Panama City, Panama

Saturday the 8th was a day at sea. Had a nice breakfast with Mel on the fantail at the Veranda Café. I finished my grading (I am completing an online course for Foothill College next week). Mel and I had lunch and then attended a wine tasting at 3:00 in the restaurant [...]

Manuel Antonio National Park, Quepos, Costa Rica

We arrived in Quepos, Costa Rica, this morning. Mel and I ate breakfast in our suite at 7:30 and prepared for our shore excursion to the nearby Manuel Antonio national park. Our guide Anna was great, and knew lots about the abundant flora and fauna of the park.

Manuel Antonio is, I believe, the [...]

Mel’s Birthday Weekend

For Mel’s birthday we had a nice road trip. We took Ras the wonderhound and drove from home in South Lake Tahoe over Carson Pass on highway 88 and down to the Shenandoah Valley area near Plymouth, CA just off of highway 49. This is Sierra Foothill gold country, and some good wine [...]

Little St. Simons Island, Georgia Coast

Last Spring Mel and I traveled to the southeastern seaboard. We went to N. Carolina, S. Carolina and Georgia. Late March and early April is a really nice time of the year there, we had really great weather, and the dogwood were blooming in many places we visited.

The barrier islands of Georgia include [...]

Angkor, Cambodia

In January, 2005 Mel and I flew from Ho Chi Minh City (aka Saigon) to Siem Riep, Cambodia. Siem Riep is the gateway to the ancient complex/city of Angkor, home to Angkor Wat among other things. (‘Wat’ means temple as anyone who has been to Thailand knows – they are ubiquitous [...]

Milford Sound, South Island, New Zealand

In November, 2004 Mel and I embarked on a trip around the Pacific. First stop was New Zealand. We landed in Auckland (on the North Island), cleared customs and immigration and caught a flight to Queenstown on Lake Wakatipu in South Island. The approach through mountain passes and cols had my palms [...]

7 Ways To Find Cheap Airfare

Travel Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Stay away from weekend travel if you can. If you must travel on the weekend, do it on Saturday – the middle of the weekend. Separate yourself from the hordes trying to maximize their weekend – i.e. flying out on Friday (or Thursday) and returning Sunday (or Monday).
Include a [...]

Desolation Wilderness, Lake Tahoe, Sierra Nevada

Home is nice too! In summer I especially enjoy hiking. The other day I hiked one of my favorites – the Bayview trail to the outlet of Fontanillis lake. This hike ascends Maggie’s peaks from which you have great views of Granite Lake, Lake Tahoe and of the mountains of Desolation:

View of [...]

Seabourn Spirit – Split and Rovinj, Croatia and Venice

Our last three stops were Split and Rovinj in Croatia, and then we disembarked in Venice (sadly).

We had been to Split last year on our honeymoon so knew it quite well. We booked a tour which took us to the old city, Ivan Meštrović’s old home and museum (famous sculptor from the area), and [...]

From Piazza San Marco to the Golden Gate in one day

We awoke at 4:00 am in Venice, caught a water taxi to the airport at 4:45, a flight to Rome at 6:00 am, a flight to Chicago at 11:30 am, then connected to San Francisco around 7:00 pm Chicago time, arriving in SFO around 10:00 pm Pacific Time. The truck battery had drained and [...]