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Photos: California Again

USA | Monday, 27 Nov 2017 | Photo Gallery

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Birding Columbia: Highlights Tour

COLOMBIA | Saturday, 25 Nov 2017 | Views [170]

WE DIDN’T REALIZE HOW MUCH WE WOULD miss Doctor David.  He was a great birder and a really nice guy but he had booked only the Extension tour.  His replacement was the exact opposite, and with a big, noisy camera to boot.  We also ... Read more >

Birding Columbia: Santa Marta Extension

COLOMBIA | Sunday, 12 Nov 2017 | Views [287]

COLUMBIA WAS THE LAST OF THE FOUR Rock Jumper trips that Connie had to book concurrently just to guarantee that we would have a place.  After the Cameroon fiasco I begged off the trip to Papua New Guinea.  I am not a fan of groups or the pre-... Read more >

Photos: Columbia

COLOMBIA | Monday, 6 Nov 2017 | Photo Gallery

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Actually It Is Rocket Science

USA | Thursday, 2 Nov 2017 | Views [264]

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE has been the heart of the Air Force’s West Coast missile program since it successfully launched its first IRBM (for I ntermediate R ange B allistic M issile) in 1958.  And they are still going strong.... Read more >

Channel Islands National Park

USA | Thursday, 26 Oct 2017 | Views [208]

OF THE FIVE CHANNEL ISLANDS, ONLY SANTA CRUZ was on the menu for today.  And since the Island Packers ferry sails at 9AM, we spent last night in Ventura rather than make the two-hour drive this morning.  We really lucked out — not only ... Read more >


USA | Monday, 23 Oct 2017 | Views [196]

SOMETHING MAY BE ROTTEN IN THE STATE OF DENMARK, but it hasn’t affected Solvang, CA.  The story of Solvang, Danish for “sunny field,” could almost have been written by the great-Dane himself, Hans Christian Andersen.  It ... Read more >

Photos: California Coast

USA | Saturday, 21 Oct 2017 | Photo Gallery

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Cesar Chavez National Monument: The Wrath of Grapes

USA | Thursday, 19 Oct 2017 | Views [288]

I FIRST HEARD OF CESAR CHAVEZ FROM JONES.  He is one of my oldest friends and self-appointed social conscience.  We were all too preoccupied with finishing high school to care much about the Delano Grape Strike in 1965 where Chavez rose to ... Read more >

Calico Ghost Town

USA | Wednesday, 18 Oct 2017 | Views [118]

I DON’T BELIEVE IN GHOSTS — NOT CASPER, Wendy or even Spiritus Sancti.  But ghost towns, well, that’s a whole different story.        Calico Ghost Town We hadn’t ever heard of Calico until ... Read more >

Kelso Depot: Oasis in the Mohave

USA | Monday, 16 Oct 2017 | Views [210]

THE MOHAVE IS THE SMALLEST DESERT in the United States, comprising less than 50,000 square miles mostly in California and Nevada.  But if you were crossing the Mohave on the Union Pacific Railroad in the early 20 th Century, you would certainly ... Read more >

Grand Canyon North Rim and Pipe Springs NM

USA | Saturday, 14 Oct 2017 | Views [184]

WE VISITED JOHN DAY FOSSIL BEDS NATIONAL MONUMENT in Utah from our base in Washington. That was back in August.   Now we are using Utah as a base to visit NPS sites in Arizona.  That’s the way it sometimes is in the West where distances ... Read more >

Photos: Arizona and the Mohave Desert

USA | Friday, 13 Oct 2017 | Photo Gallery

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Cedar Breaks National Monument and Kolob Canyon

USA | Thursday, 12 Oct 2017 | Views [159]

UTAH IS ONE OF OUR FAVORITE STATES, especially in the fall when the temperatures abate and the rock formations glow in the softened light.  Our visit this time, though on the west side of the state, was no exception.  The temperatures in Hurricane ... Read more >

Las Vegas

USA | Saturday, 7 Oct 2017 | Views [169]

EVERYONE SHOULD VISIT LAS VEGAS ONCE — no one should have to visit twice which hardly explains why we are here again.  Our previous times in “Lost Wages” were business conventions and we never left the confines of the Strip to ... Read more >

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