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2022 (59)
  • Thursday, September 22 - Talking of Michelangelo (0) (Trip Diaries) (anatomy, david, florence, italy, michelangelo, sculpture) (by Naomi)
    "In the room, the women come and go Talking of Michelangelo…" --T. S. Eliot, "The Love Song of J Alfred
  • Thursday, September 15 - Traveling With a Guitar (0) (Tips and Tricks) (air_travel, guitars, luggage, travel_guitars) (by Steve)
    There are several ways to travel with a guitar; using one that fits in the overhead bin on a plane is only one of them, but it's the safest and least nerve-wracking.
  • Wednesday, September 7 - Desert Driving: Mesas and Mistakes (0) (Trip Diaries) (albuquerque, arizona, desert, driving, flagstaff, new-mexico, winslow) (by Naomi)
    I'm back at home, finally! ... I had better finish up the road trip I started writing about last week while it was happening. Because it got a lot weirder from there.
  • Wednesday, August 31 - Bonus Post – Monterey Bay Aquarium (0) (Postcards, Trip Diaries) (gallery, monterey-bay-aquarium, postcard) (by Naomi)
    As promised in the last post, here are the photos from the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
  • Wednesday, August 31 - Ay-yi-yi-yi, The Open Road is Home (2) (Trip Diaries) (california, desert, monterey, mountains, road-trip) (by Naomi)
    We take a break from the Italy trip report to tell you about the road trip, which is finally happening even as we speak. I'm writing this from a Best Western in Barstow, California.
  • Wednesday, August 24 - A Message From the Crab. (0) (Trip Diaries) (beach, italy, sorrento, vesuvius) (by Chance)
    A crab knows beaches better than any vertebrate. And the beach was where we went next. Sorrento, to be specific, on the Amalfi Coast.
  • Wednesday, August 24 - A couple of announcements (0) (Updates) (announcement, schedule-change) (by Admin)
    We’re changing the posting schedule: posts will now be coming out onWednesdays. There’s just too much happening around here on
  • Wednesday, August 17 - St. Peter and St. Christopher (0) (Trip Diaries) (italy, rome, saint-peters-basilica, vatican) (by Naomi)
    The Papal Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican, more commonly simply known as St. Peter's Basilica, is the largest church in the world. And boy, does it ever make sure that you know it.
  • Tuesday, August 9 - United Breaks Passengers (3) (Trip Diaries) (airlines, cancellations, horror_stories) (by Naomi)
    We interrupt the saga of our Italian adventure to bring you the horrific story of what has been happening as we attempt to finish the trip. Next week, I'll be back to telling you all about St. Peter's Basilica and our adventures in the subways of Rome, but I had to stop for a while to tell you about this. Because it's the worst airport experience I've had in almost fifty years of frequent flying.
  • Tuesday, August 2 - Another Country (2) (Trip Diaries) (sistine_chapel, vatican) (by Naomi)
    The Vatican -- a very different country from the antiquities of Rome, or even the flashy design of modern Italy.
  • Tuesday, July 26 - Of Things Colossal (0) (Trip Diaries) (colosseum, forum, italy, rome) (by Naomi)
    The Roman Colosseum is indeed colossal, but that's not how it got its name. According to our guide, the emperor Nero ...
  • Tuesday, July 19 - Scattered Chunks of Antiquity (0) (Trip Diaries) (architecture, italy, jewish-quarter, piazza_navona, rome) (by Naomi)
    In addition to the ancient pieces built into the everyday houses around us, there were random elements of ancient archaeological sites all around us.
  • Tuesday, July 12 - Fettered to the Foam (0) (Trip Diaries) (air-travel, hotel, italy, rome) (by Naomi)
    I always feel both halves of that song, when I'm getting ready to take off for a trip. I love travel. It's my favorite thing to do in the entire world. Every trip has me breathless and eager -- and yet, I do leave a family behind, and it's always, always hard.
  • Wednesday, July 6 - Last Steps (Italy) (0) (Trip Diaries) (flight-changes, italy, luggage, mishaps) (by Naomi)
    I'm currently in the panic phase of preparation -- the stage at which we're getting close, but there is a lot still left uncertain and it feels incomprehensible that it will all come together in time.
  • Wednesday, June 29 - Exploring at Home (0) (Updates) (capitol_hill, greenlake, paddleboard, Pridefest, seattle, seattle_center) (by Naomi)
    One of the most common pieces of advice travelers get is, if you can't go anywhere right away, go traveling in your own town or city.
