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Booking a stateroom for an Elbe River cruise excursion during a colorful October in Germany made my seasonal travels a complete success. The Elbe River extends through a part of Germany that I had yet to explore with Viking…
Added by Allan D. Kissam on January 24, 2018 at 7:29am — No Comments
Lounging by the pool and yacking it up can get old, so here is something untypical to do when killing an afternoon in Palm Springs, CA. Open to visitors is a real B-17 bomber from World War II with access throughout from the nose to the tail. This is one of the few displays that let people go inside…Continue
Added by Allan D. Kissam on May 30, 2016 at 5:22pm — No Comments
Between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara runs the US 101, alternating between rolling hills and stunning sea views. Family activities abound at a midpoint in Ventura County West, making for an excellent three day vacation close to the heart of Los Angeles. This area includes Camarillo, Oxnard, and Ventura.
Choose day trips between wine tasting, old airplanes, classic cars, or whale watching, just to name a few, as well as the tourist-friendly downtown shops and…
Like Barrie's character Peter Pan, I won't grow up. Presented with the natal cleft of the man ahead of me, I just had to snap a picture of it with my wine glasses. From the get-go my goal was to write this article, more as a joke than a tome on wine tasting. Then it became real as I got it into my nose.Continue
Added by Allan D. Kissam on January 2, 2015 at 8:48am — No Comments
Looking to the South from Remarkable Rocks, there was nothing between me and the southern ice cap but cold water. I had gone about as far as I could go… finally. From this point near the bottom of the world, I would go North, across the continent and transition from penguins to crocodiles. I was soon to board The Ghan, but fortunately it was no longer a camel…Continue
Added by Allan D. Kissam on September 15, 2014 at 3:24pm — No Comments
Have you considered what the old guy or lady down the street may have done in life beyond work at the supermarket? The people largely responsible for our freedoms are passing away. This June is the 70th anniversary of the World War II invasion of occupied France, known as D-Day.…
Added by Allan D. Kissam on May 1, 2014 at 5:39pm — No Comments
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By Allan D. Kissam and Richard W. Kissam
This is a true story of a death at sea. It is a story of weekend sailors and the US Coast Guard.
My father, Richard, was an experienced sailor. He studied sailing and boats, practiced maneuvers, and for years he sailed his sailboat around southern California. His long distance trips had included being crew on a Tahiti bound sailboat. He was better than most for seamanship skills.
He got the first boat in 1958, a 28-foot…Continue
Added by Allan D. Kissam on April 19, 2014 at 4:31pm — No Comments
The famed El Cid battled the Moorish invaders in the area around Valencia during the Middle Ages of Spain. Unless El Cid held dinner parties with the remaining Moors, it is unlikely that he enjoyed Valencian seafood paella because its origins in Spain developed later from the Moors influences on cooking with rice.
Added by Allan D. Kissam on November 16, 2013 at 5:15pm — No Comments
My playmate’s father walked with a stiff leg from the D-Day invasion of World War II. At the age of seven, we all knew the basics of what this meant – we also knew older kids still without fathers. We boys all talked about what our fathers had done in the recent war. Knowing these men puts faces on the deeds they did as exhibited by the National…Continue
Added by Allan D. Kissam on March 4, 2013 at 9:37am — No Comments
I went to one of the top 1,000 places to see before dying. As I keep coming back, there are probably still 999 to go. Seeing the San Juan Islands of Washington automatically includes memorable activities such as sighting eagles, fishing, crabbing, beach walking, nature parks, sailing, kayaking… you get the idea. What I like to do in the San Juan Islands is take a boat out of Bellingham. Once underway, I skipper myself into a nirvana harbor. I will list here several such harbors that induce…Continue
A visit to Seattle, Washington, can be a great short vacation. A beautiful urban mere, Lake Washington and surrounding waterways are a unique experience for travelers. I have previously written on how to take a car up to Anacortes for the day trip by ferry to Friday Harbor, transiting en route through the scenic San Juan Islands.…Continue
Added by Allan D. Kissam on August 14, 2011 at 11:33am — No Comments
OK, this will border on being a relationship advice column. Those who know me will say that I am the last person to ask for advice. I respond that every dog has its day.
I have discovered the perfect gift for your special person. If this can't get you out of the doghouse, then it is over.
Near Buellton, at Highway 246 off the famous California Highway 101, is a road going into the beautiful La Purisima Hills. At the top lives a persevering woman that established from…
Added by Allan D. Kissam on February 27, 2011 at 4:21pm — No Comments
How can I explain this title to those under 55? Charlie Don’t Surf is a great line from the film Apocalypse Now about the Viet Nam War; Colonel Kilgore answering a soldier as to why they need to take a point of land with a great surf break and risk lives – all to satisfy the surfing-quest ego of the Colonel. A more recognizable line from the film is “I love the smell of napalm in the morning.” Politics for my…Continue
Added by Allan D. Kissam on August 25, 2010 at 5:00pm — No Comments
Once again, I am on the road and looking for interesting things to do while participating in wine tasting (good activity) and less enjoyable shopping. I am in a sort of time warp of suburban Seattle across Lake Washington. This is Woodinville, next to Redmond where Microsoft lives. Back in the 80’s I lived around here. What a change, but life marches on and I just try to keep up these days.
Woodinville is getting big into wine tasting at traditional wineries and…Continue
Added by Allan D. Kissam on July 28, 2010 at 11:00pm — No Comments
Landing in Portland, Maine, I quickly stopped wondering if this would be another shopping and stuff-your-face vacation. I was happy to note boats, sloughs, masts, traps, seafood signs, varnished wooden spars, and sea smells…back in my personal natural element on the Maine coast. …
Added by Allan D. Kissam on June 27, 2010 at 11:57pm — No Comments