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The Kindness of Strangers

Wed, 23 Mar 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Views [110]

THE ONLY THINGS THAT HONOLULU AND HOUSTON have in common are “h” and “o”—they don't even wear masks in Texas! Yet here we are after ten hours of flying through five time zones with a six-hour layover spent trying to sleep ... Read more >

Brownsville: Birders and Borders

Sat, 2 Apr 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Views [108]

THE MORRIS-BROWN HOUSE IN BROWNSVILLE was built in 1909 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Morris-Brown Cottage—where we stayed—is not. Our host Steve, who owns both plus another six apartments in a separate building ... Read more >

Lost in Space

Thu, 24 Mar 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Views [105]

GREG AND LAURA THOUGHT WE MIGHT like to see The Infinite , a virtual reality experience that puts you on the International Space Station. Well, they both worked with NASA on the space program in Houston before they retired so it didn’... Read more >

South of Key West

Thu, 3 Mar 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Views [98]

WE DROVE TO THE SOUTHERN-MOST POINT in the U S of A this morning. Despite what Old-timey Conchs and Parrot-heads would have you believe, it isn’t Duvall Street in Key West. Nope, South Point, Hawaii lies at 18.9136° North latitude while Key ... Read more >

Right Back Where We Started From

Thu, 7 Jul 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Views [97]

HERE WE ARE, BACK IN COLORADO, We arrived jet-lagged, dehydrated and not accustomed to the altitude, then found out we both had Covid. Don’t know whether we picked it up on the flight home from Iceland—we were masked all the way for 10-hours—... Read more >

More Than Waikiki Beach

Sun, 20 Mar 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Views [93]

PITTY THE FOLKS WHO VISIT WAIKIKI and say they have “done” Hawaii. Even discounting Maui and Kauai—IMHO the two most scenic islands— there is so much more to see just on Oahu. We have been heading out each morning to the ... Read more >

If At First You Don't Succeed . . .

Sat, 9 Apr 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Views [92]

SOME WOULD CALL IT INSANITY, doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. But sometimes perseverance pays off. You may question the sanity of us birders—even we ourselves admit to a certain amount of quirkiness. After all, ... Read more >

Sabine Woods

Fri, 8 Apr 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Views [92]

SABINE WOODS IS AN IMPORTANT REST STOP on the Texas/Louisiana border for birds migrating to and from Central America, 27 acres of live oaks gnalred by hurricanes. Sabine is privately owned and managed by the Texas Ornithological Society but the trails ... Read more >

A Smoking Hot Birthday Surprise

Thu, 17 Feb 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Views [85]

TIMING MAY BE EVERYTHING BUT SOMETIMES just being lucky is good enough. The woman who checked us out at Safeway mentioned how fortunate we were that Kilauea was erupting again. Who knew? It’s nothing like the spectacular 2018 eruption that destroyed ... Read more >

By Dawn's Early Light—Pu’u Ō’ō Trail

Thu, 24 Feb 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Views [84]

HAWAI’I ISN’T ALL SURF AND SAND—AT LEAST not for us. Connie isn’t all that keen for the beach and I rode my last wave decades ago. There are many wonderful hiking trails on the Island, crossing rugged lava fields and winding through ... Read more >

Hawaiian History, One National Park Site at a Time

Thu, 10 Mar 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Views [83]

NO MATTER HOW YOU SLICE IT, HAWAIIAN “HISTORY” is so recent it‘s more like current events. Before missionaries developed written Hawaiian it was an oral story of aliʻi nui and kahunas , kings and nobles, of whalers and missionaries, ... Read more >

Finally Hawaii

Wed, 16 Feb 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Views [81]

“ALOHA” FROM PARADISE. NEARLY TWO YEARS after Covid chased us from New Zealand and canceled our AirBnB we made it back, proving that all things come to him who “hangs loose.” Hawaii still quarantines visitors who haven’t ... Read more >

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Desert Nostalgia

Sat, 30 Jul 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [80]

Phoenix is a huge city! Driving from Glendale to Chandler (northwest to southeast) takes the better part of two hours, so I can only imagine how long it would take to walk or ride my bike all over town, especially in triple-digit heat. Arizona called ... Read more >

Hawaiian Island Sampler

Tue, 16 Aug 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [77]

Aloha! As a child I always wished for my mother to take me to where she was born. Strung like a forming bracelet of islands deep in the Pacific blue, Hawaii sits over a volcanic hotspot in the Earth's surface. Flying to New Zealand with Hawaiian Airlines ... Read more >

Pearl Harbor Revisited

Wed, 16 Mar 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Views [76]

SINCE OUR FLIGHT TO HOUSTON WOULD pass through Honolulu anyway, we decided to spend a few days on Oahu along the way. We have plenty of time and there are a few birds we missed on our last trip. It took nearly as long to check-in and clear TSA as it ... Read more >

The 2022 adventure begins

Mon, 14 Mar 2022 | By kirmily | Views [63]

Emily and I are back on the road.  Coronaviris cut our travel down the past couple years.   We did visit Belize, Bonaire and went to Denver and Michigan a few times, but we were itching to get back at it.   So....March 2022 we ... Read more >

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At Home in Kailua-Kona

Tue, 1 Mar 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Views [63]

WE CROSSED HAWAII YESTERDAY for the last time. We'll be spending the next two weeks in our “Tropical Garden Apartment” perched on the slopes of Hualālai with fantastic views of the coast. Our ground-floor AirBnB isn’t as large ... Read more >

Two Days in LA

Mon, 14 Feb 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Views [53]

THE CRUISE IS OVER AND WE HAVE two days to spend in LA. The Super Bowl is out of the question—they’re getting $7000 for a ticket and even parking costs $300. We have reservations at the Dunes Inn for Sunday. It’s an old-style place ... Read more >

A Walk in the Park

Sun, 28 Aug 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Views [50]

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK appeals to all of the senses. The bluest of skies, the smell of the pines on the cool breeze and birdsong mix together while Long’s Peak towers in the distance to over 14,000 feet. Throw in some good friends who just ... Read more >

Antelope Canyon Roadtrip

Mon, 26 Sep 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Views [48]

WHAT’S ON YOUR TRAVEL “BUCKET LIST?” We have been everywhere from Antartica to Zimbabwe so ours is more of a “been there, done that” list,  filled with tick marks and a few scribbles of final additions in the margins.... Read more >

Photos: Phoenix

Tue, 26 Jul 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Photo Gallery

Valley of the Sun
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Photos: Honolulu

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Hawaii's "Big Smoke"
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Photos: Maui

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Photos: Colorado and Arizona

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Photos: Texas

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