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The Lovable Laundromat: Stale Sweat, Fermented Diapers, Sour Milk, and Fabric...

"Clean clothes make you socially acceptable" ~ Scientific American Ah, yes, the good old laundromat. When I was young it seemed there was one in every a...

3 Cheers for Fish and Chips

Fish and chips are good companions — Winston Churchill Now here is a topic dear to my heart. When I was a wiry young fellow,...

How to Survive Quicksand in 9 Easy Steps

Last month I was in the lovely town of Grange-Over-Sands, Cumbria just south of the Lake District in England. This is an outstandingly beautiful...

Journey By Virgin

I started to write this a few days ago at the rail station in Lancaster, in the north of England. I was waiting for...

What about Hotel Shampoo?

Now here's a practical subject. We've all noticed those wee bottles of shampoo in our hotel rooms. There's soap too, of course, and often...

Coffee, Glorious Coffee!

No matter where I roam -- from the wild Yukon, to the jungles of Guatemala, to the  teeming backstreets of Hong Kong, at about...

Crater Lake…at $74 a night!

Twenty-five years ago I took our daughter, Sonya, on a trip in our old Chevy campervan to Crater Lake, in Southern Oregon. We were...

What about the Gypsies?

Here today, up and off to somewhere else tomorrow! Travel, change, interest, excitement! The whole world before you... ~Mr. Toad, Wind in the Willows Ever since...

Air Rage: “Would You Bloody Shut Up!”

Blood, like water, boils quickly at altitude. There are several types of what sociologists call travel-rage. “Road rage” is best-known, of course, and most of...

To Yosemite…AND BEYOND!

In the summer of 1971 Cynthia and  I hit the road in our red '65 Beetle. We meandered our way across the continent, from...