Kilgore Travels




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Gordon Kilgore Class of 1956


Incredible photography!  Gordon has traveled to all 50 states, all 7 continents, and 166 countries.  He is represented by Look South of Atlanta


I added three new galleries to my web site before leaving on my latest trip.  So, if you would like to take a look, here are the links to the three new galleries:



This past April 2014, I joined a friend from Colorado and spent four days photographing birds at the Laguna Seca Ranch which is located about 30 miles north of McAllen, Texas. Our host, Janice McConaha was most accommodating and provided us with excellent opportunities to photograph many birds that we do not see in Georgia.



I have put together a nine minute slide show of some of the Texas birds and uploaded it to Photodex, the company that makes Producer, the software that I use. A link is below. There is a small program that your computer is required to have in order to play the show. It is free and loads quickly. To play the show full screen you can right click and select "full screen".


So, for those that like birds here is the link:



A year or so ago I experimented by uploading a few slide shows to a web site that allows the users of their slide show software to share shows. Then I forgot about it. Recently, I revisited the site and uploaded two new shows. Seems to work just fine so thought I would now share that site. The shows vary in length, perhaps 25 minutes at the longest and the last one added, Visions of Color, is about 7 minutes in length. All have music soundtracks embedded. I will upload a few more shows in the next few days.


When you click on you will be able to select from several slide show to view. Click on the show of your choice and then next Right Click the show and select the Full Screen Mode. Next click the Space Bar to begin the show. The space bar will also toggle a pause and resume command. When finished, click the Escape key to exit the show. That is it. Enjoy and feel free to share with others.



I have heard from several Mac users that they could not view the video. Now I know why, Photodex does not support Macintosh.


So, to solve the problem I shortened the video to about 4 and one half minutes. Then it was uploaded to You Tube.


Here is the You Tube link should you care to view it or send it to your Mac friends:



Gordon writes February 7, 2010:

Hi Folks,

Margaret and I got home this past Thursday night from two weeks in Cuba. Yes, I know that we US citizens are told not to go there but we went to Mexico and then flew to Havana. Cuban authorities did not stamp our passport so all is well.
The photo opts were never ending. I managed to return home with 5525 image files. I should add that many are bursts of two or three frames so there are perhaps 2500 different scenes, not 5525. In two weeks I had only one woman who did not want me to take her picture. There are few tourists in Cuba so the people are not ruined by wanting to be paid for taking their photos. We were asked not to take pictures of the military and in only two places were we told to not take our cameras. One was a cigar factory (and I would have loved to take picture there). The other was inside a memorial to the revolution. This was not a photogenic place so no great loss. I had to buy a photo pass in two places. One was the Tropicana Cabaret and the other was Hemmingway's house where he lived for 20 years and where he wrote The Old Man and the Sea. Both places were worth the expense so I left as if I had value received.

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I had three people ask about how we went to Cuba and the logistics while there. So, here are some of the details. I looked into hiring a car and guide but to put everything together seems daunting. Then I happened to look at ElderTreks list of trips and they had several Cuba trips for 2010. ElderTreks is a Canadian tour company and is also the company that I used for my Ethiopia trip. Ethiopia is not easy, particular in the south, so I figured if ElderTreks could make a relative smooth trip of Ethiopia they just might be able to do the same for Cuba. I was not disappointed.  ElderTreks limits the group size to 16 people which gives them flexibility that larger tours do not have.


As US citizens we are not able to travel to Cuba from the states. Our government even tells us that we are not allowed to go without special permits. So, rather than deal with all of the red tape we have to use a work-around. The trick is to go to another country first and then go to Cuba.


Air Canada has a direct flight from Toronto to Havana. Canada has a trade policy with Cuba so Canadian citizens are welcome and can easily travel to and from Cuba. It seems that most Canadians who do go to Cuba only go for the beaches. They go for a week or so and never venture from the resort areas. It is a shame since Cuba's charm is in the old parts of Havana, the smaller towns and villages, the farms, and the national parks.


We did not want to fly to Canada so we flew to Cancun, Mexico. In Cancun we spent the night and took an Air Mexicana flight to Havana the next day. After purchasing your ticket in Cancun you take the ticket to a visa booth, pay a departure tax of $15 in US dollars and are issued a visa. Upon arriving in Havana, the customs officials look at your passport and only stamp the visa. When ready to depart Cuba you again go to a window at the airport and pay a departure tax which is 25 CUC ( a CUC stands for Cuban Convertible Peso).  Cuban citizens use Cuban Pesos which are about 26.5 pesos to the dollar. The CUC is about .95 to a dollar. Foreigners are not allowed to use anything but CUCs. There is a money exchange booth at the airport but it usually does not accept US dollars. I exchanged Euros but Canadian dollars, British Pounds, or Japanese Yen would also work. Credit card or ATMs using American banks will not work in Cuba. Take cash.


I was questioned about doing Cuba on one's own. This is not something that I would undertake. It could be done but you would miss a lot of cultural exposure. The Cuban government owns EVERYTHING and can change your hotel without notice. You would have to hire a Cuban guide and a taxi for the entire country. Cuba does not tell where you can go but does tell you where you can not go. Our tour leader was loaded with Cuban knowledge and experience. He took us to places on the "can't go" list. We visited farms, people's houses, schools, grandparents home, school, cigar factory, rum factory, small local restaurants, markets. and etc. It was not a cheap trip but it was a trip that was done right.


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