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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, July 29, 2014. Shira Plateau, Tanzania

GarryRF ·
Was this part of a guided tour DrF. ? A safari ? The further I get from civilisation - I get more concerned for safety. Wild animals, clean water and getting lost ! Was this a family vacation ? You must be a "hardened traveller"
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, July 29, 2014. Shira Plateau, Tanzania

DrFumblefinger ·
Hi Garry, By law, you can not climb or go on Mount Kilimanjaro without hiring a local "crew", which would include guide, cooks, porters. Most people do this as part of a travel package, as did I, which for me also included a week of wildlife viewing on the Tanzanian savanna. They take good care of you -- show you the way, warn you of dangers (mostly the altitude and dehydration), carry most of your gear and boil your water and prepare your food. So while remote, it was not a really tough...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, July 29, 2014. Shira Plateau, Tanzania

GarryRF ·
I think I'd go to the Zoo with your family Dr.F. Cola and some popcorn ! I believe if you join the Army you can run up these mountains for free ! I'm taking an easy seat until my pension starts. Take my hat off to you for this one !
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, July 29, 2014. Shira Plateau, Tanzania

DrFumblefinger ·
Garry -- that's like saying stay at home with the kids and play in their kiddy pool instead of taking them to see the ocean. It was a hard but most fascinating trip. Standing on the roof of Africa, watching the sun rise above the clouds (which are thousands of feet below you) is an experience I'll never forget! But having done it once, I'm not going back anytime soon.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, July 29, 2014. Shira Plateau, Tanzania

GarryRF ·
We live near the ocean ! But yes - I take your point. Reminder - must buy a kiddy pool for all these Grandkids !
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, February 23, 2015: Skógafoss, Iceland

DrFumblefinger ·
  Iceland is a land of dramatic rugged scenery, especially along its south shore.  There are lots of great sites here, one of my favorites being  Skógafoss .  Located in the pretty little town of Skogar, this...
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Steamboat Rock, Washington — Wildflowers and Vistas galore!

DrFumblefinger ·
 The large basalt mass of Steamboat Rock is a distinct landmark in Central Washington state.  Steamboat Rock State Park is a dozen miles southwest of the massive Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River. The Park is on a peninsula...
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Sri Lanka: A Land Like No Other (Part 9) Horton Plains

DrFumblefinger ·
My first introduction to Horton Plains National Park was in Hans Mohemius’ photo room at his home in Colombo.  Hans was a skilled amateur photographer who shared with me a magical photo of a sunrise...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, November 4, 2013: Sunset and Sunrise, Western Icefields, Mt. Kilimanjaro

DrFumblefinger ·
 I enjoy watching sunsets and sunrises whenever I can, mostly because of their beautiful light.  This particular sunset (above) was partially blocked by a thick convoluted mass of clouds below us, but the diffused and changing light were...
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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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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, March 23, 2015: Dawn at Sheffield Camp, Mt. Kilimanjaro

DrFumblefinger ·
  One of the most memorable mornings I've ever experienced was at Sheffield camp on the Shira route of Mt. Kilimanjaro.  When the sun set the night before, we were on a dry desert plateau around 15,000 ft above sea level.  When we awoke...
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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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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, November 22, 2014: Orvieto

PortMoresby ·
  Almost at the end of a round-the-world trip, idling in Rome with nothing in particular planned until our flights home, travel pal Jim and I decided to take the train to Orvieto for a wander around on a gray Christmas Eve.   The old town...
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Hiking Angel's Landing in Zion National Park

Nate Alger ·
Nate shares one of his favorite hikes, the famous Angel's Landing trail in beautiful Zion National Park.
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Svartisdal, Norway, Part 1

Amateuremigrant ·
Bob Cranwell shares wonderful travel memories of camping in the Norwegian backcountry, in the shadow of a great glacier!
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Dispatches from Ikaria: Pt. 3

Professorabe ·
Professor Abe's visit to Ikaria continues, with some great sightseeing spots. We drift to local fresh foods and cuisine. You'll be salivating by the time you reach the end of this post!
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200 Years of History on the Erie Canal

