Munich Day Trips: Hiking the Karwendel

München is one of Germany’s most beautiful cities. From the iconic Marienplatz (dating back to the middle ages!) and various Biergärten to the Englischer Garten and the river surfers, exciting activities abound. Summertime München is a breath of fresh air and an outdoor-lover’s paradise. Cars are a hindrance; bicycle paths are everywhere. The bright crystal…

Speak Stupid and Carry a Big Stick: The Demise of the Educated American.

The U.S.A. and her educational crisis “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela. Once, we were a nation that understood this: education is essential for freedom, for a functioning democracy, for change, for hope, and for a better world. But we have committed the great travesty…

The Page of Three Amazing Adventures: Page, AZ.

Honeymooning on a Budget, part three. Sadly, we did have to leave all of this and return home at some point. At least we have a beach upon return, thus cushioning the fall back to reality. To say the adventure out West was breath-robbing, eye-boggling, leg-soreness-inducing incredible is an understatement….Hence the robust utilization of photographs…

Beautiful Bryce Canyon

Day II In UTAH Honeymooning on a budget Hoodoos, hoodoos, everywhere! Famous for its gorgeous sunsets and sunrises, pinks and reds and oranges gently soaking the sky and warm stones, Bryce Canyon provides an exciting playground, any time of the year. Easily accessible for families, one can park at Sunset Point; in less than 100…

Beyond the Lousy Paycheck: 10 Reasons Teachers Are Dashing in Droves

Currently, I teach in South Carolina. We are ranked 48th in education. Today is May 1: May Day, International Workers’ Day, Father’s Day (in Germany), and National Chocolate Parfait Day (my favorite). Fittingly, thousands of South Carolina educators walk out today in protest of our state legislature’s inability to pass any sort of measure that…

Magnificent Zion, Utah

Crisp air fills my lungs and massive beauty fills my eyes as my conflicted brain attempts to also focus on where I am placing my rapidly climbing clumsy feet. The canyon, grasping trees, snaking emerald river and sage green shrubs, with deep iron red rock reaching stoic hands toward the sky…photos never do such places justice. You have to go.

Dancing the Dolomites: Rotwand to Grasleitenpass Hütte!

The clouds roll in as the sun begins to set and the pale crags stretch into rose and lilac and indigo and gone. It’s still and heavy outside, but I don’t know because I sleep like a log from the excitement of the day. Scrounging for an Euro, the shock of the three minute ice…