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Re: England’s Thames Path: Kew Gardens

George G. ·
My wife Diane and I spent almost an entire day at Kew Gardens. So much natural beauty to see. We arrived from central London at the Kew Station in mid-morning and didn't leave until almost dusk. At one time our son had a possibility of being transferred to London and I recommended getting a place in the Kew Garden area for the beauty and quiet. One of my photos from Kew.
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Re: Where in the World is Gumbo? # 8.8

PortMoresby ·
Or California. The plants in the foreground are interesting too. The tall shrubs/short trees are similar to joshua trees, a desert plant, while the white flowers are, I believe, hydrangeas, which do best in a moist climate. Altogether, with the conservatory, I'm reminded of England, maybe Cornwall, which is referred to as having a sub-tropical climate. Which, of course, means it could indeed be Australia.
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Re: Where in the World is Gumbo? #8.5

WorkerBee ·
What a beautiful church Gumbo has found! WITW? The clues: 18th century Spanish colonial architecture, typical of Franciscan missions; Banner in English; Materials are not typical of Florida or Texas missions; Various effigies of animals and unreal creatures, often incorporated by the Franciscans into their liturgy in order to convert American Indians. Typical of US southwestern states; Not one of the remaining California missions; Not in Santa Fe; Checked missions in Arizona. Found (as did...
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Re: A Springtime Walk in the Desert

PHeymont ·
Great color and variety! Thanks...I'm going to have to get to the desert in spring, sometime. I visited the Sonora desert in December, and recognize some of these from seeing them without their brilliant display (click HERE for that blog) This is certainly a reminder of how little we know a place when we only know it "in season."
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #17: Death Valley, USA

Former Member ·
So beautiful those Desert Holly
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #17: Death Valley, USA

PHeymont ·
Yes, it's really amazing how colorful and varied desert plants can be. Did you also see the blog from a few weeks ago on the "Spine Garden" of cacti in Arizona? It's at https://www.travelgumbo.com/blo...zona-s-sonora-desert
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Re: July 27, 2016: Bighorn Sheep at Hemenway Park in Boulder City, NV

DrFumblefinger ·
Wow! That's a lot of sheep! I imagine there are few places that offer such succulent moist grass for these desert dwellers. Must have been fun to stop and study them. And good that you didn't let those little dogs out of the car, as the sheep likely would have killed them.
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Re: Mall of the Emirates

George G. ·
Unbelievable technology to maintain a ski resort in the desert. I believe the world's largest indoor ski resort just opened last summer which is the Wanda Indoor Ski and Winter Sports Resort in Harbin China.
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Re: Water rationing set for Rome

PortMoresby ·
Fortunately, I've booked a ground floor apartment. But I know about rationing & conserving, having lived in the desert and through droughts more than once. I promise I'll be careful.
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Re: A Culinary Adventure in Portugal

GarryRF ·
Sagres and Superbock Beer are a Portuguese favourite. I always have a supply in the fridge. For drinks after dinner I prefer a Mateus Rose Wine. Strong in alcohol content - sparkling and not dry. Portugal has an all year warm climate as the prevailing winds come up from North Africa and the Sahara Desert.
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Re: Cruising down the Nile (part 2)

PHeymont ·
Your pictures really bring out what I learned—and taught—in school: how narrow a margin of arable soil along the river was able to feed a great civilization, and how close desert and disaster were if the flood and the crop failed. But where it is lush...I had no idea how lush!
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Re: Under the Cirio Tree

My Thatched Hut ·
There are in the Sonoran Desert part of the Baja Peninsula. I drove the peninsula and back. But who needs an excuse to go. It is one of my favourite places.
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Re: Colorado National Monument

DrFumblefinger ·
Excellent idea, rbciao! Although I'd recommend visiting the desert regions of the southwest in the shoulder seasons, rather than during the heat of summer. No question in my mind that some of the best scenery in the world is in North America. Ciao!
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo (#115)

