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Appomattox Court House and Shenandoah National Park

We’d barely finished our “Easter eggs Benedict” and put away the chocolate wrappers littering the den area rug when the 5 of us loaded up in my car to head up I-85 north for a Spring Break road trip of national parks in Virginia and the Carolinas. We were still […]

our last day on Maui: SNUBA and a luau

Sunday morning, we boarded the Four Winds II charter boat for some snorkeling and snuba, heading out into the water toward the Molokini crater awaiting our exploration.  Sadly, the wind was such that the “weather permitting” caveat for that excursion meant we diverted to the Coral Gardens location, but we […]

Day 4 of our week on Maui: learning to surf!

We awoke early on Saturday for eggs at Betty’s Beach Cafe and reported to Goofy Foot Surf School by 9am. Brothers Keith and Nick were our instructors, with one teaching my youngest (who’s 7) and the rest of us with his brother.  After some instruction on the beach, we went […]

Day 3 of our week on Maui: Haleakala sunrise and Big Beach

We arose at 4:20am, quickly donned winter coats, and headed out for the winding uphill climb to Haleakala Observatory. We parked the car at 5:30am and walked to the observation tower; it was 20-something degrees outside and windy, but we were determined to experience the famous Haleakala sunrise. Unfortunately, the […]

Day 2 of our week on Maui: black sands and the Upcountry

We awoke early and watched the sunrise from our lanai in Hana and then headed counterclockwise along the road we’d followed the day before (since construction prohibited our continuing clockwise as we’d planned). On the way, we stopped to check out the black sand beach at Waianapanapa State Park–another phenomenon […]

“The Middle-Aged Man and the Sea” – a weekend in Key West

This springtime’s “where’m I gonna use my Delta companion pass this year” question was easy to answer.  Since going to Shakespeare & Company bookstore in Paris last June and to Ketchum, Idaho last fall, I’ve been a voracious Hemingway reader–both of his works and of the biographies about his adventures.  […]

the road to Hana on Maui

We landed Tuesday evening at Kahului airport, took the shuttle to Avis, and drove our Ford Explorer to Mama’s Fish House for dinner before sleeping at its inn.  Our kids’ Christmas present was finally beginning. I had the “traditional Hawaiian” meal for dinner, and the smoked wild boar was the […]

back in New Orleans for Mardi Gras 2018

My 10th Mardi Gras trip began on Wednesday, just 3 days after I flew home from my 22nd trip to New Orleans while there for the Dad 2.0 Summit.  While staying for the days in between would have been fun, my law practice and my health demanded that I spend […]

the 2018 Dad 2.0 Summit in New Orleans

My 7th Dad 2.0 Summit took just shy of an act of Congress to attend, as we had a mandatory drill weekend from Friday to Sunday, and I needed a 2-star general’s approval to miss it.  But I couldn’t miss my favorite conference in my favorite city (my 22nd trip!) […]