Jonathan L ·
After 200 years, the Erie Canal is still at work, and at leisure. JonathanL follows it from Buffalo to Albany for a great tour.
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Journey through Karnataka: Bangalore to Mysore

Professorabe ·
Professor Abe presents the first of a six-part series documenting a journey through Karnataka, India. Our journey begins in Bangalore.
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Nature in England: Snettisham Bird Reserve

Kirsten Hines ·
Kirsten Hines, a lover and documenter of nature, continues her journey of discovery in England with a stop at the Snettisham Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) Reserve.
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The Best Thing to Order is What They’ve Got

Amateuremigrant ·
Bob Cranwell shares an adventure into the Ethiopian highlands -- his was the first group of tourists to arrive after the rainy season and they found nothing was stocked or ready for them. What to do? Let Bob explain.
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Burden Iron Works, Troy NY—a trip through industrial history

Jonathan L ·
Jonathan L finds another small museum with a great story: the history of the early industrial revolution along the Erie Canal.
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Recommended Israel Private Tours For Summer 2020

Naman ·
Naman suggests some highlights for you to see when touring Israel (sponsored content)
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A Trek to Mount Kilimanjaro: 1) Ascent to Shira

DrFumblefinger ·
(Summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, viewed from the Shira plateau) Mt. Kilimanjaro has fascinated me ever since I read Ernest Hemingway’s classic novella, “The Snows of Kilimanjaro“.  Little did I know as a schoolboy that I would...
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A Trek to Mount Kilimanjaro: 2) Ice and Snow

DrFumblefinger ·
 (Fresh snow at sunrise, Sheffield Camp) We had ascended the western base of the volcano this past half week, had hiked through jungle and moorland, as I’ve described in a prior blog post here, and were now entering Kilimanjaro’s...
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A Trek to Mount Kilimanjaro: 3) Summit and Descent

DrFumblefinger ·
(Western Icefields, viewed from near the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro) We had spent the past week slowly working our way up the slopes of Kilimanjaro via the Shira route, an experience I’ve previously described in blog posts here. ...
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Ethiopia Musings: 1) Getting to Addis

Lestertheinvestor ·
  I recently had the wonderful opportunity of going to the Black Lion Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to teach pathology at the University of Addis Ababa. The University was founded in 1950,  with 7 campuses in and around the city. I...
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Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo, Norway Captures More Than Nudity

Travel Rob ·
  Vigeland Sculpture Park in Frogner Park, Oslo, Norway was a lot more than I expected. The sculpture park is Gustav Vigeland's lifework and has more than 200 nude sculptures in bronze, granite and wrought iron. Vigeland not...
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Twin Falls, Yoho National Park

DrFumblefinger ·
    (Twin Falls, Yoho NP)   In a region of dramatic scenery and jaw-dropping beauty, the Yoho Valley more than holds its own.  Situated in Canada's Rocky Mountains, it's one of the most amazing places I've ever visited.   The...
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Archaeologists unveil 24 "new" Nazca Line Geoglyphs

DrFumblefinger ·
    Japanese archaeologists (Univ. of Yamagata) announced their discovery of 2 dozen new geoglyphs on Peru's the Nazca Plateau, a mile north of the city of Nazca.  These shapes are mostly geometric designs similar to others the region...
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The Sanity Clause (apologies to Groucho Marx)

Amateuremigrant ·
Bob Cranwell explores the origins of the Santa Claus myth drawing on his extensive travel experiences for supportive facts.
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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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The Giant's Causeway, Ireland

PHeymont ·
The Giant's Causeway combines spectacular views, geological history and a charming legend.
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Active Leisure: Walking Tours around Australia

VictoriaLim ·
New contributor Victoria Lim has several terrific suggestions on active walking vacations in Australia. It's good for your body and your mind, so get going!
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The Best Thing to Order is What They’ve Got

Amateuremigrant ·
Bob Cranwell shares an adventure into the Ethiopian highlands -- his was the first group of tourists to arrive after the rainy season and they found nothing was stocked or ready for them. What to do? Let Bob explain.
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Central India, Pt.1: Gwalior

Professorabe ·
Professor Abe shares the magnificent sights of Gwalior, including some magnificent temples and palaces.
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day: May 6th, 2014. Cairo Roadside Cafe

