Go Away With … Emily Wickersham

Born in Kansas, raised in New York and currently a resident of California, actress Emily Wickersham portrays Special Agent Eleanor Bishop on the popular CBS series, “NCIS.” An avid proponent of exploring the world, she says, “Every time I travel, a little piece of that trip comes back with me and it becomes a part of me. Experience is something that adds to anyone’s life and work. For actors, I think the more you know and learn, the more you’re able to add to the richness of the characters you play.”

Go Away With … Mikaela Shiffrin

Skier Mikaela Shiffrin, 20, born and raised in Colorado, is already an Olympic gold medalist and the youngest slalom champion in Olympic alpine skiing history. “I travel mostly for skiing and feel so lucky to get to do that,” she says. “In Europe, I will have a couple days off from training and my mom and I will just kind of pick up and go to Salzburg or Innsbruck. It’s fun to go into the city and enjoy the scenery.”

Katie Barberi interview & Mariposa Katie giveaway

“I’ve been lucky enough to travel from a young age,” says actress and jewelry designer Katie Barberi. “I’ve grown up seeing so much diversity and beauty in different cultures. I draw inspiration from that all the time.”

Bolder and Boulder

It’s never a good sign when your tour guide warns you about dinner–as in how to prevent yourself from becoming a critter’s meal. “There are a few tips you should know in case you encounter [a mountain lion],” warns Ranger Rick Hatfield, who is leading a morning hike through Boulder Mountain’s lush Chautauqua Trail. “If you see one, don’t run away. Face it and walk slowly backwards. If it starts to move towards you, try to make yourself bigger.”

Right about now, standing 8,400 feet above sea level, I’m feeling awfully small.