Cape Kidnappers

Kia ora On our New Zealand cruise, we visited a special place, Cape Kidnappers Gannet Colony. Gannets are large seabirds that are only found in a few places in the world, New Zealand, Australia, South […]


Cruising the South Island of New Zealand

Kia ora The South Island of New Zealand is the larger of New Zealand’s two islands. While it has approximately 32% more land mass it only has 23% of the combined population. The primary reason […]


Wildlife Down Under

Australia and New Zealand are unique places. They are a long way from nowhere, once being part of an ancient southern super continent that split into Australia, New Zealand and Antarctica. Over 80% of the […]



G’Day Mate Of all the places on my wish list, Australia was right at the top! There were so many places I wanted to see, the Sydney Harbor and Opera house, the famous beaches of […]


Death Valley

The hottest, driest and lowest place in the US is a land of extremes. I visited Death Valley for a couple of days this past November when the temperatures were more comfortable (highs in the […]


Pike Place Market

Twenty plus years ago I was living and working in Columbus, Ohio when the company I worked for was sold. Fortunately, about the same time, a company in Seattle recruited me. During the interview process, […]


Year Two

Hello everyone Year two of retirement has been fun with lots of travel to interesting places. When I started this two years ago, I wanted to travel and document these travels on this website with […]



Last September, on a repositioning cruise from Southampton to New York, we were able to visit Iceland for a couple days. We visited the North and Western parts of the island with a stop at […]


Christmas Markets

City squares filled with all things Christmas and stalls filled with beautiful ornaments, the smell of mulled wine, sizzling sausages, gingerbread and other tasty morsels in the air, carolers and brass bands singing and playing […]


Crossing the Atlantic

After our visit to Ireland and a short stop in London, it was time to make our way back to Seattle. We decided to do something different this time and take a ship back across […]