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Re: Tuktoyaktuk: A village on the Arctic Coast of Canada

My Thatched Hut ·
I don't know much about global warming. I suspect that pollution contributes to it, but these things also happen on their own as we know from ice ages and warming periods in the past. I have noticed long periods of warm weather but then it gets cold again. I have read that the Arctic ice is melting but this coming winter is predicted to be very cold here in Canada. Although I have travelled in the Arctic, I have not spent enough time there to observe any climate changes. There are scientists...
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Re: Finding Reiner #2: Chasing Ghosts

Bluragger ·
Here we go! I am so eager to learn more about that old house which is pictured so beautifully in the mountain idyll of Poland. My fantasy is of undiscovered family treasures in the attic which the Polish police, who now occupy that building, would gladly be rid of. Whit, don't forget to search the attic when you get there. Ha! I am sure glad you are Finding Reiner.
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Re: Yosemite National Park: A walk among Giants. Hiking in the Mariposa Grove

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for all your comments. Followup: DrY. Yes, you and your family should see this sometime. You would love it! We need to plan out a trip to California for you that includes its best parks and some city sites. PHeymont. Yes, you must DO Yosemite. I recommend mid to late May as the best time to go as the waterfalls are brimming with meltwater. I like hikes of all types and can still do "moderate" hikes, though no longer take on "challenging" ones. But the Mariposa grove is doable by...
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Re: Banff National Park: Hiking Johnson Lake

PHeymont ·
Fascinating to see that a hike in such rugged scenery can actually be an easy walk! There must be many more like that, that compare to a serious city walk and not to mountain-climbing. Good!
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Re: Borneo: Last Stop, Kuching

MAD Travel Diaries ·
In all my travels to SE Asia, I haven't made it to Borneo yet. You describe it just as I imagined it to be.
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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: High Atlas Bride Fair, Imchlil, Morocco

DrFumblefinger ·
A fascinating piece, Mac! Would you know if the custom continues, or whether or things have "modernized"? And I also share your nightmares of passing massive lorries on those narrow mountain roads.
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Re: Romania-top 10 destinations of 2014

DrFumblefinger ·
I'm not sure why more people aren't coming to Romania, but I think in the next decade you'll see that change. And alphabet is right. You might get tired of all these masses. Twenty years ago no one was in Prague and now millions visit it every year (to the point where the locals are definitely tired of us) The country certainly is lovely. I presume it's pretty safe for independent travelers to get around in. What would be the best season to travel, especially to enjoy the beautiful mountain ...
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A tropical oasis: Wahiawa Botanical Garden, Oahu

DrFumblefinger ·
  I'm fond of exploring parks and libraries in the cities I visit, for different reasons.  Libraries are fun because I love and collect books, and because the quality of a city's libraries tells me a lot about that city's priorities. ...
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Visiting historic Skagway, Alaska

My Thatched Hut ·
    Skagway, Alaska owes its existence to the Klondike Gold Rush in the late 1800s.  There were three main routes to the Klondike.  One route was across Alaska.  A second was the all-Canadian route starting at Edmonton and...
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Following the European Beer Trail: Oktoberfest to Sorrento

followthelocal ·
To answer your question. Yes, Italians drink beer. It’s not a well-known pastime of Italy, however it is becoming more common. But before we get to Italy let me tell you about my beer adventure that led me to central Italy.   I started the...
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Why you should visit Borneo

Go Live Explore ·
  Borneo is a magnificent island full of life and wilderness, and is home to some of the most endangered animals in the world. Located off the eastern coast of Malaysia, Borneo combines modernism and forward thinking along with adventure and...
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The Valley Island of Maui: 2) Haleakala National Park

DrFumblefinger ·
Volcanoes never cease to fascinate me!  Something about their massive size and primal earth shaping power appeals to my sense of curiosity and awe.  So it’s not surprising that I find Haleakala to be Maui’s most interesting place...
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A springtime hike on the Yakima Rim Skyline Trail

DrFumblefinger ·
After a rather long winter I was ready for a pleasant dayhike.  While I’d rather head up to the mountains for a stroll in an alpine meadow, there’s way too much snow up there in April.  Fortunately in the Northwest there are some...
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Washington State’s Long Beach Peninsula

