Travel Sights and Souvenirs: Ferns

The silver fern is one of the unofficial symbols of New Zealand.

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The silvery white underside of a silver fern frond. Otari-Wilton’s Bush, Wellington, NZ

This tree-fern is endemic to New Zealand. The name comes from the silvery white color of the leaves’ undersides.

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Could Have Left

On my second day in Split, Croatia, I went to the park that both my guidebook and the Air BnB host recommended.

A trail running along the paved road at the North side of the park was just a few yards into the pine trees, only a little relief from the heat of the day or the late Saturday morning street traffic. Still, I was the only person on the trail at first. Continue reading “Could Have Left”

Light Packing Not Just for Iceland. Part 2 of 2

This is a continuation of my previous post in which I list garments and footwear that I’d pack into a commuter backpack or on my person for a short trip, for instance, to Iceland.  Why Iceland?  Well, first, I just went there a few weeks ago and still remember; second, to make a point that it is possible to visit a somewhat cold place comfortably and pack lightly; third, Continue reading “Light Packing Not Just for Iceland. Part 2 of 2”

Light Packing Not Just for Iceland. Part 1 of 2

Four years ago I read an online essay about a young couple who travelled in Southern Europe for three summer weeks without any luggage.  Not even a carry on.   They carried smartphones, passports, credit cards, and (I hope) toothbrushes in pockets (man) and a small crossbody handbag (woman).  No other bags.  They washed the clothes they wore in sinks and dried them overnight whenever that became necessary.  I can’t find the link right now; if any of my readers have it, please send it my way, and I’ll update.

Maybe not the most conventional/ sanitary approach, but I was impressed and inspired.  Just imagine the freedom Continue reading “Light Packing Not Just for Iceland. Part 1 of 2”

Good Mornings, Battleship, Mules

As with most of my semi epic adventures, I went pretty far considering I didn’t bring enough food or water.  (“Semi epic” is used loosely here: I know a young lady who celebrated her 10th birthday on Mt. Kilimanjaro having hiked up there.  That’s epic.  Semi epic being approximately half of that…  Right.)

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