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Re: What is your Favorite Travel Destination in America?

DrFumblefinger ·
I am particularly fond of the west. This includes the Rocky Mountains which extends over many states and into Canada. Alaska is also a very special place to visit.
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Re: Emirates Adds a 3rd US Frequent Flier Partner

Former Member ·
There are a lot of possibilities with these airlines to both have budget flights and earn lots of miles. The combined route maps must be interesting.
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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 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: Ellis Island - Island of Hope or Island of Tears?

GarryRF ·
I live in England and have spoken with many folks in the US with similar surnames ( Family names ) as mine. They are tracing their family back to England.. 100 years or so ago. But because their surname is spelt differently to mine then it presumed they aren't descended from my ancestors. Before attending school became compulsory many people could not write their own names. They would just sign it with an X. So when immigrants were boarding a ship - from here in Liverpool - to New York they...
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Re: Ellis Island - Island of Hope or Island of Tears?

Marilyn Jones ·
It has been years since I visted Ellis Island. I really enjoyed "going back" when I read your article and looked at your excellent photos. Thank you for the memories; awesome place everyone should visit!
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Re: Ellis Island - Island of Hope or Island of Tears?

PHeymont ·
As Garry points out, many people had their names altered or lost in the immigration process...and that was particularly true for people whose language was far different from that of the U.S. immigration inspectors. In those cases, the inspector wrote down what he thought he heard, or cared to, and voila! Bzorkinowitz becomes Burke. As a child, I knew families that were split: Some members used the original East European names, and heaped scorn on their cousins who used what they referred to...
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Re: Ellis Island - Island of Hope or Island of Tears?

Travel Rob ·
Great blog! To get the other side of the picture, see the Emigrants to a New World Gallery at the Merseyside Maritime in Liverpool. Really a must see pairing if you have enjoyed going to one of them.
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Re: Ellis Island - Island of Hope or Island of Tears?

DrFumblefinger ·
It's also been a number of years since I visited Ellis Island, which we coupled with a tour of the Statue of Liberty (it's neighboring island). I also recall it being an eye-opening experience. Lots of interesting exhibits and you definitely leave with a different perspective of those immigrants than when you arrived. They were brave people, entering a strange new world that was for all purposes free of any tangible benefits except for freedom and opportunity. And opportunity comes with a...
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Re: It wasn't scary enough, so now...no floor!

Ava ·
This is becoming more common with some older coasters, and most fans enjoy it. I'm not crazy about it, but at least it's different.
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Thanksgiving Flyers: More than 25 Million!

PHeymont ·
According to industry source Airlines for America, domestic airlines expect 25.1 million passengers over the Thanksgiving break--more than last year, and almost equal to 1 in every 12 Americans. With that many on the road, who's cooking the turkey?...
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Southwest, Virgin America buy LGA gates from AA, new service soon

PHeymont ·
Southwest, now the biggest U.S. domestic carrier, and Virgin America will expand service from New York's Laguardia Airport using gate slots bought from American Airlines. The sale was part of the requirement for merger approval of AA and USAir, which...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Dec. 26, 2013: Mall of America, Bloomington, Minnesota

Ottoman ·
  The Mall of America, Minneapolis, Minnesota.  As you can see in this photo, the Mall of America (which opened in 1992) has something for everybody.  Activities include (just to mention a few) an amusement park (Nickleodeon...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Sept. 19, 2013: Machu Picchu, Peru

DrFumblefinger ·
 Machu Picchu is a well known Inca ruin situated on top of a steep granite peak in the Peruvian Andes (2430 m above sea level).  Despite the altitude, its location near the equator provides a warm climate and the hills on which it rests are...
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Emirates Adds a 3rd US Frequent Flier Partner

PHeymont ·
Emirates Airways, which serves over 130 cities on 6 continents from its hub in Dubai, has added another U.S. frequent-flyer partner: Virgin America, which flies from 7 of Emirates' 8 U.S. cities. Emirates already has links with JetBlue and Alaska. The...
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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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Old San Juan - Museo de las Americas/La Princesa

Jonathan L ·
Museo de las Americas One of the highlights of visiting the Museo de las Americas (web site) in Old San Juan is the “Indian in America” which is a permanent exhibit. This is recognition of over 20 tribes from around the Americas....
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Panama's Copa adds SFO, links to 55 Latin America cities

PHeymont ·
Panama's Copa Airlines is adding San Francisco as its 12th U.S. destination, connecting California to its "Hub of the Americas" in Panama City. From there, Copa's 737s fly to 55 cities in Latin America.   San Francisco is a strategic move; Copa...
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Busy summer predicted for U.S. air travel

PHeymont ·
2015 could be the busiest summer for air travel in U.S. history, breaking a record set in 2007, before the big recession. Airlines for America, the lobbying arm of the major U.S. carriers, is predicting 222 million travelers between June 1 and August...
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Free checked bags and paid overhead? Maybe...

