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Garden Eel- Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Travel Rob ·
Garden Eel- Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
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Sunset in the Sonora Desert/Tucson Area

Travel Rob ·
Sunset in the Sonora Desert/Tucson Area
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, March 31, 2014: Saguaro National Park, Arizona

Jean ·
Just visited this park on the advice of our daughter and Dr. Fumblefinger. Enjoyed it immensly. Beautiful photos taken on the trip. Maybe see some of my daughters photos soon.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, March 31, 2014: Saguaro National Park, Arizona

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for your nice note, Jean, and I'm glad you enjoyed your trip. We'll be starting to see some of your daughter's photos next month, and then onward in a regular basis. She's a very talented photographer, as I'm sure everyone will be seeing shortly.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, May 11, 2015: Cactus Wren, Arizona

PortMoresby ·
Very nice! Also love the ocotillo.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, May 11, 2015: Cactus Wren, Arizona

Marilyn Jones ·
So beautiful; excellent photos!!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, March 31, 2014: Saguaro National Park, Arizona

Dr.Y ·
Wonderful place! Must see someday.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, March 31, 2014: Saguaro National Park, Arizona

DrFumblefinger ·
You would enjoy it, DrY! It is a great spring break destination to visit with the kids. Nice weather -- not too hot -- with great scenery and lots of things to do. We can talk about it offline sometime.
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Re: Gallery: Grand Army of the Republic Highway. One of the Most Scenic Road Trips in America!

Travel Rob ·
Thank you for the great photos! I've taken the Interstate many times and it is indeed very scenic.The weather can change rapidly so your precautions people should take note of. Also make sure your car is in tip top shape. The Rockies are a tough climb and I've personally had a transmission go out on me on the journey.
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Re: Gallery: Grand Army of the Republic Highway. One of the Most Scenic Road Trips in America!

PHeymont ·
Although the car's a bit newer, that first picture is a perfect 50s postcard...
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Re: Gallery: Grand Army of the Republic Highway. One of the Most Scenic Road Trips in America!

PortMoresby ·
I've always loved the part clouds play in the landscapes of the Southwest. You've got some good ones, DrF...thanks.
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Re: A Visit to the “Spine Garden:”Cactus in Arizona’s Sonora Desert

Former Member ·
You actually can eat those fruits?
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Re: A Visit to the “Spine Garden:”Cactus in Arizona’s Sonora Desert

PHeymont ·
It may seem a little surprising, but yes…it’s food! I always wonder about things like this: Who was the first human desperate enough to try eating a spiny thistle (the one we call an artichoike!)
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Re: A Visit to the “Spine Garden:”Cactus in Arizona’s Sonora Desert

Travel Rob ·
Spending time in the Tucson area, I've learned to appreciate cacti even more. What amazes me is how many tall saguaro there are because it takes so long for them to grow.
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Re: A Visit to the “Spine Garden:”Cactus in Arizona’s Sonora Desert

DrFumblefinger ·
I love the Saguaro forest around Tucson. Especially in the spring when the cacti are in bloom!
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Re: A Visit to the “Spine Garden:”Cactus in Arizona’s Sonora Desert

DrFumblefinger ·
As it snows and storms outside, a welcome diversion! I find all cacti interesting but there's something captivating about the saguaro forest around Tucson. While visiting Saguaro National Park (years ago, before it was a national park), I remember a newspaper clipping tacked onto the park's information board. The headline read something like "Saguaro cactus involved in double homocide". Seems a drunk yahoo with a shotgun drove out to the desert to kill himself a giant saguaro. He did, the...
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Re: A Visit to the “Spine Garden:”Cactus in Arizona’s Sonora Desert

GarryRF ·
I love to travel in the winter to hot countries - who doesn't ? But apart from the obvious reasons you get access to rare and strange fruit that just doesn't travel well. Star fruit, Custard apples, Salak and Prickly pears ! PRICKLY PEARS Delicious !!
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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: The Ghan - an Australian rail journey of style and comfort

TravelandNature ·
IslandMan - A superb experience ! Thank you for sharing !
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Re: The Ghan - an Australian rail journey of style and comfort

PortMoresby ·
This looks like a fantastic trip and any reason to go by train is good one to me. Wondering if the place names (Adelaide, Alice, Katherine) recall days of too few settler women for the number of men?
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Re: The Ghan - an Australian rail journey of style and comfort

Travel Rob ·
Thanks for taking us on that journey! A wonderful piece!
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Re: The Ghan - an Australian rail journey of style and comfort

PHeymont ·
M. Poirot regrets that he had necessity of leaving the journey before the end. An important affair required the attention of his gray matter...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, February 24, 2015: Where is Apache Trail??

GarryRF ·
The only things missing from those pix is Marty McFly and Doc Brown! "Back to the Future"
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, February 24, 2015: Where is Apache Trail??

Marilyn Jones ·
Beautiful photos!! Arizona is such a fantastic getaway destination during the winter!
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Re: Historic Route 66 (pt 3) - Flagstaff to Gallup

PortMoresby ·
I spent some months in Flagstaff not so long ago, between my old home and moving into a new one and came to appreciate the town and all it has to offer. There's a great deal more to the place than a casual visitor might appreciate, and while traffic can get bogged down in ski season, I never felt it was too touristy. "Too touristy", for me, is businesses that cater to tourists, while Flagstaff caters to locals and the visitor's seem to like them, too. It's really more of a university town...
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Re: Life in the Sonora Desert

Travel Luver ·
Full of life, but those spines look pretty hostile to me!
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Re: Life in the Sonora Desert

Travel Rob ·
For sure you have to watch where you walk, because if you brush up against a cactus, it seems to latch on to you.
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Re: Art and Survival in the Tassili Plateau

Professorabe ·
Beautifully written - an absolute joy to read. Thanks!
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Re: Art and Survival in the Tassili Plateau

George G. ·
Excellent ! Like a fascinating novel I had to keep reading, then looking back and reading it again.
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Re: Art and Survival in the Tassili Plateau

Amateuremigrant ·
Really glad it's gone down well with you George; I only do factual stuff though, I haven't got the deviousness of a good novelist 🤣
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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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