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Day Trip to Arad

ROMANIA | Mon, 12 Oct 2020 | By steve_and_emma | Views [51] | Comments [2]

This weekend we thought we would spread our wings a bit and explore somewhere outside of Timisoara. We didn’t want to venture too far but we did want to check out the Romanian railway system ahead of a planned longer trip at half term, restrictions ... Read more >

Manatees Need Loving,Too

USA | Wed, 18 Nov 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [44]

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 >

A Change for the Better

USA | Sat, 7 Nov 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [64]

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 >

Iceland Road Trip day 1 - 3

ICELAND | Mon, 2 Dec 2019 | By david_vanessa | Views [144] | Comments [1]

Day 1 – 26Nov19 Newcastle - Sydney We weren’t 100% sure whether we were going to be able to travel as planned as Vanessa had had to have surgery  to replace  her spinal cord stimulator  a little over 3 weeks ago. Thankfully ... Read more >

Stormy Weather

USA | Wed, 11 Nov 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [45]

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 >

Still Got The Right Stuff

USA | Sun, 18 Oct 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [64]

COCOA BEACH HAD THE RIGHT STUFF back in the 60s—but we all had it back then, didn't we?  Cocoa was a company town—and the company was NASA.  It was famous for Astronauts, surfing, beach babes-in-bikinis and as the setting for I ... Read more >

You Can Run—But You Can't Hide

USA | Sun, 1 Nov 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [51]

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 >

Cooktown

AUSTRALIA | Sat, 18 Jan 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [294]

FOLKS SAY, “IT’S NOT THE HEAT, IT’S THE HUMIDITY.”  Cooktown has both heat and humidity— in abundance! — and a bit of rain to keep things interesting.  But not much else, at least not the birds we were seeking.... Read more >

Safer-At-Home

USA | Fri, 8 May 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [166]

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 [166]

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 [165]

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 [162]

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 >

Just A Little Off The Top

USA | Tue, 19 May 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [140]

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 >

Shoulder Season

USA | Sat, 6 Jun 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [137]

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 First Cut Is The Deepest

USA | Tue, 16 Jun 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [133]

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 >

The Next Big One

USA | Sat, 13 Jun 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [130]

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 >

Frederick Remington, Winslow Homer And Covid

USA | Fri, 14 Aug 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [130]

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 >

Your Ticket to Traveling in the Dark Times

USA | Fri, 26 Jun 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [117]

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 >

BORED IN THE U.S.A.

USA | Sun, 5 Jul 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [109]

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 >

27 hours in Edinburgh

UNITED KINGDOM | Thu, 17 Sep 2020 | By swathi | Views [101]

Day 1   The Avanti West Coast zoomed from Euston to Edinburgh Waverly, every tilt synonymous with a turn in my stomach. Sydney, my friend from UEA and I were going on our second trip; the first being Budapest in 2017. The 5.5 hour-long train ... Read more >

Tags: edinburgh, haggis, hike, scotland, volcano, whiskey

Something To Think About

USA | Sat, 18 Jul 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [97]

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 >

The Game Is Afoot

USA | Sun, 23 Aug 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [96]

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 [89]

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 >

You Do What You Can

USA | Wed, 2 Sep 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [80]

THE BRITS CALL THEM JABS—vaccinations, flu shots and the like.  So while the country waits for the sometime-in-the-future Covid-19 vaccine, Connie and I got the 2020 model flu shot at Walgreens.  Not only was it covered by Medicare, Walgreens ... Read more >

Heart Reef Overflight

AUSTRALIA | Mon, 12 Oct 2020 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [69]

A few days ago, a lovely lady named Chonita showed me a video of her at the controls of a small Cessna aircraft over the Great Barrier Reef, and said "Oh my, you've just inspired me." The other day I was the first customer at Le Shack in Airlie Beach, ... Read more >

 

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