Travels to all continents except Antarctica. Preference for do it yourself trips, meeting locals, and learning local customs and food. I have been doing a daily travel diary through email for the last several years(mostly Asia), and received many compliments from friends. I plan to visit the following in the years to come: Turkey, Burma, Alaska, Greece, Ecuador, Columbia, Venezuela, and Russia. I went to Japan in March 2009 and drove a lot of the length of Chile with my golf buddy in September 2009. Several African countries and safaris in 2012. Things like the Orient Express and the Trans Siberian Railway interest me. I have played golf all over the planet as well. I went to Wimbledon in June and rank it behind only the Masters golf as the best sporting event in the world. I have also become more interested in our great national parks, like Zion, Bryce, Arches, Canyonlands, Glacier, Teton, and Yosemite here in the U.S. I have almost completed my quest to visit all fifty states. Then, I may start on the Canadian provinces, and all of the countries in South America. I am also looking for volunteer opportunities overseas now that I am semi-retired. I enjoy writing about my travels, and sharing with others who cannot travel. I also take tons of photos, which I publish.
Recent trip to Antelope Canyon, near Page, AZ was a revelation. The Navajo guide actually had me taking Ansel Adams like photos for a couple of hours. You must go!!!! South Africa and Tanzania just completed in 2012, to be followed by the Trans Siberian Railway in 2014.
I am just seven states away from having visited all 50 of our great states. Guess which ones are left? There will be only two left by mid August.
I also completed my "sports-fecta" with events like the Kentucky Derby, Olympics, Super Bowl, Wimbledon, Masters, Indy 500, Final Four, World Series, and NBA Finals.
June 15th 2013
I heard a voice beckoning me to Olympic National Park. Many years ago, my Mom moved to the area, in nearby Bremerton, after she remarried (after my Father passed away in 1971). I visited several times, with my son, but never made it over to Olympic, though I could see its beauty on a clear day. She always told me that I should go. After a soft landing at Sea-Tac, we drove about two hours over to the Olympic National Park. The best way to get there? To reach U.S. 101 from Sea-Tac, the options are three: 1) the great Washington Ferry System car ferry, 2) Route 16 and the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, and 3) south to Olympia, catching 101 there. The ferry should be the prettiest route in the summer. Again, it was President Theodore ... read more
June 13th 2013
How would you pronounce Sequim? Well, most places on the internet say it is "skwim." Sequim is a small town of slightly over 6000 people on the Dungeness River in Washington state. We are staying here Monday evening, as part of our visit to Olympic National Park. This area is said to be growing as a result of retirees from both Puget Sound and California. I was scared away from the Park's Lake Quinault Lodge, said to have paper thin walls, ceilings, and a total lack of privacy. So, instead, we will "sink or Sequim" in this small hamlet near the northern most entrance to Olympic National Park. We took a short ferry ride with our rented car from downtown Seattle to Bainbridge Island, then on to Poulsbo, before reaching Sequim. The ladies in the ferry ... read more
June 7th 2013
I came across an interesting article on SF Gate today. The author is asking the reader to pick five dead people, other than relatives, who you would like to meet. So, that made me think about who I would choose. These are my picks, holding one back in reserve, as the author suggests. My five: Golfing great Ben Hogan img=https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRi7BKnMHNCdt4vb-9WBnsRr-e-sT5cuk-iuRdO9sCx68NW_At1F9Szqt7B John F. Kennedy Ansel Adams img=https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRUPXlUhANagST3KrKiTexUTfwtqfzDEb_eE0pJQ6Lv8L7MNaYxZdVzckv-Zw John Muir ???? I left off many of the obvious choices: Gandhi, Buddha, Jesus, Marco Polo, Albert Einstein, The Widow Clicquot, Washington, Lincoln, Fred Flintstone, Archie Bunker, Lucille Ball, Steve Jobs, Jack Varkel, and Babe Ruth. Who would you choose? ... read more
June 7th 2013
All I can say is June 7th is a day that belongs in every diabetics worst nightmare. How in the world, with obesity, malnutrition, and diabetes running epidemic, do we come up with this nonsense? I have a feeling this is a conspiracy of Krispy Kreme, Dunkin', Winchell's, and Top Pot. Let's call for a Senate investigation, since they cannot seem to get anything else done in Washington, except harass President Obama. Can you believe it was the Salvation Army that started this "tradition" back in 1938 to raise funds for the Great Depression? Krispy Kreme is giving away a free donut at all participating locations, "while supplies last." Why don't they just donate the equivalent $$ to a nearby food bank or soup kitchen? img=https://blu170.mail.live.com/Handlers/ImageProxy.mvc?bicild=&canary=Va28... read more
