New Zealand by Caravan

The Greens of Summer

“The greens of summers.  Makes you think all the world’s a sunny day…”  Paul Simon

We will spend the next 21 days driving in a caravan, from Auckland, New Zealand in the far north to Christchurch on the South Island.  We had read renting a motor home is the best way to see this beautiful country, with a photograph waiting around every turn.  Our reality was a bit different. Continue reading

Along the Road to Machu Picchu, Peru

Traditional Peruvian lady in Chinchero, Peru

Traditional Peruvian lady in Chinchero, Peru

Many who travel to Machu Picchu are doing so as a bucket list item.  They rush to Machu Picchu and see little else along the way after landing in Cusco, Peru.  We were simply visiting to help fill the three-week void we had between one cruise terminating near Valparaiso, Chile and the next cruise departing from Lima, Peru.  It was the less desirable rainy season.  Like the Leaning Tower of Pisa or the Louvre Museum, if you are in the area of world-renowned sites, they are must-see attractions.  Machu Picchu is one of them. Continue reading

Sedona, Arizona

Schnebly Pools

Sedona was our first extended stay since returning from six months in Europe.  Driving across the country from the ship’s port in Fort Lauderdale to Northern California can wear a person down.  Clearly it is better than sitting in a cubical struggling with a company budget on a cold, windy Chicago day, but the travel can get a bit old.  We do our best to find fun places to visit along the way such as Graceland, but three weeks in Sedona, not having to move suitcases or learn new appliances and shower workings, was a welcome relief. Continue reading