Category Archives: Vacations

On The Road Again

It’s hot in Arizona. It’s too hot to ride. It’s time to get out of the heat. It’s also time for a change. Much as I like the cycling around here, it gets boring to keep repeating the same few rides. … Continue reading

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You’ve Got to be Somewhere

“I can’t learn the piano. It will take 5 years before I’m any good.”  “I can’t learn French. It will take 5 years before I’ll be able to speak it well.” Well, as they say, 5 years will pass, and … Continue reading

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The Best Laid Plans

My friend Cat told me that she hadn’t seen me smile in a while. We were at a restaurant – and after a few drinks I was definitely smiling and laughing. But I realized she was correct. I haven’t been smiling much. … Continue reading

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other Desert Cities

When we were driving along I-10 past Palm Springs on our way back to Tucson, we saw the best Interstate city sign I’ve ever seen. other Desert Cities. What could be more mysterious and romantic than that? What are those … Continue reading

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La casa de Robert Graves

Just outside the cute little town of Deià, with its lovely views of the sea and its many sandy-colored stone buildings, is a house in which the English poet and novelist Robert Graves lived for 52 years. On a sunny day, … Continue reading

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English as the common language

One of the most wonderful experiences of my life happened many years ago when I was doing a big rock climb in Switzerland. My climbing partner and I met and chatted with two Swiss climbers on the route. They spoke … Continue reading

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It’s pouring rain today but I feel settled and content. For almost a week though, Tanya and I were both very unsettled. We’d flown into Queenstown, New Zealand, and only one of our four bags arrived with us – Tanya’s … Continue reading

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Things Change

Today Tanya and I head to New Zealand for 3 months, then back to Tucson for a few days, then on to Europe for 4 months. But this was not the original plan. Things change. Our original plan was based … Continue reading

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American Exceptionalism – The Vacations We Take

When I was in Moab in October, 2012, to ride the White Rim, I drove up to Island in the Sky in Canyonlands National Park. At the Visitor Center I saw this incredible off-road RV. I’d never seen anything like it … Continue reading

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