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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, November 25, 2014: Fall colors at Upper Kananaskis Lake, Alberta

GarryRF ·
My Wife - she who must be obeyed - loves a single Kayak and the open sea. So I presume this would be on a lake. Much safer I think. Sounds like you have the perfect location for a wilderness family like ours ! When we camp in summer you'd mistake some of the tents for aircraft hangers. But the kids and babies come too. Canoes and Fishing rods. Wet suits and waders. We go to Shell Island in Wales - but only when the tides out. Need to plan your journey ahead. They only have Grizzly Sheep.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, November 25, 2014: Fall colors at Upper Kananaskis Lake, Alberta

DrFumblefinger ·
Garry, I hope that's not your car in the drink....
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, November 25, 2014: Fall colors at Upper Kananaskis Lake, Alberta

GarryRF ·
The road was clearly marked CLOSED If it was my own act of stupidity then I would keep it a secret. Why some folks with 4x4 cars think they can beat the laws of physics I don't know. But thanks for the concern. No one was hurt I believe.
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Re: Shimmering Lakes and Romantic Palaces of Udaipur

DrFumblefinger ·
It's an incredibly beautiful place. I do love the light a dawn and dusk around the lake! Thanks for sharing your love of this place with everyone.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Aug. 27, 2014: No Kidding!

DrFumblefinger ·
Too bad you were there too early to walk to that hilltop. It's actually a Cosmic Ray monitoring station, long since closed, now a National Historic site in Canada. Here's a link that tells you a little more about it. The views from up there are much better than from the Gondola terminus, good as those are.
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Re: A stroll through the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, Vail

GarryRF ·
Does winter arrive early in these gardens ? Is that due to the elevation? Does it remain cool in the Summer too ? I'm thinking of the likes of Mexico City where it should be tropical but its elevation keeps it cool all year. Lovely photos of the Flora and Gardens. Was it really that empty ?
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Re: A stroll through the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, Vail

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for the comments, Garry. Yes, winter arrives early because of the very high altitude. Over a mile and a half above sea level. Summers are very nice -- warm (75-80F) dry pleasant days (no humidity to speak off), and it always cools down nicely at night, so most places don't even have air conditioning. It really was that empty. No more than 6 folks in the garden including my wife and I, and of course not counting the hundreds of birds flying about.
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Re: Rocky Mountains in St. Ignatius, Montana

Ragengirl3 ·
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Re: Devils Tower National Monument

DrFumblefinger ·
Nice photos of a fascinating place, Ottoman! I also visited the monument many years ago, and recall what an imposing and striking place it is. I can certainly see the cinematic appeal to Mr. Speilberg, who uses the physical drama of the place so very well in the last half of the movie.
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Re: Devils Tower National Monument

Travel Luver ·
Wow! An amazingly photogenic place.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, September 12, 2015: Puma

Mytraveledroad ·
Pumas what a cool unique animal. I saw a pack of them when I was in Patagonia.
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Re: Spring Time on Table Mountain

Travel Rob ·
Thanks adventuretime88 , Your blog made me feel like I was taking that hike! California really is an incredible state .
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Re: Spring Time on Table Mountain

DrFumblefinger ·
A most beautiful place! I can see why it's special to you. Glad that there are still unspoiled places left like this in California. From your photos it's a little difficult to get a sense of the size and scale of Table mountain. Is it a huge place? A smaller oasis?
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Re: Spring Time on Table Mountain

adventuretime88 ·
I have spent whole days hiking Table Mountain and haven't even covered half of it. The top of the mountain is divided by the single two lane road that cuts up and over it. This day was spent on the West side of the divide. I couldn't find any information on the square mileage, but as a rough estimate I would say "huge". There are also caves, which I have never found, but then again I have never found Phantom Falls, either. Just North of this spot there is a "ghost town" called Cherokee.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, September 16, 2015: Fall in Glacier National Park

Marilyn Jones ·
Beautiful photos! Makes me appreciate all over again the wonders this nation has to offer!!!
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Re: Banff National Park: Hiking up Tunnel Mountain

Travel Rob ·
I can see why it's such a popular trail! It really is nice to see people enjoying the outdoors.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, January 19, 2015: Tango Goemba Monastery, Bhutan