June 3rd 2013
I often hear that some famous personality married a Vegas showgirl, only to later divorce and get a big settlement payoff. Such was the showgirl, Jean Maree Harbour-Hardy, who married famous financier, Kirk Kerkorian from Fresno. But I am sure he is not the only one to have fallen for a beautiful Vegas showgirl. So my question is, what is a Vegas showgirl? A definition found in many quarters, describes a showgirl thusly: height, long legs, beauty, dance technique, costumes, elegance, grace, unattainability, and topless. The minimum height is 5 feet 8 inches. Showgirls are not burlesque dancers. In fact, there is a walking technique called "tipping" where the topless dancer walks on stage without allowing the exposed breast to bounce or jiggle. And most importantly, a showgirl is NOT a stripper. Basically, a showgirl is ... read more
June 2nd 2013
Most trips to Vegas involve visiting friends, and enjoying retail therapy along with a few good, but simple and inexpensive meals. But I have visited some strange places in the past. Last December, I went to the Mob Museum, a total waste of time. Let's see if I can make for it on this trip. How many of you have actually met the Tequila Goddess at Treasure Island's Isla? They have more tequila here than any other place in town. Learn more about it, try a few, and have some of their eclectic Mexican food to keep from getting totally blotto. Nevada is home to much of our nuclear testing. It is only appropriate that the Atomic Testing Museum is here. The Nevada Test site conducted tests from 1951 to 1992. It is not all about ... read more
April 10th 2013
Despite my many visits to Washington, DC, I have never been here during the prime viewing time for the cherry blossoms. So, I go into this trip with no expectations, and can only hope the cherry blossom spirits are on my side. Peak bloom is now April 6 to 8 (today!). But perhaps more importantly, Sakura Matsuri is the largest one day display of Japanese culture held in the United States. It is held in April, as the climax to the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The Japan-American Society of Washington was formed to promote friendship and understanding between Japan, and the greater D.C. area. The Society introduces all forms of of Japanese culture to Washington DC audiences. The Society runs the area's oldest and largest Japanese language school for adults. One of the Society's major tasks ... read more
March 5th 2013
Headed to Scottsdale for a bit of nostalgia, the lure of seeing some baseball, Cactus League style, is upon me. So I am headed to Scottsdale Stadium, the "winter" home of the 2012 World Champion San Francisco Giants. I have not been to a Spring Training game since the Eighties or Nineties, when my kids were youngsters. The big stars then were Will Clark of the Giants, and the Oakland A's duo of Canseco and McGwire. Today, the big stars are Buster Posey, the National League MVP, Matt Cain, Panda Sandoval, and Reverend Hunter Pence. Back then, Spring Training was the only chance for my kids to catch a baseball, get up close to the players, and even get some autographs. At one point, my son was catching and retrieving so many baseballs, I made him ... read more
March 4th 2013
Having visited here at least once a year for the past twenty or thirty years, I am starting to run out of things to say and do here in Scottsdale. Scottsdale brags about 314 days of sunny weather each year. June, July, and August are the warmest months, with average temps well over 100 degrees F. The average rainfall is only 7.66 inches per year. The official food of Scottsdale has been "chili" since 1994. The typical tourist to Scottsdale is 56 years old, and earns about $100,000 annually. The average nightly hotel rate is about $140 a night. During Spring Training, I am sure it is much higher. Car rental rates are also inflated during this period. Reservations at the better restaurants are also difficult to get. Contrast this to the Christmas Holidays when the ... read more
February 22nd 2013
Did you know that both Bruce Lee and Jimi Hendrix are buried in Seattle graves? Seattle's Lakeview Cemetery, on Capitol Hill, just east of downtown is the grave site of many famous Seattle icons. Bruce Lee and his son, Brandon Lee are buried there. Jimi Hendrix is buried at Greenwood Cemetery in nearby Renton. Though he was put to rest in 1970, his grave was moved by his father, Al, to a more lavish memorial in the southwest corner of the cemetery. The memorial has a 30 foot high granite dome, supported by three columns trimmed in rainbow marble. img=https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcROc_C2LfjNJU6QQMh3GVjAqn87bVwgfanDtnjm4JPbfzdXUG-I img=https://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.... read more