Tagged With "Elbow Falls"

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Re: Cunyan Crags and Dunmoor Hill, Northumberland

DrFumblefinger ·
Lovely fall scenery, Ian!
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Re: Canadian Museum of History (Civilization): Ottawa (Gatineau), Canada

DrFumblefinger ·
Ottawa is a perfect spring and fall getaway destination, PortMoresby. Like many things Canadian it's pleasant and understated. You don't really get the impression when here that one of the world's most successful economies is governed in this peaceful small city. Summers can be hot and humid, but May and late Sept/Oct are special. I'd probably head there late Sept/early Oct to enjoy the colorful tree displays.
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Re: Sleeping with the fishes--an underwater hotel room!

PortMoresby ·
I saw this featured on (I think) CNN yesterday. I thought, I hope the bedroom is above water, hyperventilated at the thought of sleeping below. I wouldn't mind going down for some awake time but don't think I could fall asleep. But if I could it would be a lovely place to wake up. I'd be interested to know what it sounds like in the room.
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Re: FCC: Cell Phone Use In Flight Coming Soon

DrFumblefinger ·
I love the extended use of electronics, but don't like the idea of using a cell phone (as a phone -- go ahead and play games with but shut up!). Imagine a cross continent flight beside an aggressive salesman? Not quite as bad as dying and going to hell, but not far from it. Will need to be sure to buy some top quality ear plugs if that's the case. Like to sleep on a plane? Hope you can fall asleep to 30 people speaking loudly (the airplane is noisy, after all).
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Re: May 11, 2016: Shoshone Falls – Niagara of the West

Samantha ·
Glad you enjoyed my post. I really did fall in love with Twin Falls. Can't wait to visit again one day.
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Re: September 11, 2016: Perseid Meteor Shower

DrFumblefinger ·
Great photo!
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Re: May 10, 2017: Frozen Lake - Clear Creek County, Colorado

DrFumblefinger ·
Most of these high altitude lakes remain frozen most of the year. While it's further north, I am very familiar with Lake Louise in the Alberta Rockies. While at only 5200 ft above sea level, it receives a heavy snow fall and the ice remains on the lake until well into June, returning in the early fall. Hiking in the area is really limited to June, July and early September (unless you hike slogging through snow and slush)
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, September 29, 2014: Fall colors in the Rockies

DrFumblefinger ·
Yes, HistoryDigger. A well traveled person like you should see fall in the Rockies sometime. It's really a very beautiful experience.
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Re: Montmorency Falls (Chute Montmorency), Quebec. Where Gumbo was #52

Jonathan L ·
It is beautiful. I think I was there about 38 years ago on a family trip after the Olympics. The cliffs and height of the fall gave me the St. Lawrence (after your last clue), but I could figure the exact place. Good Job!
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Re: Endangered tourist destinations around the World

GarryRF ·
Without the tourist would many of these places survive? Without the billions of euros spent on Venice to keep the water out would it still be walkable ? Would the Taj Mahal still be showing the scars of conflict if people didn't visit and contribute to its hunger for refurbishment ? Or maybe leave it to fall into ruin like the pyramids. Which do we remove? The tourists or the high heels ?
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo? (#45)

PortMoresby ·
I think this is on Wall St, NYC. They began putting the finishing touches on the building and were almost done, fall of 1929, and by the time they got to the one on the right, they'd run out of money. Years later, when they could have finished it, they called it a great example of art deco and left it that way.
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Re: AirBerlin's new fares: JustFly, pretty cheap

DrFumblefinger ·
Has anyone ever flown with AirBerlin? I have an opportunity to use them this fall and was curious what others experiences might have been.
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Re: 4 fairly new travel apps that really work

TravelingCanuck ·
What a great blog. I will certainly be trying out CityMapper and FLIO on our next trip to Paris in the fall. Thanks for the useful tips.
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Re: The Murals of Winnipeg Pt 1

TravelingCanuck ·
You are correct. I was there mid April and there was a light dusting of snow falling. I will be back in the fall or new year again and plan on checking out more murals for a part 2.
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Re: The Murals of Winnipeg Pt 1

