Researching a novel is fun when you get to travel, which my wife Sue and I do a lot. But it's not all work and no play. Here we are on the beach in Cancun, Mexico, May 2019. You can read more about our travels on her blog:
My father and I at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, November 2010, one of the many highlights of our eastern Mediterranean cruise that took us to seven countries.

The fall of 2019 saw us in the Central American nation of Belize. On my birthday, we explored a Mayan cave, then climbed up this mountain and rappelled down. Here’s Sue on her first-ever rappelling attempt, right after mine. We both managed it well, thanks to hours in the gym building our upper-body strength. It looks easy on TV.  Believe me, it’s not.

No matter where we go, there's no place like home.
I’m convinced that every guy needs a dog. Here I am with Sophie, our Yorkshire terrier. She’s been our best friend, loyal guardian of the yard against incursions by critters from chipmunks to bears, and overall joy of our lives for 11 years, and counting.

In October 2018, Sue and I went to Spain and joined a Trek bicycle tour of Andalucia, riding some 200 miles in a week. Here I am atop El Torcal on our final day.

Sue at Bodor Major Horse Farm in Hungary, where the climactic action of The Red Wolf is based.
Sue and I on horseback in Tibet, during our visit to China in May 2016.
Sue and I in the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu in Peru, the climax of a five-day, 50-mile trek along the Salkantay Trail at altitudes exceeding 15,000 feet. This trip in June 2017 came six months after I underwent knee replacement surgery.