Mastery Tips

The Wonders of Hawaii, the Big Island…


Everyone who has ever traveled to the Hawaiian Islands knows how lovely they are, and a fantastic place to vacation. There are many islands in the chain, but really 4 major islands and a few smaller ones.  The big 4 islands are Oahu (where you will probably fly into at Honolulu), Maui, Kauai, and the big island of Hawaii.  There are 2 smaller sized islands that many people also visit, and they are Lanai and Molokai, near Maui.  I’m going to talk a little about the beauty of the bigRead More

Hang Gliding in the Outer Banks, NC…


Regular sports are all fine and dandy as far as they take you, but every now and then I get the feel for something a little more “on the edge”, or even “over the top”! Staying active should be an important part of everyone’s daily regime, and whether it’s the gym, running, or mountain biking, working on staying physical is always a good plan!  Sometimes an extra hard mountain biking ride is just the thing needed to get that blood pumping again, and other times you may need something withRead More

Wonders of the Cayman Islands


The Caribbean has always been North America’s tropical wonderland, and it’s where everyone goes to relax and decompress when they are stressed out due to overwork, the winter cold, or both! Warm water, fantastic weather, and a cool Pina Colada in your hand seems to do the trick!  There are many great destinations in the Caribbean that will help in chasing those winter blues away, but one of my favorites is Grand Cayman, or the Cayman Islands.  They are just south of Jamaica, and actually include 3 separate islands, GrandRead More

Ginnie Springs FL Scuba Diving


Ginnie Springs FL is a fantastic place to come experience the great outdoors of the Florida wilderness, and also cool off on those hot summer days…  There is also great scuba diving and cave diving here, so if you are certified or would like to learn… There are many great activities that you can do on a hot summer’s day, but by far the most fun has to do with the water!  Getting out there in an old swimming hole somewhere or waterskiing behind a boat in a lake, itRead More

The Garden of the Gods


Colorado is one of my favorite states in the continental U.S., and one of the reasons is the many majestic snow capped mountains here to attract outdoors sports and adventure of all kinds!  Whether you come and visit in the summer, spring, fall, or winter, you are sure to find something active to do that will fit you just right.  Snow skiing in the wintertime is popular at some of the best ski resorts in the United States, or in the summer there are many great hiking, biking, and horsebackRead More

Is This English-Speaking Caribbean Destination Right for You?


If you’ve been dreaming of retiring to a sun-kissed Caribbean country, you’ll want to check out IL Correspondent Ann Kuffner’s Daily Postcard, below. In it, she makes a compelling case for why her chosen country—Belize—wins out over other popular Caribbean destinations. It’s been over 30 years since my first Caribbean vacation. I spent an unforgettable week in the Virgin Islands at a posh resort on a tranquil bay. Back home in the U.S. I often revisited my memories of that trip, fantasizing about what it would be like to liveRead More

Fun Things to Do In Chattanooga Tennessee


Chattanooga Tennessee is one of the best cities in the Southeast, with its many great attractions and sights.  Interested in sleeping on a riverboat, check out the Delta Queen… There are many great states in the U.S. with good times to be had in them, but one of my all time favorites is Tennessee!  It has mountains, rivers, and lots of partying!  A few of the big cities that are highly recommended are Memphis, Gatlinburg, Knoxville, and of course Chattanooga!  Chattanooga Tennessee is a quaint little place nestled right byRead More

French Broad River: North Carolina White Water Rafting Fun!


The French Broad River in North Carolina is one of the nicest and most relaxing white water rivers in the U.S. southeast, with milder rapids and warmer water than some of the other monster rivers that are available here…  It’s perfect for first timers and families or for just spending some time on the water with friends… If you live in the southeast United States, you know how those long hot summer days can be, if you are stuck at home or at the office while everyone else is outRead More

Fort Lauderdale Diving


For those of you who haven’t yet had the pleasure of learning, scuba diving is a fantastic sport and recreational activity, and a great way to cool off in the heat of the summer while enjoying some incredible under water scenery!  It takes a little bit of work to get certified so that you can scuba dive legally, but that will actually get you involved in the sport more by getting you to learn the ropes.  You can probably find a good dive shop right in your town, wherever thatRead More

Fort De Soto Park FL: Great Beaches, Biking, Hiking, Dog Park, and More


One of the best areas for beaches in Florida is the Tampa / St. Petersburg area on the Gulf coast…  There are a multitude of fantastic beaches there with relatively clear water, much unlike the east coast at Daytona Beach or New Smyrna Beach.  Fort De Soto Beach is probably one of my favorite beaches in that area, and it’s located on a spur of land right at the entrance to Tampa Bay.  It’s actually a large park with many great beaches and hiking and biking trails, in addition toRead More