New Whale in Town

When Roderick McLeod and his family moved to Langley around 1900, they built a house on First Street and planted a seedling of a white pine to remind them of their previous home in Nebraska.  The tree took root and grew, just as did the McLeod family.  One daughter, Margaret McLeod, grew up to become… Read more »

New Stuff at Music for the Eyes

  During the time of Covid, we have missed writing about our trips abroad looking for new treasures for Music for the Eyes. In this blog, however, we will tell readers about new items we acquired from Maestrale, a friend’s store just across the water in Port Townsend. Our friend, Jennefer Wood, successfully traveled for… Read more »

Our First Travel Blog in 18 Months–Our Far-Away International Destination? Canada! Eh!

When you last read a travel blog on this website in March 2020, your intrepid travelers Sharon and Fred had barely escaped being locked down in Chile.  We had been refused travel through Canada, and left our Prius stranded in BC.  We managed to rescue the Prius in late 2020–with the help of some brave… Read more »

Unrest and Income Inequality in Chile

We usually try to keep away from politics in our blogs and focus on the people we meet and the sights we see.  In Chile this time, however, politics are so intertwined with the people and the sights, we cannot avoid commenting on what we saw. On our first trip in 2015, we saw a… Read more »

Our (Truncated) Trip to Chile

We have been to Chile twice before and enjoy the country and its people immensely.  Each previous short trip did not give us enough time to visit all of this beautiful country, so we planned a long three-week trip in March 2020. We intended to shop in Santiago and Valparaiso and then head south to… Read more »

The World Nomad Games! What?

Fred was leading a delegation to Uzbekistan in August this year when he learned of the World Nomad Games taking place the following week in next-door Kyrgyzstan. Sharon had lived in Kyrgyzstan for two years back in the 1990’s, with Fred as a frequent visitor.  Both fell in love with this small, poor, mountainous country… Read more »

What Has Happened to Uzbekistan ?

What has happened to Uzbekistan?  Recent headlines note it is “one of the 12 happiest places in the world”.  Lonely Planet lists it as one of the three “must see” destinations of 2018.  Another notes it is “one of the ten safest places to travel”. Fred recently traveled to Uzbekistan with a small Seattle/Tashkent Sister-City… Read more »

Mountain Music

This blog, unusually, is about a US trip, not an international trip.  In June we went to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in the high mountains of southwest Colorado.  This festival at 9,000 feet has been attracting bluegrass music fans for 45 years. Fred’s college roommate Bill and his wife, Marsha, have gone to Telluride many… Read more »

A Trip to Remote Antarctica

A trip to Antarctica is on every traveler’s “bucket list”… and a trip that takes you south of the Antarctic Circle is an even finer “bucket”.  Such cruises are not for the budget traveler, but who could resist when we kept hearing that the place was melting?   We thought we had better get down… Read more »