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Trip: The World Part 4

There are [16] stories from my trip: The World Part 4


Palo Verde National Park—It's Hot!

COSTA RICA | Thursday, 22 Jul 2021 | Views [16]

PALO VERDE NATIONAL PARK IS ONE of Costa Rica’s birding “hotspots”—more than 200 species of birds have been recorded here. Although we saw only 30 species today, Palo Verde was definitely a hotspot. The thermometer in our car ... Read more >


Big Bird, Little Bird

COSTA RICA | Sunday, 18 Jul 2021 | Views [25]

THERE ARE LARGE BIRDS AND THERE ARE small birds. Summer isn’t the best time of year for birding in Costa Rica but we saw plenty of both on this rainy day at Arenal and, of course, Connie and I each have our favorites.     ... Read more >


Arenal Volcano

COSTA RICA | Thursday, 15 Jul 2021 | Views [23]

WE WEREN’T REALLY SURPRISED TO BE pulled over in a roadside check. This wasn’t our first time driving in Latin America, after all—we had been stopped three times on Christmas Day in Nicaragua back in ’07. But the officer didn’... Read more >


Connie's Beach—It's a Secret!

COSTA RICA | Tuesday, 13 Jul 2021 | Views [21]

IT’S CALLED PUNTO DE PLAYA PELENCHO on the map but to me it is “Connie’s Beach.” She “discovered” it on one of  her morning walks, a bumpy dirt road ending in a mile long cove of beach. The ATV tours sometimes ... Read more >


Where The Birds Are

COSTA RICA | Tuesday, 6 Jul 2021 | Views [37]

THE BARE TREE OUTSIDE OUR BALCONY is a favorite perch for the resident Hoffman's woodpecker and great-tailed grackle. It’s convenient birding for us when thunderstorms threaten another deluge and we’ve photographed streak-backed orioles, ... Read more >


Puncture

COSTA RICA | Monday, 5 Jul 2021 | Views [35]

A NASCAR PIT CREW CAN CHANGE ALL FOUR TIRES in under 20 seconds. A good Indy crew can cut that time in half. It took me about nine minutes today to change the flat tire on our Nissan Quashqai—not bad for an amateur. We were on our way Las Baulas ... Read more >


Pura Vida—It's A State of Mind

COSTA RICA | Friday, 2 Jul 2021 | Views [31]

“ PURA VIDA ” LITERALLY TRANSLATES AS the “pure life” or “simple life,” Pura Vida means hello, good-bye and everything is cool—the Tico equivalent of Hawaii’s hang-loose Shaka sign. Pura Vida is an ... Read more >

Tags: the good life


Exit Strategy

USA | Monday, 24 May 2021 | Views [127]

WE'RE BACK FOR ONLY TWO WEEKS AND already are planning our escape. Most people travel to Colorado for the skiing and hiking—we come for our annual proddings and probings. Lest you think we’re masochists, Colorado is where our doctors are—... Read more >


Back Home On The Range

USA | Tuesday, 11 May 2021 | Views [121]

LAST NIGHT’S SNOW WAS A BIT OF A SHOCK, probably more to the emergent cherry blossoms than it was to us. This isn’t our first taste of Springtime in the Rockies, after all. Just the same, it feels strange to be wearing long pants and shoes, ... Read more >


Dark Times—Burning Times

USA | Saturday, 1 May 2021 | Views [136]

THE ACTION IN VARANASI TAKES PLACE along the ghats, long stretches of concrete stairs leading from the maze of alleys to the river itself.  Stairways, as it were, down to heaven.  Beginning in the early morning, hoards of devoted Hindus descend ... Read more >


Alternate Anniversary Plan B

USA | Sunday, 25 Apr 2021 | Views [125]

WE HAD PLANNED A SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY DINNER for Saturday. Twenty-seven years is worthy of celebration, after all, and Myrtle Beach has a plethora of fine dining. With the social-distanced seating restrictions, the only table we could book at the Cork ... Read more >


Ten Years Later

USA | Saturday, 24 Apr 2021 | Views [84]

TEN YEARS AGO TODAY WE LOCKED THE DOORS for the last time and set off to see the whole, wide world. The sale of the house was “under contract” in realtor-speak and most of our worldly possessions—everything that wouldn’t fit in ... Read more >


Virginia Road Trip

USA | Monday, 19 Apr 2021 | Views [91]

IF YOU ARE NOT SPEAKING RUSSIAN you might want to thank Connie and Steve. Back in the old Cold War days when the entire USSR—not just Vladimir—was out to get us, Connie and Steve, her boss at one of those “ABC” agencies, were ... Read more >


Spring Has Sprung

USA | Sunday, 11 Apr 2021 | Views [88]

FLORIDA MAY CLAIM ENDLESS SUMMER but Spring has sprung in Myrtle Beach. There are no swarms of college kids but April showers, blooming flowers, hopeful golfers and allergy-induced runny noses are sure signs of the season.     ... Read more >


Nothing Could Be Finer...

USA | Friday, 9 Apr 2021 | Views [87]

WE’VE HAD ENOUGH OF THE SUNSHINE STATE! This was our third snowbird winter in Florida, after all. And out here on the Panhandle, not only does a wind from the north blow cold as one would expect but so does a south wind when it flows over the chilly ... Read more >


Rite of Spring

USA | Saturday, 20 Mar 2021 | Views [162]

WE HADN’T CONSIDERED THAT Panama City Beach calls itself the “Spring Break Capital Of The World” when we booked our condo. Apparently Governor DeSantis’s lackadaisical approach to Covid was seen as a “come-on down, y’... Read more >