Hiking Japan’s Kumano Kodo
A thin layer of moss coated Buddha's face with green, and time had worn his little head into a featureless globe. The sheer age of Japan's rural monuments is breathtaking. Yet this 500-year-old Buddha ranks as a mere adolescent compared with the Kumano Kodo itself, a religious pilgrimage route akin to Spain's St. James Way.
Chicago Tribune, July 29, 2018
“Tracking Rob Roy,” Hiking Scotland’s Rob Roy Way
Two hundred years ago, Sir Walter Scott penned one of the world's great tales, "Rob Roy." Published in 1817, the book heaped fame on a man Scott described as "still remembered in his country as the Robin Hood of Scotland, the dread of the wealthy but the friend of the poor..."
Chicago Tribune, August 27, 2017
Wittenberg, Germany—for the world's roughly 800 million Protestants, a small corner of eastern Germany is their spiritual home, a place that takes on added importance this year: the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.
Chicago Tribune, October 3, 2017