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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, 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: 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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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, February 9, 2015: "Teddy Bear" Cholla

DrFumblefinger ·
  When you see a group of them at a distance in the "Cholla Cactus Garden" (Joshua Tree National Park), they're a memorable site.  With their arms outstretched, these cacti seem rather fuzzy, almost soft, and hence the name "teddy...
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Dry Falls – Home of The World’s Largest Waterfall!

DrFumblefinger ·
Imagine a waterfall with a precipice over three and a half miles (5.5 km) long and a drop of over 400 feet (120 m)!  By comparison, Niagara Falls is about 1/10th as wide.  Think of the millions of gallons of water pouring over it each...
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Colorado National Monument

DrFumblefinger ·
  While many of the units of the US National Park system are frequently visited and very busy, there are also a few less crowded places.   Colorado National Monument (known to locals as " The Monument" ) falls into the latter category....
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Tahquitz Canyon, Palm Springs

DrFumblefinger ·
        It's a great time of year to be visiting the desert regions of the Southwestern USA.  The weather is warm and pleasant, the wildflowers  are starting to bloom, and the oppressive heat of summer is a distant...
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The Living Desert Wildlife and Botanical Park, Palm Desert

DrFumblefinger ·
Palm Desert's LIVING DESERT offers a place to see several desert ecosystems, as well as an interesting assortment of animals from the Americas and Africa.
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, February 10, 2015: Arizona – The sunshine, the red rock desert and the survival of the fittest

Dr.Y ·
    Recently I attended a medical course in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Using one afternoon,  a few late afternoons plus evenings, I got chance to explore the area around Phoenix and Scottsdale.   The clear...
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The Cabins, Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada (Where Gumbo Was #107)

DrFumblefinger ·
  This was a tough puzzle which eluded even our great TG travel sleuths.  In the above quiz photo we see evidence of a constructed dwelling in a place of red-rock, but not much else.   As Jonathan L pointed out, the image screams...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, February 24, 2015: Where is Apache Trail??

Dr.Y ·
Located at the northeastern edge of greater Phoenix area, the Apache Trail was recommended by our friend as Arizona’s oldest and most scenic driving trail. The winding 40 mile road takes you through the magnificent scenery of sometime steep...
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Scottsdale By the Numbers

Marilyn Jones ·
Scottsdale Attractions:          1) Hot Air Expeditions: Start your day in a hot air balloon soaring over the desert with the sun creeping over the mountains.         2) Taliesin West : Frank Lloyd...
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Route 66 - Pasadena to Needles

Jonathan L ·
Last summer I had the opportunity to do something I had always wanted to do - drive a significant portion of Route 66. Having spent 4 days in LA, I started a drive to Albuquerque to meet up with  The Amazing Ms. D. Instead of rushing down the...
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Historic Route 66 (pt 2) - Needles CA to Flagstaff AZ

Jonathan L ·
Leaving Needles CA, I drove a route that is a MUST DRIVE if you are the kind of person that loves road trips. The main portion of my day was spent on the longest continuous stretch of the original Route 66 that is still in place - From Topock AZ to...
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Historic Route 66 (pt 3) - Flagstaff to Gallup

Jonathan L ·
The next leg of my trip was the shortest distance I had to drive, but it took the longest time. There was a lot to see along the way.   Flagstaff AZ I was last in Flagstaff 20 years ago. It was a dismal depressed town in which nothing was...
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Death Valley National Park

My Thatched Hut ·
Death Valley is one of the most desolate place I have been. Others include central Greenland and the Dead Sea. Death Valley is the lowest place in the western hemisphere at 282 feet (86 metres) below sea level. The Dead Sea in Israel is 1,370...
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"Astro-Tourism" takes off in Chilean desert

PHeymont ·
A new form of tourism, traveling to places with sufficiently clear night skies for astronomy, has developed in recent years, and one of its hottest spots is the Atacama Desert of northern Chile, which has unpolluted clear dry air and no nearby cities...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, February 12, 2015: Desert Bighorn Sheep, Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Ottoman ·
  One of the things I love best about traveling are those great unexpected moments that you will never forget, moments that make you say "Wow"!   Such was the case when my family and I recently traveled to Las Vegas, Nevada.  We decided...
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Five outdoor activities to enjoy in Rajasthan

Pratap Singh ·
The monotonous routine life is full of boredom and stress. Outdoor adventurous activities are ultimate stress busters and fill your life with fun and excitement. Just slather your skin with a suntan and enjoy the out life under the open sky and sun. Rajasthan is a popular outdoor activity destination, and the major attractions are hot air balloon rides, paragliding, water sports, desert and camel safari. A few favorite destinations are: Desert safari at the Thar Desert The sand dunes in...
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May 17, 2020: Arizona Thunderstorm

Jonathan L ·
Jonathan L saw this passing storm while visiting Arizona.
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May 10, 2020: Mojave Desert in Winter

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger was driving between Death Valley and Las Vegas when he stopped to take a photo of the snow covered landscape.
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Exploring Namibia – Part 1

Professorabe ·
Professor Abe takes us on the beginning of a great safari adventure in Namibia, through some dramatic desert scenery.
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Art and Survival in the Tassili Plateau

