March 3, 2019

Sunday, February 3, 2019

The Hermitage Ranch

Bulverde, TX

“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both, long I stood…..”

Yes, my muse, Robert Frost, and I are at another one of those points in my life.

Perhaps, though, instead of ‘long I stood’ it would be more appropriate to say ‘long I stared….’

Because no matter how I’ve tried to continue, I just seem to keep staring at a blank page, trying to put into words the three days...

March 1, 2019

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Cape Town

South Africa

For two months I’ve been reading the bios and blogs of the retreatants, and praying over their photos, but today’s the day when we finally meet face to face. I only know two of them personally, Stewart, the President of SAMS, and Denise, Assistant Director. (

A third I know because I’ve been supporting her for the past two years. (In SAMS language I’m known as ‘a sender.’) But I’v...

February 25, 2019

Monday, February 25, 2019

Hilton Hotel

Frankfurt, Germany

Well, I debated about whether to post this blog, but finally decided. To be intellectually honest I need to share all the experiences...the good, the bad, and the ugly...or I might as well hang up my spurs. For those of you who are along for the ‘feel good”  ride, stop reading. This ain’t it.

Time-wise I'm writing in real time. It’s Monday in Frankfurt. What was supposed to be a day of rest. B...

February 22, 2019

Saturday, February 16th

Stellenbosch Area

South Africa

Today was a very full day. My driver, Wayne, picked me up at 8:00 and we headed east out of Cape Town.

Wayne is a very interesting person with a background almost as varied as mine, including some time with Outward Bound in various countries and now back to Cape Town with the “Mountain” tour service. The company name is actually in a South African language, but it translates to Mountain, because...

February 22, 2019

Friday - February 15, 2019

Cape Grace Hotel

Cape Town, South Africa

As I wrote the date and location (I'm writing this a week later calendar-wise) it still seems like a dream that I’m here.

Today (last Friday calendar time) I woke up late, threw open the doors onto the french balcony and just took in the beauty of God’s creation. I would be doing that a lot on this trip. I don’t know what I expected (Laurence of Arabia perhaps?) but South Africa as i...

February 14, 2019

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Cape Grace Hotel

Cape Town, South Africa

Yesterday and today have been “interesting.” In yesterday’s blog I talked about angels. The first part of the trip had two.

You’re going to hear a lot about the people I meet because that’s the majority of “events” that will happen on this trip. You’ll hear more about this a little later on in the blog as I share about the interesting (no quotes this time) young man I met at the hot...

February 12, 2019

2019-02-12 Tuesday

Frankfurt, Germany

Hilton Airport Hotel

Left The Hermitage Saturday morning. Gayle, my sister, and Jim, her husband, drove me to Houston where we spent the night at the Hilton Airport Garden Inn. Really enjoyed the time with them. In the last few years our relationship has really deepened, for which I’m thankful.

The next morning they left to go Museum hopping and I caught the shuttle to the airport. As usual, the flow didn’t go qu...

December 13, 2018

December 13, 2018

Bulverde, TX

The Hermitage Ranch

“Tis evening on the moorland free,

The starlit wave is still:

Home is the sailor from the sea,

The hunter from the hill.”

                                              A.E. Housman

Home safely and preparing for the Christmas and New Year holiday season makes this a wonderful time for me to reflec...

December 13, 2018

November 21, 2018

Hamburg, Frankfurt & Home

Leaving out of Hamburg we took the back roads again. And, as usual, I really enjoyed it.

Down the road we saw signs for the Duetsches Panzermuseum in Munster, so we made a detour to visit. The Museum is dedicated to the history of tank warfare and had models ranging from the first “tank” to the latest tanks, with representations of German, Russian and US models.

The museum would have been interesting on its...

December 10, 2018

November 19-20, 2018

Hamburg, Germany

Monday was cold and windy, but Minatur Wunderland beckoned, so we caught a cab to the old warehouse district where the Braun brothers have built “the world’s largest model railway.” To me the story of how it came to be is absolutely fascinating, but way too long to try to share, so if you’re interested visit Or if you’d like an overview of it, visit h...

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     ABOUT ME     

An 80 year old widower after 53 years of a wonderful marriage, I'm going to be off 'yonderin' " My adventures will be pretty much solo or with some friends who love to travel as much as I do. The original  plan was to revisit places Andrea and I loved, and to visit some places we just never got to see. But now circumstances have changed and I'm just waiting to experience the next exciting adventure the Lord takes me on.


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