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COVID: It Ain't Over 'Till It's Over

Friday, 23 Jun 2023 | Views [140]

FOR MOST OF US COVID WAS A BAD DREAM; quarantines, social distancing and N-95 masks—like Donald Trump’s presidency—something best forgotten. The reality is that Delta, Alpha and Omicron are still here. They're killing about 100 Americans ... Read more >


Rocky Mountain Arsenal

Thursday, 1 Jun 2023 | Views [126]

BACK IN THE OLD DAYS when the enemies of Democracy were Nazi Fascists and Russian Commies, not home-grown extremists, Rocky Mountain Arsenal produced some of the nastiest chemical weapons on the planet—not that we would actually use them! Well, ... Read more >


It's A Wonderful Day in the Neighborhood

Wednesday, 24 May 2023 | Views [107]

WE HAVE HAD A CHANCE TO MEET SOME OF our neighbors here in Colorado. A wiley coyote patrols the meadow behind our AirBnB (the same one we rented last year) and a great horned owl has claimed a lookout in a nearby cottonwood. And above us all towers the ... Read more >


Spring Times Three

Saturday, 20 May 2023 | Views [108]

THIS IS OUR THIRD “SPRING BREAK” OF ‘23—or, if you prefer, our 3 rd   chance to see Spring breaking. The first was back in March when almond blossoms popped their buds and bright flowers dotted the meadows of Sicily. ... Read more >


The Bridges of Madison County

Friday, 5 May 2023 | Views [187]

A CONFESSION, “BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY” is one of my favorite Chick-flicks. So when we saw a sign for the “actual” bridges, we just had to see where Clint and Meryl fell in love. Only six of the original sixteen bridges remain ... Read more >


Photos: Stateside for the Summer

Thursday, 4 May 2023 | Photo Gallery


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Antelope Canyon Roadtrip

Monday, 26 Sep 2022 | Views [123]

WHAT’S ON YOUR TRAVEL “BUCKET LIST?” We have been everywhere from Antartica to Zimbabwe so ours is more of a “been there, done that” list,  filled with tick marks and a few scribbles of final additions in the margins.... Read more >


A Walk in the Park

Sunday, 28 Aug 2022 | Views [126]

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK appeals to all of the senses. The bluest of skies, the smell of the pines on the cool breeze and birdsong mix together while Long’s Peak towers in the distance to over 14,000 feet. Throw in some good friends who just ... Read more >


Right Back Where We Started From

Thursday, 7 Jul 2022 | Views [196]

HERE WE ARE, BACK IN COLORADO, We arrived jet-lagged, dehydrated and not accustomed to the altitude, then found out we both had Covid. Don’t know whether we picked it up on the flight home from Iceland—we were masked all the way for 10-hours—... Read more >


Photos: Colorado and Arizona

Saturday, 2 Jul 2022 | Photo Gallery


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If At First You Don't Succeed . . .

Saturday, 9 Apr 2022 | Views [178]

SOME WOULD CALL IT INSANITY, doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. But sometimes perseverance pays off. You may question the sanity of us birders—even we ourselves admit to a certain amount of quirkiness. After all, ... Read more >


Sabine Woods

Friday, 8 Apr 2022 | Views [203]

SABINE WOODS IS AN IMPORTANT REST STOP on the Texas/Louisiana border for birds migrating to and from Central America, 27 acres of live oaks gnalred by hurricanes. Sabine is privately owned and managed by the Texas Ornithological Society but the trails ... Read more >


Brownsville: Birders and Borders

Saturday, 2 Apr 2022 | Views [209]

THE MORRIS-BROWN HOUSE IN BROWNSVILLE was built in 1909 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Morris-Brown Cottage—where we stayed—is not. Our host Steve, who owns both plus another six apartments in a separate building ... Read more >


Lost in Space

Thursday, 24 Mar 2022 | Views [193]

GREG AND LAURA THOUGHT WE MIGHT like to see The Infinite , a virtual reality experience that puts you on the International Space Station. Well, they both worked with NASA on the space program in Houston before they retired so it didn’... Read more >


The Kindness of Strangers

Wednesday, 23 Mar 2022 | Views [190]

THE ONLY THINGS THAT HONOLULU AND HOUSTON have in common are “h” and “o”—they don't even wear masks in Texas! Yet here we are after ten hours of flying through five time zones with a six-hour layover spent trying to sleep ... Read more >


Photos: Texas

Tuesday, 22 Mar 2022 | Photo Gallery


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More Than Waikiki Beach

Sunday, 20 Mar 2022 | Views [162]

PITTY THE FOLKS WHO VISIT WAIKIKI and say they have “done” Hawaii. Even discounting Maui and Kauai—IMHO the two most scenic islands— there is so much more to see just on Oahu. We have been heading out each morning to the ... Read more >


Pearl Harbor Revisited

Wednesday, 16 Mar 2022 | Views [135]

SINCE OUR FLIGHT TO HOUSTON WOULD pass through Honolulu anyway, we decided to spend a few days on Oahu along the way. We have plenty of time and there are a few birds we missed on our last trip. It took nearly as long to check-in and clear TSA as it ... Read more >


Photos: Oahu

Tuesday, 15 Mar 2022 | Photo Gallery


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Hawaiian History, One National Park Site at a Time

Thursday, 10 Mar 2022 | Views [163]

NO MATTER HOW YOU SLICE IT, HAWAIIAN “HISTORY” is so recent it‘s more like current events. Before missionaries developed written Hawaiian it was an oral story of aliʻi nui and kahunas , kings and nobles, of whalers and missionaries, ... Read more >


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