On the Road and In Your Backyard

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Today, pictures from valued commenter FerdfromtheNort.

So we lived in the Arctic. Sometimes we would go elsewhere just for a thaw. -60 gets so cold after a week of it.

Kauai, North Shore

Definitely NOT the Arctic

Kauai, South Shore

Just plain Purdy!

What more can I say. Sunsets, Beaches, No ice and snow

Long Island, Bahamas

Very non-Arctic colours
Sunset, water and rocks.
And Warm

Long Island, Bahamas

This was washed up on the beach, after storms. It is apparently illegal to take it (and very delicate), so I did a photo with some contrast.

Baden-Baden, Grermany

The Spa in Baden-Baden is really, really nice. Lovely walks in manicured parks. Totally NOT wild.


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9 replies
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    JPL says:

    The colors in the first picture are beautiful, and I love the contrast between the sea and the sky.

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    I’ve never been to the Bahamas, but I’ve been to both Kauai and Baden-Baden those location look very familiar. I think I have pics from those exact vantage points. Of course, with Kauai, there’s the blowhole.

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    Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho says:

    Beautiful photos! Thanks for the sun and sea, and also Baden-Baden, which is so tidy it’s almost sad.

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    arrieve says:

    Warm sounds very good to me right now. Lovely pictures!

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    Ithink says:

    The only thing I hate about these pics is that I don’t have the money to visit these gorgeous locations and won’t for some time. If there was ever a time to win the lottery and just getaway to a dream destination its during the Trump/Pence era! *sigh*….

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    FerdfromtheNort says:

    I could spam the site with the photos from these locations (plus Poland and Holland) but these are a very limited selection

    We like the smaller places away from cities. Kauai was great because of the lack of big city life. We used a service called VRBO to get the places to stay (3 over two weeks) which was very nice. I cook and having kitchens was the right choice.

    We went to a smaller , less populated island in the Bahamas. We had a family connection. Again in a home not resort. We have done resorts before (Cancun) and they can be fine. Homes are better for food and flexibility.

    We really enjoyed the small town feeling away from the resorts in Bahamas. By going to an out of the way island we got beaches to ourselves even during high season.

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    rikyrah says:

    Those are beautiful pictures.

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    Yutsano says:


    We really enjoyed the small town feeling away from the resorts in Bahamas.

    Not to humbrag, but I happen to know the daughter of one of the Supreme Court Justices for The Bahamas. She’s a hoot but I haven’t talked to her in well over 20 years.I wonder if she’s on The Evil Book of Faces.

    Also: I always love pics of my birth islands. If the US falls apart I often wonder how they would work as an independent country. RESTORE THE MONARCHY DAMMIT!!!

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    stinger says:

    All lovely views, in their different ways. I like the cloud action in the second picture. Baden-Baden looks like my kind of spa.

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