GarryRF ·
I was surprised to find the teachings of Buddha in my hotel bedroom bedside draw.. During a tropical rainstorm I was stuck in my room for a few hours. What a fascinating read it was ! Never had time to finish it. Had to buy a copy when I got home. My favourite quote was: "Man who commits adultery likes licking jam off a sharp knife"
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, January 19, 2015: Tango Goemba Monastery, Bhutan

Travel Rob ·
Love your photos MAD! I keep noticing more details in your third shot.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, January 19, 2015: Tango Goemba Monastery, Bhutan

DrFumblefinger ·
Great photos, MAD! And a nice story. The Himalayas are a challenge to navigate, but as you say, it is so very worth the effort.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, January 19, 2015: Tango Goemba Monastery, Bhutan

MAD Travel Diaries ·
Originally Posted by GarryRF: I was surprised to find the teachings of Buddha in my hotel bedroom bedside draw.. During a tropical rainstorm I was stuck in my room for a few hours. What a fascinating read it was ! Never had time to finish it. Had to buy a copy when I got home. My favourite quote was: "Man who commits adultery likes licking jam off a sharp knife" Lol, I love that quote, I'm going to have to use it.
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Re: Beautiful, Majestic, Mount Rushmore National Monument

Travel Rob ·
Great photos and description on what to expect! I hope to make there as it has been on my list for years.
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Re: Beautiful, Majestic, Mount Rushmore National Monument

Samantha ·
Thanks Rob. Definitely keep it on your list! It is worth it. Hope you get there soon.
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Re: Namche Bazaar, Nepal. Where Gumbo Was (#119)

HistoryDigger ·
Thanks for posting this piece on one of my favorite areas of the world. Lovely photos. You capture the beauty and majesty of this sacred region that is changing so fast. May they recover from the earthquakes.
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Re: Drone video shows off Norway's midnight sun

DrFumblefinger ·
I was not aware that drones were becoming so popular, but why not, I suppose? I just left Yellowstone NP and there were signs everywhere specifically banning the use of drones (hope that includes from the government, too!). Nothing like trying to fish a failed drone from a boiling thermal pool, I guess.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, May 28, 2015: Logan Pass, Glacier National Park, Montana

DrFumblefinger ·
Brings back some wonderful memories! The Going to the Sun Road is one of North America's most spectacular drives. But it does get very crowded in the summer, so take your time and drink in that beautiful scenery! Glacier NP joins Waterton NP in Canada to form an International Peace Park and these two parks together are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, May 28, 2015: Logan Pass, Glacier National Park, Montana

TravelingCanuck ·
Awesome pictures. I was in Waterton Park in the early 80s with work in early May before the season opened. The town site had dozens of mountain sheep everywhere. It was so beautiful and peaceful. We were about the only people other then residents there. Must certainly do another trip down that way and go across into Glacier Park as well. Thanks.
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Re: October 23, 2019: Pink Sandia Mountains, Albuquerque, NM

GarryRF ·
A beautiful photo of a magic moment - everyone loves a dramatic sunset.
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Re: May 23, 2016. Springtime Hike at Lake Minnewanka

Travel Rob ·
Its just spectacular!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, June 8, 2015: Elk, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

PHeymont ·
That's amazing...I've never seen more than one or two at a time, and now an entire herd!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, June 8, 2015: Elk, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

DrFumblefinger ·
I've never seen so many elk in one place at one time either, PHeymont. They were everywhere!
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Re: Krimml Waterfall, Austria

Samantha ·
I absolutely love waterfalls and this one looks amazing. Hope to get to see it some day soon. Thanks so much for sharing.
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Re: December 25, 2016: Biking Down Death Road

DrFumblefinger ·
Great photos and a great adventure! Merry Christmas, Gilles!
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Re: A visit to Great Basin National Park

Travel Luver ·
Never been anywhere in Nevada except Vegas. Didn't know they had beautiful places like this. Can you get there from Vegas as a day trip? Was it hot?
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Re: A visit to Great Basin National Park

DrFumblefinger ·
Well, for a start, make sure you visit Reno, Travel Luver. It's a much small town than Vegas but still has all the casinos, restaurants, etc that you'd expect from a Nevada City. From here it's easy to do a day trip to Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada Mountains, or down to Carson City. Reno is actually the closest major city to Great Basin National Park, say about a 3-4 hour drive. Vegas is 6-7 hour drive away. Salt Lake City is closer to Great Basin than Vegas. But you really can't do it as...
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Re: A visit to Great Basin National Park