DrFumblefinger ·
 For most travelers, the southwestern corner of Washington state is easy to bypass.  It lies well over an hour’s drive from the busy I-5 Interstate Freeway.  The broad mouth of the Columbia River limits access from the Oregon...
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The Worst Train in the World

PortMoresby ·
The earthquake should have been a clue.  But having rather enjoyed the ride, as I have since childhood in an earthquake-prone part of the world, it didn't occur to me that it might be a warning.  I should have listened.   I'm seriously...
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The North Cascades: a National Park and Scenic Highway

DrFumblefinger ·
The North Cascades Highway (Washington SR-20) offers the northern most route across the Cascade range in Washington state, just south of the Canadian border.  The eastern (and highest) part of the road is...
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Sri Lanka: A Land Like No Other (Part 10) Adam’s Peak

DrFumblefinger ·
 Adam’s Peak (also known as Sri Pada, or “holy footprint") is located in the southwestern part of Hill Country.  It’s 2,243 meters (7,359 ft) high, the tallest mountain in this region and the...
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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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Columbia River Gorge, Where Gumbo Was #82

DrFumblefinger ·
  Gumbo was visiting the beautiful Columbia River Gorge, which straddles northern Oregon and southern Washington states.  Specifically, Gumbo was enjoying the amazing view of the Gorge through the lobby window of the Skamania Lodge  in...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, January 11, 2015: Sunset from Lion's Head, Cape Town

Non Stop Destination ·
  After a tough one hour hike up Lion's Head in Cape Town, we were rewarded with one of the most beautiful sunsets I've ever seen.  The hike is very popular as it gives you a 360 view over Cape Town, Table Mountain, Camps Bay and the 12...
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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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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, February 22, 2015: Machu Picchu

Grand Escapades ·
    Yes, there is something special, definitely mythical, about Machu Picchu, the abandoned Inca city that remained hidden from the Conquistadores.  We had the privilege to gaze over Machu Picchu right before sunrise in total quietness,...
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The Minturn Summer Market

DrFumblefinger ·
  One of the pleasures of summer across the northern hemisphere is that farmers markets spring to life for a few months, serving a bounty of fresh produce along with other items people buy at a market, like handicrafts, baked goods,...
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Rocky Mountain High? Not at Denver Airport!

PHeymont ·
While Colorado has made recreational use of marijuana legal, it's also given business owners and building operators the right to ban it on premises—and both Denver and Colorado Springs airports have done so. Now, a vendor is suing the Denver...
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Road Trip, Day 1: City of Ten Thousand Buddhas and The Skunk

PortMoresby ·
  Gateway to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas     March 9, 2015   In the late ‘80s, I lived in L.A. for a couple of years.  My S.O. knew lots of cool L.A. stuff.  One of those was something he’d read that...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, April 1st, 2015: Cameron Falls, Waterton

Still Country Photo ·
  Cameron Falls, Waterton   The Cameron Falls are located in the townsite of Waterton Village. This serene cascade is well lit at night for viewers enjoying a peaceful evening stroll. These falls are also the site of the oldest rock in the...
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Enjoying the Wonderful Sites in Zacatecas, Mexico

My Thatched Hut ·
Millions of tourists visit Mexico every year, mostly in the winter as people like to get away from the freezing temperatures and snow in the north.  Almost all of these people visit the tourist cities of Cancun, Acapulco, Cabo San Lucas,...
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Mar 27, 2016: Ladakh—Tibetan Monasteries, Stunning Landscapes, World’s Highest Road…

Grand Escapades ·
Ladakh is a mélange of mystical, ancient monasteries, of breathtaking landscapes and remote, untouched villages and the world's highest drive-able road.
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, June 22, 2015: Rocky Mountain Sunset

DrFumblefinger ·
For travelers like me who love mountains, the Canadian Rockies are about as good as it gets.  One evening I was driving to Calgary from the Crowsnest Pass in southwestern Alberta, along highway 22x, the beautiful Cowboy Trail.  The Cowboy...
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American Samoa: The Park, The People and The Culture

59nationalparks ·
When we first started planning our 59 National Park tour, we had no idea that there was a National Park in American Samoa.  This fact gave us pause.  American Samoa is a ten hour flight from Los Angeles.  The islands are expensive...
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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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Visiting Santiago de Cuba

MAD Travel Diaries ·
I really had no idea what to expect of  Santiago de Cuba , afterall the next biggest city in Cuba is always overshadowed by Havana. So Santiago was going to surprise us - it could only leave a good or a bad impression right? We showed...
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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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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, March 10, 2015: Oh Deer, you are Hungry!

