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USA | Fri, 8 May 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [159]

DESPITE THE DARK TIMES, THINGS ARE GOING surprisingly well for us.  The rates for both Covid-19 infections and deaths in Colorado are declining — which is not the case nationally.  "Stay-at-Home" has given way to "Safer-At-Home." ... Read more >

Rocky Mountain High

USA | Wed, 13 May 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [157]

BLUE SKIES.  SEVENTY DEGREES.  CLEAR PINE-SCENTED AIR.  On a day like this Eldorado Mountain Open Space seems like the right place to channel our inner John Denver and maybe see a few birds.          ... Read more >

Oh, Say Can You See?

USA | Tue, 26 May 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [157]

PERFECT VISION THIS YEAR — 20/20 IN 2020 SO TO SPEAK — just might not be in the cards.  Our annual visit with the ophthalmologist this morning was far from routine.  Connie’s ongoing vision problems are now attributed to ... Read more >

You Can't Roller-Skate In A Buffalo Herd

USA | Thu, 30 Apr 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [157]

WHEN YOU SAY "BUFFALO" MOST PEOPLE THINK OF YELLOWSTONE National Park. But a substantial herd of American Bison — buffalo are native only to Africa and Asia — are thriving at Rocky Mountain Arsenal near Denver.      ... Read more >


AUSTRALIA | Tue, 4 Aug 2020 | By countryboy | Views [150] | Comments [3]

I feel like an Airfix model that somebody started in 1972, forgot about, and rediscovered in the attic when they had to sell the house they’d inherited because they’d decided to downsize and move to Mudgee. All the parts are actually there ... Read more >

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The Company You Keep

USA | Fri, 24 Apr 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [142]

THE COVID NUMBERS ARE CLIMBING, LOCALLY, NATIONALLY and Worldwide. I’m not especially anxious nor overly concerned but I do check the new cases on the web every morning.  The odds are still very much in our favor — fewer than three ... Read more >

A Serpent in The Garden of the Gods

USA | Tue, 28 Apr 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [142]

WE WOULD BE FOOLS TO WASTE THIS WONDERFUL WEATHER, knowing how capricious springtime in Colorado can be.  But until the migrating birds arrive we have been sticking to nearby Cherry Creek State Park for our "essential activites." This morning we ... Read more >

Just A Little Off The Top

USA | Tue, 19 May 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [133]

TODAY WE TOOK A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE.  Maybe it wasn't the wisest thing we could do but we have already survived our visit to the dentist.  Besides, we  had our last “official” haircuts in Auckland on Valentine’s Day, ... Read more >

It's Too Soon, Methinks *

USA | Mon, 27 Apr 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [129]

AS U.S COVID-19 CASES APPROACH ONE MILLION with more than 55,000 fatalities, Colorado is one of the first states to relax its stay-at-home restrictions.  Initially things won’t seem much different with “Safer-At-Home” than they ... Read more >

Cowering in Colorado

USA | Tue, 14 Apr 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [123]

THE WINTERY WEATHER ON EASTER WEEKEND made “Cower-From-Covid” a little more palatable.  We did have to brave the cold Sunday morning and arrange for a new rental car.  Denver International Airport was deserted and I was pleasantly ... Read more >

The First Cut Is The Deepest

USA | Tue, 16 Jun 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [123]

IMHO, VERSED (PROPOFOL) IS ONE OF MEDICAL SCIENCE’S great inventions.  Often referred to as “milk of amnesia,” it not only relieves anxiety of surgery, it can erase the entire experience from ones mind.  Even post-op explanations ... Read more >

Shoulder Season

USA | Sat, 6 Jun 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [120]

RICK STEVES EXTOLLS “SHOULDER SEASON” AS THE BEST time for travel. Generally April through mid-June, and September through October, shoulder season combines the advantages of both peak- and off-season travel. In shoulder season, you'll enjoy ... Read more >

The Next Big One

USA | Sat, 13 Jun 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [118]

