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One of my favorite little-known units administered by our National Park Service is the extraordinary John Day Fossil Beds National Monument (JDFB), created in north-central Oregon by Act of Congress in 1975. This facility deserves to be upgraded to full “National Park” status, but regardless, it makes an ideal addition to a tour itinerary visiting…

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The recent free fall of petroleum prices has reminded me that as a youngster, I would regularly walk from my family’s suburban St. Louis home to a nearby discount service station (self-serve had yet to be invented) with a gallon can to get gasoline, so I could cut the grass with our power lawn mower….

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Holiday season touring has become consistently more popular as Americans have tended to travel more, while breaking some longstanding end-of-year family traditions. Time was that everyone headed over to Grandma’s house for a Christmas feast, but now even Grandma and Grandpa can frequently be found “hitting the road,” with or without accompanying family members, to…

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The Dancing Horses Theatre – open all year round Located in the resort area in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin (near the IL/WI border). Set in the midst of a 40-acre horse farm is a Dinner Theatre experience beyond compare. An elaborate 300 seat, state-of-the-art heated indoor arena. A elaborate show of Arabians, Andalusians, Lippazans, National Show…

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To perhaps understand and appreciate the Winston-Salem story, it might be easier to liken it to a classic American novel, with each page rich in history and with chapters full of intrigue and excitement, not to mention its colorful cast of characters.  From the first chapter — written even a decade before the signing of…

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Group Travel Resolutions

Posted by Brian Jewell in Travel Thoughts on February 18, 2015

 
 

It’s mid-February, which means that most of us who made New Year’s resolutions have already given up on them. I’m not here to make you feel guilty; instead, I’d like to offer an alternative set of resolutions that you can still achieve this year. Unless you’re taking a group to some wintery destination, chances are…

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Looking at the clock as soon as I walked off the plane, I determined that I had nine hours to kill before my connection flight left New York. Since there is only so much a person can do in an airport, I had already decided to make the most of my day in the Big…

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Late Season Departure for Alaska

Posted by Bob Hoelscher in Alaska on December 18, 2014

 
 

If you haven’t taken a late season cruise to Alaska, then you should consider this less crowded time and take advantage of a unique opportunity to view the sites. I’ve taken many cruises to Alaska in the past, but this year I decided to take a late-season, round-trip sailing from Vancouver, partly to see if…

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Exploring the Gateway to the Yukon

Posted by Bob Hoelscher in Alaska on December 18, 2014

 
 

Having been to all of the featured ports (and having experienced all their major attractions) on this itinerary previously, I felt that this trip more closely resembled reuniting with old friends rather than making new ones, and a very comfortable, leisurely way to vacation.  Consequently, numerous past visits to Juneau, Alaska’s capital city, had fully…

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What can one say about Glacier Bay? This incredible wilderness of ice and mountains is not only one of Alaska’s premier natural attractions, but also a World Heritage Site.  Happily, the sun made appearances in the morning and frequently during the day, while low-hanging clouds added to the park’s mystique. Moderate temperatures also brought most…

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