About Pat

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  • Biography: Retired. Have time for the things I love: travel, my cat, reading, good food, travel, genealogy, walking, and of course travel.

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2020 COMBO SMACK FROM HELL

Posted by Pat on January 28, 2021 in Travel |

If the grand entrance of Covid-19 in the early weeks of 2020 didn’t prove Robert Burns correct, that “the best laid schemes o’mice an’ men” often go awry,” I don’t know what would. Covid would initiate the longest expanse of nontravel I have experienced in decades. Being socially responsible and just NOT wanting to let something like a virus take me, I have remained home. My Travel Calendar has never been this blank. My computer has taken a beating but my genealogy research has soared.

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Creating a Travel Podcast

Posted by Pat on April 25, 2020 in Travel |

Creating podcasts came from my desire to decrease the weight of paper and guide books and increase my information and enjoyment while traveling. My first podcast, Poland, also came about because I was well aware that I would never be able to pronounce the names of streets nor ask directions because of my total ignorance of […]

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Utsjoki, Lapland – Northern Finland

Posted by Pat on December 8, 2019 in Travel |

5-6 December 2019 Thursday – feeling surprisingly good for being dragged 50’ by a pack of huskies We meet this morning at 9:30, just at the dawn of civil twilight. The southeastern sky is a palette of pinks, reds and golds. The terrain is white as far as I can see. Trees are sculpted and […]

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Utsjoki, Lapland – Exploring Suomi

Posted by Pat on December 6, 2019 in Travel |

2-4 December 2019 Visiting Lapland in winter, I have come to understand why Santa lives here. There is a stark beauty in this all-white landscape, brilliant starry skies, and moving waves of Aurora color.

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Ivalo, Finland and the Aurora Borealis

Posted by Pat on December 3, 2019 in Travel |

1 December 2019 I remember in the early 1950s on a clear and extremely lucky night in Northern Indiana, the skies were actually unpolluted enough to see slight colorings of the Aurora Borealis. Sometimes, faint colorations of the Aurora can be sighted in Northern Minnesota. As Agent Fox Mulder knows, the Aurora is out there […]

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Finland

Posted by Pat on December 1, 2019 in Travel |

Thanksgiving 2019 There are exotic destinations haunting the lists of traveler’s dreams: Antarctic, Africa, Panama Canal, Galapagos Islands, Easter Island. Another list topper is Lapland. Lapland is associated with Father Christmas, a close relative of Santa Clause who I hear runs a sweatshop in North Pole, Alaska. His winter home after the busy season is […]

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France and Spain and Andorra – Unbeatable Trio

Posted by Pat on November 5, 2019 in Travel |

Some General Observations – October 2019 I have traveled to the European Continent each year during the fall. Surprisingly, I was unprepared for fall in France. What were my surprises?

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