Gijon, Spain And Aviles Tapas/Cider Tour

Exiting the ship in Gijon (pronounced Hee-hawn), there was a local dance troupe and band playing traditional local music. It was amazing to be greeted and welcomed with smiling locals who are happy to have us here! The local military police administered a temperature test and a squirt of hand sanitizer before our walk toContinue reading “Gijon, Spain And Aviles Tapas/Cider Tour”

Chateau Kirwan Vineyard and Dinner with Wine Pairing

It’s been a little over a year (28 September 2021) and this dinner is still on my mind. This was a special wine pairing dinner curated by Oceania and it was absolutely fabulous! Other than a late start time, we left the boat at 7PM, the overall experience was wonderful. For this winemaker, they primarilyContinue reading “Chateau Kirwan Vineyard and Dinner with Wine Pairing”

Travel to Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Last year (October 2021) we took an epic family adventure to Europe. Have you heard of Santiago, Spain? It was one of the stops along our Oceania cruise. Xulio (Shu-lee-o) was our tour guide. The locals speak Castilian Spanish and Galletian (mix of Spanish and Portuguese). The most common trees in this area are oakContinue reading “Travel to Santiago de Compostela, Spain”

Dragonfly

Flittering and floating, From flower to shoulder, To the top of my head. As if to tell me, Sometimes we float away from love, And sometimes love floats back to us. I’m struck by her beauty, And a little sad when she leaves. Float back! I silently scream. Come back to me, My shoulder beckonsContinue reading “Dragonfly”

Manina (A restaurant review in Frederick/Urbana, MD)

Dessert is like the cuddle after love-making…

Sweet Submission

Appalachian Trail Mile, 1947.1 8/23/2022 Whack!  Another branch, wails the back of my leg. I whisper under my breath, Thank you Mistress, may I have another? I stumble, slip, and fall…again. The thick mud, made of some sort of clay and A stink I have never smelled before, clings to my ass And the backContinue reading “Sweet Submission”

Two Days Off Trail in Camden, NJ and Philadelphia, PA!

Took a couple of days off the Appalachian Trail to meet up with my daughter in Camden, NJ for a concert and an eating tour of Philly! Philly is SO MUCH more than Rocky 🥊 and the constitution…

Appalachian Trail Thru Hike 2022: 3/26/2022- 1st Week Thoughts from the Trail

Day 1: We stopped off at Amicolola Falls and picked up our hiker tags, signed the hiker register and completed our Thru hike safety class. Day 1 total miles hiked, 3.2. We got a super late start, hitting the trail to the top of Springer Mountain in Georgia at approximately 5:30pm. It’s a 1-mile hikeContinue reading “Appalachian Trail Thru Hike 2022: 3/26/2022- 1st Week Thoughts from the Trail”

Appalachian Trail, 6/16/22, mile 980.5

Woke up at 7:30-ish. In all actuality, i was up most of the night, in and out of sweat dreams. If you have Thru hiked or long term camped, during the heat of summer…you know what i mean 😭. Dreams are super intense when #1, you are sleep deprived and #2, it’s hot as heck!Continue reading “Appalachian Trail, 6/16/22, mile 980.5”

Blue Toad Cidery

About 4-miles off trail (an easy hitch) and just east of the Appalachian Trail at Reid’s Gap is Blue Toad Cidery. Devil’s Backbone Brewery is directly across the street, but this place is a hidden gem. Gorgeous scenery, right along the river! You can cozy up inside or take a seat right along the riverContinue reading “Blue Toad Cidery”