DrFumblefinger ·
We are in a desert, but it's not New Mexico or California. Here's another photo clue for today. We have arrived at our destination, although it's spread over several square kilometers....
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo (#112)

PortMoresby ·
The plant in question is a yucca, I believe, and grows, as DrF says, all over the SW US, including the Sonora Desert that extends into Northern Mexico. But the one in the background of the flower is, if I'm not mistaken, a Joshua Tree and that may narrow down the location, maybe in the Mojave Desert. Or maybe not. Having lived for decades in the Sonora Desert near Mexico, brush fires are uncommon so maybe that fact alone, mentioned by The Puzzler, will help pin it down.
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Re: A visit to Great Basin National Park

PortMoresby ·
A friend who was a park planner for the National Park Service said his favorite park was Big Bend in Texas. He's a lover of desert landscapes, wide-open spaces and, in the case of this park too, almost no visitors. Another orphan, no doubt. http://www.nps.gov/bibe/index.htm
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Re: California road trip ideas

Theodore Behr ·
Hi Mrs. Briggs! What sorta stuff do you like to see? Nature? Mountains? Desert? Wine areas? Big cities? California has it all. Would help to know this to give you better advice. Whatever you decide, its a great place to go. One of the best in the world. Look forward to hearing from you.
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Re: Weekend getaways. Where's your favorite spot

Theodore Behr ·
That's a fun question! Living in SoCal, there's lots of great places to getaway to. But there are 2 I really like. In the winter I like Palm Springs. Great weather, wildflowers, the mountains and desert. It's great! In the summer I like to go to Big Bear in the mountains. Beautiful mountain scenery. Great trees and lots of cabins. Both places are great!
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Re: Need help planning Morocco trip

PortMoresby ·
I've traveled independently in Morocco a number of times now, it became my favorite destination from the first trip 15 years ago. You've made a good choice. Regarding your reading, literature aside, I have a number of guides and my first choice is still Lonely Planet, bought prior to my first visit and subsequent editions as the years have gone by. If you don't have one I suggest you get one. I won't suggest you not go in February but don't think because it's largely desert that it's...
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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: 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: Baja California: La Paz — John Steinbeck’s “The Pearl”

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for the note, TravelandNature! AeroMexico has pretty regularly scheduled flights into La Paz, though through Mexico City, so you'll have to connect. Worth checking major search engines like Expedia or Kayak, though, because it is a rather long drive, though I enjoy the desert scenery of Baja California.
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Re: Where in the World is Gumbo #17

Travel Luver ·
This reminds me of desert in the American Southwest, maybe Death Valley or Joshua tree or Baja California. I imagine it's pretty hot out there on a summer day!
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Re: Gumbo’s Pic of the Day, February 27, 2015: Postcards from Morocco - the camel train at sunset

GarryRF ·
Very thought provoking photo. Life hasn't changed for a thousand years - and they're still happy. We define a desert as a waste land, but its obviously not.
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Re: Gumbo’s Pic of the Day, June 20, 2014: Hamburg Harley bikers, Germany

Jessica Meddows ·
Great photo! A couple of weeks ago we passed about 20 HD enthusiasts who were all German, sitting in a Burger King outside Moab in Utah's desert. Quite an interesting sight.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, May 10, 2014: Essaouira, Morocco

Mac ·
Such a pretty jumble of blues! Interestingly the same shade of blue as the robes of the Tuareg tribe's people from the desert regions of the south.
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, January 29, 2015: The art of lava

DrFumblefinger ·
I'm often amazed at how beautiful the small things in nature can be.  Whether a bee pollinating a flower, a wild animal stopping to look at you, a blade of grass struggling to grow in a desert, or how sculpted lava can seem.   These photos...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, February 9, 2015: "Teddy Bear" Cholla

DrFumblefinger ·
  When you see a group of them at a distance in the "Cholla Cactus Garden" (Joshua Tree National Park), they're a memorable site.  With their arms outstretched, these cacti seem rather fuzzy, almost soft, and hence the name "teddy...
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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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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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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 Wild Horses Monument & Gingko Petrified Forest

