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 →

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 →

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 →

Into the deep blue ocean

Into the deep blue ocean Sailing across the world Starting to see peaceful beauty Drifting into a place of dreams   Far enough away from everything Surrounded by nothing but Diamonds glittering on the Crest of meditative waves  

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 →

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 →

Day 2 oberservations

Some other random thoughts from day of our cruise 2 that didn't quite fit in the journal post.   Day 2 observation 1 – the side effects of reading When I read something that I enjoy, I start to think along the same patterns as the author writes. Words appear, appropriately, that are usually far from my... Continue Reading →

Wake

  Setting out with such purpose Fury & anger, dispersed By this enormous alien presence Against the grain, change the world   Then, as you fade into nothingness Your purpose forgotten Consumed by the wide expanse Life, order & peace resume Normal service   And you, you are forgotten As though your brief existence never... Continue Reading →

Resuming the journey

Resuming the journey Rest so deeply appreciated It is a challenge To find the desire To pick up where I left off To return to the routine Fight the drudgery Shine the light Recall the hope Yet life exhorts That I must Press on Can’t I just stay on vacation?

Did you miss me?

I just returned from a week-long vacation, cruising the western Caribbean. No internet, no phone, just relaxing with my family. While I couldn’t blog, I did write, with a pen, a lot. Now all I have to do is try to find time to transcribe all that writing, assuming I can read it, lol. So... Continue Reading →

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