You can’t get there from here…

Typing with an ace-bandaged wrist, courtesy of a fall down a steep wet alley, trying to make our escape from the mountain town of Lanjarone. But more about that in a moment. In New England we have a phrase “can’t get there from here” that refers to an out-of-the-way location that outsiders — anyone who […]

Babes at midnight

Okay, so I’m sitting in Ronda, Spain right now. Ancient — the “new bridge” across the gorge dates to around 1700. Makes me feel young. Going on a horseback ride later today. For now, just goofing off and reflecting on our time in Seville. Lisbon was a little gritty. Our first Spanish city of the […]

“Walking through Portugal”

Okay, so “walking through” is a bit of a misnomer. As you can see, our group was pretty small, so we moved from hotel to hotel by small bus and hiked into the hills from there. We like groups like this: manageable in size and pretty much made up of like-minded people. At least in […]

A beautiful Portugal day all to myself

If you go on a trip with a group — even a small group like this — there is one inalienable truth: someone will bring in the latest version of “the plague”. I spent one night and yesterday in a crappy haze, still enjoying the trip but struggling a bit to keep up. So today, […]

Barcelona’s cousin from the other side of the tracks?

I love seeing new places. We were home for 6 weeks, and it was too long for me. Spoiled? Or just prone to wanderlust. Anyway, I have fun traveling. Even getting to Europe was enjoyable in its own way. Sure, the long layovers can be “boring.”. The air in the terminals and planes makes my sinuses […]

We really do have it good

Wildlife encounter in the Shenandoah National Park! Well, maybe “wild” is an over-statement. He actually seems pretty tame. We left the Blue Ridge today — had a great time — and entered the SNP. Traffic has largely been non-existent during our trip. This is THE time to tour if you want the Blue Ridge largely […]

Ain’t cigarettes grand?

A beautiful day on the Blue Ridge today. Took a nice hike up into the hills, and as always, was happy when I reached the top. On longer — much longer — hikes when I was young, my friend Bob always suggested there was an escalator around the next corner. He was hopeful. It was […]

Rest in peace, my friend

I lost a good friend this week. At least, I still considered Bob a “good friend.” If memory serves me right, I hadn’t seen him in some twenty years. It had been a couple years since we communicated. And things had certainly grown a bit awkward, as our paths diverged through the years. But Bob […]

Sometimes it’s just not meant to be

No, that's not Cleopatra floating down the Nile. That's my wonderful wife enjoying a traditonal outrigger sail on — or rather offshore of — the magical isle of Maui. It was a typically glorious day in my favorite spot on earth. Sunny. Warm — but not that oppressive Florida heat. And just enough trades blowing […]

Have you seen “Pig Pig”?

Only on Maui… Cute little guy, isn't he? I wouldn't know whether to hug him — or eat him. There is definitely some moral line there. If you find Pig Pig, do you return him…or baste him? I'm guessing “return” is the proper answer. So let's hope he didn't end up as the guest of […]