• Hiking to the Top of the World

    Hiking to the Top of the World

    I made it to the “Top of the World.” It wasn’t as high as I thought it would be, just 4,500 feet. And amazingly, getting there only took 2 hours. All kidding aside, hiking in the Sierras was like a deep sigh; my mind relaxed, my eyes opened wide, my breath grew deep and my muscles stretched out long. While much of the US was relaxing for the Labor Day weekend in backyards with friends, bbqs and beers, I decided…

  • Earth Positive Resources

    Resources – Yes!

    I am exploring how to be a better consumer (impactor?) on this planet. In doing so, I am discovering great companies and products that I would love to share with you. I promise, that before they are listed on my Yes! resources page, I’ll have tested them personally. Next to each recommendation I’ll write a short blurb about why I think they are worthy of your attention. At this point there are only a few suggestions – with more coming…

  • Toilet Paper That Cares

    Don’t you just love this name? Who Gives a Crap is an earth-positive toilet paper company that cares about everyone’s bum as well as the planet. Yay! Who Gives a Crap 3-ply, 100% recycled. Their packaging is cardboard and paper (you can reuse the individual roll paper as fun gift wrapping paper). The verbage on the box and inside, as well as the emails are full of fun. They donate 50% of their profits to help build toilets for those…

  • All Good Logo

    Coconut Oil Skin Food

    This alternative to your typical lotions, most of which come in some sort of plastic (non-recyclable) packaging, is an easy and deliciously smelling oil for your whole body. All Good Organic Coconut Skin Food Company: Their production facility runs on solar power. They care about our reefs and only use 100% reef-friendly ingredients. They never use or incorporate GMOs. All of their packaging is recycled and recyclable. The product came in a cardboard box and the product is housed in a…

  • Maya

    Maya Temples

    Over the years, I have had the joy of visiting many temples of the Maya, mostly when I was living in Guatemala. They were all magnificent and intriguing. But my favorite was and still remains Tikal. Maybe because I spent a lot of time there. I have also visited Yaxchilan, Ceibal, Copan, El Mirador, Bonampok, Dos Pilas, Naj Tunich, Uaxactun to name just a few. When you live in-country, you get the opportunity to really explore. So fun. Tikal, in…

  • Flamingos, Yucatan

    Yucatan Adventures

    There are so many fun day trips to take when you are based in Merida, Mexico. The Yucatan is full of adventures. With limited time, only ten days, we were able to enjoy four great experiences utilizing my Lonely Planet guide and Mayaland Tours. Flamingos in the Yucatan Celestun Biosphere Reserve is a short 50 minute drive from Merida. We went with ten other folks, from Italy, Germany and the US in a comfy bus. The road was smooth all…