Category: Travel

The Camper’s Delight: Wax Fire Starters

I am a big fan of camping, at least until I get out to it.  Usually, my biggest gripe with camping is trying to get a campfire lit to take the chill out of the morning.  Everyone is huddled around a dead campfire, teeth chattering, waiting for something to happen so they can warm up …

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The Road To Morocco Part II

The King And I – When All Hell Breaks Loose In this ordinarily peaceful country, there are numerous attempts on the life of former King Hassan II. I am present for two of them. Mom is safely back home in the states when Ambassador Rockwell and dozens of other diplomats attend an outdoor birthday party …

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The Road To Morocco Part I

At the crossroads of two continents, the Kingdom of Morocco is a unique North African nation on the northwestern rim of Africa. The diversity of desert, ocean, mountains and temperate climate make it an ideal tourist destination-and the natives are friendly. With its rich Mediterranean soil, the Carthaginians and Romans made it their breadbasket. Assigned …

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7 Best Whale Watching Spots in NorCal

Is there anything more exciting than seeing a pod of 50 foot, 30 ton Gray Whales spy-hop, or roll their backs along the surface of the Pacific Ocean to take a breath of air? Especially when they’re just offshore! Between December and April every year the Pacific Gray Whales participate in their own version of …

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Route 66: A Window Into America

Who hasn’t heard of the song “Get Your Kicks on Route 66”? But how much do most people know about it, and how many people have actually been lucky enough to drive it? Beginning at Grant Park in Chicago, and ending at the Santa Monica Pier in California, Route 66 has been winding its way …

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A Christmas To Remember In Leavenworth, Washington

Last week my family and I visited Leavenworth, Washington for their annual Christmas lighting festival and truly had the best time of our lives.  Leavenworth is an over-the-top charming Bavarian-styled village nestled in the Cascade Mountains.  The Cascade mountains are located in in central Washington State and about a 4 and 1/2 hour drive from …

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Times Square and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Thanksgiving in New York is centered around the traditional Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The parade is an annual event that began in 1924 by many employees of Macy’s department store. The employees, many first generation immigrants proud of their new American Heritage and wanting to celebrate Thanksgiving, marched from 145th Street in Harlem to the …

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Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride

“Jog along on a hilarious, reckless ride through Old London.”1975 Complete Guide to Walt Disney World “Mr. Who?” asks the wide-eyed child about to enter The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh attraction, dragging his exhausted parents on for the third time today. Sorry, my friend, he isn’t the “lost” Power Ranger, he’s not “Experiment 213” …

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The Tombstones and Creepy Old Crypts of Walt Disney World’s Haunted Mansion

Dear Lou… We just love the Haunted Mansion! Every time we go, we just love looking at the graves in front of the entrance, and we just noticed the mausoleum at the exit. Were they always there (I don’t remember the mausoleum)? And are the names on the graves of real people or just made-up? …

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Spend a Weekend at Pickathon

Every summer for the past twenty-plus years, music-lovers have flocked to an 80-acre farm outside of Portland, Oregon to attend an event called Pickathon. The three-day-long festival takes place from August 2rd through 4th this year, and this year, the lineup is huge: 65 bands, including Sudan Archives and Damien Jurado, will play at least six uniquely constructed stages, delighting …

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