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Douala

CAMEROON | Saturday, 1 Apr 2017 | Views [151]

SURPRISE — WE HAVE INTERNET FOR AT LEAST TONIGHT.  So I'll take advantage of it.  It took 34 hours to fly from Tampa to Douala via DC and Brussels, and another two hours to pass through immigration and collect our luggage.  The ... Read more >


Leaving on a Jet Plane — Again!

USA | Wednesday, 29 Mar 2017 | Views [188]

WE WERE A LITTLE CONCERNED WITH THE VISA PROCESS.  Mailing our passports to a foreign embassy was way out of our comfort zone so using a visa service, expense be damned, was the only option.  It took two full days to assemble all the documents;... Read more >


Circle B Bar Ranch

USA | Sunday, 26 Mar 2017 | Views [189]

ROD AND LOIS TOLD US ABOUT CIRCLE B BAR RANCH and their photographer friend John Young who likes it so much that he moved down from Massachusetts.  Cirlce B gets rave reports from birders and our first visit made believers of us.  So we arranged ... Read more >


Ybor City — Still Smokin'

USA | Thursday, 23 Mar 2017 | Views [188]

I ONCE SMOKED A CIGAR, ONLY ONCE, and I am pretty sure it didn’t come from Ybor City.  This historic suburb of Tampa was sucked from a cypress swamp by Vincente Martinez-Ybor and other cigar manufacturers around 1880.  Soon immigrants, ... Read more >


Spring Training . . . and Old Timers' Day

USA | Wednesday, 15 Mar 2017 | Views [168]

FLORIDA HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE VENUE for MLB’s spring training, only in recent years being challenged by Arizona.  This is the time when the regulars work themselves into playing shape and talented wannabees vie for a chance to make it to “... Read more >


Lettuce Lake Park

USA | Thursday, 9 Mar 2017 | Views [81]

LETTUCE LAKE IS HILLSBORO COUNTY’S most popular park with as many as 3500 visitors on a weekend day.  And with almost as many birds.  But on a weekday morning the place can feel as remote and empty as the Everglades.   ... Read more >


Thonotosassa Is The New Clearwater

USA | Saturday, 25 Feb 2017 | Views [91]

SPACES IN FLORIDA’S RV PARKS ARE AT a premium in winter.  Like migratory birds, many snowbirds return to the same places year after year and reservations are made months in advance.  “Location, location, location” takes second-... Read more >


Sanibel Sea Shells

USA | Monday, 13 Feb 2017 | Views [149]

WE HAVE MADE SEVERAL TRIPS to Sanibel Island for birding in “Ding” Darling.  But Sanibel is also known for quality and variety of shells found along the beaches and an entire subculture combs the beach at low tide, always hopeful for ... Read more >


Ding Darling National Wildlife Sanctuary

USA | Wednesday, 1 Feb 2017 | Views [151]

OUR DAILY BIRDING RECORD for Sanibel is 43 species — 14 of them on one sandbar!  But that was in the fall in a year beset by tropical storms.  While the numbers aren’t as great this winter, birding at Ding Darling National Wildlife ... Read more >


A Mini Reunion

USA | Friday, 20 Jan 2017 | Views [149]

SHADY ACRES CLAIMS TO BE THE GULF Coast’s friendliest RV Resort.  We will have to wait a bit before we can form an opinion.  We moved from Naples to Ft. Meyers on Thursday afternoon and  left for Rockledge, sans 5th wheel, on Friday ... Read more >


The Gulf Coast: Naples

USA | Sunday, 1 Jan 2017 | Views [171]

SPACE AT FLORIDA'S RV PARKS is at a premium in winter with snowbirds reserving a year in advance.  We were lucky to book a month at Club Naples on the west coast, a real bargain with everything we could ask for except location.  Everyplace ... Read more >


Cruisin' the Caribbean

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS | Monday, 12 Dec 2016 | Views [164]

NOT WITHOUT DIFFICULTY, we managed to coordinate (a) insurance covered RV repairs, (b)  warranteed maintenance on the truck with (c) a Caribbean cruise from Ft. Lauderdale, saving us RV storage fees and long-term parking.  Sometimes things ... Read more >


Mea Culpa — Again!

USA | Thursday, 1 Dec 2016 | Views [171]

DESPITE MY BEST INTENTIONS, I have let this journal wither on the vine, as it were.  I think it’s a matter of a lack of interest for both writer and reader.  Some of my earlier entries received thousands of views, but then again, the ... Read more >


Photos: Florida

USA | Monday, 7 Nov 2016 | Photo Gallery


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Birding Costa Rica: Savegre — End of the Road

COSTA RICA | Wednesday, 26 Oct 2016 | Views [229]

WE ARRIVED AT SAVEGRE LODGE WELL AFTER dark, due in part to the long drive over the 10,000 foot high Cerro de las Muertes, aka Mountain of the Dead.  We stopped several times on the steep descent to the lodge to listen for nightjars and bare-shank ... Read more >


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