Monthly Archives: February 2013

Fanfare for the Trumpetfish

I added a new fish to my list of favorites in Bonaire: the trumpetfish.  

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The Great Manta Race

I hoisted my scuba gear onto the dive boat. After a crowded dive earlier, this one promised to be less crowded: just a German diver and me, plus divemaster Netto and driver Giovanni. As we cruised toward the dive site, … Continue reading

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Let’s Get Wet

Meet Martijn, my Dutch (of course) scuba instructor in Bonaire. I headed back to class, this time for my Advanced Open Water certification, which involves five dives at the resort’s house reef. Lucky for me, Martijn also shared his expertise at … Continue reading

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Next Stop: Bonaire

Bon-where? That’s what I wanted to know. With the international and US legs of our world tour complete, Karen and I found a bit of cash rattling around at the bottom of our our once-mighty travel fund. Enough for one more … Continue reading

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Next Stop: Greatest Hits

And just like that, it was over. The trip we had anticipated for a decade, saving money and scouring guidebooks, selling our stuff and packing our bags. It took us to places we thought we’d go, and places we didn’t. … Continue reading

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Last Stop: Home

Our trip is coming to an end, and our journey back to Wisconsin gave us the harsh message that winter is on its way. We left sunny Las Vegas on a comfortably warm morning, driving through Utah and ending in … Continue reading

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Signs of the Times

Did Disneyland. Lived through Death Valley. Time for Karen and me to reunite in Las Vegas before heading home from our Southwest tour. It was the middle of the week and hotel rates were low, so we stayed a few … Continue reading

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To Boldly Go… to South Central L.A.

When I arrived in L.A., my friend David and I headed straight for the USC campus, to watch the ill-fated USC-Oregon game. As we walked toward the coliseum, David gestured at a large metal building and made an offhand remark, “The … Continue reading

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The Somewhat Pleasantest Place on Earth

I remember my first trip to Disneyland clearly. On the big family vacation out west in 1985, we happened to arrive in Anaheim the evening before the 30th anniversary of the park’s opening. So on our very first day at … Continue reading

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