BLM DC 2020

” … with liberty and justice for all.” With yet another murder captured on video, the name of George Floyd joined a long list of public executions committed by the police against the citizens to whom they supposedly protect. On May 25, 2020, a handcuffed Mr. Floyd died as a Minneapolis police office knelt on […]

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Spring in the Blue Ridge

“Her feet is so warmThey can melt the snow in the early springShe is my everything’ John Prine Springs arrives a bit later in the Blue Ridge Mountains compared to the surrounding lower elevations. Down below, the new green leaves and accompanying blossoms have been on display for a few weeks. At 3,000 feet, the […]

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All the Snow

“All the snow has turned to waterChristmas days have come and goneBroken toys and faded colorsAre all that’s left to linger on” John Prine As winter staged a last minute rally, temperatures dropped below freezing during the night and the morning light exposed an inch or two of snow, decorating the blossoming flowers in Blue […]

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Alternative Reality

“There’s no place like home.” Dorothy After driving for twenty minutes, you can reach the closest fast food restaurant. Double that time and you can find a supermarket. Double the travel time again, and in the old days, like last week, you could have boarded a flight to six different destinations, God willing and if […]

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The Streets of Santiago

“Don’t cry because it’s over,  smile because it happened.” Dr. Seuss Despite the protests and political unrest, Santiago remains impressive and safe. A clean and sprawling city, houses forty percent of Chile’s population. Seven million live in a large bowl shaped valley, surrounded by the Chilean Coastal Range to the west and by the massive […]

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Chilean Protests

“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.” Martin Luther King, Jr.   On October 7, 2019 a small group of students gathered in downtown Santiago to protest a 30 peso increase […]

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Return to Chile

Three years later, we returned to Chile, where our western adventure had ended in December of 2016. Having traveled along the eastern coast of South America, to Antarctica, to Cape Horn and up the western coast, we have completed a travel path of the South American continent. A prearranged tour allowed us to disembark the […]

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The Coral Princess

“Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing, only a signal shown, and a distant voice in the darkness; So on the ocean of life, we pass and speak one another, only a look and a voice, then darkness again and a silence.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow This post serves as the […]

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New Year’s Day 2020

“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.” Benjamin Franklin The Coral departed Ushuaia mid afternoon on New Year’s Eve Day.  On the way out, we passed a tour boat, much like the one who guided us earlier in the day, as […]

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The End of the World

““Fin del mundo.”  Ushuaia motto The town of Ushuaia occupies a small spit of Argentinian land in the Tierra del Fuego,  south of the foot of Andes mountains and north of the Beagle Channel. Continuing south other than a small section of unoccupied Chile and the ocean, you will hit the ices of Antarctica. Ushuaia […]

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