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Isle of Attractions

AUSTRALIA | Wed, 7 Jul 2021 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [87] | Comments [2]

Of all aspects of travel, the people I meet are what I appreciate most. A stand-out tourist site or a beautiful beach will always be there but it's the people who often alter the course of your travels, and that happened to me the other day. Outside ... Read more >


NEW ZEALAND | Fri, 27 Aug 2021 | By nomad_kiwis | Views [51] | Comments [1]

We are in lockdown again...  One person found with Covid19 and because of it's exponential behaviour Aotearoa went immediately into lockdown.  Now a lot of us find lockdown nice, yes nice. We are lucky enough to not have to go into it for ... Read more >

Gone Fishin'

USA | Fri, 27 Nov 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [395]

OLD-TIMERS DON’T NEED A LICENSE TO FISH in Florida.  Before the Dark Times descended you might see them lined up shoulder-to-shoulder on almost any bridge or pier—today they are keeping their social distance.  I prefer to be closer ... Read more >

Manatees Need Loving,Too

USA | Wed, 18 Nov 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [220]

IT’S NOT EASY BEING A MANATEE.  First off is the identity crisis.  We are not—and never have been—mermaids, despite what old-timey sailors may have you believe.  They must have been at sea way t-o-o long.  ... Read more >

Musical Instrument Museum

USA | Tue, 29 Dec 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [220]

PAUL TENDS TO FORGET THAT WE HAVE visited him in Arizona before—five times if memory serves. This year we're here to support him through the best and worst of the holiday season, not to be entertained. But Paul, who can’t help being the perfect-... Read more >

Time For Cocoa

USA | Sun, 10 Jan 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [220]

WE’RE BACK IN COCOA BEACH AGAIN and I, for one, could use a cup of hot cocoa. I don’t expect you poor souls in Colorado, Minnesota or—gods forbid—New Jersey to feel sorry for us. It was 38° this mornig and the expected high ... Read more >


USA | Sat, 6 Feb 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [219]

OUR FINAL MEMORIES OF COCOA BEACH will be of the blustery weather spawned by the storms that raked the Northeast. Only the heartiest souls were seen on the beach and the fishing deteriorated to the point that I fed the last of my bait and a small bluefish ... Read more >

Stormy Weather

USA | Wed, 11 Nov 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [213]

WE THOUGHT WE WERE FINISHED WITH HURRICANE SEASON.  But this IS 2020 when even the improbable becomes likely.  Last year it was typhoons , the Pacific Ocean’s version hurricanes.  We managed to avoid the worst of Typhoons Krosa, ... Read more >

Somethin's Happenin' Here / What It Is Ain't Exactly Clear.

USA | Wed, 6 Jan 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [211]

“GUESTS, LIKE FISH, BEGIN TO SMELL AFTER THREE DAYS.” Back when old Ben said that there was no refrigeration—heck, he hadn’t even done the kite in the thunderstorm thing yet. Even with refrigeration and air-con, Paul still must ... Read more >

Of Course I Still Love You

USA | Sun, 24 Jan 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [204]

THE SPACEX MISSION FROM CAPE CANAVERAL launched right on schedule—the revised schedule, that is. Yesterday’s launch was scrubbed due to atmospheric conditions but everything was A-OK this morning.          ... Read more >

Rite of Spring

USA | Sat, 20 Mar 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [204]

WE HADN’T CONSIDERED THAT Panama City Beach calls itself the “Spring Break Capital Of The World” when we booked our condo. Apparently Governor DeSantis’s lackadaisical approach to Covid was seen as a “come-on down, y’... Read more >

A Change for the Better

USA | Sat, 7 Nov 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [199]

JOE BIDEN HAS WON THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.  It isn’t official yet—there will be more counting, recounting, legal suits, countersuits, wailing and gnashing of teeth before the results are certified—but it is a good start.  ... Read more >

You Can Run—But You Can't Hide

USA | Sun, 1 Nov 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [196]

MOVING MAY GIVE ONE THE ILLUSION OF CHANGE but it isn’t possible to escape reality.  In other words, you can run but you can't hide.  Covid is still eating its way through the population, the Election grows even more contentious and its ... Read more >

