A Time Capsule and Reflection: Dillons of Ireland

In May 2001 we had the opportunity to travel to Ireland, the excuse being to visit our son who was an exchange student at Queens University in Belfast. We did all the touristy things, including taking the ferry across to Glasgow and the train from there to Edinburgh. Weeks before we set out for our […]

Minnewaska: Ulster County NY Catksills

Sorry, we have house guests and such so only a link to some images from the recent NY trip this morning. First use of a new “story-telling” app called Grapewise. Maybe I missed some of the potential for this tool on first use, but will need to see more from this to be tempted to […]

Catskills Part One: Kaaterskill Falls

Kill this. Kill that. Fishkill. Peekskill. Fresh Kills. Say what? Okay. It’s a Dutch term meaning creek or waterway (a vestige of the area’s colonial past) and found its way into Catskill–ONE name for this dissected assortment of variously protected natural areas in New York State. The geology seemed familiar in places to me as […]

Klingon Devil Pods: Trapa natans

And it turns out that the name we gave it– “Devil Pods”– is one of the historically-used “common names” for this plant. It took us a while to finally conclude that it was indeed a plant, since the pods seem to be made of a very hard alien material rather than any botanical matter we’d […]

The Creature (Dis)comforts of Air Travel

It had been months in the planning. A college buddy invited me to his home in Westchester County, NY. On Saturday I would speak at the Pound Ridge Reservation Trailside Museum. On Thursday and Friday he and I would hike in the Catskills. But there were issues at both airports that made getting there an […]

Vote – Floyd, Va. – Best Southern Small Town Nominee: 2015 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards

Floyd, Va.: Vote for Your Favorite Southern Small Town!! Source: Vote – Floyd, Va. – Best Southern Small Town Nominee: 2015 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards We want people to know about Floyd, visit Floyd, enjoy Floyd and buy goods (arts, crafts and entertainment) and service (meals, lodging) in Floyd and come again. We want […]