NearandFarAZ

5 Prescott trails that will make you a white-dot follower

Imagine a rolling sea, with nothing but waves as far as the eye can see. Instead of churning water, though, these waves are made of solid rock. And rather than blues and greens, the waves are in hues… Read More

10 reasons San Francisco has spoiled me for every other city

Over the years, I’ve had plenty of infatuations with beautiful cities. I fell hard for Amsterdam, with its lovely canals and spirited street scene. I loved the energy and air of self-importance of New York City. Rome took… Read More

Girls’ trips – a lot to love

I know, I know – girls’ trips have become so commonplace that they’re practically clichéd. On a recent flight to San Francisco with two of my friends, we overheard the women in the row of seats behind us… Read More

‘Mile, mile and a half’ – the hiker’s refrain

If you like to hike, you’ve probably heard a story or two of an under-estimated trek. The one where you thought the loop would be four miles, but it turned out to be eight. Or the route that… Read More

Prescott Circle Trail – the payoffs, large and small

All spring long, a flamboyant display of colors has been unfolding quietly in the rocky hills of Prescott, Arizona. Thanks, apparently, to the relatively wet winter of 2015, the prickly plants that normally wouldn’t warrant a second glance… Read More

Jerome to Jiufen: The quirkiness of old mining towns

When I first heard about Jiufen while planning my recent trip to Taiwan, I immediately wanted to visit the picturesque mining town on the island’s north coast. After all, I’ve lived within easy reach of Jerome – Northern… Read More

The San Blas: Panama’s remote gem

It was the mystery of the missing ñeque, I think, that made me realize the extent of the cultural leap I had taken. Before traveling to the San Blas Islands off Panama’s Caribbean coast, I did not even… Read More

Moab – the ‘Disneyland’ of outdoor sports

Driving into our hotel parking lot in downtown Moab in the late afternoon, I immediately noticed a peculiar detail. Not only were there hordes of people in dusty hiking boots, carrying daypacks, but there were mountain bikers wheeling… Read More

Solo in Hong Kong

Whew, with a long flight, the airport express, and bus ride behind me, I had made it to my hotel Hong Kong, and I was ready to hit the ground running. After checking into my hotel in Causeway… Read More

The streets of Taipei

It’s true – you really can get just about anything you need on the streets of Taipei. I’m not talking only noodles and dumplings, either (although they’re both plentiful). I’m talking about shoes, purses, electronics, cameras, jewelry, and… Read More