Archive - 2018

Practically Superstars!

The Lucky Charm was just featured on the PBS series “Arizona Horizon”!  I’d like to say we were contacted because we are just that famously well-known, but actually our manicurist daughter Sarah does the producer’s nails.  ūüôā  They were chatting and Shana said, “Hey, I’m doing a story on seniors who retire and take up...

Italy, Part 2 of 4: Amalfi Coast, Pompeii, and the Isle of Capri

Leaving Rome for the Amalfi Coast was a strong jolt to the psyche … there are 2.8 million residents of Rome … but only 3,942 residents of our home base, Positano! Positano is the quintessential quaint Italian village, set on steeply terraced hillsides. It doesn’t just LOOK beautiful 24/7 — it even SOUNDS beautiful! (play the video below to...

Italy, Part 1 of 4: All Roads Lead to ROME!

ITALY!  We did NOT go in the R.V., but it was too beautiful to banish from our blog based on a mere technicality. Our trip was 4-in-1: four totally different locales in one spectacular country! Enjoy and be transported through our pictorial journey! Up first:  ROME!  Italy’s capital, a sprawling, cosmopolitan city filled with ancient ruins and...

Cedar Breaks National Monument, UT: It’s a Mini-Bryce!

Our final stop of the 2018 Summer Adventure was in a relatively unknown but truly remarkable southern-Utah destination known as Cedar Breaks National Monument.  The uncrowded trails, cool temperatures, and colorful rock formations had us jumping for joy! It ALSO had us gasping for air!  Located on the 10,000-foot-high Markagunt Plateau, the area’s...

Jackson, WY: Above It All … and Behind It All

With the Lucky Charm’s return visit to Jackson, Wyoming, we indulged in two wish-list adventures:  rock climbing “above it all” on a Via Ferrata course, and going “behind it all” at a real-life rodeo! ‚ÄúVia Ferrata‚ÄĚ literally means ‚ÄúIron Way‚ÄĚ and in the 1800‚Äôs, alpine climbers started employing climbing aids such as iron pins and...

McCall, ID: Doin’ It All … in McCall!

After a brief swing through McCall, Idaho, last summer, we knew a return visit was in the cards!  In 2017, we stayed three days.  In 2018 … two weeks!  That’s how “taken” we were with this place, the mountain version of Goldilocks:  not too big/not too small, not too plain/not too fancy, not too boring/not too touristy...

Grand Canyon North and South: A Tale of Two Rims

The first stop of the Lucky Charm’s 2018 Summer Adventure begins at the Grand Canyon National Park.  Despite being “out west” for 36 years, Philip had never visited either of the two rims, North or South. Crazy! Behold …. beauty in many layers! Though only 11 miles across from each other, the two rims could not be more different from each...