Category Archives: Two-fisted Touristing

Excursions around the world, ideally with some musical seasoning.

The Broken Castle of Heidelberg

Before I visited I did not know that Heidelberg’s grand castle complex is actually a ruin. In 1689, after decades of warfare, the French army blew up and set fire to much of the castle so that no army may … Continue reading

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Landing in JFK …

… with the sun shining against a scratched up window. We were arriving in NYC. JFK airport was just below us. But we were clearly too high to land directly. The plane would circle out south of Long island over … Continue reading

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ALASKA – Harvard Glacier

We visited Harvard Glacier. Which is just left of Yale Glacier. And up from Vassar Glacier, Bryn Mawr Glacier, Smith Glacier… in College Fjord, Alaska. I’m not kidding. There is a College Fjord with about a half dozen glaciers named … Continue reading

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ALASKA – High Times, Low Tide, and Wild Life in Turnagain Arm

Mountain Vistas, Sweeping Inlets, and Alaskan Animals Turnagain Arm is a narrow branch of Cook Inlet, in the northwestern part of the Gulf of Alaska. It received its name when Captain Cook went down that way, sure he had found … Continue reading

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DENALI – THE HIGH ONE

Caribou, Moose and Bears, Oh My! and the Highest Mountain in North America! That bear at the top is a bit of a teaser. We’ll see him, and his bear companion, and just how close they got to us, later … Continue reading

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UP THE ALASKAN BUTTE

There’s a Butte, specifically the Bodenberg Butte, in Alaska. It sits north of Anchorage in the Mat-Su Valley, and it makes for a lovely, steep hike and a really good spot on top from which to get some spectacular views … Continue reading

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CENTRAL PARK SILHOUETTES

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Overcast Cherry Blossoms

Ed and I returned to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. It’s cherry blossom time. Last year the pandemic closed the gardens, and nobody except for BBG staff got to see the blossoms of the cherry esplanade bloom. This year the Sakura … Continue reading

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EIFFEL TOWER VIEWS

Making my way through the Great American Southwest posts took the focus off our 2018 trip to Paris. Much has been shared from that visit already, but there’s still more. And how could I have not yet included our trip … Continue reading

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EASTER KNICK-KNACK HUNT

A Game of Hide and Seek in Photos What I enjoy most about Easter is the hiding and seeking of treats. I best like hiding and having my loved ones do the seeking. It’s just Ed and me together today, … Continue reading

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Crocuses on the First Day of Spring

Ed and I visited the Brooklyn Botanic Garden yesterday, on the cool, sunny first day of Spring. The crocuses were in full bloom. Deeper into the gardens, the crocuses spectacularly blanket a particular hill.

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ALL OF THE GREAT AMERICAN WEST BLOG POSTS

All 26 Southwest USA Twofisted Touristing Posts Collected in One Spot OK, I can’t actually promise the full Great American West, that would basically be all of this: The area Ed and I toured August 2019, and from which the … Continue reading Continue reading

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MONUMENT VALLEY

Our final magnificent stop of the Great American West Tour Ed and I took the summer of 2019 was Monument Valley on Navajo land right at the border of southeastern Utah and northeastern Arizona. Certainly saved one of the best … Continue reading

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Canyon de Chelly

The most famous feature of Canyon de Chelly is Spider Rock, a 750 feet (229 m) tall sandstone spire. So I will start this blog post with it, even though it is not the first thing visitors entering Canyon de Chelly … Continue reading

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ARIZONA VISTAS

Continuing our August 2019 tour of the American West, after we left the grounds near the Petrified Forest Visitor Center, we drove on into the Petrified Forest National Park, a large national park in Eastern Arizona, with more petrified trees, … Continue reading

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PETRIFIED FOREST

If a tree falls in a forest 200 million years ago, can you hear it? Well, no, you probably will not hear it. But if the tree is carried away by flood waters, and quickly submerged in silt… … it … Continue reading

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