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New Zealand Sheep and baby lambs

September 12, 2016 // 0 Comments

Traveling from the north end of New Zealand to the south in the spring, we observed the difference in climate through the sheep. In the north, where it was warmer, the mothers had already given birth to their lambs and the mothers had been shorn of their winter wool coats. Just a few weeks later, [read more]

Are Gray Whales the Ocean’s Friendliest Creatures?

February 20, 2016 // 0 Comments

We have encountered, socialized with, and even kissed and petted gray whales, which leads us to conclude they are the ocean’s friendliest creatures. Where we got up close and personal with our friends from the deep was in San Ignacio Bay, half way down of Baja California (Mexico). This [read more]

Ballooning Over Cappadocia, Turkey

October 23, 2015 // 2 Comments

We spent several days in Cappadocia experiencing the fairy tale landscape of that region of Turkey.  Cappadocia is rich with attractions: Great food and wonderful Turkish hospitality Cave Hotels: we stayed in Azure Cave Suites and later Fairyland Cave Hotel, where our rooms were carved from rock [read more]

Blue Grotto in Megisti Kastellorizo Greece

October 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

While we were in Kas, we made a day trip by ferry to the island of Megisti, Greece. Megisti means “big” in Greek, which is ironic because this island is the smallest in the Dodocanese. Evidently the name refers to the fact that it’s the largest island in its smaller group of [read more]

A Day In Daylan, Turkey

October 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

We took a river boat up the Daylan River this weekend and visited ruins, turtles, mud baths and found some Mexican food too.  Our Daylan Turkey day in pictures: our riverboat captain’s Turkish music inspired us to dance on the foredeck of the riverboat We left Golden Glow at anchor [read more]

Extreme Weather in this El Niño Year

October 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

What a difference a few months makes! When we sailed in Sardinia in July, the weather conditions were calm with light to moderate breezes and sunny skies. Then, just two months later, a rare Cyclone ripped apart this beautiful area of Italy, causing death and destruction.  Our heartfelt prayers [read more]

Featured Toy: Sea Eagle Inflatable Sailing Kayak

October 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

Our Sea Eagle Kayak in the Maddalena’s of Northern Sardinia, Italy with our Antares Catamaran “Golden Glow” in the back ground There is work and there is play, and on Golden Glow: quality play is important.   Ellen and I love our toys, and our Sea Eagle kayak gets more than its [read more]

My Woman is a Nautical BAD Ass

August 30, 2015 // 4 Comments

My water-woman, Ellen, is a Nautical Bad-Ass. Today she proved it again. We were running long lines between two shores in a narrow inlet on Paxos Island in Greece. The winds were blowing 10-20 knots and we had maybe 80-100 feet between the two shorelines. My water-woman and her smile that keeps the [read more]

I Just Want to Say One Word to You: Plastics

August 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

Over the past 50 years or so, plastic has become central to our daily lives. Only in recent years have we discovered that plastics come at a price: the ecological destruction of our oceans. You’ve probably heard about the large, swirling garbage patch of plastic debris in the Pacific Ocean. [read more]
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