The approach to El Paso

  I put down my Elmore Leonard book on the approach to El Paso As there are many new things to see, new to me at least There are sandstone hills, topped with scrub brush So neatly arranged it appears to be combed hair, cornrows maybe   The back of the hill reveals a gaping wound... Continue Reading →

The Journey to France

We started early on this rainy Tuesday morning in Leeds, a 6:30 alarm call is not usually what you want on vacation! Still, we were mostly packed & the early start enabled me to drop the family off at the train station, return the hire car & then get a ride back to the station... Continue Reading →

A Rushed Visit to Leeds

The continuation of my vacation journal from our big thanksgiving trip to Europe …. York was wonderful, we could have stayed for ages, however it was time to go to Leeds. If York was a nice time catching up with family, Leeds was to be a great time, if a little busy catching up with... Continue Reading →

York & Thanksgiving in the UK

Well, as was somewhat expected, the vacation journaling got a little minimalistic and scattered after we left Scotland. Not a lack of desire, rather a wonderful time of catching up with many loved ones, family & friends that I had not seen in almost 5 years, or much longer in some cases. We were in... Continue Reading →

Loch Ness

Yes, I am way behind on the journal, I'll catch you up when I can, probably mostly when I get back home. Heres my journal entry from back on day 4 - seems like a long time ago now 🙂   We had been spoiled by the weather so far, it was never going to... Continue Reading →

The great European vacation of 2015

The great European vacation of 2015 has begun, for once I took the flight day off, it should have been, as it began, utterly relaxing, however leaving packing until the last minute saw it turn stressful, including realizing I’d left my phone at home 10 minutes into the journey to the airport. We got it... Continue Reading →

LA Beach Morning

A sea of concrete as magnificent as it is alarming Squeezed between mountains there can be no doubt You are entering the city of angels Traffic crowds, even on Sunday night The air is thick, I suppose you could get used to it But my head hurts Calm quiet relaxing morning I shall take a... Continue Reading →

The Shire of York

The depth of your green makes my heart yearn for home My soul cherishes the moments we share Rolling hills house untold beauty The glories of creation never more spectacular Sheep quietly discuss the day While a beck winds its way Towards a thunderous waterfall Which feeds a magnificent oasis of ecology Coal fire smoke... Continue Reading →

Absent

Your pleasing presence Has a vibrant energy It shakes the sonic spectrum So that even in silence There is not quiet It is truly quite magnificent   Yet this week you are gone The house is unusually still The breath of your life is absent The dishwasher a logistical masterpiece But the stillness troubles my... Continue Reading →

Vacation Journal: Day 7

Day seven was our last day at sea and our last day of vacation. We have been sailing north / north west since we left Cozumel last night, sailing towards the end of this wonderful week. I had a pleasant sleep-in to 0745 (something is wrong with that being a sleep-in on vacation), followed by... Continue Reading →

Vacation Journal: Day 6

Cozumel, Mexico If there was going to be a day to make or break this trip, today was the day. Today was the focal point, the fulcrum of this whole adventure. Today is the day we get to swim with dolphins. As a Dad that wants to reinforce to my child that dreams are both... Continue Reading →

Vacation Journal: Day 5 – Belize

Today was wonderful, simply splendid. A little hurried to start the morning as we gave ourselves only 1 hour and 15 minutes to get ready, have breakfast & get gone. No worries though, we made it, even if we did abandon breakfast halfway through. Belize has a shallow bay meaning the ship has to anchor... Continue Reading →

Palm Tree

  Positioned or grown? Formed or farmed? Decadent green & yellow Priceless fringe Decorates natures Tropical coat Giver of shade Sustainer of life You are life itself  

Vacation Journal: Day 4

Vacation Journal: Day 4 – Honduras After 3 days at sea we have arrived at our first of 3 ports of call. Mahogany Bay, Roatan, Honduras. A tropical paradise, so perfect it is impossible not to see how artificial it is. We woke up in port, our port side room providing the perfect vantage point for the... Continue Reading →

Casino

  I do not like the casino Something deep inside me is repulsed by it I don’t know if it is the stale smoke The desperate souls blindly giving their money In the hope that today is their lucky day   It could be that I can do math & understand odds. Maybe it is... Continue Reading →

Vacation Journal: Day 3

  I just returned from a 45 minute march around the promenade. The best feature of this boat bar none. It is an outdoor wooden floored deck that circle the entire ship. I walked at a normal pace for me, which is apparently 5 times faster than anyone else onboard that was out walking. As... Continue Reading →

People watching

One of the main pass times on a cruise ship, whether you admit it or not, is people watching. I started the week with a desire to observe & take in as much as possible. As time went on though I grew weary of people, as usual, & drifted off into thoughts & efforts that... Continue Reading →

Vacation Journal: Day 2

Vacation Journal Day 2 The day started much earlier than I had hoped for, I was woken up before sunrise by the energizer bunny. She reminded me of how I had said we would watch the sunrise on the first morning, although it was ok if I wanted to go back to sleep. I begrudgingly... Continue Reading →

Vacation Journal: Day 1

We left home fairly early, around 07:30 to set off on the 5+ hour drive south to Galveston. The drive was pretty uneventful, Houston drivers are as bad as always. We stopped at Bucky Beaver's for jerky, because, well, that’s what you do in Texas. Once we made it onto the ship we dumped our... Continue Reading →

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