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Most-used smartphone travel apps

August 31st, 2014 · Comments Off

I’m just finishing up a driving trip in Germany, and my #1 indespensible app has to be my navigation app. I just cannot imagine driving around a foreign-language country without it. I have a year of German under my belt, but I still cannot understand all the road signs, the exits can be confusing, and […]

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Planning a trip

May 7th, 2014 · Comments Off

A novice traveler on Reddit was nervous about planning their upcoming trip, and asking for general trip planning advice. I thought I came up with some good advice: There’s no one way to do it. Everybody has their balance of how much they like to plan in advance and how much they want to be […]

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Things to do in New York City “off the beaten path”

August 5th, 2013 · Comments Off

For some reason, people on Reddit always want to know what to do that’s “off the beaten path” or “not the usual tourist things”. Well, frankly, the “usual tourist things” in New York are pretty awesome. But, here are some things that might be considered “off the beaten path” that I enjoyed during my time […]

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Three short US travel getaways

April 22nd, 2013 · Comments Off

A question was posed on Reddit: How can I use my Southwest Airlines Frequent Flier miles to enjoy a modest but relaxing US-based vacation? I came up with this answer. All are cities that Southwest flies to: Suggestion 1: Sanibel/Captiva Fly to Ft Meyers, Florida. Rent a car and drive to Sanibel/Captiva Island (about an […]

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Things to do in Cape Cod

October 12th, 2012 · Comments Off

Ice cream. Lots of great ice creameries. Most are probably closed in October. Lots of historic houses, windmills, lighthouses, mills to visit. Probably mostly closed in October, but you can visit the grounds. The walk out to Race Point Lighthouse is beautiful; do this at low tide. Fairly strenuous. World-class bicycle trails. Awesomeness on two […]

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Accuracy of the Wintec WBT-201 GPS logger in different conditions

September 5th, 2012 · Comments Off

I can say that the Wintec G-Rays WBT-201 has worked with my iMac and MacBook Air, reliably and consistently, for over a year. It claims to operate for up to 8 hours, and I think that’s about right. I sync the .gpx file with my Mac using the free Houdah GPS software. Here are some […]

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Tags: Photo Gear · Photography (writing) · Travel

Rally for Sanity

October 30th, 2010 · Comments Off

We flew to BWI, took a bus and a train to DC, to attend Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity. We walked from L’Enfant Plaza to Gallery Place, squeezing through masses of people. Then we flew home on the same day. More photos on Flickr.

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Tags: Family · Travel

Family Vacation: Wyoming, Yellowstone, Salt Lake City

July 6th, 2010 · Comments Off

Wyoming and Yellowstone National P ark; Salt Lake City Day 1: Wed 6/23/10: PVD to SLC to Rock Springs, WY: Flew all morning via Southwest, arrived in SLC around 10 AM. Called Acess RV to pick us up at the airport and we were introduced to our 23-foot motorhome, which was to be our home […]

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Tags: Family · Family Vacations

Sun, it rises

February 21st, 2010 · Comments Off

Sun, it rises from Kenneth Zirkel on Vimeo.

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Tags: Lighthouses

New Jersey coastal lighthouse trip

October 16th, 2009 · Comments Off

I found myself headed for the in-laws house over Columbus Day weekend; they live in Nassau County, Long Island. My wife agreed to let me take an overnight lighthouse trip, and I decided that, starting from Nassau County, a tour of coastal New Jersey lights would be just the ticket. My timeframe was short: just […]

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Tags: Lighthouses · Photography · Trip Reports