Category Archives: Travel Bob

Dancing with La Muerta

It’s hard to believe the concrete chaos of Mexico City was once a large system of lakes and canals. At Xochimilco, it’s possible to get a taste of what things once were. Trajineras, boats reminiscent of Venetian gondolas, line the … Continue reading

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Pyramid of the Sun

Emma snapped this photo of me and Lara at the base of the Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan.

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Dia de Los Muertos

“Only against death does man cry out in vain.”  — Malcolm Lowry Anita seemed perplexed. Lara, Emma and I were all standing in the middle of San Gregorio Cemetery with tears streaming down our cheeks. It was all so beautiful. … Continue reading

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Monster cars in Mexico City

At first I thought it was my imagination. Too much Day of the Dead. A car swirling around El Ángel on Mexico City’s Paseo de la Reforma had a distinctly dead look. Then another one. A VW Bug this time. And … Continue reading

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Following Steinbeck and Charley

Fifty years ago, John Steinbeck and his poodle, Charlie, set off on a trip across America. The journey resulted in “Travels with Charley,” one of my favorite road trip books. Pittsburgh-based writer Bill Steigerwald is about to retrace Steinbeck’s journey … Continue reading

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Tipping the quaich

jim_tom_quaich.jpg Originally uploaded by Suffering the Benz Tom sips Scotch from a quaich while he, Jim (right) and Jenny regale us with tales from their recent trip to Scotland. I’ve always been fascinated by Scotland and it’s high on my … Continue reading

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Paddles with manatees

As I paddled up Crystal Spring, I was trying to convince myself that even if I didn’t see any manatees, it still was worth the trip. The weather was perfect. The water was calm and clear. My kayak already was … Continue reading

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Hiking in Ocala National Forest

I fled to Florida with the idea of spending a lot of time on the water, but winds and cold temperatures combined to limit my paddling opportunities. So I decided to try hiking the Ocala National Forest. I drove to … Continue reading

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Return to Silver Springs

I heard them long before I spotted them. After scanning the shoreline for a few moments, I saw furtive movements. About 20 rhesus monkeys were along the shoreline. Their shrieking stopped when they saw me, but after they realized I … Continue reading

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Blues cruise?

I’ve never been on a cruise, but this one in October is seriously tempting. Bryan Lee is amazing. Never been to Honduras or Belize. And it’s an excuse to go to New Orleans to hop on the boat. Who’s in?

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