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vagabonds3 "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow mindedness." Mark Twain

Southern Arizona

USA | Thursday, 29 Mar 2018 | Views [127]

SIERRA VISTA IS A GREAT RESTING PLACE on the Southern Arizona birding trail — for birds and birders alike.  Totally ignoring Trump’s Wall, Mexican birds make their way across the border where the Audubon Society and Nature Conservancy ... Read more >

Photos: Southern Arizona

USA | Wednesday, 21 Mar 2018 | Photo Gallery

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Here's Lookin' At You

USA | Saturday, 10 Mar 2018 | Views [110]

THE CATARACT IN MY DOMINANT “CAMERA” EYE has become so annoying that I decided to take care of it here in Sierra Vista rather than wait until we are in Colorado.  We planned on staying at the Ft. Huachuca FamCamp for 45 days, so there ... Read more >

Cienfuegos and Trinidad

CUBA | Monday, 12 Feb 2018 | Views [216]

THERE WERE NO FIRES BURNING IN CIENFUEGOS.  Not a one.  Originally named Fernandina by French émigrés 200 years ago, it became a UNESCO World Heritage City because of its elegant classical French architecture.  The name ... Read more >

The Owl and the Hummingbird

CUBA | Friday, 9 Feb 2018 | Views [184]

ONE OF THE ADVANTAGES OF HAVING A GUIDE is their knowledge, not only of the birds in general, but of specific individuals.  This is especially true of owls, those feathered denizens of the night.  Rockjumper guides would often inquire, “... Read more >

Birding Cuba: In Search of Endemics

CUBA | Tuesday, 6 Feb 2018 | Views [194]

THIS WAS A VERY "UN-ROCKJUMPER" TRIP.  There were only five other birders and only two of them were serious.  Which is OK since Cuba, with only 26 endemic species, doesn’t draw the more serious “listers.”  Arturo Jr.... Read more >


CUBA | Sunday, 4 Feb 2018 | Views [236]

CUBA, THE NEAREST NON-CONTIGUOUS COUNTRY TO the USA, is one of the most difficult to visit.  Readily accessible to Canadians and Europeans for years, American passport holders are nearly encouraged to fib on their tourist card.  For example, ... Read more >

Photos: Cuba

CUBA | Sunday, 4 Feb 2018 | Photo Gallery

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What's Wrong With Frank Lloyd Wright

USA | Friday, 26 Jan 2018 | Views [147]

NOTHING — IF TALIESEN WEST IS ANY INDICATION.  Connie found this Frank Lloyd Wright designed complex without any help from Paul.  In fact, Mr. Wright’s buildings are on our bucket list for 2018, and Taliesen seemed like the ideal ... Read more >

The Heard Museum

USA | Thursday, 25 Jan 2018 | Views [152]

AS WE SETTLED INTO THE ARIZONIAN RV Park in Gold Canyon, we knew we would be pretty much on our own this time.  We stayed here two years ago to visit my old friend Paul and his wife Noreen, who live around the corner.  They are good company ... Read more >


USA | Thursday, 11 Jan 2018 | Views [271]

THERE ISN’T MUCH TO RECOMMEND YUMA, nor anything terribly wrong with it either.  Many of the snowbirds we’ve met have been spending the winter here for years, but I think a month will be enough for us.       ... Read more >

Happy Holidays

USA | Wednesday, 3 Jan 2018 | Views [167]

THE HOLIDAYS SLIPPED BY WITH HARDLY A HO-HO-HO.  There’s no chance of a winter wonderland in SoCal and we stayed away from the malls so the only St. Nick we saw was the skinny Salvation Army Santa outside of Walmart.    ... Read more >

Photos: Arizona

USA | Saturday, 23 Dec 2017 | Photo Gallery

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Monarchs of California

USA | Friday, 1 Dec 2017 | Views [173]

MONARCH BUTTERFLIES ARE TOUGH LITTLE BUGGERS.  As fragile as these ephemeral orange and black insects appear, they are nearly indestructible.  Lucky for them and lucky for us.  Monarchs have four generations every year, each involved ... Read more >

Hearst Castle

USA | Wednesday, 29 Nov 2017 | Views [170]

THERE WERE STILL A FEW PLACES left for us to visit in California when we returned from Columbia.  We decided to move our base north from Vandenberg to the Wine Country RV Resort in Los Robles — not for the wine nor the oaks, but for the castle.... Read more >

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