PHeymont ·
Virgin America cabin...which space is up for sale next?    Photo: Virgin America   If you're wondering what comes next in the world of airline fees, check this interview with airline execs at the Phoenix International Aviation...
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U.S. has a (nearly) ghost airport, too

PHeymont ·
We've written here before about Spain's Castellon airport, until recently marooned without flights since it opened several years ago. But USA Today has uncovered a U.S. airport in nearly the same situation.   Mid America Airport in Muscoutah, IL,...
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A 2400 Mile Classic Car Road Rally Begins in December

Travel Rob ·
Americas Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington is going to hold a road rally for classic car fans in December called "the Drive Home." Three classics cars, a 1957 Chevrolet Nomad, a 1961 Chrysler300g and a 1966 Ford Mustang will...
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Cruise line updates: Win some, lose some

PHeymont ·
Cruise lines have announced some changes in plans and prices recently; two big ones are a trend to higher daily gratuity charges on board, and a move to more flexibility in choosing flights as part of cruise packages. Princess Cruises is raising daily...
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Trouble in paradise: Delta quits airline lobby

PHeymont ·
Delta has left the building...or at least the lobby. They've announced they are quitting Airlines for America, the lobbying organization that speaks for many of America's carriers, including the Big 3 legacy carriers.   The splitting issue is air...
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Places where nature has taken over

DrFumblefinger ·
Many of us think of man as "dominating and destroying the world", to the point where we forget how resilient nature is.  Came across this interesting photo essay from Telegraph Travel on places nature has come back.  Well worth a look, I...
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Whoa! Not so fast on that shrinking baggage size!

PHeymont ·
The luggage line-up...which ones will fit?   The public roared, and the lion has retreated, at least for now. When the International Air Transport Association, an organization of over 250 airlines, announced a plan last week for a...
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Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences

Marilyn Jones ·
  It may seem unusual for a travel writer to be interested in the abandoned, derelict and forgotten. I am usually telling my readers where to travel and what to visit when they get there. But Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences is such a...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, August 24, 2015: Pronghorn Antelope

DrFumblefinger ·
  As we were leaving Yellowstone National Park through its northern entrance, we came across this lone pronghorn antelope beside the road just outside of Gardiner, Montana.  There was a convenient pullout so I parked, grabbed my camera and...
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JetBlue joins Virgin America on NY-Palm Spings route

PHeymont ·
Palm Springs in the distance with beautiful desert landscape.     Photo: Stan Shebs / Wikimedia   JetBlue is adding Palm Springs, CA as a destination for the winter season, giving shivering New Yorkers another way to head for warm...
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Robert Redford narrates Travel Channel, Park Service videos

PHeymont ·
Robert Redford, an actor long associated with outdoor and environmental issues, is taking on new roles as a narrator for outdoor documentaries, starting with a role as narrator of Travel Channel's new series, America the Beautiful, which premieres...
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It's official: Alaska Airlines buys Virgin America

PHeymont ·
It's a deal: Alaska Airlines made it official this morning that the company is buying Virgin America and will operate as a single airline, possibly under two names.
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Is Virgin America headed for the altar?

PHeymont ·
Virgin America may be up for sale, and there are reported offers from JetBlue and Alaska Airlines, with Delta possibly coming to the table as well.
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Airlines better on service, but complaints rise

PHeymont ·
Virgin America takes top spot in the latest annual quality ratings. For all airlines, 3 categories showed improvement, but complaints rose anyway.
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Still a future for Virgin America?

PHeymont ·
Alaska Airlines may continue to operate its Virgin America as a separate brand, similar to major European carriers such as Air France/KLM.
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Panama's new canal open to more cruises

PHeymont ·
The opening of the Panama Canal's new, larger locks means cruise lines can use larger ships for cruises through the canal. But issues remain.
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Terror attack takes Istanbul off cruise map

PHeymont ·
Cruise lines, which had already reduced stops in Turkey after earlier attacks in Istanbul and Ankara, have canceled many more port calls.
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Virgin America flies into crowded Hawaii skies

PHeymont ·
Virgin America doubles its Hawaii routes in a market already heavily served by all the majors, plus Hawaiian and Allegiant.
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FAA funding bill: battleground of amendments

PHeymont ·
As Congress begins work on the FAA funding bill, consumer advocates and industry lobbyists go to work to get their favorite amendments included.
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Ellis Island - Island of Hope or Island of Tears?

Samantha ·
Visiting the former immigration center, Samantha finds it was both a new start for many and the end of a dream for others.
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Heritage liveries on display on AA planes

PHeymont ·
American Airlines heritage livery plan gets its last two jets.
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Holland America gets 10 perfect health inspections in 2015

Travel Rob ·
Holland America received 10 perfect United States Public Health inspections in 2015
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Vikings land in North America ...again!

PHeymont ·
A replica Viking longship, the biggest built in modern times, has completed a month-long journey from Norway in the track of Leif Ericcson.
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Old San Juan - Museo de las Americas is a Must See

Jonathan L ·
Museo de las Americas   One of the highlights of visiting the Museo de las Americas  (web site)  in Old San Juan is the “Indian in America” which is a permanent exhibit. This is recognition of over 20 tribes from around the...
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Virgin America gets American's Love Field gates

PHeymont ·
Two gates at Dallas' Love Field that American was required to give up as part of its merger deal will go to Virgin America, which will shift its Dallas operations there from DFW. They're adding flights between Love and SFO, LAX, and Washington Reagan...
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April 8, 2017: Mate: South America's morning Brew

DrFumblefinger ·
Seattle may have its Starbucks coffee, but Argentina has its mate. A look at southern South America's favorite caffeinated beverage.
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More Merger News: AA to get"single certificate" next week

PHeymont ·
The Federal Aviation Administration is allowing the merged American/USAir to take the next step on its merger path; it announced Monday that it will issue the "single operating certificate (SOC)" that will remove the last barriers to the company...
 
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