Dr.Y ·
    Winter in Alberta is long and can be harsh.  With snow covering the land, food for wildlife can be hard to get.  That’s when we see deer wandering around the residential areas searching for something to...
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"World's scariest walkway" re-opens; may be safer

PHeymont ·
A skinny walkway crossing a mountain face above a gorge in Spain has been rebuilt and re-opened; it was closed in 2001 after five deaths, but people just wouldn't stop walking it. The new version has safety features and requires a helmet, but is still...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, October 27, 2014: Nene, Kauai

DrFumblefinger ·
  A nene is a goose native to Hawaii and is that island's state bird.  The first time I saw nene was several years ago when my wife and I spent a week in Maui.  We spotted them while on a drive to the summit of the dormant volcano,...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, November 15, 2014: It's a Rough Life

PortMoresby ·
  Sometimes we need a vacation from our vacation, and that’s what I was feeling on an extended stay in Ubud, in Bali.  Lonely Planet seemed to suggest that Amed, on the coast, was just that sort of place.  So I made arrangements...
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Gumbo’s Pic of the Day, December 12, 2014: Postcards from Morocco - sunrise over the Atlas

Mac ·
Sunrise over the Atlas Mountains in southern Morocco. The mountain peaks reach up into the pure blue sky and I breathe the crystal clear clean high-altitude air. A wonderful way to start another day of adventure!
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Gumbo’s Pic of the Day, January 23, 2015: Postcard from Morocco: A long and winding road...

Mac ·
Snaking precariously up the steep sides of the massive Atlas Mountain range as you leave Marrakech and head up towards the Tizi n'Tichka pass in the southerly direction of Ouazazate, the gateway to the Sahara and the red dunes of the great Ergs ....
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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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A Place of Fairy Tales & Magic – The Biltmore Estate

GutterPup ·
By JP Chartier NUZZLED SNUGLY, DEEP WITHIN THE PISGAH NATIONAL FOREST AND ENCIRCLED BY MOUNTAINS THAT BREATHE BLUE SMOKE IS WHERE YOU CAN FIND THIS PLACE OF FAIRY TALES AND MAGIC. The opulent and somewhat imposing French Renaissance,...
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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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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, November 25, 2014: Fall colors at Upper Kananaskis Lake, Alberta

Dr.Y ·
  Fall is a special time of year in the mountains.  While the colors in the Canadian Rockies are not as varied as in eastern North America, it's still very lovely.  Here is some beautiful mountain lake scenery and a surprise...
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China plans rail tunnel through Mt. Everest

PHeymont ·
A few weeks ago, we reported on China's rail connections to Western Europe , and not long after that on Russia's interest in a new trans-Siberian road and railroad  that could link Europe to North America. Now, China is giving serious...
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Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens, Lethbridge

DrFumblefinger ·
  I'm fond of visiting gardens and enjoy their beauty and tranquility.  This seems especially true of the Japanese Gardens I've visited, which combine the various elements -- carefully pruned trees and shrubs, flowing and still water, and...
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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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Visiting Sicily: An introductory overview

DrFumblefinger ·
    Travel guru Rick Steves likes to say (and I'm paraphrasing) that Italy either gets better or worse as you head south from Rome, depending on what you like.  If you like a quieter people, trains running almost on time, etc. head...
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Yellowstone National Park in Winter

59nationalparks ·
Seeing all fifty-nine national parks was never a dream of ours--especially not in fifty-nine weeks.  We'd call it more of a whim, an impulse or an inspiration.  Going to Yellowstone National Park in the winter was something we had...
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Back to Oaxaca: Xochimilco

PortMoresby ·
PortMoresby finds her ideal neighborhood for a return visit to colonial Oaxaca, Mexico.
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