I am a freelance writer living in North Lake Tahoe, with roots deep in the San Francisco Bay Area and on the California ranch where I grew up.
I specialize in travel and ski writing—from essays, profiles, personal experience to essential information. With three grandchildren, “family travel” adds a new dimension. My greatest joy in travel writing is to share the joy of discovery—both external and internal—and to introduce the reader to a place and its people through words which inform, inspire and surprise (even if the reader never goes there).
Being bilingual in Spanish and married to a gregarious Argentine Olympic skier, I have been privy to “insider tips,” personal anecdotes, advice and inspiration from a network of friends, relatives, and fellow travelers in Argentina and much of Latin America. My lust for the open road and fascination for terra incognita has taken me and my camera up, down and over the Andes–on foot, skis and horseback–in Argentina, Chile, Perú, Bolivia and Ecuador, resulting in articles and photographs published in the San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe, LA Times and International Living, plus a 4-page piece on Argentina for the LA Times Magazine.
Works—Latin America Travel
While writing the original Fodor’s Argentina Guide, and updating the Wine Region and Patagonia chapters for six subsequent issues, I learned to search, analyze and record information on places and experiences of interest to all kinds of travelers: families, individuals, special interest groups, outdoor enthusiasts—all ages and income levels. The discipline of ferreting out correct and current facts, and the joy of sleuthing the new best place to eat, sleep, play and explore have honed my skills as a traveler and a travel writer.
My articles on Argentina, Chile and Perú have been published in:
Tracing Inca Trails: An Adventure in the Andes (September, 2022), my latest book, takes readers on an epic journey through the Peruvian Andes as I and two women friends joined a seven-day horseback trek on an ancient Inca trail—over a 15,000 foot pass and down into the jungle, where a train was to stop and take us to Machu Picchu—However.…
As we faced detours and mishaps while traveling on foot, horse and the back of a truck, what we learned about ourselves and each other, about courage, resilience, humor and the discoveries of people and place in the midst of sometimes harrowing and sometimes exhilarating circumstances—you will see why I fell in love with Perú.
Works—Skiing and Ski History
Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows: Tales from Two Valleys, winner of the SKADE Award for books on Ski History, was published March, 2013. The updated edition, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows: Tales from Two Valleys 70th Anniversary Edition, was published in 2019.
Two biographies on western ski pioneers, Wayne Poulsen and Charlie Proctor, have been published in Skiing Heritage Magazine. My story of the 1960 Olympics in Squaw Valley is in the December 2009 issue of Atlantic Monthly.
Back in the Saddle, my story of a cattle roundup in Elko, Nevada, won the 2010 Nevada Magazine Writers’ Contest and was included in their 2010 November-December issue.
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