Homes for Vagabonds: The Airbnb Life

Home is where the heart is. Pliny the Elder When we let our apartment lease expire a year ago and committed to a lifestyle of traveling, we knew we’d want places to call “home” for extended periods of time. We have friends who do the RV lifestyle and enjoy it, but that’s not for us. […]

Wild Florida

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in Travel Update, United States | 2 Comments

There are no other Everglades in the world. Marjory Stoneman Douglas Up until this journey our experience with Florida has been limited to Key West and Disney World—two places that are in many respects nations in themselves. But on this trek we’ve had a chance to experience a more wild Florida—wild as in natural, not […]

Manatees in the Murk

Posted by on Apr 16, 2017 in Travel Update, United States | 9 Comments

A full-grown manatee, which can weigh more than 1,000 pounds, looks like the result of a genetic experiment involving a walrus and the Goodyear Blimp. Dave Barry One of Laurie’s goals on this Journey Across America was to swim with the manatees. We did that last week in Crystal River, Florida. It was fun, even though […]

Building a Ladder out from Poverty

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017 in Travel Update, United States | 4 Comments

“A Hand Up, Not a Hand Out.” Anonymous Discussion on a Habitat for Humanity site: Me (Dennis): “Have you talked to anyone interesting?” Laurie: “They’re all interesting.” Habitat for Humanity is one of our favorite organizations. This international charity helps people lift themselves out of poverty by partnering with them to build or renovate homes […]

American Icons: Pepper Sauce and Texas Beer

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017 in Travel Update, United States | No Comments

“Not all those who wander are lost.” J.R.R. Tolkien Our journey across America gives us an opportunity to get to know more about iconic American businesses. Recently we had a chance to tour and taste at two. Shiner. Our friends Rich and Cathy took us to Shiner, Texas, home of the Spoetzl Brewery and their […]