  • Tuesday, June 21 - Traveling With a CPAP (2) (Tips and Tricks) (air-travel, luggage, medical-issues) (by Steve)
    Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which one stops breathing — anywhere from a few seconds to a few
  • Tuesday, June 14 - Frankly, It’s a Sick Truck (0) (Trip Planning) (italy, problems, trucks) (by Naomi)
    Frank the Truck is unwell. The conclusions from the inspection were mixed, but worrisome
  • Tuesday, June 7 - Frankly, It’s a Truck (0) (Trip Planning) (trucks) (by Naomi)
    If time is nature's way of ensuring that not everything happens all at once, it doesn't work! The development process doesn't happen smoothly. Instead, ...
  • Tuesday, May 31 - A Very Short Update (0) (Updates) (fibromyalgia, health, limits) (by Naomi)
    The fibromyalgia is kicking my tail really badly this week, so this is going to be very brief. There’s exciting
  • Tuesday, May 24 - Turtles and Gators and Snakes: Oh My! (0) (Updates) (amphibians, indigo-snake, reptiles, snakes, tortoises, turtles) (by Naomi)
    And what did we do with our Mother's Day excursion? We went and petted snakes, of course! Isn't that what most families do when they want a pleasant, relaxing day out? No? Well, maybe we're just bizarre, then. That's just fine; we like our weirdness. We also like our snakes.
  • Tuesday, May 17 - Racking Up the Miles (0) (Trip Planning) (frustration, trucks) (by Naomi)
    On Thursday and Friday, C and I went to look at trucks. The one from last week that he'd found interesting needed to be brought to the mechanic, so I picked him up early Thursday and we hurried north for 70-ish miles to collect the truck.
  • Tuesday, May 10 - Putting It Together (0) (Trip Planning) (colorado, florence, italy, naples, rome, trucks, venice) (by Naomi)
    Two trips are still in the planning stage: Colorado in June and Italy at an undefined time in summer. Basically,
  • Tuesday, May 3 - Things I Learned in Africa (0) (Trip Diaries) (advice, africa, fun-facts, memories) (by Naomi)
    1) Every herd of zebra has to contain exactly one wildebeest. No less, and definitely no more. The zebra won’t
  • Saturday, April 30 - Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway (0) (Tips and Tricks) (anxiety, fear, overcoming-fear, sidestep-your-anxiety) (by Naomi)
    A couple of weeks ago, I said that I was going to write a pair of posts: one about conserving
  • Tuesday, April 26 - Five Tips for Balancing Energy While You Travel (0) (Tips and Tricks) (balance, energy, rest, self-care, wheelchairs) (by Naomi)
    I just finished watching a video about a charter yacht’s crew, on their day off in Alaska. These are pretty
  • Friday, April 22 - Figuring It(aly) Out (0) (Trip Planning) (italy, planning, tours, travel-agents) (by Naomi)
    I’m starting to research the Italy trip. My son J and I are in general agreement that we want to
  • Tuesday, April 19 - Things That Don’t Help (0) (Updates) (anxiety-disorder, covid-19, current-events, masks, politics, rant) (by Naomi)
    This post is going to be partially a rant. I’m warning you now. I love travel, and I love writing
  • Friday, April 15 - Going Sideways to Go Forwards (0) (Trip Planning) (canada, changing-plans, italy, trains) (by Naomi)
    I told you last time that, even though there is definitely some frustration in the planning stages of a big trip when it feels like there's a wall that I can't get around, I have learned that I almost always just need to
  • Tuesday, April 12 - Lime Soda (4) (Storytime, Trip Planning) (camper, cross-country-trip, lime-soda, mexico, pickup-truck, serendipity, train) (by Naomi)
    C and I are still looking for his pickup, in which we’re planning to drive to Colorado in a couple
  • Friday, April 8 - St/rolling (0) (Storytime, Tips and Tricks) (accessibility, cape., colleen, scooter) (by Steve)
    The day after Colleen's mobility scooter arrived, we went for our first st/roll. I strolled, she rolled. It was wonderful -- for the first time in over a decade, I had trouble keeping up with her!
  • Tuesday, April 5 - It’s for You! (0) (Trip Planning) (cameras, gear, gorillas, orangutans, phones, seattle, zoo) (by Naomi)
    I got you a present! It's a brand new camera, all for this blog. (Okay, it also happens to have a phone wrapped around it, and that part's for me.)
