Friday, December 30, 2011

History and Thin Ice

At the front of the picture, under the trees, is thin ice.  A penguins dream, fun to slide on but not to thick.  Beyond that is the documentary history of the United States, the National Archives.  This was taken from the Hirshorn Museum of Art - one of the best views in the City.


Monday, December 26, 2011

LA is a great big subway . . . actually it is a nice system. Reasonably clean and efficient and avoids the traffic. It needs about 10 times as many lines and stations. 

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Ho! Ho! Ho!

Merry Christmas!
2011 was a great year.  We traveled to lots of interesting places, ate well, lived well and had a lot of fun.  May 2012 be just as amazing!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

I wonder

I wonder if the horses watch them selves on the TV monitor, or on the live animation?  The screens have changed the nature of watching a horse race, for Keenland in Lexington Kentucky it has only been a little over a decade since they added a live announcer to the races, and to go from there to live video is quite a jump.  So, if you were the horse, would you want to watch?  I wonder if they say, the camera really adds a 100 pounds?

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Fashion Inspiration

How to you think I would look in something like this?  You have to admit, we penguins tend to be a bit reserved in our fashion sense.  Should we venture into more color?  I think not, it is a bit ostentatious, black and white are the new peacock blue.

Friday, December 09, 2011

Chicks on the beach

We winter birds don't often get to chase chicks on the beach, and when we do we have to watch out for the ice.  So it was a novelty in Florida to be able to admire and chase this little sweetie down the sand.  My but she was fast, every time I got close, she would dart ahead like I was going to steal her krill if I got to close.


Wednesday, December 07, 2011

A Very Good Reason

First and foremost among the reasons that penguins do not swim in Florida swamps, is the alligators.  Gators have more teeth then a dental hygienist and live to do two things, eat and make little gators.  If you get between an expectant momma gator and her eggs, she won't protest, she will devour you.  Look all you want, you won't find any penguins living in Florida swamps, and old big mouth is the reason why.


Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Semi Tropical Birds

We recently spent a week in Florida and along the way we encountered several birds, odd birds, the kind that fly without airplanes.  This one was successfully avoiding being lunch for an alligator, while looking for lunch in the Merritt Island National Wildlife Preserve. 

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Where to in 2012?

Planning is well underway for the 2012 travel season.  Confirmed are Philly, New Orleans, Lexington, KY, Cadiz, KY(the middle of nowhere,) Chicago and Jacksonville, FL. The list of possible but not confirmed, currently includes Seattle and Denver.  And, we need to figure out a summer vacation.  A nice quite get away week.  Any suggestions?