Early travel experience fueled a love for travel and deep appreciation for diverse cultures. Mary's commitment and love of an active lifestyle was fostered growing up on a farm in rural Susquehanna County where every summer day was a mini triathlon.
When very young (especially looking back now!), Mary had the opportunity to study in Argentina and at the University of Barcelona culminating in a degree in Spanish and Communications. After a long hiatus of raising children and being a stay at home mom and homeschool advocate, Mary joined her neighbor and good friend, Hennie van den Hengel and the Tripsite family. On more than one occasion she has been known to say that Tripsite should be voted the best place to work in America.
Tuscany - Florence, Siena, and the Chianti!
Bruges to Amsterdam
Portugal’s Wild Coast
Canal du Midi
Koblenz to Saarburg
The heart of the Tarn River Valley
Poland’s Lake District
Portugal Atlantic Route
Mary • Jan 1, 2019
On the outskirts of Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, rises a mountain of significant proportions. It is not like the pristine snow-packed mountains of the Himalayans, or the austere beauty of the jagged peaks of the Dolomites, or the majesty of the Rocky Mountains, this foul giant is a mountain of trash. The locals call it Koshe, which translated means ‘dirty’. It is a 36-acre landfill which has been the dumping ground of the city’s waste for 50 years. Read More
Mary • Aug 3, 2018
So you are thinking of booking a bike tour...or maybe you just did! Good for you! But...are you ready to tour by bike? This might sound like a ridiculous question, but trust us, it is not. Many active people, who bike only occasionally, think, because of their fitness level, they could undertake a bike tour with no problems. Most of the time, that is probably the case. Read More
Mary • Dec 1, 2017 • 2
I recently returned from a guided bike tour on the island of Lanzarote, Spain. When you are gone almost two weeks, a lot can change. I left this Canarian island of pervading sun and warmth to return to encroaching winter here in the northeast. After a lovely warm and colorful autumn, the trees are now skeletal and an unusually early, deep cold has taken hold. Read More
Mary • Jun 17, 2016 • 2
Magnificent Macedonia! Who knew? After more than a week exploring this emerging destination, I now know. This is an adventure seeker’s paradise! There are biking and hiking trails to be explored, rock faces to climb, and river rafting to exhilarate. How about paragliding over unimaginable vistas? For those who are searching for culinary experiences, the wine and food is world renowned and award-winning. Prices here are among the lowest in Europe so travelers on a shoestring, take heart. Read More