More Southwest Parks – Oct 2016

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Bryce Canyon National Park

This driving trip of the southwest started out as a planned visit to Las Vegas NV for the Conservation Lands Foundation’s Friends Grassroots Network Rendezvous (big name for a gathering of conservation minded folks; we were there representing the Friends of the San Pedro River). It soon turned into a chance to see more national parks and monuments in Arizona, Nevada, and Utah – not to mention visiting cousins Bob and Pam Deichmeister in Prescott, AZ.

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Arizona & Utah National Parks – Sept 2016

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, view from the Visitors' Center
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, view from the Visitors’ Center

In September 2016 we embarked on a week-long driving tour of northern Arizona and southern Utah, joined by our friends Mark & Joanne Guralnick from Brooklyn, NY. While Liza and Joanne worked out all the accommodations, Robert was the daily trip planner (with the help of Arizona Highways and Highroads magazines), with a focus on national parks and monuments. Continue reading Arizona & Utah National Parks – Sept 2016

Big Bend NP and More – August 2016

20160821_104225In August, Liza needed to be in Dallas to see family, so we took the opportunity to visit, at long last, Big Bend National Park in Texas. It’s not exactly a quick stop off the interstate, you have to want to go there, but it is certainly worth the effort. It was a bit silly to have only one full day there, but this was more or less a scouting trip, and we’re definitely going back!

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Spain – Apr/May 2016

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The Osborne bull

We’d wanted to return to Spain since our 2009 biking adventure there, and finally made it back this April. This trip combined a number of activities – birding in Extremadura (west and southwest of Madrid), cycling, seeing the sights in Madrid and Barcelona, a few days in the quieter city of Girona, and a drive on the Costa Brava.

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Cleveland Weekend, May 2015

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On the trail at Shaker Lakes, Cleveland

We have wanted to visit Cleveland for awhile, ever since we heard they had the largest Slovenian population outside of Slovenia.  In mid-May we had our chance, and were very happy to visit for the graduation of Richard Wanerman from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.  (Richard’s father Rob and Robert are second cousins; their grandfathers Julius Farber and Mark [Farber] Markoff (he changed his name) were brothers.)   Continue reading Cleveland Weekend, May 2015

Bhutan – Apr/May 2015

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Great Hornbill

Bhutan was on our bucket list for some time – east of Nepal, squished between China and India, it is a country of Gross National Happiness, Himalayan beauty, unspoiled forests, and – most importantly for us – it is a birder’s paradise.  In April/May of 2015 we joined Victor Emanuel Nature Tours for a 3+ week “trip of a lifetime”.
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…cycling, birding, and more