PortMoresby ·
A friend who was a park planner for the National Park Service said his favorite park was Big Bend in Texas. He's a lover of desert landscapes, wide-open spaces and, in the case of this park too, almost no visitors. Another orphan, no doubt. http://www.nps.gov/bibe/index.htm
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Re: A visit to Great Basin National Park

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for the note, PortMoresby. I've visited a lot of the US parks, but Big Bend is still on my "to do" list. They do white water rafting trips there, which appeals to me. One of the things that a lot of folks enjoy about these "orphans" is that they are so sparsely peopled, with few tourists. I think the US Parks system is the USA's biggest tourist asset. I'm certainly a huge fan. Seems whenever I'm in a US Park, more German is spoken than English. The German folks certainly are aware of...
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Re: A visit to Great Basin National Park

PHeymont ·
The comments on "orphan parks" made for some interesting thoughts. How do we (as a society) choose what to save for parks? When you consider urban parkland, the point is obvious: people who have no land of their own need areas for public recreation. In other cases, individuals with wealth and influence have created parks in areas important to them personally (think of Acadia and the Rockefellers, Palisades Interstate Park and Morgan partners). But setting aside and maintaining areas like...
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Re: A visit to Great Basin National Park

PortMoresby ·
Pheymont, you speak as if budget cuts are in the future when in fact the Park Service has been functioning with less and less for years now. The Service has a mission to which they're dedicated but less funding has meant "deferred" maintenance on buildings, trails, you name it. And when features of a park are deemed unsafe or there isn't personnel to oversee visitors then parts are closed. I've experienced that myself recently when a trail I've visited in years past was closed. I have no...
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Re: A visit to Great Basin National Park

DrFumblefinger ·
Costs for the existing parks is mostly maintenance and salary. In the face of a broke federal government, I would favor increased user fees. $10-20 for a family to visit a national park for a week is the greatest bargain out there. People who love the parks would happily pay twice as much and I don't think the extra cost would be a deterent. Also, it's reasonable for those with concessions to pay up more than they are. They are given a monopoly and some of those profits should go back to the...
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Re: A visit to Great Basin National Park

PHeymont ·
No, I'm painfully aware of the past and present cuts...but I see more ahead. My concern is that there are loud voices (my own included) to speak out against cuts to parks that have a big "fan base," including Gateway here in the NY area. Because so many speak out for those parks, I fear that NPS will increasingly "hide the damage" by even more drastic cuts to others--perhaps even outright abandonment. And that's not so far-fetched an idea. For some 20 or more years here in New York, Prospect...
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Re: A visit to Great Basin National Park

DrFumblefinger ·
PHeymont, I don't believe we disagree. I think the problem is that the park system relies on "federal handouts" and when a government is broke, there's less to hand out. As I said, I sort of favor them being self-funded by their user and concession fees. That's a lot of money already (if it was all kept in the parks) and people would be willing to pay more IF they knew the money stayed in the parks and didn't get diverted back into the Washington's general budget. Orphan parks would be...
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Re: Frozen lake and snow, Cascade Mountains, Washington

DrFumblefinger ·
Taken from the plane window this morning as I was flying into and out of Seattle.
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Re: Frozen lake and snow, Cascade Mountains, Washington

TravelandNature ·
Exactly ! The view out of the window beats the in-flight movie every time. See the TravelGumbo discussion: Please Don't Shut the Shade !
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Dec. 10, 2013: Zhangjiajie National Park, China

PHeymont ·
The intensity of those colors is astonishing...even in pictures! Thank you!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov. 26, 2013: Zhangjiajie National Park, China

FlashFlyer ·
I haven't seen Avatar (yes, some of us haven't!) but the switchbacked road and the arch at the head of the stairs made me think of another movie: Shangri-la...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov. 26, 2013: Zhangjiajie National Park, China

DrFumblefinger ·
What a beautiful and magical place! It is like something out of a storybook or film, isn't it? Thanks for sharing this destination with us.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov. 26, 2013: Zhangjiajie National Park, China

Theodore Behr ·
Avatar was one of my favorite movies! Now I've another reason to go to China (besides the awesome food!)
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