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Public gardens in Halifax

Posted by Bob Hoelscher in Canada on October 18, 2013

 
 

If you are heading to Atlantic Canada, don’t even think about missing the Halifax Public Gardens, which in my humble opinion constitute one of the most beautiful small parks anywhere in the world. Open free of charge, these are among the best remaining Victorian Gardens in the Americas. The gardens are a comfortable walk from…

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Old Mission General Store

Posted by Bob Hoelscher in The Midwest on October 18, 2013

 
 

On a recent trip to Michigan, I took an excellent scenic drive north of Traverse City past handsome wineries, cherry orchards, a lighthouse and palatial summer homes. For my money, the highlight of the entire trip was a stop at the Old Mission General Store, at 18250 Mission Road. Established as a trading post for…

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My Thumbs Up” Nominees”

Posted by Bob Hoelscher in Travel Thoughts on September 19, 2013

 
 

Bear Stew, McCleary, WA Bear Festival Last month I complained about there being so many cruise and travel industry awards being given these days that it is virtually impossible to determine who or what is really the “best.”  However, I also commented that there are certainly companies and places out there that are indeed worthy…

 

Scenic Lighthouses Part Two

Posted by Bob Hoelscher in Uncategorized on September 19, 2013

 
 

As promised last month, here is the second installment of particularly attractive lighthouses that I have encountered during the past few years. Photos #1 and #2:  Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, MN – 1910 – 54 feet in height     Cape Meares Light, Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint, OR – 1890 – 38 feet…

 

Scenic Lighthouses

Posted by Bob Hoelscher in Uncategorized on August 12, 2013

 
 

Yaquina Head Light Visiting the nation’s many historic and picturesque lighthouses has become very popular among travelers these days, so I thought I might provide some photographic examples of a number of particularly attractive examples of such structures that I have encountered during the past few years.  Although a second installment will follow next month,…

 
 

I’ve come to the conclusion that most of the cruise and travel industry’s “best” rewards touted by various organizations have become pretty worthless. There are so many of these erstwhile plaudits floating around, frequently praising different operators for the same “bests,” that it is virtually impossible for the average traveler to figure out which companies…

 

National Parks in Peril

Posted by Bob Hoelscher in Uncategorized on August 12, 2013

 
 

Our Congressional ‘Sequester’ at Work in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, MI According to National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis, if additional NPS budget cuts follow those resulting from the current Congressional “Sequester,” it will be necessary to actually close a number of National Park sites, which would be particular lamentable on the eve of the…

 
 
 

For some reason…likely just unfamiliarity with the scenic riches that lie beyond…most tour groups visiting Michigan seem to make it as far north as Mackinac Island before turning around and heading back south. Although some tours continue for an extra hour to Sault Ste. Marie to see the Soo Locks and perhaps venture into Canada…

 

Bush’s Visitor Center

Posted by Bob Hoelscher in The South on June 06, 2013

 
 

Virtually everyone will recognize Jay Bush and his dog Duke from the numerous amusing television commercials which have featured the “secret recipe” for Bush’s Baked Beans. Built around the original 1897 A. J. Bush & Company general store in tiny Chestnut Hill, Tenn., you’ll also discover a most unusual visitor facility illustrating the company’s lengthy…

 

Walmart Visitor Center

Posted by Bob Hoelscher in The South on June 06, 2013

 
 

Who doesn’t have a Walmart in or near their community?  Whatever one thinks of this retailing juggernaut, there is no denying that Walmart is a true American success story. Here in Bentonville, Ark., near the corporation’s sprawling headquarters facilities, you’ll find the original little 5&10¢ store that Sam Walton opened on the town square in…