Advance Organizers

Much of what we do in life, travel and tourism is about expectations. About twenty years ago, I was leading an ecotour in Belize. I had two very unhappy ladies at a four-star resort, who could not believe there was no bathmat in their room. The food was great, the rooms were beautiful, the bedsContinue reading “Advance Organizers”

Fighting Complacency

Travel is not only broadening I’ve realized, but burdening too. I carry these lives and places with me but I’m grateful for the ballast. It’s keeping me from tipping into total complacency. Judith Stone It’s been almost ten years since I saw my first wild elephants in Kenya. They took my breath away. Having only beenContinue reading “Fighting Complacency”

If The Plants Could Talk –

Actually the plants, the landscaping and the grounds do talk. How we plan and care for the landscape at nature centers, zoos, museums, aquariums and communities tell our audience more than we think. We see organizations that interpret nature, history and anthropology whose buildings have the same landscaping as the mall nearby or an urbanContinue reading “If The Plants Could Talk –”

My Fantasy Reality Show – Ranger 2.0

I have never played Fantasy Football and would not know how to start. I do watch some reality shows on TV (American Idol, The Amazing Race, America’s Got Talent, The Voice, Survivor) and that has led to my own fantasies about a new reality show, Ranger 2.0 . The premise is to take unemployed youngContinue reading “My Fantasy Reality Show – Ranger 2.0”

Long’s Peak Scottish-Irish Festival

We went to the Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Festival this past Saturday in Estes Park, Colorado. We both have some family connections to Celtic lineages, but would have gone if it had been an Icelandic Festival. We like outdoor events and we’re always curious about how they are managed, since we have run large events andContinue reading “Long’s Peak Scottish-Irish Festival”

Digital Publishing – A New Opportunity for Communities

Digital publishing is democratizing book publishing much the way digital video recording has done with video storytelling. Anyone who is driven to write a book can self-publish without a big investment. A digital book can be put on Amazon, Apple or Smashword for the cost of having your book professionally edited, proofread and formatted forContinue reading “Digital Publishing – A New Opportunity for Communities”

Tour de Fat – More Than a Beer Fest

One of my favorite community events was held this past Saturday in downtown Fort Collins, the Thirteenth Annual Tour de Fat (TDF)sponsored by New Belgium Brewery. Bikes and beer go together in interesting ways with the New Belgium beer and bike culture. We have always gone downtown to simply watch the bike parade – anContinue reading “Tour de Fat – More Than a Beer Fest”

Location, Location, Location

It’s a cute aphorism about the three most important attributes of real estate. It may be true, but think about how it relates to SIGNS for a minute. They can be well-written, well-illustrated, and have a strong message and still be useless. Just put them in the wrong place, too high, too low, between theContinue reading “Location, Location, Location”

Underpromise, Overdeliver

We were on the Big Island of Hawaii last year and tried out a night swim with manta rays with a local company. We suited up with full wet suits, listened to the safety talk and then the photographer/naturalist gave us a pep talk. “This is going to be the best outdoor experience of yourContinue reading “Underpromise, Overdeliver”