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This site is for active and independent travelers rather than tourists. Travelers embrace the unexpected. Travelers get lost and in doing so stumble upon new experiences. We tell our story with words, beautiful photos and occasionally provide historical context. Enjoy our beautiful world.

"The traveler see's what he see's, the tourist see's what he has come to see." - G.K. Chesterton

Newest Content - The Rigi is a State of Mind

It is best to contemplate Mount Rigi as a state of mind or an attitude, rather than simply a destination or check mark on a list. 

The Queen of the Mountains is a massive berg with Europe's first ever alpine cog railway stopping at a couple hamlets along the route and eventually arriving at Rigi Kulm,a 200 year old Belle Époque hotel and restaurant with an exhilarating panoramic view.

Even in present day, summiting the Rigi is a marathon (rather than a sprint) adventure.  

Read about The Rigi.

 Enjoying the alps from The Rigi

Enjoying the alps from The Rigi

Travel Stories

This is our travel blog. A collection of stories of our travels. We have written about Venice, Barcelona, Zermatt, Park City, Yellowstone, Zion, Jackson Hole, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia.......

Photo Galleries

See the world through our photos. Rick uses a Leica M camera to get high quality images with a small and light camera. Galleries of Croatia, Switzerland, Barcelona, Yellowstone, and more......

Photography, Camera Reviews, and More.

Rick writes about his photography. Check out the review comparing the Leica M240 to the Leica M10 and more.

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