Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Goldwater on Goldwater

In 1993 I had the extreme good fortune to be invited by my good friend CC Goldwater to accompany her extended family on an eight day trip through the famed Colorado whitewater, deep within the Grand Canyon. Her grandfather, Barry Goldwater, would join the trip. He was an early explorer of the Canyon and his tales of whitewater ( and Watergate ) spellbound us all. This American icon was well known for his bold political stands, but few people outside his home state are aware of his extraordinary photography, extensive knowledge of geology, American Indian culture and so much more. Until now.

CC Goldwater has produced a magnificent and very touching documentary about her grandfather, providing a wonderful glimpse into the life, work and passion of this extraordinary man. It will be on HBO through mid October. I hope you will tune in.

Friday, September 22, 2006

With Pen In Hand

"Remember writing? With a pen? On a piece of paper? I know, it sounds so primitive in the age of the e-mail and the text message. But let’s not allow longhand to become a lost art. There’s something romantic about putting pen to paper, especially when traveling. To contemplate an experience…to paint a word picture of a scene…to document a feeling when discovering new territory… Four Seasons Resort Langkawi enables guests to explore their inner Gulliver."
Targeted to travel journalists, these words are taken from a Four Seasons newsletter I received today. Never mind their effort is a shameless knock off of famously successful Daily Candy. It worked on me today. I'm ready to pack my hand-made paper and shove off!

Friday, September 15, 2006

On Hold

Travel is complicated these days. I have been "on hold" in the Newark airport for several hours.
First, a weather delay. Then just when things were looking good, a mechanical delay. It is Friday evening and everyone is tired. Many are vying for available electrical outlets to stay connected. Nearby, a father is watching a dvd with his young daughter on his laptop. She looks relaxed. Small purple crocs removed, she's curled on the seat. Dad is tense, brow furrowed. They have just announced another two hour delay. An airplane part is enroute from JFK. Breathe. Patience.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Be Safe!

Whether you are mountain climbing, tossing a line, skiing, our building castles on the beach with the kids be prepared before you go.Use common sense and always be aware of your surroundings. These ten tips from can prevent the risk of disease and ensure your trip is a healthy one.
1. Consult with a Travel Health Professional
2. Adjust to your environment
3. Protect yourself from insects
4. Wear protective footwear
5. Ensure that your water is purified
6. Consume well-cooked food
7. Wash it, peel it, or forget it
8. Remember your prophylactics
9. Avoid swimming in fresh water
10. Consider carefully your means of transportation