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Alaska, a true wilderness

  I've always heard people use the words "wilderness" and "Alaska" in the same sentence. It didn't mean a lot to me until recently when my wife Carla and I cruised the Inside Passage of Alaska. The state is huge, but it still takes ... read more

Portugal to Hungary

How I Spent My Summer Vacations (Portugal to Hungary) [from 1992] PortugalAzores... read more

Eastern Canada

Roving reporter returns from East (September, 1989) — Bill returned from his trip to eastern Canada a few weeks back. He was supposed to seek out and capture "Wild Man" Doug. Remember? Well, he's back. Bill, that is. When asked to report his fi... read more

How to take your own passport photo

I was having a hard time converting a digital photo down to the correct 2"x2" physical size. Then I found this article: take your own passport photos. At first, I was thinking "Tell me something I don't know." Then I saw the link to the State departm... read more

How did Moscow's stray dogs learn to navigate the Metro?

Interesting. Of Moscow's 35,000 odd stray dogs, about 20 are thought to travel regularly on the city's underground rail system. These dogs seem to be able to identify which trains to board, and where to alight. It appears that they can recognise h... read more

Must see sights around the world

A list of must-see sights around the world. Less obvious places, such as Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory in Vermont, or the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, etc. Ho... read more

Best places to go (2013)

  Travel Picks: Best Places to Go in 2013 : Condé Nast Traveler. Nashville made the list! Here's what they say about it:The new Nashville offers two things worth traveling for: a hot, tr... read more

Things to do in Nashville

Some of these are in the general area, but not Nashville itself. Adventure Science Center ... read more

Tour of Nashville

  Elizabeth and I played tour guide to my sister Jeannie, her daughter Tiffany, her husband David, and their kids Shayden, 9, and Skyla, 1½. We started with a late breakfast at Cracker Barrel one exit east of the airport. My brother Don wanted to ... read more

Diane's icy adventure

  Christmas night, Diane, on the way to a party, found herself in the fast line of the freeway with a car stopped in front of her and the brakes not working due to a patch of black ice. With cars and trucks honking on the right side, she had no choice ... read more

Trusted traveler program lets Mexicans skip airport security

  from judicialwatchblog201012trusted-traveler-program-lets-mexicans-skip-airport-security As violent drug cartels take over Mexico and expand their criminal enterprises north, the Unit... read more

Which airports have body scanning technology?

  Airports to avoid, if at all possible. Which airports have body-scanning technology? - CNN The TSA website lists all the airports using advanced-imaging technology to screen passengers. The website does not specify which type of ... read more


  via Preikestolen Preikestolen is one of Rogaland county's most visited attractions, and one of the country's most spectacular photo subjects. Preikestolen has been named one of the world's most spectacular viewing points by both CNN Go and Lonely... read more


  It's over, for me, anyway. I rode two days in Iowa and that was enough. As I expected, it was nice to ride with 10,000 other cyclists and the party-like attitude of the riders and the people in the towns was really nice. The problem was that it took ... read more


I'm home after a long trip to Roanoke, VA and back. It was quite an experience overall. The 1-34 hour drive to SMF was punctuated by the puppy screaming and howling in the crate behind me in the van. She messed the newspapers once and I stopped ... read more


   Our trip was great.  Here's a very short story. We left on 811 from my work. My boss made me attend a meeting that day which ended at 2:30, whereupon I joined June, Brian and Andy who were in our van, waiting in the parking lot. Boy, did I ne... read more


  We visited Evelyn's family and ate like the pigs that we are. Bijou had fun. I guess the highlight was going to the cemetery. Believe it or not, it was really Gothic, colorful, historical and very interesting, in general. We didn't have much ti... read more


   Kansas. What an incredibly boring state. Tara, her sister Sandie, niece Destiny and I flew from Nashville to attend her youngest sister Stephanie's high school graduation in Council Grove, Kansas.  Tara and I figured we'd find something to do t... read more

Charleston and Savannah

  Charleston, SC We drove . . . and drove . . . and drove — 10 hours or so — from Nashville until finally reaching Charleston, South Carolina. Along the way, we stopped in Asheville, North Carolina at the Biltmore Estate because Tara had f... read more

New Orleans

  We flew into New Orleans about noon time on a Friday. Since the room wasn't ready for such an early arrival, we walked four blocks to the pier and decided to ride the paddle wheel boat "Natchez." It basically goes a mile up the Mississippi, then he... read more

California, what a trip!

  Thursday, before we left on Saturday, I took Austin to his Grandma Joy's house. We had a good visit and he took to her immediately. I left him on Friday morning and drove back to Nashville. I was supposed to get my eardrums cut open for the plane ... read more

Ft. Lauderdale

   I went to Ft. Lauderdale (Nov. 6) for the Breeders' Cup horse races at Gulfstream Park (actually in Hallandale, FL).  It was fun just being there.  I'd never been to south Florida before. How'd I do on the races?  Well, I bet a tota... read more

St. Louis

   Tara and I made a quick trip (if you can call a five-hour road trip "quick") to St. Louis over the Labor Day weekend.  We visited their "historic district" (old town) along the river where they were hosting the Big Muddy Blu... read more


  Tara and I left Nashville for Chicago on a Thursday morning. At the last minute I decided to let my cat Myca out. I figured he would return shortly after doing his "business" in the neighbor's bushes, as usual, and I could then lock h... read more

Atlanta trip

  Tara and I just got back from a long weekend in Atlanta.  It was nice to see the town.  I'd passed through before, but had never stopped to look.  The first touristy thing we did after eventually finding our hotel — the downtow... read more

California here we come!

For our "summer vacation," Tara and I went to California. Where in California? Just about everywhere in 4½ days. We took a Southwest Airlines "direct" flight from Nashville to Oakland. Stupidly, we thought "direct" ... read more

Europe '96 video

You can watch it here: vimeo3271045 I was there for Doug and Jana's wedding, but this doesn't include that, as that was filmed by a professional. This video is so badly-done it's almost funny. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; ... read more


Nashville  — June, 1996 I planned everything in advance. Or so I thought. I bought my round-trip plane ticket three months in advance. I "surfed The Web" and researched whatever I could find regarding my destination cities and co... read more

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