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Re: Diamond Head State Monument, Oahu (Where Gumbo Was #230)

GarryRF ·
On my last visit to Diamond Head we left near to the closing time. A large Limousine was waiting to take us back to Waikiki. I hadn't ordered one but the driver insisted we used him to take us back. "I will charge you the same as the Taxi fare you paid to get here" Sounded like an offer too good to refuse ! Before we arrived back in Waikiki another 4 couples had joined our Taxi ride. Had to admire the driver for ingenuity. Very good earner !
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Re: Where in the World is Gumbo #14

DrFumblefinger ·
PortMoresby, I always knew you were just a romantic at heart. But I thought you more of a moon-lite stroll along the Seine than a sewer tour, but life is full of surprises!
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Re: Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit, Kennedy Space Center

GarryRF ·
Last launch I watched was from the East Coast of Florida - maybe near Cocoa Beach. The Sky was complete darkness, just a few stars and the moon. We were listening to the launch radio station from about T minus 15 minutes - as NASA described the last minute checks. A few seconds before launch time you could see the ground at Cape Canaveral illuminated like a bright white flare. The steam from the launch pad turned into a white cloud and on "Zero" the rocket was moving slowly into the air. For...
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Re: Idaho's Craters of the Moon National Monument

GarryRF ·
Quite an extensive piece of work DrF. Very interesting. And a pleasure to read. Is the site still hot below ground ? I've visited a few volcanos and climbed the crater. But knowing its been dormant for so long doesn't inspire me to overstay my welcome !
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Re: Idaho's Craters of the Moon National Monument

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for reading the piece and for your comment, GarryRF! The "Yellowstone" hot spot has migrated over the past thousands of years from eastern Oregon, across southern Idaho and now sits right under Yellowstone National Park. Actually the hot spot hasn't move at all, the earth's places move away from the hot spot, but it's just another way of thinking about it. I'd be careful about being around an active volcano but don't mind hanging around places like this or much of the Hawaiian...
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Re: Idaho's Craters of the Moon National Monument

GarryRF ·
Yellowstone National Park has over 500 Geyser's - so I guess that counts as a "Hot Spot" (I just Googled it) I remember the smell of sulphur being one of the giveaways to a live site so I'll sniff my way about! Thanks for the info DrF.
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Re: Where in the World is Gumbo? #22

DrFumblefinger ·
It is completely natural erosion causing the shapes in the rocks you see in the photos. Only fireflies, moon and starlight at night.....
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Re: A Morality Tale: An iPhone's Solo Excursion in Paris

PortMoresby ·
I've just put in a request for Gopnik's 'Paris to the Moon' at my local library. The title is so familiar to me that I thought I must surely own it or have read it. Or maybe one that I had every intention of reading and forgot. We'll see. He sounds like one of those valuable writers who condense a million of our own half-thoughts into a few words we all wish we could assemble ourselves.
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Re: Photography at the Edges, New York & San Francisco

PortMoresby ·
Did you know that the visionary faked 'Moonrise, Hernandez'? Yep. I guess you could say "enhanced". There was no moon. Information courtesy of a friend who worked with AA. Said he was the nicest guy ever.
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Re: Books That Sent You Packing (your bag, that is)

DrFumblefinger ·
People always laugh when I tell them this but the book that most inspired me to travel was Arthur C Clarke's "2001 a Space Odyssey". It made me want to see the universe -- or at least Clavius Base on the moon. It wasn't until later that I learned I'd have to settle for staying on the planet. Little did I know those journeys would one day lead me to the home and friendship of the man who wrote the book that so inspired me.
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Re: March 30, 2017: Calgary Skyline at Night

Travel Luver ·
Great photo! The wispy clouds around the moon really make the shot.
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Re: Books That Send You Packing...

DrFumblefinger ·
I enjoy a good fiction book as well as non-fiction, especially if the writer is skilled. I really liked "Travels" by the late great Michael Crichton, my favorite of the nonfiction travel books I've read.. "Robinson Crusoe" made me want to visit tropical islands as a boy. "Fantastic Voyage" by Isaac Asimov intrigued me with traveling at a cellular level, within a human body no less (maybe lead to my current day job?) And my all-time favorite, "2001: A Space Odyssey". Made me want to travel to...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Dec 6, 2013: Taj Mahal - India’s architectual jewel

