Canoeing in the Basha Kill – ~40 minutes from Monroe, NY

Yesterday was simply a gorgeous day in the Northeast – sunny, dry, and about 75 degrees.  No better day would exist to go exploring the Basha Kill by canoe. The Basha Kill is a wildlife management marsh located a few miles off of Exit 113 of Route 17 in New York.  Having never been there before, I paid close attention to the sights and sounds and feelings, and I’m going to share them here. Continue reading


How to travel through the Southwestern USA

I just returned home after a two-week trip to Southwest America, where 1,700 miles took us through the four states of New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and Utah (not necessarily in that order).  The trip included hiking in NM mountains, a scary four-wheel drive in CO mountains, a four-hour train ride on the only working narrow gauge train in the country, horseback riding in Taos NM, great food, wonderful people, and spectacular scenery that simply cannot be adequately captured in pictures.  Perhaps a future blog or two will cover some of these experiences, but for now, I want to share the vast differences in traveling styles between the Northeast and Southwest USA. Continue reading

Gibraltar Visit, 2012, Part 1 of 2

One of the ports visited during my recent three-month ocean voyage was Gibraltara small but wonderful territory (4 square miles) of United Kingdom right next to Spain, and across the strait of Gibraltar from Africa.  We visited Gibraltar at the beginning of July, and the weather was absolutely perfect, with sunny skies, breezy air, and temperatures in the low 80s.  Even walking around all day in the sun was comfortable, and it remained light until about 10pm or so, so there was plenty of time to explore and enjoy. Continue reading

My typical day onboard a working ship

One morning on my recent three-month ocean voyage I asked, “What day is it?”  I was looking for a Day or a Date, so I’d be able to figure out what the plan was for the day.  However, the answer I received was, “It’s a Ship Day.”  And indeed, that was true.  calendarThere are really only two types of days while on a working ship; there’s a “Ship Day” and a “Port Day” and with only a few exceptions, every Ship Day is just like every other Ship Day.  Continue reading