TravelingCanuck ·
Thank you. If my schedule is good I will be back to Winnipeg in the fall sometime and plan to do more for a part 2.
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Re: Luggage to withstand airline handling

DrFumblefinger ·
Good point about the wheels. It was while pulling a suitcase across cobblestones that I became devote to the trolley-style wheels. Even Eagle Creek and Pacsafe bags can be purchased on sale or at discounted travel supply vendors. Whatever you buy, be sure it is a well constructed bag with heavy duty zippers and latches that won't fall apart on you when you travel (which has happened to me with a cheaper duffel-style roller made by Sierra Design).
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Re: Weaker 'loonie' good and bad news for Canada travel

DrFumblefinger ·
With the fall especially of oil prices (and other natural resources, which Canada is a major producer of), the loonie has indeed fallen compared to the US dollar but kept its relative value with most other currencies, including the pound and Euro. It seems despite a reasonably healthy economic profile, including until recently an almost balanced federal budget and low debt-to-GDP ratio, the value of the Canadian dollar is pegged to its natural resource valuation. With the pullback in the...
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Re: Willis Tower and Our Skydeck Experience—Chicago

PHeymont ·
I haven't been on this one, but I have gone to a few, including Empire State and the old World Trade Center in NY. I always enjoy the view, but if there's an open observation area, I find myself with small chills and odd feelings in my legs as if I were going to fall...no matter how secure it is! So for me, it's the view plus a thrill ride!
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Re: Saguenay Fjord — Deep and Long but not very Tall

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for your note, Pheymont! Glad it brought back some good memories. The scenery is beautiful, like much of the Canadian Shield, with the added benefit of all those maple trees. I hope to get there in September again to enjoy the fall colors and hopefully to see some of those whales migrating. I have to admit that I had my heart set on seeing whales this trip and did spot even one. We were there in early June, which was just too early.
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Re: A visit to Great Basin National Park

DrFumblefinger ·
Well, for a start, make sure you visit Reno, Travel Luver. It's a much small town than Vegas but still has all the casinos, restaurants, etc that you'd expect from a Nevada City. From here it's easy to do a day trip to Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada Mountains, or down to Carson City. Reno is actually the closest major city to Great Basin National Park, say about a 3-4 hour drive. Vegas is 6-7 hour drive away. Salt Lake City is closer to Great Basin than Vegas. But you really can't do it as...
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #3 and #3.5: Vernon and Paris

GarryRF ·
Very interesting piece of history Paul. Puts some logic into how this anomaly came to be. I don't think I could sleep with all that water beneath me. Knowing that one day it will fall into the river below !
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day. January 14, 2014: Calgary Peace Bridge

DrFumblefinger ·
Completely agree with my colleague and dear friend. (Folks may not know that Dr.Y and Dr.F are specialists in the same field). If you want the best weather and maybe to attend the Calgary stampede, come in early July. Warmest weather (and the summers are beautiful, non humid and the days long) is July and August. My favorite time of year is in September, especially the week after labor day. The crowds are greatly thinned, the weather is still lovely, and the alpine areas of the mountains are...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Mar 10, 2014: Fiori di Como, The Bellagio, Las Vegas

DrFumblefinger ·
Well, when you're in Vegas for your anniversary sometime GarryRF, spring for the Bellagio for even just one night and let your beloved wife see the fountain show from that side of the street! I enjoy Vegas in small snippets -- 2-3 days every few years is about perfect. Great place to meet friends, eat well and enjoy a show. Gamble if you want, though I find it too painful to have my wallet stripped that way. I like to go there in the spring and fall so I can head into the surrounding desert...
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Re: Tokyo on the Cheap

Travel Rob ·
Originally Posted by DrFumblefinger: A nice piece, Rob. I've always been intimidated at tackling Tokyo on my own, but you've helped me summon up the courage. I especially want to visit that fish auction. When is the best season to travel to Tokyo? Maybe answer this from two perspectives 1) Best weather 2) Least busy with tourists. I would answer Spring for both cases. Fall would be my second choice. The summer can be humid and the winter a bit chilly. While foreign tourism is up, most likely...
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Re: Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii, Redux

