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Decadence in the Dodecanese

Although dawn comes too early, I am still excited to stick my head up from below deck and see what the world offers today.  I feel the sun's warmth and admire the soft pink sky.  Birds are chirping, pelicans are making a mess and skinny meowing cats sniff around looking for their next morsel.  The marina at Kos is waking up; people shuffle about.  It's going to be another day of decadence in the Dodecanese. [...]

By | October 14th, 2016|Europe, Travel Tales|2 Comments

September 11, 2001 – Greece

Accidental off-roading on my little moped. Sailing into Patmos, a quintessentially Greek island in the Dodecanese, a layer of stress easily melts away, and we have not a care in the world.  We tie up at the marina, and get ready to explore.  It is September 11, 2001. My friends and I rent scrappy little mopeds and head out-of-town on the mostly paved roads.  Every once in awhile, we wave at a friendly Greek [...]

By | September 28th, 2016|Europe, Travel Tales|0 Comments

10 Ways to Know You’re in Florida

Most states and regions have sights, sounds and experiences that are unique to them, including Florida.  Here are 10 ways to know you're in Florida: Bartenders serve beer named Florida Cracker. A house painted pink with white trim is not rare, and can actually look good. Hunker Down is not only an action one does when a hurricane approaches, but is also the name of a bar. Everyone has at least three umbrellas in their [...]

By | September 21st, 2016|North America, Travel Tales|0 Comments

Half Way to Everest

I like oxygen. Whether it is simple easy breathing at sea level or sucking air while hiking a couple of miles higher, I like oxygen . On my "want-to-do" list for the last couple of years has been to successfully climb a 14er (a 14,000+ foot high mountain),  and I am delighted to have a friend say she will join me on this adventure.  Even though I [...]

By | August 19th, 2016|North America, Travel Tales|3 Comments

Top o’ Vail

When a good friend needs to take a day or two off and have an adventure, I'm happy to oblige. Twist my arm, let's go somewhere cool!   And so the adventure begins. Nancy and I quickly decide to hike Vail, Colorado and after some quick online research, we book a room and head west on I-70. But of course we have to explore en route. We stop at Herman's Gulch (Exit 218) and hike for [...]

By | July 29th, 2016|North America, Travel Tales|0 Comments

On Wilsons Prom

It is pretty magical to stand on top of a 200'  high hill which straddles Squeaky Beach and Norman Bay at the edge of the Southern Ocean - the great, infamous Southern Ocean, just off the southern coast of Australia, (you know, that country way down under). Overlooking Squeaky Beach (left) and Norman Bay (right) in Wilsons Promontory, Australia. On Wilsons Prom While the island state of Tasmania is the southernmost  of the [...]

By | June 30th, 2016|Australia, Travel Tales|0 Comments

Vivid Sydney

One iconic view of Sydney, Australia is of the harbour (Aussie spelling) which includes the Sydney skyline, Sydney Opera House, The Rocks, and the docks where the ships and ferries arrive and depart at all hours of the day.  It's spectacular.  I once heard it is the largest natural harbour in the world, in part because of the dozens of coves and bays curving in and out creating the longer waterfront. As a former resident [...]

By | June 24th, 2016|Australia, Travel Tales|0 Comments

Our Amazing Race

When you’re planning your next snow skiing adventure with your family or group of friends, consider putting together an Amazing Ski Race, aka A Super Fun Way to Spend a Day Having a Scavenger Hunt Spanning Five Mountains in 22 Degree Weather.  Yep. Our Orlando Ski Club (yes, Florida has snow ski clubs) group gathered around a fireplace one evening while Dale, our trip leader, explained the details and rules of our upcoming amazing race. [...]

By | November 13th, 2015|North America, Travel Tales|0 Comments

Bribery in Mozambique

It was my lucky day when I saw I was the only person in line at the visa application counter at the Mozambican border crossing. Other border crossings and immigration procedures that I’ve endured have lasted up to four hours, but this one looked easy. I smiled, said “bom dia” (good morning), and handed my passport to Mariacelia, the immigration official. She gestured for me to take a seat in the blue vinyl chair and [...]

By | September 1st, 2015|Africa, Travel Tales|0 Comments


No matter how many times I hear "3-2-1-liftoff" it is always exciting (and suspenseful)  to witness a missile launch.  Just a few days ago tourists and locals had gathered at 4th Street South in Cocoa Beach to watch the newest SpaceX Falcon 9 launch and my family and I were among them.  Liftoff was scheduled for 10:21 a.m. and the launch window was brief.  If the missile failed to launch, the second opportunity would not [...]

By | July 10th, 2015|North America, Travel Tales|0 Comments