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A short and very sweet visit to Bratislava

Our good friend Viktoria is from Slovakia, so on our tour of Central Europe we took a short daytrip to Bratislava, the capital city. We were fortunate to arrive in October 2018 as the city and country were remembering the … Continue reading

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Return to Keuka, Part Deux

Aspen, home of John Denver and Patrick O’Connell! Continuing our eastward travels with tours of beautiful natural scenery, we visited John Denver Sanctuary. It is manmade, but it is certainly a lovely naturalized spot filled with flowing water, standing rocks … Continue reading

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Return to Keuka, the latest in a series

We’re back on the road again*, heading east from California to New York. We always marvel at how easy it is for us travel compared to the pioneers from 150 years ago. When we were living in the Tahoe area, … Continue reading

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Yellowstone Revisited

We were in Yellowstone in 2014, seeing Old Faithful, Mammoth Springs, mudpots, and other sulfurous activity in the caldera. We also visited the Lamar Valley, with animals galore. This time we’re focusing on the eastern side of this vast park. … Continue reading

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Sonoma is open for business!

We had a lovely weekend in Sonoma October 7 and 8. The sun was shining and the temperature was in the mid-80s. We walked a couple miles to get to Sonoma Plaza, just as peaceful as we remembered it from … Continue reading

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Theodore Roosevelt National Park

While this isn’t the first national park, it’s a very important one. Our 26th president, Teddy Roosevelt, spent many happy seasons here in North Dakota hunting bison, exploring badlands, and developing a lifelong love for naturally wild areas. Fortunately, for … Continue reading

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Big Animals, the 2017 Version

We’re on the road again, heading from New York to California. It’s been a while since we’ve updated our travel stories, but we came across a site that was so impressive the blog had to come out of retirement. This … Continue reading

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Our own private Finger Lake seaplane tour…It was great!

Since we bought our home on Keuka Lake in the late 1980s we’ve enjoyed cruising along the shoreline. Michael calls this a “real estate cruise.” Today we made the cruise with a different perspective, from 1,000 feet in the air. … Continue reading

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Seaplanes in the Home of Naval Aviation: Hammondsport, New York

Every year we leave Keuka Lake soon after Labor Day. In our last days here, we participate in the second and final ring of fire of the season (bonfires and flares all around the lakeshore), we put away all our … Continue reading

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Trixie Belden and the Mystery of the Weird Structure

Our Keuka neighbor Julie and I went on a short hike on the Finger Lakes Trail south of Hammondsport NY. Julie had just returned from a 100-mile hike on the Appalachian Trail through Shenandoah National Park, but this was going … Continue reading

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