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WINE SAVVY: Pair summer with Sauvignon blanc

David’s article as prepared for the Duluth News Tribune for the column which ran on 6/8/2016: Sauvignon Blanc Few things compare to summer in Duluth. With sunlight extending from 5 a.m. to almost 10 p.m., the days hold so much promise. After winter, the warmth of the summer beckons us out of the house to enjoy the … Continue reading »

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WINE SAVVY: Learn the Grape Malbec

David’s article as prepared for the Duluth News Tribune for the column which ran on 3/16/2016: Learn the Grape Malbec In the 1980s, South American wine was dominated by Chilean products. Chile makes merlot, sauvignon blanc and cabernet sauvignon blends. They were and still are inexpensive and mostly one-dimensional, meaning the price might be their best quality. … Continue reading »

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Unravelled: Carrick Wines Pinot Noir

Continuing on with wines for Thanksgiving. (Ok I know Thaknsgiving is over but don’t we all have a bunch of leftovers still?) Just tried this Pinot last night. It was introduced to us in our monthly tasting kit subscription, Taste Explorer Wine Club, by Tasting Room and we knew right away it was one of … Continue reading »

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Morning Walk at Goose Island

Unlike Padre island which is a sandy barrier island, Goose island is surrounded by marshes, shallow bays and oyster beds. We spent two nights at Goose Island State Park and on our first morning we walked out to the fishing pier to meet the rising sun. (Click on the picture to see a larger view.)

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Padre Island National Seashore

At Padre Island National Seashore it costs $10 to enter for an entire week, you can camp on the beach and it is pet friendly.  Come take a walk with us.

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Broken down in Oklahoma

Travel isn’t without risks.  But few things are.  If you aren’t willing to take risks then you’ll never (enter any word you like here, such as start a business, see interesting places, love, eat, laugh and learn). Our trip hit a bit of a snag yesterday when we were about 10 miles onto the Will … Continue reading »

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Adventure Bound

About ten years ago, on the Travel Channel, there was a show called Adventure Bound with Alby Mangels.  Alby is the original Australian wild man.  He always seemed to be doing crazy things on land and sea.  His program was pure vicarious travel – and I loved it. Tomorrow Sara and I are off on … Continue reading »

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Solstice, Antarctica & Webcams

Summer solstice, 1995, I spent the night in Antarctica in an ice cave that I built with my fellow survival school classmates.  The policy was that if you were going to winter-over on the ice, you had to go to survival school.  You had to learn how to build an ice cave, how to start … Continue reading »

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Eating Through France on $31 a day?

Looking over the receipts from my trip to France last September I was surprised to find that eating in France wasn’t as expensive as I thought it might be. Three friends and I spent 10 days in France: 2 days in Paris and 8 days along the Canal du Midi on a rented canal boat. … Continue reading »

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Unlocking the Canal du Midi

If you plan on renting a boat on a French canal you’ll have the clear through some locks. Don’t worry it’s easy. Here we clear a double lock on the Canal du Midi in mid September 2011.

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