Image Galleries – Mount Rainier – Washington Cascades

Climbing Mount Rainier is a popular but challenging endeavor. The mountain claims lives each year due to its unpredictable weather and difficult terrain. Spring is the most popular time to climb the easier routes, before major crevasses open. For more technical routes it also reduces the chances of snow or rockfall.  Winter climbing freezes more rocks in place allowing climbs such as Gibraltar which are unsafe even in the spring.

Small Bites, Big Flavor: Dim Sum with Air Fryer or Steamer

Shu Mai (Shumai) is a popular Chinese dumpling that originated in the southern region of China. These dumplings are typically small, open-faced, and round. Shu Mai wrappers are made from a thin, unleavened dough, and they are usually filled with a mixture of ground pork, shrimp, and various seasonings. Sometimes, you might find variations with chicken, beef, or even vegetables.

Tales of Terroir: The Unique Rieslings of Moselle and Rhine River

The steep hills with views of the Rhine River and the Mosel and their tributaries were perfect for vine planting. No one knew this better than the Romans. Roman poet Ausonius describes the verdant hills covered in Bacchus grapes and the pleasant, softly running streams of the “Mosella” in a poem dated around 370 AD.… Continue reading Tales of Terroir: The Unique Rieslings of Moselle and Rhine River

Medieval Marvels: Rhine Castles on AMAwaterways Cruises

AmaWaterways offers numerous river cruises along rivers in Europe, including the Rhine River. The Rhine River is one of the major waterways in Europe, flowing through several countries including Switzerland, Germany, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands. AmaWaterways river cruises let travelers explore the scenic beauty, historical sites, and cultural attractions along the Rhine without having to re-pack and change hotels every day. The only downside of a river cruise is we’re unable to visit the castles – prime encouragement for a future road trip!

Cascoly Travel 2024 Uzbekistan Small Group Tour

Jewels of the Silk Road: A Grand Tour of Uzbekistan Our small group tours explore a mix traditional and classical sites and seldom visited areas. In Uzbekistan we’ll spend 2 days in each of the major cities: Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand & Tashkent. With a maximum of 12 participants, we eat at small local restaurants and… Continue reading Cascoly Travel 2024 Uzbekistan Small Group Tour

Jewels of the Silk Road: A Grand Tour of Uzbekistan

Cascoly Travel 2024 Uzbekistan Small Group Tour It had been 40  years since I’d been in the Silk Road cities of Uzbekistan, so I was looking forward to our scouting trip in November 2023.  Lutfi & I planned to lead a small group there in 2024. We stayed in small hotels within easy walking distance… Continue reading Jewels of the Silk Road: A Grand Tour of Uzbekistan