Because there are so many subjects to report from our day trip to Berry College, this may be a multi-blog Saturday.  The school is 153 miles south of us in Rome, Georgia and is distinguished as having the largest contiguous campus in the world at…

Saturday, June 2, 2018 The plan was to leave the house by 6 AM to attempt some bird photography in Cove Lake State Park, which is located about 20 miles north of Knoxville, Tennesee.   Marcy had heard this was a good place for birds and…

It had been a long day at work and I arrived home tired. I did have a list of yard chores to get to, but Marcy had planned on going to Cades Cove for evening pictures, so I decided to forsake home tasks and ride…

Our tour of Portugal and Spain included a good deal of windshield time and today we were settled in for the 417 Kilometer (260 mile) drive from Granada to Madrid along the A-4 / E-5 Autovia del Sur.  The long hours of cross-country travel across…

The Barbary Macaques of Gibralter The opportunities for blog titles here were endless, but the one above seemed to fit best.  The Barbary Macaques in Gibraltar are the only wild monkey population in the European continent.  A fun fact is that monkeys usually have tails and apes have none,…

From the comfort of my tour bus seat, an ominous warning about desprendimientos 25 kilometers ahead was of no immediate concern.  Nevertheless, I did wonder what all the fuss was about. A later trip to Google Translate revealed ominous pictures of roadways covered with landslides of…

Our daughter and son-in-law had an out-of-town soccer tournament with their oldest, so we had a chance to host Madelyn this past weekend.  Her birthday was two days earlier and we promised her a day of belated celebration.  A picnic in the Smokies sounded the…

 Reflections on driving in Italy    “Here I go down that wrong road again     Goin’ back where I’ve already been     Even though I know where it will end     Here I go down that wrong road again”    – John Hartford, Wrong Road…

There, I got your attention.  And yes, we kind of drove over a cliff.  Details soon, but do you have that dream ever?   That terrible frustration dream where you are in an out of control vehicle down an impossibly steep hill (the hill where your car…

After another very great Gate1 Travel fly-drive deal for Italy, Marcy and I find ourselves back in Montecatini Terme – a town about 25 miles west of Florence.  We are very travel-weary but I think we have gotten used to the rhythm of how it feels to do…