Amateuremigrant ·
Bob Cranwell explores the heart of the Sahara -- a life filled with hardship, sand dunes and camel. A trip highlighted by the remarkable sights of Tassili n’Ajjer, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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April 10, 2018: Paradise Valley, Nevada

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger shares a stop at Paradise Valley in northern Nevada.
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Arches National Park, Utah. Where Gumbo was #33

DrFumblefinger ·
  Gumbo was enjoying the unparalleled beauty of the American Southwest.   Without having been there when the photo was taken, I would not have guessed it was taken in Arches National Park, at least not without having tried a dozen other...
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A Visit to the “Spine Garden:”Cactus in Arizona’s Sonora Desert

PHeymont ·
 Even a non-artist like me can make you think of the desert with just a few squiggles of a felt-tip marker. See above? I did it already…and what does the trick is that everyone has seen the image forever, even though the cactus in the...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct. 26, 2013: Aerial view of the Okavango Delta, Botswana

DrFumblefinger ·
 Surrounded by the brown sands of the Kalahari Desert is a large oasis of green and blue, the Okavango Delta.  An inland delta with no outlet, its waters sustain all life here, including large numbers of fish, birds and mammals. When...
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Pushkar and its Festival

Amateuremigrant ·
Bob Cranwell reflects on the desert town of Pushkar, normally a sleepy and relaxed place that every year during its famous full moon festival in November becomes a beehive of activity.
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Karoo Desert Garden, Worcester, South Africa

Professorabe ·
Professor Abe finds a travel gem in the desert in his visit to this beautiful South African botanical garden.
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov, 30 2013: Nazca Lines

DrFumblefinger ·
 Situated in Peru's coastal desert, about 400 km south of Lima, are a number of ancient geoglyphs the history and purpose of which is unknown.  It's thought they may have been crafted about the 5th or 6th century A.D.  These many...
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A visit to Great Basin National Park

DrFumblefinger ·
In the United States, a country with dozens of great national parks, it makes sense that there would be some “orphan” parks that are only rarely visited. Such is the case with Great Basin National Park in Nevada.  Great...
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Be sure to stop at Twin Falls, Idaho

DrFumblefinger ·
Most travelers seem in a big hurry to complete their drive on the I-84 freeway, through the lava fields of the Snake River Plain.  Their destinations are often Boise to the north, Yellowstone National Park to the east, or Salt Lake City to...
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Arches National Park — One of America’s Finest

DrFumblefinger ·
The United States is blessed with some beautiful geography — perhaps more varied than any other land.  Utah especially has some extremely unusual geology and is home to 5 National Parks, surpassed in number by only Alaska and California....
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Where Gumbo was #22. Skull Rock, Joshua Tree National Park, California

DrFumblefinger ·
  So far at least, no one has identified the location for this travel puzzle.  PHeymont correctly identified it as "Skull Rock", but did not provide a more specific site.   Gumbo was visiting one of America's most unusual parks, Joshua...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, May 11, 2015: Cactus Wren, Arizona

DrFumblefinger ·
  One of the prettiest songs you'll hear in the desert of the Southwestern United States and central Mexico is that of the cactus wren, the state bird of Arizona.  It's the largest American wren and  frequently nests within a cactus...
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A Springtime Walk in the Desert

DrFumblefinger ·
  I've been intrigued by deserts ever since I first visited one as a teenager.  The first impression I remember having is of a lifeless, hostile and barren place.  It's certainly a hostile environment but I couldn't have been more wrong...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, March 31, 2014: Saguaro National Park, Arizona

DrFumblefinger ·
I love visiting the saguaro cactus forest of southern Arizona almost as much as any of this state's great landmarks, including Petrified Forest National Park and Grand Canyon National Park .  The landscape intrigues me and no where is it better...
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The Ghan - an Australian rail journey of style and comfort

IslandMan ·
When we talk about luxury train travel, we conjure up images of the Orient Express and the British Pullman, Agatha Christie and Hercule Poirot, Indian Rajas and world heads of state, royalty and opulence, con men and espionage, and journeys that take...
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Gallery: Grand Army of the Republic Highway. One of the Most Scenic Road Trips in America!

DrFumblefinger ·
The United States has some of the planet's finest scenery and boasts dozens of great drives.  From the California's Pacific Coast Highway, to Montana's Going to the Sun Road, to Newfound Gap Road in the Smoky Mountains, there's scenic drives in...
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May 22, 2016. Oman

Grand Escapades ·
Oman is special. Where else on the Arabic Peninsula has some of the “Sinbad the Sailor” feeling survived?
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Life in the Sonora Desert

Travel Rob ·
Travel Rob shows us a look at the beautiful Sonora Desert near Tucson Arizona
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Lighthouses of Lake Havasu – Part 3 of 3

Samantha ·
The final part of our visit to the replica lighthouses of Lake Havasu, narrated by Samantha.
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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: Scottsdale By the Numbers

DrFumblefinger ·
I think Scottsdale (and Tucson as well) are among the most underrated travel destinations in the USA. The weather in the winter is near perfect and it's such a unique and interesting place to visit. Your photos and blog reminded me that I need to head back there sometime soon. Thanks, Marilyn!
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Re: May 22, 2016. Oman

Travel Rob ·
Great piece and photos!
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Re: May 22, 2016. Oman

DrFumblefinger ·
Love the photos!
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