Mt. Rigi Switzerland: Tips on Hiking and Getting Around by Ferries

Even though this was my second time in Switzerland, it might as well be the first. Last time I was in Switzerland was about 15 years ago when I was seven years old. According to my mom, my sister and I kept saying that it was “the most beautiful country in the world,” but obviously I don’t remember much except that Switzerland was lush with greenery and really chilly during summertime.

15 years had passed and I had traveled to many other places since then. Unlike most people, I haven’t been having a strong desire to travel to Europe. Partly because I’ve traveled to some major European cities already, but mostly because it’s not as exotic as the new world.I’ve always found it more exciting to explore the Americas and visit places where you can only go when you’re young and reckless.

Trip to the Mojave Desert, Joshua Tree National Park & Pioneertown

I thought a perfect debut post for our blog would be our recent trip to the Mojave Desert in California, because it illustrates the way Walter and I typically travel – road trips, exploring national parks, and no sleep.

We had been planning this trip for a while. Walter really wanted to show me the California desert where he spent most of his days in the Marine Corps . He talked about taking me to Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree National Park, the Marine Corps base, and his Freemason mother lodge. It was a memory lane for him – even though most memories were associated with training in misery under the hot desert sun . When his Marine friends heard that he was taking me there, they all seemed perplexed and half-disgusted and asked, “WHY?! That place sucks!”