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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…

 

Korbel Champagne Cellars

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

 
 

To my knowledge, every state now offers wineries, some great, some good, others not so much, a few of them just plain awful. But champagne production facilities worth visiting are few and far between, which is all the more reason to plan a visit to the renowned Korbel Champagne Cellars in Guerneville, Calif. This commercial…

 

Interesting sidelights

Posted by Bob Hoelscher in Cruising on May 15, 2013

 
 

Plenty of ice to go around (the River Duchess) I spent almost the entire month of March traveling internationally to experience the vessels and hospitality of four different cruise lines…SeaDream Yacht Club (SeaDream II) on the Upper Amazon River in Peru and Columbia, plus Vantage Deluxe World Travel (River Splendor), Viking River Cruises (Viking Aegir)…

 

Interesting People

Posted by Bob Hoelscher in Travel Thoughts on May 15, 2013

 
 

John Harwood Among the many nice folks I met in March, the following particularly stood out: 1.    John Harwood, a multi-talented Brit who resides in Manaus, Brazil…botanist, author, poet, troubadour and a member of SeaDream II’s Expedition Team 2.    Carl and Judy Eben from San Francisco: Very experienced world travelers and simply one of the…