This is primarily a travel blog in which I write about traveling in our motorhome. Our travels have

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I began this blog as a vehicle for reporting on a 47-day trip made by my wife and me in our motorhome down to the Yucatan Peninsula and back. I continued writing about our post-Yucatan travels and gradually began including non-travel related topics. I often rant about things that piss me off, such as gun violence, fracking, healthcare, education, and anything else that pushes my button. I have a photography gallery on my Smugmug site (

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The Russian Connection?

Since I began my blog in December of 2011 I have had a total of 83,047 hits (pageviews) as of today, December 20, 2016. That’s an overall average of about 16,609 a year or 45 per day. Those page views came mostly from the United States, Russia, Canada, China, Mexico, France, Germany, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and Poland, in that order of frequency. There have been a smattering of pageviews from Hungary, Turkey, Brazil, India, Thailand, and Indonesia.

But why so many pageviews from Russia? There have been 1,625 pageviews from Russia in the past 30 days with half of those, 833, being in the past 7 days alone. An average of 54 per day during that time. There have been 60 pageviews so far today. What is it about my blog that seems to attract so many Russian readers? I have written nothing about Russia or Russians in any posting. I don’t believe I have even mentioned Russia or Russians anywhere in my blog over the past 5 years. Perhaps if I appeal directly to those Russian readers they will leave comments as to why they read my blog. I would really like to know. What is it that attracts you to my blog? In the interest of world peace and harmony I would be most interested in finding out. Thank you.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Draining the Swamp?

Donald Trump’s candidacy for president started out as a joke. The joke's on me now but it is certainly no laughing matter. What should we expect over the next four years? Who knows? Me? I’m reserving my take on Donald Trump’s coming presidency for a while longer. I actually don’t believe anyone can predict what he may or may not do. We can only wait and see what happens. If he has some good people around him and LISTENS to them, maybe things will be OK. If, instead, he listens to his ego and calls some head of state a dick head, then I just don’t know. He must put the reputation of our country ahead of his enormous ego and eat some words occasionally, even though he would much rather tweet something questionable.

One of Trump’s campaign slogans, “Drain the swamp,” implied that Washington needed a good house cleaning, with which I agree. However, the voters, even those who voted for Trump, failed to drain the swamp when they reelected the same old do nothing Representatives and Senators. But even if Washington was purged of “politicians,” it wouldn’t be long before the replacements became politicians and refilled the swamp. Playing the political game is how people stay in Washington. Don’t play and you lose the game. It’s almost damned if you do and damned if you don’t.