  • Friday, April 1 - Catching Up to Now (2) (Updates) (africa, fosterlings, future-trips, gorillas, orangutans) (by Naomi)
    Hi, everyone! Because I’ve been posting the Africa trip over our usual schedule, the last stuff you have from me
  • Tuesday, March 29 - Homecoming (0) (Trip Diaries, Trip Planning) (colorado, family, fosterlings, manhattan, seattle) (by Naomi)
    This wasn’t the way I had hoped to come home. The plan had always been to return to Seattle by
  • Friday, March 25 - Shipping Out (0) (Trip Diaries) (amsterdam, maritime-museum, museum, netherlands) (by Naomi)
    My visit to Amsterdam began with boats, and appropriately enough, it’s ending with boats. The city of Amsterdam, like its
  • Tuesday, March 22 - The Dutch in the Ancient World (0) (Trip Diaries) (leiden, museum, museum of antiquities, netherlands) (by Naomi)
    Today we took the train to Leiden, to explore the town and visit the Museum of Antiquities.
  • Friday, March 18 - Being Eleven Again (0) (Trip Diaries) (amsterdam, netherlands, science museum) (by Naomi)
    I mentioned in my last post that J and I were once eleven together...Today, the two of us went off to the Nemo Science Museum, to be eleven again and play with all the cool exhibits. It was a lot of fun.
  • Tuesday, March 15 - On the Water (0) (Trip Diaries) (amsterdam, canal-boat, canal-tour, house-boat, netherlands) (by Naomi)
    Right now, as I write, I am touring Amsterdam on a boat. I am also living, for the week, on
  • Friday, March 11 - Cut and Run (0) (Trip Diaries) (africa, entebbe, hospital, uganda, zoo) (by Naomi)
    After all the animals I've seen in the wild here in Africa, it felt distinctly strange to be going to a zoo… but I wanted to see what a Ugandan zoo was like
  • Tuesday, March 8 - Impenetrable (2) (Trip Diaries) (africa, bwindi, gorillas, impenetrable forest, uganda) (by Naomi)
    It sounds so much like a fairy tale, doesn’t it? First there’s a long climb, high into the steep and
  • Friday, March 4 - For a Woman (0) (Trip Diaries) (africa, bwindi, impenetrable forest, ride 4 a woman, uganda) (by Naomi)
    The attempt to find tree-climbing lions yesterday was, alas, a complete bust. First of all, the heavens opened up and
  • Tuesday, March 1 - Trip Diary: Breaking the First Rule (0) (Trip Diaries) (africa, chimpanzees, illness, kob, oribi) (by Naomi)
    This post is going to be hard to write. I have to admit it. I broke the first rule, and
  • Friday, February 25 - On the Nile (0) (Trip Diaries) (africa, crocodiles, elephants, hippos, hyenas, lions, murchison falls, murchison river lodge, nile river, uganda) (by Naomi)
    We hit the road at six thirty on our first full day at Murchison Falls. From the beginning of this
  • Tuesday, February 22 - The Rhinos, the Road, and the River (2) (Trip Diaries) (africa, ibis, murchison falls, nile, nile river, rhinos, river, uganda, ziwa rhino sanctuary) (by Naomi)
    We set out this morning at 7:30, leaving Entebbe for Murchison Falls. It’s a six or seven hour trip, but
  • Friday, February 18 - Postcard from Uganda (0) (Postcards) (africa, baboons, birds, elephants, kudu, wildlife) (by Naomi)
    In this special post I've put together some of the coolest photos from my two weeks in southern Africa, that somehow never made it into the write-ups.
  • Friday, February 18 - Transitions (0) (Trip Diaries) (africa, guides, portraits, uganda) (by Naomi)
    It’s hard to believe that Nadine, the fantastic agent from Safari Specialists who has been helping me put together the
  • Tuesday, February 15 - Bushman’s Holiday (0) (Trip Diaries) (africa, bushmen, desert, horses, kalahari) (by Naomi)
    This morning at seven, I was called to the gate to find two men and three horses waiting for me.
