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The Great Sand Dunes

People driving through the San Luis Valley, located 16 miles north of Alamosa on Colorado highway 17,  hardly notice the sign that says: Great Sand Dunes National Park. Bruce and I have driven this 50 mile gun barrel road ad…

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Costa Rica: Monteverde Cloud Forest

The last 18 miles of the road leading to the Monteverde Cloud Forest in Costa Rica, full of ruts and potholes by design, takes over an hour and a half to navigate. The locals like it that way. And they…

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Best of KOA Campgrounds

Bill and I have been RV’ers for four decades, and always KOA Campgrounds are our favorite private places to enjoy because we can count on totally clean sites with electric, cable, and water and sewer kept in perfect condition. We…

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Gallivanting in the Galapagos

At first it seems simple.  You want to explore the iconic Galapagos islands—the incubator for Darwin’s belief-shattering research.  You find a flight and a hotel and plan to see everything from giant tortoises to playful sea lions.  What you may…

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Stay in a Tiny House in North Carolina

In the Blue Ridge Mountains, about an hour from airports in Greenville, SC, two hours from Charlotte, NC, and a half hour from Asheville, NC, we made a real find through Air B&B…Pura Vida Cottage (near Hendersonville). We had never before…

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St. John: Little has Changed in 50 Years

The only restaurant in the only town on the island consisted of three tables on the second floor porch of a small townhouse. Accommodations were limited to either a luxurious resort or a spartan but beautiful campground. The island’s single…

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The Marquesas: The Islands That Time Forgot

Have you ever wished you could have visited Hawaii just after cannibalism and before tourism?  If you venture a bit further out into the Pacific, you can do just that because there’s a remote, yet accessible, cluster of pristine gems…

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Kentucky Horse Park

Kentucky Horse Park (Lexington, Kentucky) in its 40th Anniversary year is amazing and huge! The paddocks and pastures and show rings are always busy and are lush in Kentucky Blue Grass. We especially enjoyed the introduction to the different horse…

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2018 World Olympics at Tryon Equestrian Center

It was a bold and brave commitment, which Mark Belissimo and his Board of Directors at Tryon International Equestrian Center in North Carolina made, to host the FEI World Equestrian Olympics at the newest and largest equestrian center in the…

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Xinjiang: China’s Autonomous Region

Just how adventurous are you? If your bucket list needs replenishing, a visit to Xinjiang Uygur (China’s Autonomous Region) will give you a whole new perspective on our world. A journey to Xinjiang will bestow upon you the title of…

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Michigan: Oswald Bear Ranch

While enjoying the beautiful forests and cool of summer in  Newberry, Michigan, we found The Logging Museum at the edge of town is worth a stop. With various kinds of saws and equipment of historical logging, the small museum and…

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Oregon: Quilt Barns, A Quaint and Colorful Tour

Farm History. Family History. Artistry. Bursts of color. Tradition. Community. Creativity. So many different celebrations of life represented by the bountiful wooden quilts that majestically drape almost five dozen barn doors illuminating the landscape of Tualatin Valley (Twal’ i-tin), Oregon…

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Patagonia: The bottom of the world

No TVs.  No internet.  No cell reception. If you truly want to connect, you must first disconnect. And for that, there is no place like THE BOTTOM OF THE WORLD.  It is here, like nowhere else,  that you can connect…

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Newberry, Michigan: Upper Peninsula

About an hour north of Newberry, MI, is the most fascinating Shipwreck Museum and Lighthouse we have ever seen. It is located at Whitefish Point, one of the most dangerous places in Lake Superior. Over the years 30,000 people have…

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Aswan, Egypt: Two Dams, a School, and a Temple

The Nile River has six major cataracts which are shallow parts of the river with rocks and rapids.  Aswan is located at the first cataract. Aswan has always been a popular stopping place for traders. Today, the market is filled…

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