DrFumblefinger ·
Hi Garry, and thanks for your comment. The active areas within the National Park are off limits because of toxic fume levels, not so much because of lava. The roads to the Pahoe area (outside the park) of actively flowing lava are closed and access is theoretically restricted. For a fee, one of the locals will guide you to the flowing lava. Remember this is thick fairly slowly flowing lava, not unlike moving pancake batter. But it is hot and you have to be careful. Shoes can melt and worse...
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Re: Gold Country California: Malakoff Diggins, Ranger Connie in Charge

DrFumblefinger ·
It does seem a fascinating place! Enjoyed your very lovely historic photos and narrative. I suspect we've all meet a "Ranger Connie" in our lives. Sometimes a little power backfires. I'll need to visit this part of California sometime. What is the altitude of this area? Suppose fall and spring are the best times to visit?
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Re: The Dempster Highway: a Drive to the Arctic Coast of Canada

DrFumblefinger ·
It sounds like a great adventure! Thanks for sharing it with us. This road trip has been on my bucket list for some time, but sounds like it's worth delaying until the road to Tuk is completed. I've heard fall is a nice time to go. Not only is the tundra vividly colored, but there are no mosquitos (frozen to death by evening frost). Know any downsides to this, Tom?
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Re: The Dempster Highway: a Drive to the Arctic Coast of Canada

My Thatched Hut ·
Originally Posted by DrFumblefinger: It sounds like a great adventure! Thanks for sharing it with us. This road trip has been on my bucket list for some time, but sounds like it's worth delaying until the road to Tuk is completed. I've heard fall is a nice time to go. Not only is the tundra vividly colored, but there are no mosquitos (frozen to death by evening frost). Know any downsides to this, Tom? Yes, I would wait until the road is finished. I had to fly from Inuvik to Tuk and return by...
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Re: A Week in Lucca

PHeymont ·
I love the looks of Lucca in your pictures...and I'm fascinated to hear the history of the amphitheatre. When I first saw in Arles that the Roman colosseum there had become a fortress and a village in the years after the fall of Rome, I thought it was interesting and singular. Since then, I've heard of more, and realized the logic of it. As "Roman order" broke down after the 5th century, moving into an existing defensible space must have occurred in many places; what is unique about Arles,...
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Re: A fall visit to Highwood Pass and hike in the alpine meadow of Ptarmigan Cirque

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for your note, Garry. I also prefer loop hiking trails. This particular place would be great to hike in the spring (which comes late this high up) because of its large numbers of wildflowers. The only time I was up here during that season the trail was closed because a grizzly bear was hovering over a carcass. But the fall colours are also lovely. And get out there and hike before you can't. Would love for you to share a hike from the Liverpool region with all of us.
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Re: A Winter Visit to Dresden and Leipzig

Janine ·
Well Dresden and Leipzig pretty nice cities to visit. In Dresden the former Frauenkirche got rebuild which got totally destroyed by the bombing attack if the Second World War. Also the side on the river Elbe invites in long walks and beautiful areas. Especially the sights like Zwinger and the Semper Oper are worth to visit. Leipzig is the City I come from and it has changed a lot after the reunion. The inner city is not that big but it has a lot if history. Sebastian Bach and his famous...
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Re: Where in the World is Gumbo? #27

DrFumblefinger ·
It looks like a giant cache to me. People in a cold climate would hunt in the fall, put their meat up in a similar structure (small house on tall poles) where it would stay cold/freeze (sort of like a giant refrigerator freezer). By removing the ladder, no predators could get up there.
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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: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Mar. 16, 2014: Jardin Borda, Cuernavaca

PHeymont ·
Not surprising in a way... One of our gleanings on our recent trip to Andalucia is that for the first two centuries of Spanish rule in the Americas, most of the Spanish immigrants came from the south, where Seville had a monopoly on trade with the "New World." That certainly accounts for a number of aspects of Latin American Spanish (s rather than Castilian th, etc.) and probably for the persistence of architectural attitudes and details that survived the fall of Moorish power for a long...
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Re: Those Beady Eyed Alligators!!

