Gear We Like: Loutytuo Travel Kettle

We bought a Loutytuo travel kettle back in 2021 as part of the kit for our month-long road trip across the country from Charleston, SC to Seattle. We’re usually up before 5am and enjoy a hot beverage right away. The kettle allowed us to make coffee or tea at will in the various hotel rooms…

Echo Camp, Antarctica

We first visited Antarctica aboard the National Geographic Endurance in late 2022 and loved the raw beauty of the snow-covered wilderness, with fantastically-shaped icebergs and rugged mountains soaring upwards from land and sea. The wildlife was exceptional as well, but it was the scenery that really drew us in. We knew we’d be back, but…

Kruger National Park

World-famous Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves on the African continent, encompassing nearly 4.9 million acres (2 million ha). The park also is home to among the widest diversity of large mammals in the world, including the lion, leopard, cheetah, hippopotamus, rhinoceros, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, antelope, and wildebeest. We very…

My Song

I just want to liveto enjoy my life’s songSpring soon turns to winterlife’s really not that longMany live to own thingsI’ve always thought that wrongI’m attached to livingand singing my life’s songListen not to othersYour life is yours aloneFollow your…

My Song

I just want to liveto enjoy my life’s songSpring soon turns to winterlife’s really not that longMany live to own thingsI’ve always thought that wrongI’m attached to livingand singing my life’s songListen not to othersYour life is yours aloneFollow your…

Doha, Qatar

Doha, the capitol of oil-rich Qatar, is a fast-growing and dynamic city with a spectacular, constantly-evolving skyline. The Qatari government, in an effort to diversify the economy away from oil and gas sector and encourage tourism and business investments, is investing heavily in world-class infrastructure and modernization. The country has burst onto the world stage…

The Move

“Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.” –Author Unknown

We made the decision to move our dirt domicile to Lewisburg, PA last fall, but knew we wouldn’t move our things there until after Christmas. Weather kept us patiently waiting in January, but while we enjoyed our morning coffee on February 2 we decided it was time. The forecast for the coming week looked perfect…sunny and warmer weather in Pennsylvania. Stan had already spoken to the U-Haul place in Rockport about renting a truck so after breakfast he went and picked up a 26′ truck. 

Our climate controlled storage unit was in Victoria so the rest of our day was spent driving to and from Victoria and loading everything we own into the truck. We’re proud to say we loaded everything by ourselves. Not too bad for a couple of old people. On our way back to Rockport we picked up a car carrier. By dark we were loaded and ready to head north. 
The empty U-Haul
Our storage unit
Part way to a full U-Haul
Taking a break
All loaded
Our empty unit…so happy to have our stuff back.
Loaded and ready to go
We waited for the cold front to move through our area and get past Houston before we headed out. The U-Haul was pretty comfortable although it was a little bumpy. We left on Saturday and arrived at our house early in the afternoon on Monday. It was nice to park the U-Haul and be able to use our car again. We spent our first two nights with our family in Bloomsburg. It felt wonderful being back. 

On our way
Unloading the truck was a bigger job since we had to carry things further and some of the larger items had to go up stairs. I was grateful that Kyle had the morning off and helped us. I know we couldn’t have done it without him. By February 7 we were sleeping in our new home and by Friday we were mostly unpacked. Hanging pictures took a little longer. We still have work to do and things we need to buy to truly make it feel like home, but we’ll enjoy that process later in the spring. 

The first week in Pennsylvania was warm and beautiful. The second week we had snow…lots of snow. It really made everything look pretty. We were so glad we were there to see it.

We had lots of these little snowdrops and crocuses along our carport. 

One of my favorite things to have back are my mid century martini glasses. I call these snowtinis….a martini with a snowball.

The Lewisburg Farmers Market is just a few blocks from our house. They offer wonderful things for sale every Wednesday year round. 

We celebrated Valentine’s Day at a little restaurant downtown called Elizabeth’s. Great food and atmosphere. It even started snowing while we were there.

Stan had the grilled spring cress trout and I had the Bistro Cavatelli. 
One Saturday we went to the Rusty Rail Brewing Co for lunch. We lucked out and enjoyed a craft show they were holding on the second floor.

The grands are already enjoying our new home. It’s going to be fun being so close to them.

The Move

“Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.” –Author Unknown

We made the decision to move our dirt domicile to Lewisburg last fall and knew we’d move our things there after Christmas. Weather kept us patiently waiting in January, but while we enjoyed our morning coffee on February 2 we decided it was time. The forecast for the coming week looked perfect…sunny and warmer weather in Pennsylvania. Stan had already spoken to the U-Haul place in Rockport about renting a truck so after breakfast he went and picked up a 26′ truck. 

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On Board the Aqua Nera

Launched in 2020, the Aqua Nera is the newest by a decade of the roughly half-dozen commercial river boats that cruise the Peruvian Amazon River. The ship is operated by Aqua Expeditions, who have branched out from their beginnings on the Amazon River to operate small-boat cruises in the Galapagos, Indonesia, and the Mekong River….

Vinyl Ceiling Removed

 It was a little more difficult removing the vinyl than we had expected. Glued up with 3M 5200! Anyway they are down. I must say, the boats are well built. Good beefy stringers support the deck above. All nicely glassed in.