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Oct 5, 2018 - Pittsburgh

A morning full of errands to get the rig ready. Windshield wipers, motor oil, DEF and of course we had to go to Costco as well. This Costco had Italian sausage in addition to hot/Polish dogs. Bob found a down jacket he had to have! Relaxing in the afternoon with Michael and Susan. Waiting for the Kavanaugh supreme court vote outcome announcement although no surprises anticipated. Hopefully, we won’t have to listen to any more rhetoric about it!! Tonight we are going to Istanbul Grill, a Turkish restaurant. We started with a tapas tray with...

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Oct 4, 2018 - Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, PA

Dinner last night was great! We sat outside (across from the Sunoco Gas!)on street-side dining of a very popular thirty something restaurant with eclectic food: • Debby-Roasted cauliflower, golden raisin, pine nut, raisin, Calabrian chile vinaigrette; taleggio ravioli, fried leek ,walnut, caramelized onion brodo; braised pork shank, taleggio polenta, pilacca, pickled fennel • Bob-Veal tartar, Black Truffle conserva, mushroom aioli, sourdough; Buccatini All Amitriciana, tomato, Guanciale, Fiore Sardo; chicken Milanese, salsanrosa, cippolini,...

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Aug 24, 2018 - Driving West Again?

Our multi-year quest to experience all of America's National Parks was going to take us west again in 2018...to the mountains and canyons of Colorado, the high Basin and Range formations of Nevada and the rivers of Utah. We had planned similar trips in previous years and had by now worked out a "system" for planning the itinerary and packables. The route would be familiar, even if we didn't stop in the same towns every year. This year was special, though, because our final destination would be a family celebration of my Mom's 90th birthday...

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Apr 24, 2018 - A great choice!

We never have regrets about planning trips that focus on time with friends. It is uplifting to spend time with people who are so positive, so engaged with life, have such a wide range of interesting skills and throw in a terrific sense of humour. Whether we spend 2 days or 6 days with them, we always leave with the feeling that it was not long enough to plumb the depths of their ever-evolving characters. Georgia left us feeling the same way. We only had time to visit one historic city, two barrier islands and 1 of the 7 "Wonders of...

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Apr 11, 2018 - Why Georgia?

When dear, long-time friends let us know they would be travelling all the way across the Atlantic to visit their Aunt and cousins, but could, if we were available, also schedule time to see us, we didn't hesitate to start planning a trip...it did not matter to where or when. They proposed flying to Pennsylvania for their last week in the USA. However, despite visiting their Aunt in Atlanta many times they had never had enough time to see any of the rest of Georgia. To be truthful, we also had not seen much of Georgia except for a short...

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Sep 24, 2017 - 30 hours in Pittsburgh

My night of luxury was in the Drury Plaza Hotel. It's about as upscale as I get. Without Mo to factor in, my criteria when I booked some weeks ago were price and proximity to Amtrak. Downtown Pittsburg is not cheap. I splashed out a cool $180 for my place. It was still among the lower priced non-dives and is brilliantly close to Amtrak. Staff are excellent, rooms clean and modern, and the included breakfast generous. No one batted an eye when I walked in wearing my sweaty cycling kit, nor when I took my bike straight to my room. I have...

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Sep 23, 2017 - What did I ride?

To clarify, I cycled with a group from Washington DC to Pittsburg. The first four days were along the C&O Tow Path from Washington to Cumberland, Maryland. The last three days were along the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) Trail. The C&O is owned and operated by the National Park Service. The GAP is jointly owned and managed by 28 entities from towns and counties to State Parks. Both the C&O and GAP are open for pedestrian and bicycle use. Neither is paved. We rode seven days for a total of about 350 miles, give or take a mile or two. We...

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Aug 14, 2017 - Planning and Preparation

Destination -- The Pacific Northwest Childhood memories of many soggy days notwithstanding, every time we passed through the Pacific Northwest to visit family I choked up at the vibrant colours and views of snow-capped volcanoes. This year it would be our main destination. We were ready to explore and experience its most famous places. The higher elevations of the Cascades dictated that we plan to be finished camping and hiking there by the end of September. The Total Solar Eclipse crossing the USA on August 21st required another small...

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Apr 5, 2017 - The real Bahamas

More than beaches For us, a trip is successful if, after all our Internet research, it surprises us with unexpected experiences and has us wanting to return for a deeper dive. After all, if we can experience the essence of a place by reading about it from the comfort of our backyard hammock, why bother to go there? What surprised us? The large and isolated expanse of this country -- a country sprawling along the western edge of the Bermuda Triangle, protecting Cuba from the full force of the Atlantic Ocean. Sure, I saw the map. Yes, I...

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Apr 5, 2017 - If you go

Planning a trip to the Bahamas? Consider visiting the smaller Out Islands instead of the more populated ones. Each one has its own unique features. Or rent a vacation home in one of the Marinas' gated communities for a secluded getaway. If time or conditions dictate staying on New Providence, there are some less tourist-y experiences to be found outside of the downtown and Paradise Island areas. - a meal "under the bridge", interacting with local conch and vegetable vendors - a peek into the early lives of Lucayan, Loyalist and African...

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Apr 4, 2017 - Goodbye Alexian

Boat check-out and a flight home Tuesday, April 4th Weather: cooler and breezy in the morning, warming to mid-80s by noon Route: Palm Cay Marina --> Lynden Pindling Airport --> Charlotte --> Pittsburgh Highlights: - completing our boat check-out with a clean punch list and good reputation for next time - everyone being ready to leave when our pre-arranged taxi arrived - arriving at the Nassau airport in time to clear the USA pre-flight Immigration check, with no hassles regarding my ancient Permanent Resident card - time in the new...

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Mar 20, 2017 - Pre-sail planning

Planning the Nassau Experience Since we had to fly to Nassau anyway, this was a good opportunity to broaden our experiences in the country before the sailing trip started. To get to know more about the people and acclimatize to the sun we decided to arrive in Nassau 4 days early. Not knowing very much about the Bahamas except as a popular tourist cruise port and beach destination, we expected 4 days would be plenty of time to explore the small island of New Providence. We searched the Internet for interesting activities and must-see...

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