciers before.
I did go forty feet up a sledding hill in Michigan once, to practice
with crampons and an ice axe. To see how it all turns out, go
to the page, "Climbing Mount
Treasure Hunting in the Arizona Desert
In the desert in Arizona, an old Mayan Indian took us and
one of the resident "rainbow kids" on a trip into the
desert to find metates, arrowheads, ancient pottery, and semi-precious
stones. The interesting part of this traveler's tale is that
we actually found all of the above. You will find the story on
the page, "Arrowhead Hunting."
Stalking Alligators in Florida
We met a monster one morning in Florida, and then visited
him regularly. It was the first time we had been so close to
an alligator in the wild. Were we hunting him or was he hunting
us? For the rest of the story, go to the page, "Stalking
Florida Alligators ."
Camping with Chupacabra
How about traveler's tales involving desert, snow, ice and
the blood-sucking legend known as Chupacabra. ("There's
something breathing outside the window," my wife told me.)
There was something breathing outside the window, I discovered.
You'll also find some off-road driving tips. Visit "Lost On Mount Lemmon ."
More Traveler's Tales
Aliens and Grizzlies in the Meadow
We like to get off the beaten path sometimes, and Montana
is one of the best places we know for that. There are valleys
and mountains you can hike to where you'll be the only human
residents for as long as you stay. The story of one such hike,
when my wife Ana and I spent the night above the trees, is on
the page, "Traveling Through
Robbed in South America
The page, "Travel Money
Belts," is about security issues for travelers. How
to hide money and documents, and how much cash you should carry
are covered. I also tell the story of when I was robbed on a
bus. I dragged the thief off the bus with me, and flagged down
the police, but the money was long gone with an accomplice.
Sitting on George Bush
Crossing The Mexican
Border is about day trips over the border. We include our
own traveler's tales of going to Nogales for lunch twice, and
having our picture taken on a presidential donkey one of those
times. There were margaritas and mariachis involved.
Travel Letters To Home is
a series of three letters - hopefully entertaining - sent home
during our wandering way from Traverse City, Michigan to Tucson,
Arizona. Broken bones, blood sucking monsters, hot springs, coyotes
Even More Traveler's Tales
Not really, but check back soon. We won't stop traveling,
and I won't stop writing down the stories. For that matter, I
still haven't written down a few good ones, so I better get to
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