I AM ABOUT HALFWAY THROUGH SPILLOVER: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic by David Quammen, a writer I have followed for years in National Geographic and Outside Magazine .  He is no slouch when it comes to topics scientific and ... Read more >

Man Plans And God Laughs

USA | Fri, 17 Apr 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [118]

IN YIDDISH THEY SAY "MANN TRACT, UN GOTT LACHT."   Well She is certainly having a chuckle at the expense of all of us during this Covid pandemic.  It is sunny and 80°F on the Island of Hawaii where we planned to be .  Denver, where ... Read more >

Moving On Up

USA | Wed, 8 Apr 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [114]

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A COUPLE OF MILES CAN MAKE.  This morning we moved into our new digs, a third-floor, one-bedroom apartment that we found through AirB&B only two miles from Upton Suites.  We are renting month-to-month and it looks as ... Read more >

Colorado: Things Could Be Worse

USA | Mon, 6 Apr 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [107]

WE SHOULD BE TOASTING OUR BUNS IN HAWAII.  Instead we’re sitting on our butts in a hotel in Colorado where it snowed on Friday.  But things could be worse . . . and they probably will be before they get better.    ... Read more >

Socially Distant in Colorado

USA | Fri, 3 Apr 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [106]

WE SKATED THROUGH IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS at Honolulu’s Daniel Inouye International Airport thanks to our empty flight and the Covid-19 cancellations.  The only place we could find to wait that had seating, air-conditioning and an electrical ... Read more >

Your Ticket to Traveling in the Dark Times

USA | Fri, 26 Jun 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [105]

AS TRAVEL JOURNALS GO, THIS ONE HASN’T COVERED much ground lately.  I apologize if you are one of those who rely on us for your vicarious travel fix.  And while we are more or less homebound, I, myself, have just returned from one of ... Read more >

Colorado: Essential Activities

USA | Tue, 7 Apr 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [97]

COLORADO CURRENTLY RANKS # 15 IN THE COUNTRY with 5500 cases of  coronavirus cases and 180 fatalities.  We suspect that the relatively high number of infections stems from the ski season before preventive measures were implemented.... Read more >


USA | Sun, 5 Jul 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [96]

WITH APOLOGIES TO "THE BOSS," we are bored out of my minds stuck here in the U.S.A.   We should have enough to keep us busy with surgeries and rehab, out-of-control Covid cases, racial discord, and a generally upgefucked political situation but ... Read more >

Frederick Remington, Winslow Homer And Covid

USA | Fri, 14 Aug 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [93]

WE HAVE VISITED SOME OF THE FINEST ART MUSEUMS of the world—the Louvre, Met, Prado, Vatican, Rijksmuseum and even the Hermitage—but the one we keep returning to—the only one we’ve been members of—is here in Colorado. ... Read more >

Something To Think About

USA | Sat, 18 Jul 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [83]

AMONG THE THINGS I AM CURRENTLY reading is The 40s: The Story of a Decade,  a selection of articles from New Yorker Magazine .   Granted, most articles pre-date my existence (I am looking forward to reading The 60s volume) but the authors, ... Read more >

New Zealand — The End

NEW ZEALAND | Sat, 28 Mar 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [72]

IT SEEMS COUNTER-INTUITIVE TO BE LEAVING NEW ZEALAND — with fewer than 500  cases of Covid-19 and zero deaths — for America, with the most cases in the world.  But that’s what we are doing and we consider ourselves lucky ... Read more >

The Game Is Afoot

USA | Sun, 23 Aug 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [69]

THE CANDIDATES HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED, THE BATTLE-LINES DRAWN and, as Conan Doyle would say, “The game is afoot.”  Perhaps Michael Buffer’s “Let’s get ready to rumble!” is more apt.        ... Read more >

Norman Rockwell—Reimagining the World

USA | Thu, 13 Aug 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [67]

NORMAN ROCKWELL'S COVERS ON  THE SATURDAY EVENING POST are as American as peanut butter and jelly, firecrackers on the Fourth or Mom's apple pie.  Many of us yearn for the America he depicted on the covers of more than 300 issues of the Saturday ... Read more >


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