Month: April 2020

Bear and Not Bear

People are putting bears in their windows to amuse passersby. We wanted to get in on the fun, but our house isn’t ideal since we don’t have any windows on the front of the house. So we did what we could with the “windows” in our front door. The little guy peeking down from above …

Slimy, Glowing Things

When I first arrived as a new immigrant to what was then immodestly known as “God’s Own Country”, there were far fewer major tourist attractions than there are today. The mud pots of Rotorua bubbled as they still do, Queenstown was a charming village set amongst mind-numbing scenery between lakes and mountains. A variety of …

Matia Island

Unlike Sucia Island, where the Spanish pronunciation is not commonly used, Matia is pronounced Mah-tee-ah more often than not. You will find some who say May-sha, but not many. Most of this 145 acre Island is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a National Wildlife Refuge. There is a small State Park …

Sucia Island

Arrrrrgh! Grab a chart me mateys and follow along as I tell ye a tale o’ social distancing on the high seas. Arrrrrgh (again)! Or, you can have a look at the route we took here. Let me begin with a short history lesson. These Islands were “discovered” (in the Eurocentric sense) and named by …

Scolds and Wag-fingers

When I was running software development teams, I had a rule: tell people what you want accomplished, but not how to do it. Of course some need mentoring and everyone needs review. But if you’ve ever worked for someone who told you to do something and precisely how to do it, you know how annoying, …

Surveillance

I just finished watching a documentary produced on the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. If you are good at arithmetic, you will have figured out that the show is about ten years old at this point. It covered events following the Second World War that led to the building of the …

A little of “The other stuff”

Did you notice the subtitle of this blog? Every now and then I’d like to call your attention to something unrelated to travel. Just about four blocks from my house, a young fellow named Matt Kiser decided to start a daily newsletter that would chronicle the Trump presidency day-by-day. Each day is summarized in a …

Left Unsaid

This is supposed to be a travel blog and one thing’s for sure, there won’t be much traveling for a while. So I’ve decided to say a bit more about our February trip to New Zealand. First, let me remind you that the posts that I did make are on my old blog. If you …

Moving On (again!)

They say that the third time’s the charm. I hope so because I’m getting tired of moving this blog! So, what’s going on? It’s not easy to find a good place to host a blog. Some are free, but insert ads into posts. Some are difficult to use. Some are very expensive. This time, I’m …