Venetian Gondola

The Venetian Gondola is iconic. You see one of these small romantic boats and you immediately know you are in Venice or perhaps Vegas. For those who have been to the latter but not the former, you are missing out. I like Vegas, but the Venetian hotel ain’t got nothing on the general article. The…

In the Locks

For many years I dreamed of visiting the Panama Canal, to be in the locks, in person. Growing up, I wanted to be an engineer and the idea of how humans could change the very world by our sheer will fascinated me. In many profound ways this passageway changed the world, but at a great…

The Lift Off of the Hot Air Balloons

The hot air balloons lift off again from Colorado Springs this morning for the last day of the annual Labor Day Lift Off. I hope you all have had a great Labor Day weekend and an amazing Labor Day today. I will be at Prospect Lake once again in Memorial Park celebrating Labor Day and…

Water World

I grew up in Tennessee, an entirely landlocked state in the US. I now live in Colorado which is about as far from an ocean as a person can get.  I remember watching movies growing up where people were depicted living entirely on the ocean—a water world. That idea intrigued me as a young boy….

Thunderbirds

Today is the United States Air Force Academy graduation. Every year the Air Force’s most skilled pilots, the Thunderbird Squadron, descend on Colorado Springs for several days of practice flights. As I write this post I can hear them outside my house practicing for tomorrow’s performance. It is truly a magnificent arial ballet to see…

Show Me the Way

This is the Negril Lighthouse on the island nation of Jamaica. It has stood like a sentinel watching over the coastal waters since 1894. For over 120 years this tower has helped ships steer clear of the rocks as they pass around the western most point of the Caribbean island. According to expedia.com, the prism was…

Fisherman’s Wharf

This is a view of a marina in the Fisherman’s Wharf area of San Francisco. When most people visit San Francisco, the Fisherman’s Wharf area is at the top of their list and for good reason. This is the gateway for a visit to Alcatraz or a quick cruise around the harbor and under the Golden Gate Bridge. The wharf…

Mast Illumination

I came across this classic looking sailing vessel with a modern lighting system docked at a harbor in Barbados. I love the way the lights along the masts’ spars illuminate the sky while the glow of the set sun still lingers in the night sky.

A New Dawn

Happy New Year everyone! It is a hard to believe another year has come and gone. I hope you all achieve everything you hope to in 2016. “Whatever you can do or dream you be, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Simple Sunset

Something about sitting on a boat in a Jamaican bay watching the sunset seems to me a simple pleasure of the good life. This is a tiny tourist vessel, but give me that sailboat in the background and I think I could be satisfied for a few years. You know what they say, “The grass is…

Reflections of a Lift Off

One of my favorite things about the yearly Labor Day Lift Off is that a few of the hot air balloons will attempt to skim the water on Colorado Spring’s Prospect Lake. It is a cool sight to see and the reflection of the balloons on a calm morning is spectacular.