Friday, November 27, 2015

Someone I Know

USA - Pacific Crest Trail

Sent by: Green Tortuga
From: Seattle, Washington, USA
Notes: I have posted cards from Green Tortuga, aka Ryan, before.  He usually sends them to me while he is hiking.  This, however, is the first card that actually shows Ryan.  On the right, he is at the beginning of the Pacific Crest Trail, at the border between California and Mexico.  The left shows him at the end of the trail, at the border between Washington and Canada.  I've had this card for a while, as he hiked this trail back in 2010.  Oops!  

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Gobble Gobble!

Wild Turkey

Notes: If you live in the USA, and you're not a vegetarian, it is likely that you will be having one of these fellows over for dinner today.  Although yours will most likely come from a farm and not the wild.  But no matter what you're eating today, I hope you have a great day!  Happy Thanksgiving!!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A Mighty Stalagmite

Puerto Rico PR-6240 received 08-11-2014

Sent by: Cissybet
From: Carolina, Puerto Rico
ID number: PR-6240
Notes: I was in Puerto Rico several weeks ago, but as you can see, this isn't one of the cards I sent to myself.  The Río Camuy Cave Park is located in northwestern Puerto Rico and has over 10 miles of caverns in 220 caves.  Cueva Clara, shown here, is one of the main attractions.  The chamber is 700 ft. (212 m) long and 215 ft. (65 m) high.  The Río Camuy itself is the third largest subterranean river after rivers in Mexico and the Philippines.  If you plan to visit the Río Camuy Cave Park, get there early as there is a limit of 1,500 visitors per day.  Most of the bad reviews of the park on Trip Advisor were from people who got there too late to be allowed in, while the people who did manage to get in really like it.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

To Kristin from Kristin Part 3

Antigua - Heritage Quay, St. John's

Notes: Here is the last card I sent to myself.  I sent it on November 4th, and received it on the 23rd, so it took nearly three weeks to reach me.  The cruise ship in the main photo definitely belongs to Celebrity Cruises, so it may even be the same ship that I was on.  The ship in the circular inset photo is the Jolly Roger, or so they say.  I watch Once Upon a Time, and that is NOT what the Jolly Roger looks like! Anyway, Antigua became independent from Great Britain on November 1, 1981, so our visit was just a few days after they celebrated Independence Day.  Many of the trees and utility poles along the main roads were wrapped in the colors of the country's flag - black, yellow, red, white and blue.  

Monday, November 23, 2015

More Than Just an Airport

North Carolina - Charlotte

For: US to US Traveling Envelope Round Robin - Group 69
Notes: I was actually in Charlotte, North Carolina a few weeks ago on my way home from the Caribbean, but the only place I saw was the airport.  It was a very nice airport, and one of the employees very kindly gave us a ride to our gate (my dad is 78), but I'm sure there are better places to visit in the city.  Wikipedia lists eighteen museums in Charlotte, including the Carolinas Aviation Museum, the Charlotte Trolley Museum and the Mint Museum (former home of the Charlotte Mint).  I'd happily visit any of those.  Trip Advisor has a number of recommendations, including tours of Bank of America Stadium, home of the Carolina Panthers (BOOOO!), and tours of the Olde Mecklenburg Brewery.  I don't drink beer, but I do like factory tours.  Anyone else have any recommendations in case I find myself in Charlotte again and I'm actually able to leave the airport?