Grower Champagne: from their house to ours

Grower Champagne: from their house to ours

Sweeping vineyard landscapes dotted by fairytale hamlets. Chalk caves. Ethereal wines. Visiting the Champagne region of France is a dream come true. We have appointments at Champagne houses, large to small. Now that I’m here, I’m realizing tiny grower-producer Champagne is what all savvy locals drink. Producers I’ve never heard of. And some I thought I knew. Continue reading Grower Champagne: from their house to ours

Hiking to the sky: Kuliouou Ridge Trail

Hiking to the sky: Kuliouou Ridge Trail

I’ve hiked only a few times on Oahu, Hawaii. The terrain is deceptively challenging due to constant assault from the elements: heat, humidity, aridity, slippery mud, sharp lava rock, vertigo-inducing heights, and serious elevation change. The conditions can change drastically in a heartbeat. Add that I’m not on-island for long–just a few days around my birthday. And, I’m wearing sandals instead of hiking boots. But I want a serious hike–I want something apropos for my birth day. Continue reading Hiking to the sky: Kuliouou Ridge Trail