Posts from 2023
Our sailing season officially kicked off yesterday, with our first-ever participation in a race with our Melges 15.
My Fear of Trying Hard
Over the winter I heard a couple of podcast episodes that resonated with my own mental approach to self-improvement. I have this ongoing desire to get better...
I didn’t come up with that euphemism, but it is certainly apropos for Saturday’s conditions at the PGA Championship.
Volunteering at the PGA Championship
I spent Monday through Thursday volunteering at the PGA Championship at Oak Hill CC in Rochester NY.
Our Bike Tour Equipment
This is as much for my own memory and research purposes. What kind of bikes did we have? How much do they cost?
Brussels, aka The End
Our last stop before flying home to the states was Brussels, chosen primarily because that’s where I could get a good point redemption on a nonstop flight to...
That had to be the title, right? We watched the movie twice: once before arriving, then again as we were leaving.
Bike Trip Day 7 - Middelburg to Bruges
Not a lot to say about this day as it was a bit of a race to arrive in Bruges before thunderstorms arrived. Not much time to stop and smell the tulips.
Bike Tour Day 6 - Zierikzee to Middelburg
This was our day to cross over one of the Netherlands’ impressive storm surge barriers and enjoy seascapes and shore birds.
Bike Tour Day 5 - Willemstad to Zierikzee
We diverted as we left the fortified town of Willemstad to visit… a fort!
Julie commented over dinner last night that I don’t post enough photos showing me. I think I post exactly the right amount (rounding to zero) but these cute ...
Bike Tour Day 4 - Dordrecht to Willemstad
We are creeping our way out to Zeeland and the westernmost Dutch islands.
Bike Tour Day 3 - Gouda to Dordrecht
Our day 3 theme would be windmills as we crossed through the Kinderdijk UNESCO region enroute to Dordrecht (home of Cuyp).
Bike Tour Day 2 - Leiden to Gouda
The theme for day 2 was polder as we spent most of the day meandering along dykes surrounded by canals, beautiful homes with nurseries, polder fields with li...
Bike Tour Day 1 - Haarlem to Leiden
We built our Europe adventure partly around our epic bike tour from Haarlem to Bruges via Holland Bike Tours. Our originally scheduled tour was supposed to s...
Three Days in Amsterdam
I allocated four nights and three full days for Amsterdam, which turned out to be plenty.
King’s Day in Amsterdam
So we didn’t know about this King’s Day thing in the Netherlands. Now we do!
In my last post I spoke of my memories of Berlin history museums and installments: that, at least in 1990, perhaps they had still not fully come to grips wit...
Berlin After Nearly 33 Years
Every city we’ve visited on this trip except for Verona is one that I’ve visited before. Berlin felt like a new city to me, for reasons that should have been...
Prague Music and Architecture
Our Prague visit was quite different than prior cities: more walking and exploring, fewer museums.
Prague Jewish Quarter
Julie and I spent our first Prague morning touring the museum and memorial complex of the Jewish quarter.
The train from Salzburg to Prague (change in Linz) was longish for us, so I upgraded to first class. Our seats in the first segment (Austrian intercity train...
The Sound of Salzburg
Julie and I made a brief stop in Salzburg (two nights) as a transition from Vienna to Prague. Long ago we’d booked The Sound of Music tour with Fräulein Mari...
Vienna Food and Drink
Eating looks to be easier for us as we work our way north! Easier in that we are finding more variety, and more vegetarian and vegan options.
Vienna - Art and Music
Sadly Vienna greeted us with cold, wind, and driving rain. We revised our schedule a bit and ducked indoors for most of the first 36 hours.
We finished our Venice time on the main island, hitting some art museums and churches while enjoying our final Italian meals (and drinks) of the trip.
Venetian Lagoon - San Michele, Murano, Burano, and Torcello
We spent our second full day in Venice using our vaporetto pass to explore the islands north of the main island.
Venice - City of Nations
Julie and I spent our first full day in Venice with Michael Broderick, proprietor of Venicescapes, learning about Venice as a City of Nations.
Julie and I spent three nights in Verona as an interim stop between Florence and Venice. So glad we did - romantic in ways that might surprise you.
Last Day in Florence, Last Day with Family
We filled our final day with tower climbs, legendary sculpture, and a grocery store meal that may have been our most memorable.
Florence - Walking around and FOOD
We are closing out our final full day here in Florence, having hit most of the major sites and continuing to enjoy Italian food.
I’ll post more soon, but we are in Firenze and enjoying our last three days with the group-of-six.
Cinque Terre - Corniglia to Riomaggiore and more
Julie and I completed our traverse of the five villages and we all enjoyed a magical lunch in Manarola.