GarryRF ·
Emperor Shah Jahan himself described the Taj in these words: Should guilty seek asylum here, Like one pardoned, he becomes free from sin. Should a sinner make his way to this mansion, All his past sins are to be washed away. The sight of this mansion creates sorrowing sighs; And the sun and the moon shed tears from their eyes. In this world this edifice has been made; To display thereby the creator's glory. Sounds like he was a great man in his time !
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Re: California road trip ideas

Former Member ·
Elephant seals are always good. If you also want to see their smaller cousins, the sea lions, you can find them at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. It is about 40 minutes south of San Francisco at Moss Beach. Nearby Half Moon Bay has several reasonably priced restaurants with views of the ocean. Check this nifty video of the Reserve http://www.fitzgeraldreserve.o...rald-marine-reserve/
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Re: Crater Lake — The Most Beautiful Lake In The World(!?)

GarryRF ·
Certainly is beautiful DrF !! Those snow capped mountains scare me off from wanting to dive into the lake. People do apply odd descriptions to wonderful things. My favourite is "It was breath-taking" The number of times I've applied the Heimlich manoeuvre to someone who's been choking on a magnificent vista. Please tell me - are the Canadians addicted to calling everything "Awesome" too ?
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Re: Crater Lake — The Most Beautiful Lake In The World(!?)

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for your comments, Garry. The lake, as you would expect for one so high up, is too cold for most people to want to swim in it. But it's pretty awesome, eh? I'd say the "eh?" is perhaps the best way to identify a Canadian. Awesome I've heard used most everywhere I go, and Awesome certainly can be applied to this lake. Hope you have a very pleasant New Year, GarryRF!
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Re: Crater Lake — The Most Beautiful Lake In The World(!?)

GarryRF ·
I would describe both Crater Lake and the Grand Canyon as Awe inspiring.. A fitting use of the word. You all have yourself an Awesome year too - eh ?
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Re: John F Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for the comment, PHeymont. Yes, it did seem thinks were working at warp speed in the 1960s, slowed down after that and have mostly come to a halt now. But there are still the great unmanned probes being launched (eg. Mars Rover), and the new Orion project promises to be quite exciting -- at least in its potential. It might be what takes man to Mars. I'd be happy just for a return to the moon. See how modern technology has changed the process of getting there.
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Re: Where in the World is Gumbo #17

WorkerBee ·
"Blue Highways" was a good read. Having traveled some of those roads both before and after the book was written I have seen that some of the places chronicled and pictured by Least Heat-Moon are gone. Others have changed. Roads have disappeared. This could be one of the roads he traveled. That looks like a lonely highway out there.
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Re: The Changing Mood of Calgary Skies

Travel Rob ·
Love the idea of photos taken in different seasons from the same spot.My favorite of your excellent photos above has to the Crescent-Moon Shot
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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, December 14, 2014: Koh Phangan

Non Stop Destination ·
  We arrived at Koh Phangan, famous for its parties, right after the infamous Full Moon party. Backpackers were leaving while we still had to discover the party island.   I’m not a party enthusiast, so I was reasonably pleased to see...
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Arctic Birds on Migration: Saskatchewan

My Thatched Hut ·
    Many of the Arctic birds are large white birds such as geese and swans but also include smaller and different coloured sandpipers and other birds.   Where is the best place to see these magnificent Arctic birds?  The most...
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Sri Lanka: A Land Like No Other (Part 1b). Visiting Sir Arthur C. Clarke

DrFumblefinger ·
Part 1a of this blog series discussed the city of Colombo.  This post focuses on its most famous resident, Sir Arthur C. Clarke   (Sir Arthur, at a desk.  An email addict, he loved the power of computers)   Much of my time in...
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Sri Lanka: A Land Like No Other. (Part 3) The ancient city of Anuradhapura

DrFumblefinger ·
A great opportunity available to any traveler to Ceylon is the chance to explore the country’s rich history and extensive archaeology.  This post describes my visit to the oldest ancient site in Sri Lanka,...
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Sri Lanka: A Land Like No Other (Part 6). Polonnaruwa

DrFumblefinger ·
 The eastern most point visited when touring Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle is Polonnaruwa.  The ruins in this ancient capitol are the best preserved and most varied in Ceylon and it’s well worth the effort to visit them. ...
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Sri Lanka: A Land Like No Other (Part 7). Kandy

DrFumblefinger ·
 The Sinhalese name for this city is Maha Nuvara (Senkadagalapura), impossible for the British colonialists to pronounce so they just called it Kandy.  Located in the forested foothills of the central mountains about 1500 feet (450...
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Monterey Bay Aquarium: Oceans Apart

