The Rambling Writer Visits Kauai, Part 6: Napali Coast Cruise — with Dolphins!

Closing out our Kauai trip reports with a cruise along the amazing Napali Coast. Volcanic cliffs dripping greenery and waterfalls! Frolicking dolphins! Aloha! Thor and I have been blessed with opportunities to travel to amazing, magical lands, and are now … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer Visits Kaua’i, Part 5: Beautiful Beaches! With Dolphins!

As rainy autumn creeps up on us (or smashes, in the case of the East Coast hurricane), Thor and I revisit our June trip to this beautiful Hawai’ian island, which was recovering from its own historic storm. For those following … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer’s Reflections on Greece: Ancient Hunters of the Wild Boar

During my visit last year to Delphi, I partook of roasted wild boar and heard about the ages-old hunts with specially trained dogs. Since then, I’ve become fascinated with this dangerous beast who challenged warriors to prove their mettle. Since … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer Visits Kauai: Ziplines, Dinosaurs, and Sacred Sites

Waiting for the wildfire smoke to clear for more of our Pacific Northwest rambles, I’ll pick up my recent globetrotting threads — back to Kauai for aerial thrills and some history. In previous posts, I mentioned that Thor was celebrating … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer Cools Off in Mt. Baker’s Chain Lakes

Join Thor, Bear dog, and me as we hike the Ptarmigan Ridge trail beneath Mt. Baker and cool off in brisk, clear mountain lakes. It was one of those “life happens” weeks, but we managed a quick escape between those … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer Visits Kauai: Hiking Waimea Canyon

Celebrating Thor’s retirement after 40 years as Professor of Paleontology and Geology, we visited the primeval island of Kauai, Hawai’i, and hiked into the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” NOTE: For an overview and highlights of our island trip, see … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer’s Reflections on Greece: Odysseus, “The Man of Twists and Turns”

The tricky Greek hero of Homer’s “The Odyssey” has fascinated us for thousands of years. Come with me and  trace his ten-year journey home after the Trojan War. NOTE: As I reflect on my travels in Greece, while working on my … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer Visits the Island of Kauai

To celebrate Thor’s retirement, we spent a week on the beautifully lush, oldest Hawaiian island. Thor wanted to see a new place, so off we went to the “Garden Isle,” which fully deserves its name. Appropriate to his retirement after … Continue reading

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