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May 13, 2019

Yeah Right!

My reaction to a sign like that is to ask whether they are willing to give me an 87% refund if we don't see a bear.

I love the wording -- "Bear Viewing" -- hmm... that implies we can go to some secluded walkway deep in the forest and watch a bunch of bears w...

January 30, 2019

Angus said, “And after trying a dram o' every whiskey on Islay, that is exactly what he said was his favorite. The Port Charlotte. He said he loved the peaty whiskey. “So I told him that I could probably make it better for him. I picked up a bit of peat from a pea...

January 26, 2019

About my adventures hunting haggis in Islay, Scotland

May 8, 2018

Travelers often ask me: “Cruin, I know that going on tour with you is the most fantastic thing to do in Alaska, but after I've done that what else is there to do in Ketchikan, or in the rest of Alaska?” Alaska is a big place, and I have not done everything! In fa...

April 13, 2018

The trouble with finding a book that describes Alaska is that Alaska is just so vast! Alaska has whole different worlds in it. The interior is very different from the maritime life of SE Alaska, and the Aleutian chain is another world yet again.

March 1, 2018

Haggis eating: It will put hairs on yer broilleach

A Burn Supper can be full of tradition, pomp, and ceremony enough to put adults to sleep, never mind kids. I try to avoid these kinds of Burns Suppers. If forced to go, I try to disrupt them. I tell myself that this is...

January 27, 2018

OK this blog is supposed to be a sort of column of advice for travelers and tourists, but seeing as this is Burns Night, and I am going to a Burns Supper, and anyway, lots of tourists around the world end up at Burn's Suppers, I thought I had to at least do a wee bit o...

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