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Birding Costa Rica: Ensenada to Savegre

COSTA RICA | Tuesday, 25 Oct 2016 | Views [211]

WHAT ENSENADA, A ONE-NIGHT STAND, on the Gulf of Nicoya, lacked in amenities (hot water) it made up for with owls.  We saw both the Ferruginous Pygmy Owl and the Tropical Screech Owl up close and personal right outside our door.  Otherwise ... Read more >


Birding Costa Rica: Monteverde — In The Clouds

COSTA RICA | Friday, 21 Oct 2016 | Views [1218]

WE SPENT OUR LAST MORNING AT ARENAL in the spectacular gardens amidst sparking hummingbirds and inquisitive coatis.  But the highlight was a visit from the resident margay.  For birders we were unusually attracted to this beautiful cat, certainly ... Read more >


Birding Costa Rica: Arenal

COSTA RICA | Tuesday, 18 Oct 2016 | Views [158]

THINGS AT ARENAL BEGAN WITH A BANG — and not from the volcano.  It was actively erupting when we were last here but it has been silent for several years.  Today it was a bang of birds.  As we gathered (5:30 AM) on the deck a great ... Read more >


Birding Costa Rica: La Selva

COSTA RICA | Monday, 17 Oct 2016 | Views [204]

TODAY BEGAN AT 4:30, ZERO DARK THIRTY in military parlance — a trend that we would repeat every day — for the long drive to La Selva on Costa Rica’s Caribbean side.  We stopped at every “birdy-looking” spot and ... Read more >


Road Trip: Birding in Costa Rica

COSTA RICA | Thursday, 13 Oct 2016 | Views [159]

WE LEFT OUR RV AT THE KOA CAMPGROUND in Ft. Mill, SC, just across the border from Charlotte and spent the night at the Ramada.  The night’s stay included free parking for three weeks and a shuttle to and from the airport, cheaper by far than ... Read more >


Photos: Costa Rica: Birds and More

COSTA RICA | Thursday, 13 Oct 2016 | Photo Gallery


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Photos: The Carolinas

USA | Sunday, 2 Oct 2016 | Photo Gallery


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I'll Take American History for $1000, Alex

USA | Friday, 30 Sep 2016 | Views [156]

NEW ENGLAND CLAIMS THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR and the South owns the Civil War, right?  Well, it seems our high school history classes weren’t the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.  Or maybe, like my sister swears, we were ... Read more >


Photos: Washington DC and Virginia

USA | Tuesday, 27 Sep 2016 | Photo Gallery


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Catching Up: New England — Boston and Beyond

USA | Thursday, 15 Sep 2016 | Views [212]

WE JUST LISTENED TO A PODCAST ON BBC about the unreliability of our memories. Paraphrasing Ken Kesey, it may be true even if it didn't happen that way.  And I can believe it as I attempt to reconstruct our trip for this blog.  After only two ... Read more >


Photos: New England

USA | Wednesday, 7 Sep 2016 | Photo Gallery


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Catching Up: New York: Who's On First?

USA | Sunday, 4 Sep 2016 | Views [220]

EVERY RED-BLOODED AMERICAN BOY should visit the Baseball Hall of Fame . . . even if he’s 69 before he makes it to Cooperstown.  I was surprised to learn that the Hall is a private institution; it’s not affiliated with Major League Baseball.... Read more >


Photos: New York and New Jersey

USA | Sunday, 28 Aug 2016 | Photo Gallery


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The Arctic: Fourth Time's A Charm

CANADA | Tuesday, 23 Aug 2016 | Views [165]

NOT ALL OF THE GUIDE/DRIVERS ARE of equal ability.  Yesterday our zodiac ran aground three times while trying to reach the beach at Conningham Bay.  Rather than follow-the-leader, Mark continued to take the road less traveled, while we salivated ... Read more >


The Arctic: Prince Leopold Island

CANADA | Sunday, 21 Aug 2016 | Views [172]

PRINCE LEOPOLD ISLAND IS ONE OF the most significant bird sanctuaries in the the Canadian Arctic, home to hundreds of thousand thick-billed murres, black guillemots, northern fulmars and black-legged kittiwakes.  The problem is, if you’ve ... Read more >


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