North to Victoria

Posted by on Jul 4, 2019 in Hiking, Just for Fun, Travel Update | 4 Comments

“…on the craggy southern end of Vancouver Island.” From a tour brochure It’s getting hard to stump her.  Laurie and I have a tradition for our anniversary. Each year we take a trip that is planned by one of us. We alternate responsibility each year. Appropriately, I get the “odd” years. It’s supposed to be […]

More Than a Garden

Posted by on Jun 29, 2019 in Just for Fun, Travel Update | One Comment

Others saw an ugly industrial pit. Jennie Butchart saw a sunken garden.

Pioneers of the Trail

Posted by on Apr 27, 2019 in Just for Fun, United States | 4 Comments

I spent several months walking the Oregon Trail when I was five and I flew over it in several hours when I was a senior citizen.  Jacob Butts 1840-1925 The pioneers that traveled the Oregon Trail were hardy people.  Much hardier–than us.  Earlier this year we read a book about two brothers who retraced the […]

Snoozing in Saint Patrick’s

Posted by on Mar 17, 2019 in Europe, Ireland, Just for Fun | No Comments

While living in Dublin in 2016, we heard an interesting story at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral about Jonathan Swift. Swift, the well-known author of Gulliver’s Travels and A Modest Proposal served as the dean of the iconic cathedral from 1713 until he passed in 1745. Seems that during his sermons, Swift would be pushed around in a mobile pulpit which was mounted […]

The Street Dogs of Santiago

Posted by on Jan 29, 2018 in Chile, Just for Fun | 2 Comments

One of the first things that stands out about Santiago, Chile, is the large population of stray dogs wandering the streets. By and large these mutts known as “quiltros” seem happy, well fed, and are peaceful. The people of Santiago feed them and provide water. In the winter they provide them with coats and kennels. […]

Danger: Sea Lion Crossing

  A great part of our journey across America has been learning about the interests and passions of our friends. When we hung out with Mark in the Sonoma, California area, he took us down to the Marine Mammal Center near Golden Gate Recreation area, right across from San Francisco. The center “is a nonprofit […]

Happy Trails, Charlie Brown

“That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”  Linus in A Charlie Brown Christmas Shortly after I learned to read I started getting up early every Sunday to read the funnies, poring over each strip from Prince Valiant to Peanuts. One of my favorites has always been the latter which explores themes from the silly […]

The Space Needle of Brighton Beach

August 2016 Hove-Brighton, England When Walt Disney visited the 1962 World’s Fair in Seattle and saw the newly commissioned Space Needle he predicted there would be, “…Space Needles cropping up all over after the success of this one.” During our stay on the English Channel we had a chance to visit a new tourist attraction […]

The Non-Gentry Life

During our trek across Spain, Laurie and I started a habit of returning our dishes and glasses to the counter when we were done with a meal. Both of us had done our time in food service so we are sympathetic to servers. And the staff in many of the places we stopped were very […]

Seven Fun Things About Living in England

Brighton-Hove, September 30th We left our home base in Seattle in early April and have since lived in six different countries. Each place has it’s own charms. We’ve been in England since August 13. Here are a few of our favorite things about living in England. Many kids call their mother,“Mummy.” Listening to the local […]

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