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Great American Solar Eclipse

We did it!    On Monday my friends and I witnessed the complete and awesome total eclipse of the sun!   Just a few weeks ago, I was determined to drive north nearly 300 miles to Casper, Wyoming so I could watch the eclipse in the "path of totality".   Most friends were busy and/or uninterested in making the trek, yet Vicki said she was keen.  Game on!  With hotels sold out for years in advance, we thought our best bet was to drive there and sleep in the back of her SUV. Then, we invited Kim - and her camper van [...]

By | 2017-08-30T22:50:42+00:00 August 25th, 2017|North America|1 Comment

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.  The marina at Kos is waking up.  People shuffle about, pelicans are making a mess and skinny meowing cats are sniffing around for their next morsel.  It's going to be another day of decadence in the Dodecanese. Sailing Adventure Fishing nets after a days catch So no doubt you know what decadence is, but do you know what [...]

By | 2017-02-21T23:24:46+00:00 October 14th, 2016|Europe, Travel Tales|3 Comments

September 11, 2001 – Greece

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 walking along or riding on a donkey.    We slowly climb up the side of the hilly island, and we have to stop so we can stare; the water IS [...]

By | 2017-02-23T18:45:45+00:00 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 car. Air conditioning is not an option. Peacocks can rule a neighborhood. Billboards are everywhere. Ladies (and perhaps a few men) wear pants with [...]

By | 2017-02-21T23:29:35+00:00 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 have lived in Colorado for a few years, as a native Floridian, I am not too sure if I will be properly acclimatized or not.  There is only one way to find [...]

By | 2017-02-23T18:47:12+00:00 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 a couple of hours. The trail is hard packed and a little slippery at times with scree (loose rocks) and dry dirt. The sound [...]

By | 2017-02-21T23:34:29+00:00 July 29th, 2016|North America, Travel Tales|1 Comment

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 country, the most southern point of the continent is in a national park called Wilsons Promontory.  Locals call it The Prom, and [...]

By | 2017-02-23T18:49:04+00:00 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 of the city, I came to know it well and never grew tired of riding a ferry across the harbour to get to work [...]

By | 2017-02-23T18:50:34+00:00 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. We would have to decipher clues, find and ski to each clue/destination, take photographs at each location and email the evidence to the trip [...]

By | 2017-02-23T18:54:26+00:00 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 started the process. Bribery #1 Outside in the sweltering heat, Andre guarded our Land Cruiser and coughed up a 200 rand (South African currency equaling [...]

By | 2017-02-23T01:08:30+00:00 September 1st, 2015|Africa, Travel Tales|0 Comments