Some Good News

USA | Wed, 20 Jan 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [196]

THE GOOD NEWS IS WE GOT OUR FIRST Moderna Covid shots this morning. The Bad News is that we had to drive eight hours yesterday to Fort Walton Beach for the jabs and spend the night in a hotel. We will be only minutes away for Shot #2, which I guess will ... Read more >

The Second Dose

USA | Thu, 18 Feb 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [194]

IT MIGHT SOUND LIKE WE’RE WHINGING—but we aren’t. Despite how crappy we felt last night, we are extremely relieved to have gotten our second dose of the Moderna Covid vaccine yesterday. Last month's 8-hour drive from Cocoa Beach to ... Read more >

. . . And Early to Rise

USA | Sun, 27 Dec 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [191]

THE DAY BEGINS EARLY IN ARIZONA, at least it does at Casa Paul. Connie is the earliest bird. She is one of those unfortunates who can’t go back to sleep once awake so she rises at oh-dark-whatever. Paul, I’m assured, gets up before six on ... Read more >

Our First House Guest

USA | Tue, 9 Feb 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [190]

AFTER SPENDING NEARLY A YEAR IN VARIOUS rental condos, we're having our first “sleep over.” Our 'sister' Linda—actually brother Mike’s widow—drove over from Houston to spend a few days with us. She found the chilly weather ... Read more >

Arizona For The Holidays

USA | Tue, 22 Dec 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [184]

COVID BE DAMNED, WE HAVE TRADED palm trees for cactus, the Gulf of Mexico for the Sonoran Desert, humidity for dust and manatees for coyotes. Yeah, we’re spending the holidays in Arizona—Gold Canyon to be more exact—with our friend ... Read more >

Good Riddance 2020—Hello 2021

USA | Fri, 1 Jan 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [182]

WE SEEM TO FIND OURSELVES AT BOYCE Thompson Arboretum every time we come to Arizona. We always enjoy ourselves and usually see something new. This time it was the brand new Wallace Desert Garden which adds another dimension—and 13 acres with a ... Read more >

What do the Spirits say?

AUSTRIA | Thu, 29 Oct 2020 | By krodin | Views [172] | Video

As travel is currently restricted, I  spend lots of time exploring the mountains and valleys close to home.  The pandemic and pending election in the U.S. give cause for concern and I choose to find solace in nature. This new videopoem relates ... Read more >

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A Flash of Green

USA | Sun, 29 Nov 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [170]

WHEN I FIRST READ ABOUT THE FLASH OF GREEN in a John D. MacDonald novel, I figured it was just more Margaritaville-hype of the “we live Florida and you don’t” variety.  Nadia Drake probably felt the same when she wrote in National ... Read more >

Dark Times—Burning Times

USA | Sat, 1 May 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [169]

THE ACTION IN VARANASI TAKES PLACE along the ghats, long stretches of concrete stairs leading from the maze of alleys to the river itself.  Stairways, as it were, down to heaven.  Beginning in the early morning, hoards of devoted Hindus descend ... Read more >

Exit Strategy

USA | Mon, 24 May 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [164]

WE'RE BACK FOR ONLY TWO WEEKS AND already are planning our escape. Most people travel to Colorado for the skiing and hiking—we come for our annual proddings and probings. Lest you think we’re masochists, Colorado is where our doctors are—... Read more >

Alternate Anniversary Plan B

USA | Sun, 25 Apr 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [161]

WE HAD PLANNED A SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY DINNER for Saturday. Twenty-seven years is worthy of celebration, after all, and Myrtle Beach has a plethora of fine dining. With the social-distanced seating restrictions, the only table we could book at the Cork ... Read more >

Itz Not the Ritz

USA | Mon, 8 Mar 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [154]

WE ROLLED INTO TOWN JUST AFTER NOON yesterday and checked in at the Costa Inn.   Its major draw is that it had rooms available.  It also has secure parking and . . . Wait a just cotton-pickin’ minute! That was back in 2008 in ... Read more >


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