Month: June 2015

The Story of Spain’s Boob-shaped Cheese

There is a walking trail across northern Spain called The Camino de Santiago. (The Camino was recently made famous in a movie starring Martin Sheen titled, The Way). For over a thousand years, pilgrims have walked this holy path in order to gain Grace by visiting the grave of the Apostle James located in the city of Santiago. Several years ago as we were nearing the end of … Read More The Story of Spain’s Boob-shaped Cheese

The Battlefield at Gettysburg: A “Tail” of Two Horses

On a bright, sunny, January day, we made a short pilgrimage to the battlefield at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The battle site will be celebrating its 150th anniversary of the fight this July. I have always had a bit of an interest in the Civil War battlefield, especially the lunacy of the famous Pickett’s Charge. Wow! You talk about hallowed ground! All of the words that are used to … Read More The Battlefield at Gettysburg: A “Tail” of Two Horses

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and the Mountain Gorillas

The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in southern Uganda is one of only two sanctuaries left on the planet for these magnificent creatures. The other is about 40 miles away on the Rwanda/Democratic Republic of the Congo.   The Ugandan soldiers were with us all the time to protect us NOT from the gorillas or cobras or lions, but rather from rebels slipping over the border from nearby … Read More Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and the Mountain Gorillas

Soaring with the Devil Rays Off the Coast of Costa Rica

Soaring with the Devil Rays Off the Coast of Costa Rica “The air up there in the clouds is pure and fine, bracing and delicious. And why shouldn’t it be? It’s the very air the angels breathe!” –Mark Twain On a recent scuba diving jaunt down to the southwest region of Costa Rica, we were graced by a rare sight: Devil ray mantas in the act of … Read More Soaring with the Devil Rays Off the Coast of Costa Rica

The Tree of Life

As far as I’m concerned, there are three mystical places in the world. The desert outside Santa Fe, the tree of life in the Arab emirates of Bahrain, and the restaurant at Sunset and Crescent. –Harris K. Telemacher (Steve Martin): L.A. Story. Just off the eastern side of the Arabian Peninsula sits the tiny island nation of Bahrain. Unique among the other countries of … Read More The Tree of Life

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