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5th July 2019

Enjoyed reading this light-hearted blog! We really used to enjoy this holiday when our children were young -- fun times with family, friends and neighbors. Our children are grown and gone now so it's not quite as much fun as it used to be, but we still enjoy the American-style BBQ, traditional foods, watching the Boston Pops Orchestra, and of course seeing the fireworks near home. Hope you really enjoyed your 4th of July!
6th July 2019

Many, many thanks
I appreciate your feedback. I write about mostly travel, but a few other related things once in a while.
27th June 2019

The danger of being on the road
As a lawyer I see the dangers of the road in Oz from the travails and injury of victims of road rage to accidents by negligence, misadventure and just bad luck. But venturing out on one lane roads either in Oz or overseas makes me hold my breath each time. All one needs is someone coming the other way too fast to avoid and your time may then be up. Road travel is a lottery. Its just that one lane roads such as the Death Road in Bolivia (that I refused to go on), many through mountains in China, central Asia, South America, Africa, Australia and others I have travelled I have so far been lucky. The best one can do is not drive too fast, be always vigilent...and know that if one does not do so some idiot will ensure your time will come to an abrupt halt. Until then like the millions of other road users...I continue to ride my luck.
27th June 2019

Agreed!
You are exactly right. I agree to everything about vigilance on the road and elsewhere.
8th June 2019

Utah
Being from the World's driest continent, Australia there was nothing quite like our self-drive through snow covered Utah & Arizona in a polar vortex in 2015. Moab has special memories as we managed to get a private off-season flight over Canyonlands NP and Arches NP seeing those famous desert vistas covered in snow. I regard the Vermillion Cliffs area of Utah as some of the finest landscapes in the World. It worries me that I have seen press that Trump wants to allow mining in there. Do you know if that is proceeding?
8th June 2019

Sad, Sad, Sad
I think he and his criminal partners are thinking of messing with the Grand Canyon first. But you are perfectly right in your assessment of this area, and Utah in general. I am headed to Bryce in November to take more photos.
20th April 2019

B.O...
Try flying from Karachi to Cairo with a plane load of pilgrims straight off the street. I must confess that I once came off a long stay in the jungles of Northern Thailand and directly caught a plane to Bangkok.
8th April 2019

Arches & Canyonlands
We got a private flight over these sensational National Parks one winter during a polar vortex. Never got to see them this close though.
From Blog: Meander to Moab
8th April 2019
Where is Forrest?

Where is Forrest?
When leaving Monument Valley the view back down this road is an iconic shot...even I could not resist. Did you take this shot? It is quite a hoot.
9th April 2019
Where is Forrest?

I Did Not
It is the scene from Forrest Gump.
8th April 2019
The Needle

Utah
sTunning beauty
6th March 2019

cool life
I wish i can live a life like you。。。。
6th March 2019

Many thanks!
Well, I am mostly retired, still work 2-4 days a month for extra travel money. Your day will come!!!
8th February 2019

Interesting statistics you've mentioned. Your last line sums up Hawaii well. When our friends ask why we've been to Hawaii so many times, my standard reply is "We can drink the water and walk the streets".
1st February 2019

And have we lost the wonder of Travel?
No way...No way...That's a YES to your personal in your blog but a big NO WAY to the question raised to your title
1st February 2019

Thank you
As always, thank you for reading, and your kind comments. Where next? How about Bucharest, Romania?
1st February 2019

"Here here"...thanks a big YES in agreement from here
A thought provoking blog Gerry. And isn't it great being a member of Travelblog where so many of us know what travel means and brings? Reminds me we've got our next destination agreed...now to enjoy the excitement of making it happen. As usual us dancers (we do it our way)...we can hardly wait !!!
12th January 2019

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22nd July 2018

Central Coast Wines
We agree with you that this is a lovely area to explore and they have outstanding wines.
25th July 2018

Less Crowded
It is a much easier, safer, and saner area to move around, wine taste, dine, without spending a small fortune. I like the low key atmosphere too!
8th February 2018

Go or do not go?
Interesting perspectives Gerry and I expect you are not seeking rabbits to agree as if blinded by your experienced headlights! Myanmar - we want to but the Rohingya genocide is a definite worry. The Great Wall of China - we have never been to Badaling as we do not like tourist hordes. The outer Beijing wall sites are the places to go. We were once alone on Jinshanling and no better part of the wall you will find. Machu Picchu - you must have been in a tourist group or there on a bad day...what a shame. Sometimes you have to go to some places before it is too late e.g Tibet and Mali...sometimes it is too late. We go where our imagination leads us then our hearts jump in. It is then up to us to get the most out of it and not let disappointments alter our enjoyment. Everyones jpurney is different...everyones step is what they make of it.
8th February 2018

90% of the time I get pre-check...
and this is without paying the $85 for the privilege. It's nice to have.
22nd January 2018

Why ride the rails?
Thank you Gerry. Great blog. I often hear the phrase "the great train journeys of the World" and other than China, Peru and Java I think that would be nice and then think no further. I travelled to and from school in Sydney by train many years ago and sworn never again and have only recently discovered the trains in Sydney are a good option to get to the city as they are air-conditioned, comfortable and efficient. Most importantly they save braving city traffic!!! You extol the delights of train travel in USA. Maybe that is where we should spend our time just looking out the window for miles and miles. 'Cos when I travel I don't text or read. Travel for me does not allow time to not use every precious second to take it all in. But you are highlight the joys and advantages of rail travel in USA.
25th January 2018

Thank you so much!
Appreciate your comments and insight. Is it worth coming all the way over to Oz and take the Ghan?

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