Welcome to my travel blog.  I’m just reorganizing things so you may find a different look from time to time.  On the top of this page you can access my publishing company Ranger Doug’s Enterprises or jump directly on board my 1899 tugboat, Katahdin.   Directly to the right is an archive beginning in Antarctica in 2004 so scroll away and enjoy!

 

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Why I Don’t Fly–Covid in Constantinople

Why I Don’t Fly–Covid in Constantinople

Flying back from Vietnam in 1965, our C-130 Hercules blew an inboard engine sending part of the compressor ring through the port light shown just aft of the propeller.  You can see holes on both sides of the engine cowling.  The top of the fuel pod was dented--glad it...

Cappadocia–week 3

Cappadocia–week 3

Cappadocia lies in central Turkey yet is surprisingly easy to access.  It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was a National Park until Erdogan pulled its park status, calling it an "economic development and tourism zone" or some such thing--sound familiar?  Here's a...

Istanbul–Week 2

Istanbul–Week 2

The Rahmi M. Koc Museum in Istanbul is one of the finest technological and maritime museums in the world with over 16,000 exhibits.  Mr. Koc is perhaps the most wealthy man in Turkey and owns about 140 businesses in his country.  He is also one of the largest...

Istanbul–Week 1

Istanbul–Week 1

Istanbul--one of the great cities of the world--is an amazing place to say the least dating back to 660 BC.  It's about 80 km in diameter and home to perhaps 20 million people, depending upon who's counting.  It spans two continents is built upon dozens of hills, is...

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