IslandMan ·
     We visited Egypt in early 2013, before the political strife hit the fan, and were very thankful we did. Whilst making our way to the Giza Plateau one morning our bus had to manoeuvre its way through several back streets and stop...
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A journey around Iceland: 3) South Iceland

DrFumblefinger ·
 (Black sand beach in Vik, Iceland) Many think South Iceland offers the island’s most spectacular scenery.  It’s hard to argue with this except to say that we found all of Iceland to be filled with...
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A journey around Iceland: 4) North Iceland

DrFumblefinger ·
(Godafoss waterfall, northern Iceland) Our journey around the Ring Road continued as we headed north on the eastern shore of the island towards northern Iceland.  (I've again chosen to describe our experiences here in sequential...
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Montmartre Cemetery, Paris

PHeymont ·
For reasons I can’t completely explain, the great cemeteries of Paris are among the city’s major tourist attractions. There is the amazing statuary to be seen, yes. There are the graves of the rich and famous, certainly. There is the...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, July 29, 2014. Shira Plateau, Tanzania

DrFumblefinger ·
Mt. Kilimanjaro  was formed by fusion of three extinct volcanoes (Kibo — 19340′; Mawenzi –16896′; and Shira -- 13000').  There are several routes to Mt. Kilimanjaro's summit most of which are very steep, but get you...
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7 of many reasons to choose Bulgaria for your next trip

Travelling Buzz ·
I'm honored to introduce you my charming and full of history home country - Bulgaria!   Bulgaria  is small but charming country in Southeast Europe. It is a European, Balkan, Black Sea and Danube country. Its geographic...
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February 22, 2016: Tengboche Monastery, Nepal

DrFumblefinger ·
Situated in the Khumbu region of Nepal, surrounded by the beautiful Himalayan mountains, this Buddhist monastery is half way point to the Everest Base Camp.
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Journey to Jordan: Amman and Jarash

Professorabe ·
ProfessorAbe and his wife begin a series of reports on an extended trip through Jordan and its long history.
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Most Amazing Camping Pitches in Australia

ArronHidd ·
From the clear blue waters of the Pacific, to the scorching red sands of the Outback, Australia is a vast, beautiful continent yearning for discovery and exploration. Because of its size, and diverse natural wealth, the Land Down Under is the most spectacular destination you will ever visit. However, if you truly want to experience the wild beauty of this amazing country-continent, the only real way to do it is by camping out. So, pack your tent, roll-up your sleeping bag, and take a look at...
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The Samariá Gorge, Crete

Ian Cook ·
The Samariá Gorge is a National Park in Greece (since 1962) and is situated on the island of Crete – a major tourist attraction of the island – and a World's Biosphere Reserve.
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Must See Tourist Attractions When You Are On A Trip To Tibet

tibettriphub ·
Tibet is much more than Everest base camp , all you need to do is brace yourself for some adventure and take the ride across this amazing roof of the world. Here is a list that you may like to go through, in this write-up we are taking up the attractions on a regional basis: 1. Lhasa Tourist Sites: The capital of this place, it is one of the most spectacular sites with a snow plateau at its base and best sunrises on the top. It is the city of sunlight as it enjoys longest sunrises than any...
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A Comprehensive Guide of traveling in Ha Giang by Motorbike

Happyzip ·
Happy Zip Motorbikes offers a dynamite motorcycle driving trip in Vietnam. If you love bikes, this is one not to miss (sponsored content).
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Langtang Views, Part 1

Amateuremigrant ·
Bob Cranwell, the Amateur Emigrant, shares memories of an exhausting but rewarding visit to a remote area of Nepal.
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Mountain Passes in Ladakh Lift Your Spirit High

Vishnu Kumar ·
“Mountains are calling, and I must go.” John Muir wrote down the feelings into words which we all feel after getting exhausted in the routine of daily life. We need an escape and what could be better than the cold desert of Indian, Ladakh. Whether it’s the beauty of mountains, thrill, adventure and wanderlust, Ladakh keeps everything at upscale. Every mountain pass in Ladakh comes with new challenges, and every turn is a new victory. There is a common saying about Ladakh “A place where the...
 
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