Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Copenhagen started terrible but ended pretty good.

Carols backpack was picked in the train station this morning.   The thief got an empty travel wallet and an old kindle.  We deactivated the Kindle so he got nothing,  but being robbed is a terrible experience. 

It is still miserably hot and Copenhagen belongs to maniac cyclists.   One highlight was seeing a particularly obnoxious bike rider pulled over by the police.   A group of us pedestrians cheered!

The day turned remarkably better with dinner.   We decoded the excellent bus system and made our way to a Rick Steves pick featuring traditional Danish Cusine.  We had dinner outside by the water with a nice cool breeze.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014


We are in Oslo waiting for a cab to take us to the ferry terminal.   Overnight ferry to Copenhagen.   I'm taking advantage of the blazing fast Internet at the City Box to upload some pictures.

We have had a great time visiting Sweden,  Finland,  and Norway.   Findland and Norway was with a Grand Circle tour, and now we are back on our own.  The tour included The Hurtigruten ferry down the coast of Norway and the Nutshell tour from Bergen to Oslo.

Follow this link for an unorganized collection of our photos.

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Scandinavian Adventure

Here's a test of blogging with an Android tablet

This is the route we will be taking on our trip to Scandinavia in July.  We've just acquired an Android Tablet which will accept a micro-sd card from our camera.  So we should be able to update this blog as we travel next month.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Last Week at Pagosa Springs

We have just returned from 2 days of camping at the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and 2 Days in Salida Colorado with the Corrado Family.  It was a nice side trip that also featured driving along the Silver Thread Highway from South Fork to Lake City Colorado -Spectacular Scenery.

Carol is happy that there will be no more mountain passes to drive over this summer.  In our last week here we hope to find and contract for a place here in Pagosa for a month of winter living, complete arrangements for next summer in Scandinavia, play one last Monday afternoon of bridge, take in one more Wednesday night of food and music at Nellos, attend a couple of sessions of water aerobics for Carol and attempt to complete a couple of challenging cycling goals for George.  We have just loved our summer here.  We came for great weather. (the windows were opened on July 15 and we will close them when we leave on Sunday)  But the real bonus was the terrific community life and all the nice people we have met here.

Some highlights from the last Month in Pictures:

George and Anita Hershman visit from California:

Anita overlooking Wolf Creek Ski Slopes

Carol on the Cumbres Toltec Train

George and Anita at Chimney Rock

Trip to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Pagosa Springs, Co

Life is still good here in Colorado even though the Monsoon Season is in full swing.  Nobody complains too much about the rain since it has been so dry.  We just got back from a camping and 4X4 trip in silver mine country near Silverton Colorado with Jim and Nancy.  Camping was a little wet but we dried out quickly once we got "home" to Pagosa.  We took advantage of a free concert last night which featured some unusual instruments and will be going to Jazz Night at Nello's tonight. No shortage of great music here!

Here are a few pictures from the camping trip:

Route from Silverton to Eureka

Along the road to Silverton

Silverton Courthouse


Jailhouse Kitchen

Ore Chute

Stove Collection

Ski Collection

Mill Ruins at Eureka

Mine buildings in the distance

Carol goes Jeeping

It's Easier by Jeep

There's our campsite

Our Campsite

Sunrise at the campsite

Close up of mill ruins

Old Hundred Mill Tour

Manual Drilling

Who will hold the dynamite

Pneumatic Drilling

The road less traveled

Miner's View

Mine near Silverton

Train leaving Silverton in the afternoon

Puff Ball Mushrooms

Dirty Car at the end of the trip

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Pagosa Springs, Co

We've rented a condo in Pagosa Springs Colorado for two months this summer.  Two and a half weeks into it we have adapted to the 7,500 ft elevation and settled into the life of a "summer resident".  In the summer the population of Pagosa swells with a tide of Texans who maintain summer homes here.  They have an active local theater, lots of great bridge, and unlimited outdoor activities which are enhanced by low humidity bluebird sunny days and "picture postcard" mountain scenery.

The condo we have rented is in a former Fairfield community which is similar to our home in Fairfield Harbour, New Bern, NC.  It is a mix of time shares, condos and single family homes with golf courses, lakes, a large recreation center, and a POA community center.  Carol is enjoying the water aerobics and yoga classes and I am attempting to get into good enough cycling condition to join one of the local groups.

We are especially fortunate to have visitors during our stay.  Diane, Roy, Joshua, and Sam have already visited. We are expecting Carol's cousin George and his wife Anita from California in two weeks.  We have not seen them in years!  A couple we met camping in Zion last year , Susan and David, will visit over Labor day.  We will meet up with Liz and Brian and their family from Colorado Springs for a weekend of camping near Salida in early September.  And of course we are spending time with Jim and Nancy of Summerbreeze whom we first met as "next door" mooring field neighbors in Marathon Fla.  Jim and Nancy live in Durango during the summer and winter on their boat in Fla and the Bahamas.  Our visit with them in Durango last summer inspired our decision to come back to Colorado this summer.

The calendar for the rest of our stay is pretty full and we will be headed home to New Bern before we know it.
Diane, Roy, Josh, Sam ready to board the Silverton to Durango Train

Visiting Chimney Rock
Native American Dancers at Chimney Rock
Jim and Nancy at the Piedra River Gorge
Piedra River Trail
Enjoying the spectacular gorge views
Hiking in the San Jan National Forest