DrFumblefinger ·
 The Columbia River is one of the most interesting and beautiful geographic features of the Inland Northwest, from its headwaters in British Columbia to the dramatic Gorge just east of Portland, Oregon.    When...
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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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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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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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Palm Springs Air Museum, California (Where Gumbo was #104)

DrFumblefinger ·
  Gumbo was visiting the Palm Springs Air Museum in the California desert, and specifically had the privilege of sitting in the cockpit of a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber (like the one in the above photo).  Congratulations to the many who...
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The Living Desert Wildlife and Botanical Park, Palm Desert

DrFumblefinger ·
Palm Desert's LIVING DESERT offers a place to see several desert ecosystems, as well as an interesting assortment of animals from the Americas and Africa.
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Under the Cirio Tree

My Thatched Hut ·
One of the strangest plants I have ever seen is the Cirio Tree.  It is a bizarre tree found mostly in the Baja California peninsula in Mexico.  A few also grow in mainland Mexico and in Arizona.   It is also known as the Boojum...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, February 10, 2015: Arizona – The sunshine, the red rock desert and the survival of the fittest

Dr.Y ·
    Recently I attended a medical course in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Using one afternoon,  a few late afternoons plus evenings, I got chance to explore the area around Phoenix and Scottsdale.   The clear...
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Why You should visit Nevada's Valley of Fire

DrFumblefinger ·
    Tired of the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas?  Had enough of the concrete canyons and smoked filled casinos of Sin City?  Not sure if it's day or night (there are no clocks allowed in Vegas casinos)?  Then you should do...
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Where in the World is TravelGumbo? (#108)

DrFumblefinger ·
  Gumbo's left the vast desert of the southwestern United States and traveled to this place of culture and sophistication.  Lovely, isn't it?  But this image contains just a small part of this enormous and very special...
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The Cabins, Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada (Where Gumbo Was #107)

DrFumblefinger ·
  This was a tough puzzle which eluded even our great TG travel sleuths.  In the above quiz photo we see evidence of a constructed dwelling in a place of red-rock, but not much else.   As Jonathan L pointed out, the image screams...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, October 25, 2015: Flying over the Nazca Lines, Peru

Grand Escapades ·
    Flying in a tiny Cessna across the Nazca Lines is why people from all over the world come to this small city in the desert. The lines only were discovered once commercial airplanes started flying over the area in the 1930s.    ...
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The Nazca Lines, Peru (Where Gumbo Was #115)

DrFumblefinger ·
    Gumbo was driving down the Pan Am Highway in Peru, making his way through the Nazca Desert  along the foothills of the Andes.  This is one of the driest places in the world.   The average rainfall is less than an inch...
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Brooklyn's Spectacular Botanic Garden (Where Gumbo Was #112)

PHeymont ·
  The Brooklyn Botanic Garden, a pint-size treasure that always seems bigger than it is (and which occupies an outsize place in botanical research) was this week's answer to Where in the World is TravelGumbo? Because the Garden presents an array...
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Where in the World is TravelGumbo (#112)

PHeymont ·
  Gumbo is staying outdoors for another week's puzzle. Gumbo like it outdoors; you can tell by the number of blogs here that feature gardens and parks and hikes and streetscapes. Sometimes the tropics, sometimes a desert, this time...where? ...
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Where in the World is TravelGumbo? (#116)

DrFumblefinger ·
    Gumbo's wanderings continue.  This journey takes him from the dry etched desert of coastal Peru to a place that's more civilized -- or is it?  Gumbo's quite curious about the place he's found today.    Do you...
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Ethiopia Musings: 5) Visiting the Rift Valley

Lestertheinvestor ·
  About 250-300 kilometers due south of Addis Ababa is the Great Rift Valley , a remnant of long forgotten volcanic activity from millennia ago. The person I had arranged the visit with offered to drive me down to the Rift Valley Lakes, which...
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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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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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