  • Friday, February 11 - Soft Camp, Hard Landscape (0) (Trip Diaries) (africa, desert, genets, kalahari, meerkats) (by Naomi)
    After the excitement of leopards and hyenas and dead lions, I said goodbye to my friends at Splash Camp and
  • Tuesday, February 8 - Trip Diary: Red in Tooth and Claw (0) (Trip Diaries) (africa, jackals, leopards, lions, predation, zebras) (by Naomi)
    Our South African friends left us this morning, going to another camp not far from Splash Camp‘s territory. In keeping
  • Friday, February 4 - Trip Diary: How to Dodge a Hippo (0) (Trip Diaries) (africa, dogs, hippos, lions) (by Naomi)
    For the first time this trip, I have company on my game drives; fellow guests who came here for the
  • Tuesday, February 1 - Trip Diary: Beastland (0) (Trip Diaries) (africa, cheetahs, hippos, jackals, lions, splash camp, waterbuck) (by Naomi)
    Meals at Splash Camp are timed around the game drives: breakfast at 5:30am, brunch at 11:30am when you return from
  • Friday, January 28 - Trip Diary: So This Is the Delta (2) (Trip Diaries) (africa, elephants, giraffes, lions, splash camp, wild dogs) (by Naomi)
    The difference between Old Drift and Splash Camp can best be defined in two examples. First, Old Drift has a
  • Tuesday, January 25 - Trip Diary: Where Are All the Elephants? (0) (Trip Diaries) (baboons, kudu, lions, lookout cafe, warthogs) (by Naomi)
    The Lookout Cafe is the centerpiece of Wild Horizons' empire of Victoria Falls tourist attractions. It's a restaurant, but that's a little bit like saying that Broadway-caliber dinner theater is a restaurant. At the Lookout Cafe, lunch is respectable, but it's really all about the view.
  • Friday, January 21 - Trip Diary: Paying Calls (0) (Trip Diaries) (elephant sanctuary, elephants, village) (by Naomi)
    The first visit we made today was to a nearby Zimbabwean village. But it began with a stop at the
  • Tuesday, January 18 - Trip Diary: Tenderness in Warthogs (2) (Trip Diaries) (hippos, warthogs, zimbabwe) (by Naomi)
    There's a line in an old Robert Heinlein book, in which the main character muses about the perfections of female humans, and then adds, "No doubt a gentleman warthog feels the same way about a lady warthog. But if so, both of us are very sincere."
  • Friday, January 14 - Postcard: Birthday (0) (Postcards) (by Naomi)
    Hippo Birdie (two) ME!!
  • Friday, January 14 - Trip Diary: Crocodiles and Rhinos (0) (Trip Diaries) (crocodiles, rhinos, zimbabwe) (by Naomi)
    When I was very small, my father used to sing silly things to me, as many parents of small children do. One of his favorites was to sing the words "Heffalumps and Woozles," from out of the Winnie the Pooh books, to the tune of "Politics and Poker," from the Broadway musical "Fiorello!" I now understand the compulsion. All day today, I've been singing "Crocodiles and Rhinos" to myself, using the same tune.
  • Wednesday, January 12 - Trip Diary: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (2) (Trip Diaries) (batonka lodge, victoria falls, zimbabwe) (by Naomi)
    The bags were right there when I got back to the airport. I’ve never had such an easy time dealing
  • Friday, January 7 - Seattle to Johannesburg (2) (Trip Diaries) (by Naomi)
    It's 5:30 in the morning, and I'm lying in bed feeling perfectly content as a baboon chatters outside my window. The birds have a great deal more to say
  • Tuesday, January 4 - Last Steps (2) (Trip Planning) (africa, packing, story) (by Naomi)
    Tomorrow afternoon, I’ll be on my way to Africa. It’s really hard to believe, after two and a half years
2021 (4)
  • Monday, December 27 - Hitting a Wall (0) (Trip Planning) (by Naomi)
    Whoops! I’ve been racing around for the last two weeks, trying to get everything done in preparation for my Africa
  • Saturday, December 25 - Omicron (0) (Trip Planning) (covid-19, omicron) (by Naomi)
    So, the new variant of Covid has not succeeded in completely derailing my trip… yet. Crossed fingers and toes, it
  • Wednesday, December 22 - Wheelin’ (0) (Storytime) (airports, disability, wheelchairs) (by Naomi)
    When you see her in the evening in a bright green dress Walking fast down the hallway, you might never
  • Saturday, December 18 - My Best Trip Ever (0) (Storytime) (by Naomi)
    I became a travel fanatic when my parents took me to southern France, the year I was fifteen.I had liked