Lestertheinvestor ·
  Located directly on the Monterey Bay just south of Santa Cruz is a sprawling complex of nearly 200 exhibits of more than 550 species in a 2 storey building nearly 30 years old: the Monterey Bay Aquarium (MBA). Started in 1978, and open to the...
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Viewing the Northern Lights: Tips and Techniques

YarnsofWhalesandSnow ·
When you see the Northern Lights for the first time, they seem unreal. Almost magical, maybe even scary to some. The Aurora Borealis is one of the most spectacular natural phenomena you can observe and well worth a journey to the northern parts of the...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, March 24, 2015: Chinese lantern festival in Toronto’s Ontario Place

Dr.Y ·
    The lantern festival is on the 15 th day of Chinese New Year season on the lunar calendar, and it usually also corresponds to the full moon.  It marks the end of the Chinese New Season.  After this day, lives goes back to...
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Road Trip, Day 5: My Birthday in Chinatown

PortMoresby ·
  March 13, 2015    I was born in San Francisco and it was the only place I wanted to be on this ending-in-zero birthday.  More specifically, in Chinatown, like China, but better in some ways.  I’ve loved it for as long...
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Street Food and Market: Istanbul

HSussman ·
This was our third trip to Istanbul, and we had already covered all the major “must do” tourist locations and several of the minor ones. Yes, Istanbul has some great restaurants, but it’s time to relax and pay some attention to...
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Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, Toronto

DrFumblefinger ·
  One of Toronto’s newest big attractions is Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada , with underwater creatures and habitats from across the globe.   It's in a fabulous location, on the harborfront adjoining the CN Tower, Rogers Center and...
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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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Arctic Tern Colony, Long Nanny, Northumberland

Ian Cook ·
Ian Cook shares a gallery of photos and detailed natural history of this fascinating bird, which has the world's longest migratory routes.
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June 11, 2017: Moonrise over Southern Alberta

Pierre Renault ·
Lovely nightshot captured by Pierre in Southern Alberta.
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Granville Island Glimpses

PHeymont ·
Famed for its public market, Granville Island also has great views of Vancouver, boats, water, and lots of visitors.
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The Great Eclipse of 2017

Jonathan L ·
A day set aside to watch the eclipse turned into a day of new friends and good times for Jonathan L, who viewed near Knoxville, Tennessee.
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Solar Eclipse 2017! The view from Baker City, Oregon

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger shares his experiences with viewing the total solar eclipse of 2017. He experienced it in eastern Oregon and found the moments of totality to be an amazing -- even moving experience.
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Diamond Head State Monument, Oahu (Where Gumbo Was #230)

DrFumblefinger ·
Gumbo was visiting Oahu's most famous landmark, Diamond Head, an extinct volcanic crater adjoining Honolulu. Our puzzle clues took us up the path to the rim of the crater, with its splendid views of Oahu and especially Waikiki beach.
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Could NASA plans be the new Concorde?

PHeymont ·
NASA is funding new research into the possibility of supersonic flight quiet enough to be allowed, and cheap enough to be profitable.
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Visiting the Poas Volcano, Costa Rica

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger visits one of the view active volcanoes in Costa Rica, and catches a glimpse of the crater and its lake through thick volcanic fog.
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Poking around Berkeley Springs, West Virginia

Stephanie Kalina-Metzger ·
Stephanie Kalina-Metzger shares a visit to the small and historic West Virginia town of Berkeley Springs.
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Dusk at Agra's Moon Garden

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger visits the Moon Garden in Agra, where he got his first view of the Taj Mahal across the Yamuna River.
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Surprising Destination: Batumi, Georgia

Lestertheinvestor ·
LestertheInvestor visits a Black Sea resort city popular with Russians and filled with unusual art and buildings.
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Oct. 29, 2019: Room with a View—The Acropolis

Marilyn Jones ·
On her first night in Greece, Marilyn Jones snags a hotel room with one of the world's most iconic views.
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Back to drive-ins for social distance

PHeymont ·
A mobile outdoor movie theatre could be coming to your town, allowing you to watch movies with your neighbors—and keep your (social) distance.
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Craters Of The Moon National Monument, Arco, Idaho

Samantha ·
Samantha and her husband had a great time exploring Craters of the Moon National Monument until the rains came.
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April 22, 2020: More from Craters of the Moon

Samantha ·
Samantha shares some more pictures from her visit to Craters Of The Moon National Monument in Arco, Idaho.
 
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