DrFumblefinger ·
Wild gators rarely attack people unless you stumble onto them -- say fall off your bike on top of a gator sunning himself. They are happiest to avoid humans. Problems arising when people feed gators. Then they can become aggressive and associate people with food. If you don't give them any, they might decide to take a bite out of you.. That said, gator attacks are still very rare. And yes, they're great at hiding themselves, Pheymont. You really need to train your eye to see them as they lie...
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Re: United Campaign: Enforce carry-on limits, reduce complaints and crowding

PortMoresby ·
I hope this effort is a real and continuing one and that other companies follow. Carrying everything onto the plane, to my way of thinking, is like any trend where if enough people say it's a good idea, even when it's not, hoards fall right into step, like lemmings. If I was offered valet service for a nominal fee to have someone carry my suitcase for me and I wouldn't have to touch it from the time I arrived at the airport until the time I was leaving at my destination, I'd jump at the...
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More Frequent Flier changes in the air

PHeymont ·
The world of award travel and elite perks continues to shake and shift.   Delta, which like United, has switched for next year to awarding flight miles based not on distance but on price paid for ticket—a move that hurts many frequent...
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All the Tea In...Charleston?

PortMoresby ·
  Tea gardens, as the farms are traditionally known, no matter the size, have been seducing me for over a decade.  In Yunnan and Guangxi Provinces of China, Himachal Pradesh and Darjeeling in Himalayan India, in the Cameron Highlands of...
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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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A Remote Canadian Village offers Indescribable Natural Discoveries

Marilyn Jones ·
  As I left the hotel in Winnipeg I was outfitted in all my brand new cold-weather gear headed for the airport and a two hour flight to the remote village of Churchill.  I prayed my preparation for facing the sub-zero temperatures and brutal...
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Scotland's vote may help ax high flying tax

PHeymont ·
The infamous British Air Passenger Duty, which can add as much as $450 to airfare for a family of four flying trans-Atlantic to or from Britain, may have met its match in the Scottish vote against independence earlier this fall.   Seem...
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The Bovington Tank Museum, Dorset

Mac ·
Almost unsure whether this constitutes a Travel Gumbo "travel" post, I press ahead with my submission and await rapped knuckles from the Senior Gurus! But, first I will bring the big guns to bear with the help of Brad Pitt and his Sherman tank from...
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Jestine's Kitchen, Charleston

DrFumblefinger ·
  In the past decade or so, Charleston has emerged as a food/foodie travel destination.  On an extended weekend visit to Charleston, we enjoyed superb food every single meal.  Most everything is fried and a little "heavier" than we're...
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Saguenay Fjord — Deep and Long but not very Tall

DrFumblefinger ·
I’d heard as a schoolboy that the Saguenay Fjord was one of the longest in the world.  Years later someone told me the area around Tadoussac was pretty, sparsely developed and inviting.  Given a spare day or...
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Ottawa – NOT the coldest Capital in the world!

DrFumblefinger ·
Ottawa is a vibrant and charming small city — so pleasant that it’s hard to believe it’s home to soooo many politicians.  Of the national capitals I've visited, Ottawa seems the most livable to me (ie. if...
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Montreal: Je Me Souviens

DrFumblefinger ·
There are many great cities to visit in Canada, two of my favorites (for different reasons) being Vancouver and Montreal.  Vancouver has one of the most breath-takingly beautiful settings of any city in the world, and I’ll be discussing it...
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Quebec — A Walled European Fortress In America

DrFumblefinger ·
Quebec, like New York, is both a city and a state (or rather, a province).  It’s an island of French heritage and culture within our Anglo-North American continent.   We combined this visit with stops in Montreal and...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov 22, 2013: Moab before the storm

Mac ·
Running as fast as they dare out on the old rutted highway from Cisco and heading fast for Moab, a warm hotel and dry clothes after a long day’s hard ride, two snorting Harley Davidson motorcycles cross onto the i91 and head towards the edge of...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Dec 6, 2013: Taj Mahal - India’s architectual jewel

Mac ·
Just completely breathtaking and so beautiful. No matter how many times you may be lucky enough to see this beautiful white domed mausoleum, it is just one of the finest and most beautiful masterpieces in the world’s heritage that you will ever...
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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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