Cinque Terre - Monterosso to Corniglia
Julie and I intend to hike all the inter-town segments of the Cinque Terre trail system, and day one was the Monterosso to Vernazza to Corniglia portions.
Vans, Planes, and Trains
Yesterday was a crazy travel day, starting with a 7:35 flight Barcelona to Milan, a train from Milan to Monterosso, and some bookend van rides.
La Sagrada Rainbow and Night
I mentioned in my last post that the opposing stained glass sides (nativity and passion) can be viewed as a rainbow.
Barcelona - A day of Gaudí
This was our day to explore the works of Antoni Gaudí, the modernista architecture master of Barcelona.
Barcelona - Rambla, Palau de la Música Catalana
A seamless transition to Barcelona from Madrid via train and we are excited for two more full days in this city.
We hopped on a train to take a brief day trip from Madrid to visit the medieval walled city of Toledo.
Madrid - El Rastro, El Prado, Parque del Retiro
Another magical and long day in Madrid. We are getting our 20,000 steps in each day.
Madrid - Palacio Real and the Gran Via
Another glorious day with spectacular weather in Madrid. Mostly everyone (sadly not Julie) appear to be sleep and time adjusted. Sticking to one big tourism ...
Madrid - walking around, Reina Sofia
We are settled in our AirBnB in Madrid, joined by Julie’s two brothers and their spouses. The train and metro from the airport was easy and we were able to d...
Made it to Lisbon, our layover stop on our journey to Madrid.
The Bitter End
Julie and I went to a concert last night at The Bitter End (Wikipedia) to see “Songwriters In The Round”.
Virginia to New Jersey
We wrapped up our slow journey north yesterday as we arrived in Jersey City to park the van for almost two months. Thursday we head to Europe.
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Julie and I spent three cold and windy days at the Oregon Inlet campground, part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Goose Creek State Park
We are continuing our journey north, with parks getting emptier and weather getting colder. A few days ago we stopped by Goose Creek State Park in NC for a t...
Huntington Beach State Park
We are completing our second stay at Huntington Beach State Park in South Carolina. The park is just down the Atlantic coast from Myrtle Beach.
Paddling Manatee Springs
We camped for two nights at Manatee Springs State Park, our final nights in Florida on this adventure.
Fishing Sebastian Inlet
Julie and I joined sister Jennifer and niece Grace for a morning of snook fishing in Sebastian Inlet with East Coast Fishing Charters.
Off-road Driving Training with Overland Experts
Julie and I did a 2 week van adventure from Florida up to North Carolina and back, with the primary destination an all-day private off-road driving class wit...
Camping and Paddling at Wekiwa Springs State Park
We are at Wekiwa Springs, just north and west of Orlando, for two nights of camping and exploration. This is our last Florida-bound trip as we start making o...
Galapagos Trip Summary
Back in 2011 we took a family trip to the Galapagos. It was so amazing that we vowed to return some day. I think that will happen in the next five years. I n...
Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park in Carlsbad
Julie and I are in SoCal for a wedding, hanging out mostly in Carlsbad. On a whim we spent a few hours at the Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park.
Beach Driving Near Daytona
We took the van out on the beach yesterday afternoon between Daytona and Ormond Beach. We could almost see the ghost of Glenn Curtiss racing by on the tide l...
Jekyll Island GA
Julie and I spent a night in transition on Jekyll Island as we worked our way back from the Carolinas to Florida.
Golf at Pine Needles NC
I’m back in the golf swing of things and we are working in some stops while up in NC for some off-road driving training. Today was Pine Needles.
My Five Favorite State Parks
Julie and I were recently camping at Sebastian Inlet State Park in Florida, our second time in less than a month, when I remarked that this might be one of m...
My 2023 Theme – The Year of Mornings
It is time for a new yearly theme! What is a yearly theme? Here’s a summary: Instead of setting resolutions at the start of the year, you set an overall...
Camping Florida Style
We stayed in a classic, giant RV park to be with friends last weekend. Results were mixed.
Our Broadway Shows
Julie and I spent a magical weekend in NYC last weekend with my sister. We saw three shows in three nights; here are my mini reviews.
We are hanging out near Crystal River FL at Crystal Isles RV park, joining some old friends for fun and adventure.
Greetings from NYC
Spending a long birthday weekend in NYC celebrating a big milestone for my sister.
Golf Goals for 2023
I’m going to share a few posts on goal and theme setting for the year. I play and practice a lot of golf, and I have some specific goals for the coming year.
About the New Van
I was finally introduced to our new van when we arrived in Florida in early December.