Category: Travel

Hurricane Irma

The plan was simple: go to north Florida in September to witness my brother get married and visit with other members of the family. But Irma, a hurricane, had other plans. Irma was already...

UK 2017: Scotland & the North Sea

This is the finale in my series on my trip to the UK in July 2017. Edinburgh – first impressions: Old, hilly and mountainous, and double-decker. Tons of buildings were built literally on top...

UK 2017: Grasmere, Hadrian’s Wall, and Langley

The next leg of our trip took us through the Welsh and English countryside, by some lakes, and into the North country. The M6: After I finally dragged Ann away from Tinturn Abbey, we...

UK 2017: Cheddar Gorge & Caerphilly

This is the third part in a series about my second trip to the UK. After six days in London, we rented a car and hit the motorways with the goal of seeing as...

UK 2017: Castles, Cambridge, and Chesham

This is a summary of the second half of our stay in London in July 2017. In each of the three days, we actually did not spend much time in the city proper. Sunday:...

UK 2017: Seats & Letters

This is the first of a series about my second visit to the UK, in July 2017. Pre-flight drama: I got home after a long day at work, expecting to find a new Kindle...

Smith Mountain Lake

This is a summary of my visit to Smith Mountain Lake, as a vacation in May 2017 with my brother and sister at a rented house on a lake in south central Virginia. Friday:...

Chicago: On My Own

After the first two days of my trip, my coworkers had to attend their labor relations conference, so I was left to my own devices. Honestly, if I had spent all 3 days in a...