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Apr 302015
 

I love cemetery’s.  Is that morbid?  I just find them so interesting.  I find myself wandering around looking at the markers, wondering about the lives of the deceased.  Who are you?  What kind of life did you have in a time I probably didn’t experience.  And cemeteries in the south are so unique and, pardon the expression, alive.  Lafayette no. 1 is nestled in the garden district of New Orleans.  A wonderful neighborhood to wander around in.

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Apr 252015
 

Poking around the Louisiana swamps in great fun, if you can get the mosquitoes to stay away.  Just crossing the border from Texas begins to change the flavor and the swamplands become more prevalent.  When traveling through I would often move off the main road and find an area with some semblance of trail just to immerse myself in the environment.  Awesome.

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Apr 212015
 

I love the way Ubehebe rolls off the tongue.  Maybe it’s a native word or tribe from the area.  Not really sure.  It is a somewhat remote destination inside the remote and desolate place of Death Valley.  Don’t get me wrong.  I love Death Valley.  It’s immense, beautiful, harsh, varied.  The topography around here, though, is quite stark and quiet.  Wouldn’t want to be here in the heat of summer.  Winter is warm enough.

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Apr 142015
 

I wonder what it’s like.  Living in a relatively small space out in the public view.  Do they both live there?  Do they move from place to place or stay in the one spot?  They look quite relaxed.  Just reading the newspaper in the warm sunshine.  Would you call this living the good life?  A bit too small and public for me.  I’ve gotten used to more space around me.  I wouldn’t mind riding around on the canals, though, exploring the sights and sounds of Amsterdam on a private boat.  I think a week sounds about right.

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Apr 112015
 

Cruising to get in place for the big show.  That’s what they’re all doing.  Getting in place to watch the nightly flight of the bats in Austin, Texas.  Having seen it I know it’s something worth making an event out of.  Or taking someone from out of town to see.  Just get there early if you want a good viewing spot.  That’s what’s smart about having a boat or kayak.  You get a perfectly unencumbered view of the spectacle.

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Apr 082015
 

It was black Friday, the infamous shopping day, and I was antsy.  I decided to get myself out of bed in the middle of the night and see if I could catch the city coming awake before dawn and all the shoppers could make their mark.  So, I headed for Treasure Island, the great little piece of land in the middle of the Bay bridge between Oakland and San Francisco.  It’s fairly close and presents perfectly unencumbered views of this great city.  It was cold and raw down on the rocks and water, the weather didn’t cooperate like I’d hoped, but it sure beat shuffling shoulder to shoulder with over amped shoppers.

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Apr 032015
 

It’s always exciting to be riding the big ferry and pull into the dock at Orcas Island in the heart of the San Juan Islands of Washington State.  I lived here for 4 years and my daughter was born here.  For me it has that deja vu feeling; a palpable sense of familiarity that is quietly comforting.  In and of itself, though, it is a magical place.  Mountain hikes, lakes to swim in, salt water beaches to explore and just the relaxed ambiance of Island life to bask in.  Pure magic.

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