Black bear grazing on Highway 3 in British Columbia

Saturday’s scene: keep your distance

Alan and I couldn’t believe our good luck as we were driving east on Highway 3 on a road trip in British Columbia, Canada. A black bear (which I will call a “he” since there were no cubs around) had chosen a grassy hillside next to a pullout on the road to enjoy an afternoon […]

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The lion of Lucerne

The Lion of Lucerne honors Swiss Guards who were massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution. The memorial was carved into a sandstone cliff face between 1820 and 1821. The colossal work of art measures ten meters by six meters. But it’s not the staggering size that is the most impressive element of the Lion […]

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Riekermolen, an Amsterdam windmill

A foggy view at Riekermolen

Do you like Alan’s atmospheric photo of an Amsterdam windmill? Did you know that this shot wasn’t planned? The lens fogged up when Alan pulled out the camera to photograph Riekermolen, a windmill near Amsterdam that dates from 1636. And It proves that sometimes a camera mishap can turn out better than you think. We […]

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Saturday’s scene: Santa sails the Arctic Ocean

I never expected to see Santa sailing the Arctic Ocean on a cruise through the Norwegian fjords and beyond to the Arctic ice pack. But that’s exactly what happened one July morning on Regent Seven Seas Voyager. Captain Dag Dvergastein made a rare announcement over the ship’s loudspeaker encouraging guests to step out onto the balconies […]

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Saturday’s scene: Fox’s Ice

While exploring Fox Glacier, I got up close and personal by using the 18x zoom on my Panasonic Lumix camera. Don’t you think my advanced point and shoot camera did a fine job of caputring the blue colors of the glacier, including those pointy tips of ice? Alan and I visited Franz Josef and Fox […]

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Saturday’s scene: Cruising above the Arctic Circle

Cruising the Adventfjorden is one reason Alan and I wanted to sail beyond the Arctic Circle with Regent Seven Seas Voyager. After a day spent hiking Plateau Mountain in Lonbyearbyen, Norway, we stood on the deck watching the mountains and glaciers of Adventfjorden as Voyager sailed toward the Arctic ice pack. Alan and I were enjoying a glass […]

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Upper Antelope Canyon near Page, Arizona

Saturday’s scene: Nature’s splendor in Upper Antelope Canyon

Slot canyons are some of nature’s most impressive achievements. Exploring them usually requires hiking to reach the entrance, climbing skills to travel up and over chokestones plus the willingness to squeeze yourself through tiny cracks while negotiating wet spots and streams in the canyon’s floor. And backpacking will probably be required to accomplish the mission. […]

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Haunted Places in Helena, Montana

From the looks of the cheery sign announcing Reeder’s Alley, boomer travelers would have no reason to expect that there are any haunted places in Helena, Montana. When Alan and I walked the streets of Reeder’s Alley and Last Chance Gulch with historian and author Ellen Baumler, we learned otherwise. Events from Helena’s mining history […]

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Saturday’s scene: Storm clouds over Pisa

Alan and I hadn’t planned a visit to the Leaning Tower of Pisa on our Boomer Road Trip to Northern Italy. But, we were running ahead of schedule so our guide Claudio Fontana of A La Carte Italy Tours suggested that we stop to take a few photos of the famous bell tower. Scaffolding surrounded […]

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