On the Minister’s Creek Hikes

We had planned to stay at Allegheny National Park for three nights. Our arrival was later than expected, so there wasn't much time to hike Friday. We wandered around the camp area and explored a little before going to sleep. Kenobi wasn't fond of the tent. He examined it as he does everything. Our first... Continue Reading →

Day One at the Falls

Our first day out, we walked to Niagara Falls National Park. It's about an eight-minute walk from the Hanover House. We wandered the entire walking trail on the U.S. Side. Not much of a hike, but a really nice walk. We started around Goat Island, ventured out across Three Sister's Islands and back, and continued... Continue Reading →

Driving to Niagara Falls

We got a late start. On the way we encountered road work, accidents (One so bad a car was overturned.), sudden downpours that reduced visibility to what seemed to be one foot, a tornado warning, and NYC rush hour. Google maps estimated time of trip was just under seven hours. We left at 5:00 pm.... Continue Reading →


Tomorrow is the big day! We sitting around waiting for the movers to call and arrive. Painful. The apartment is a mess. This was the most difficult move I've ever made, and I've done a lot of moving. It's not just gathering everything up to take to a new home. There is a garbage pile... Continue Reading →

Happy Anniversary!

As of yesterday, Kenobi and I have been together for one year. It's been quite a year with paw cuts, allergic reactions, new territory, many friends, and a couple not-so-friendly encounters, but overall a wonderful year with happiness and warmth. Kenobi makes friends everywhere he goes, and people are always asking to pet him. Small... Continue Reading →

Camping with Kenobi

I'm not a camper. The last time I camped was in Japan at a non-threatening, non-wooded area with an experienced camper who seemed to be going way overboard for the particular situation. I am interested in camping and relish the idea of being surrounded by nature and few humans. I've been in NYC constantly since... Continue Reading →


Examining the maps, deciding how far to go each day, what to see and do, where to sleep, food . . . When will I do laundry? How much clothing to pack, locations of laundries, the price (coin vs. card), only the necessities, please. I like to travel light. But that's not complicated, really. No... Continue Reading →

Fifty Sites in 60 Days

I'm an English teacher. I work at a low-income, high-poverty high school in the Bronx. It's be a special year with ongoing fights, property damage and theft, screaming and yelling--your basic school violence. Summer cannot come fast enough. When it does, Kenobi and I are outta here--so long NYC! See you in the fall. On... Continue Reading →

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