Travel: A day trip to Tacoma via train

My wife and I just combined the gift of our recent leap day with the need to save my Amtrak points before an upcoming deadline. Rail travel options are generally…

Travel: The ‘other’ Washington

Many locals are familiar with the phrase  “the ‘other’ Vancouver,” where people arrive at Sea-Tac Airport, pick up their rental cars, feed in their destination and proceed to drive away…

Travel notes: A glimpse of Poland in Kraków

Kraków is one of those cities that captures your imagination immediately. Fairy-tale turrets and winding medieval streets in its Old Town…a Renaissance Royal Castle…Gothic churches with exquisite interiors…lively restaurants and…

Travel notes: Revisiting New York City

New York City is astounding in its cultural activities, ethnic neighborhoods and historic sites… its constant hustle-bustle and pulsing energy… its flashy Times Square contrasting with Central Park’s green oasis….

Travel notes: Exploring Yosemite National Park

California’s Yosemite National Park wowed me as a 14-year-old on a camping trip with my family back in 1962. I was used to imposing Northwest mountains, but Yosemite’s sheer granite…