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North America » United States April 9th 2019

Test to see if blog is working correctly. If you received this please be patient as I am trying to set up the blog. Thank you Jo Finestead... read more

North America » United States » Hawaii » Maui » Lahaina April 8th 2019

Today we woke up in Maui. Well, actually we are anchored off the coast and had to use the ship’s tenders (lifeboats) to ferry our way across to the island. They simply do not have a pier large enough to accommodate our ship. We had an early excursion so we started with a 6:15 wake-up call. David went to the Horizon Court to get some drinks and then to the International Café for Breakfast Sandwiches (very similar to Egg McMuffins) and pastries. All this was because we had to be in the Crown Grill by 7:30 – which we were. Most of the people were sent down all the steps in the Princess Theater, but because we had a walking stick we stayed in the restaurant and were given advanced notice when it was time to ... read more
Very Colorful Fish
Small Octopus

North America » United States » New York April 8th 2019

Radio City Tour. St. Patricks Cathedra. Times Square. Empire State Building.... read more

North America » United States » West Virginia April 8th 2019 one week our journey begins. Shealyn, Marsha, and I will fly from Pittsburgh to JFK and then on to London! Right now we are packing, re packing, and trying to get everything in place for this trip. Can't wait!... read more

North America » United States » Hawaii » Kaua'i » Nawiliwili April 7th 2019

Hello from the beautiful island of Kauai. This is our 3rdstop in the Hawaiian Islands. Kauai is referred to as the Garden Island. We are docked on the east side of the island and everything is green and lush around the ship. However we did not notice it right away because we slept in until 8:00 and even then we didn’t get going very energetically at first. Last night was a lot of fun but it made for a couple of tired tourists. David brought some tea and juice back to the cabin from the Horizon Court and worked on yesterday’s blog for a while. Then we went up to the Horizon Court about 9:30 and had breakfast. A lot of people had morning excursions but we had wisely not challenged ourselves to head out very ... read more
Semi-tame pigs coming to be fed from train
Janet on the Train
Pigs washing up after their meal

North America » United States » Colorado » Littleton April 7th 2019

blog 04-07-19 White Rock to Pueblo to Denver I have been traveling for the last two days through some of the most gorgeous scenery I have seen in a long time. That's not to take away from southern Texas and New Mexico where there was incredible beauty but Northern New Mexico and Colorado have the shining mountains and more moisture to make for larger and more robusk bushes, grass and trees. I am a sucker for a snow capped mountain. The journey started at about 6,000 ft in elevation and went up and down the whole way. I took the back roads which were 2 lane 60 mph highways winding through territory that looked like it was right out of a western, complete with a wild horse herd that crossed the road. The trail took me ... read more
always a snow capped mt somewhere
Taos at the base of the mt
driving into Taos

North America » United States » Arizona » Payson April 7th 2019

Hello folks, and thanks for checking back in with us! Sorry it's been a while since our last blog post from Cartagena. We left about six weeks ago, and I think I'm just now fully recovered from the heat. Fi, being much more adventurous than me, enjoyed her self-inflicted marches through the old town there, while I was quite content soaking up the hotel's wifi and air conditioning until we finally flew to Bogotá (after leaving Tortuga at the port in Cartagena for shipment to Galveston, Texas). In Bogotá we enjoyed three days exploring Colombia's capital city, and I enjoyed the much cooler temperatures. Bogotá is a fascinating city, with a rich history that begins, at least as far as I learned, with the pre-Incan natives who adorned their communities and themselves in the plentiful gold ... read more
Before Ken fell off his bike!
Ken and Coast Guard friend Doug
Fi with Anna and Catherine

North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu » Honolulu April 6th 2019

Aloha from Oahu Hawaii. Our ship arrived in Honolulu about 7:00 this morning. David was up earlier than that to prepare for his excursion this morning. So he was dressed and fed by the time we arrived in port. Unfortunately it still was not light enough to get a good view of Waikiki or Diamondhead while we were sailing into port. But David was down in the Atrium when they approved everyone to depart the ship. His excursion was supposed to meet at 7:20 inside the cruise terminal and he got on the first bus to leave. Today’s excursion was to the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. The most well know item is the Arizona Memorial, but it includes a lot more. We only went to two places but spend half a ... read more
Arizona Memorial
USS Bowfin
Entryway to the Missouri

North America » United States » Hawaii April 5th 2019

Land-Ho! After sailing for more than 4 days on a general heading of West-Southwest, and traveling more than 2000 miles, we arrived in Hilo Hawaii today. And the Captain announced that he only had to stop once to ask a fisherman for directions. We are finally on Hawaiian Time, so it is 5 hour different from St Louis. And with all those extra hours of sleep, somehow we were still kind of tired today. Fortunately we had previously decided to cancel today’s excursion in Hilo, so we basically stayed on the ship and enjoyed the warm sunny weather, and just did restful things – with one exception. We slept until after they had cleared passengers to go ashore, and then we got up and had a small breakfast from the buffet. Some of Janet’s knitting friends ... read more
coast outside of breakwater

North America » United States » New Mexico » Las Vegas April 5th 2019

New Mexico Hwy 518 runs from Taos South to Las Vegas and all my pics are from there. Coming from the Rio Grande Gorge I started on NM 518 about 15 miles South of Taos and finally made it to Las Vegas. My first visit there was in the 1980s when things were different and that highway was New Mexico Hwy 3. I included some of my old pics in the 1980s shot on my 135 mm SLR on print film. This blog is about me finding a private camp on the Rio Pueblo; virtually all my pics are shot there except the few last shot in Las Vegas. I arrived at my very old camp that is Comales Camp Ground by the confluence of the small Comales creek. These pics are from the 1980s when ... read more
Rio Pueblo Canyon
Rio Pueblo Canyon
Rio Pueblo Canyon

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