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Red River for all Seasons

Mining established Red River in 1870, but tourism is what has kept it going. The area has something special for each season: skiing in the winter, fishing in the summer, hiking in the fall, and ziplining in the spring. The…

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Florida, Orlando

Epcot: Be a Kid Again

Epcot is for young and old. There is nothing like having permission to be a kid again. Recently, Bruce and I spent the day playing at Epcot in Orlando, Florida. What most people don’t know about this adult theme park…

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Surrounded by rock on all sides, this view is looking up 90 feet  from the bottom of our first rappel.
Moab, Utah

Canyonlands: Moab, UT

Stewart L. Udall, Secretary of the Interior, September 12, 1964: “…this area has been reserved as a National Park for all mankind, for all ages.” The confluence of the Green and Colorado Rivers divide Canyonlands National Park into three sections:…

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Looking through the Eye of the Whale arch
Moab, Utah

Moab UT: Arches National Park

“Wilderness. The word itself is music.” ― Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire Arches National Park sits atop a 300 million year old underground salt bed. Over time, residue from floods covered the salt bed and was compressed into rock. The unstable…

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The magnificence of the Colorado Rockies
Arapahoe Basin, Colorado

SNOW TIME: A-Basin Opens

Excitement permeates the air this week for the opening of Arapahoe Basin on October 13th. Skis have been waxed, long-handles pulled from the back drawer, and goggles are shining greens, yellows and reds in the sunlight.  It’s SNOW TIME! Early…

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DreamMore REsort

Dollywood’s October Luminights in Tennessee

We can hardly wait to journey to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, in mid-October to enjoy the Dollywood’s Harvest Festival with Great Pumpkin LumiNights when Timber Canyon and Wilderness Pass areas are filled with glowing pumpkins and thousands of special lights, creating…

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Weinkase, which means, Wine Cheese. The name is German, but the cheese is actually Italian.

European Cheese Quiz

The delayed flight from Frankfurt into Budapest was excruciating. Long lines and bad food. To pass the time, I turned to a friend and said: “Name the country and I’ll tell you a favorite cheese.” He replied: “Too easy. Tell…

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Traffic galore in Gatlinburg

Amazing Gatlinburg, Tennessee

When Bonnie was a child, her family drove from South Carolina every autumn to Gatlinburg, their favorite place to stay in a mountain cabin, see the crimson and gold leaves, and enjoy the fresh cool mountain air. Back then Gatlinburg…

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Wertheim Castle. Only the shell exists.

Charming Wertheim

The town with the least population (23,400) on our Viking River Cruise, but the town with the most charm, Wertheim. The confluence of the rivers Tauber and Main play a significant role in the lives of the residence. Severe flooding…

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Wurzburg Residenz

Wurzburg Residenz was the former residence of the Wurzburg prince-bishops. In the 18th century, the significance of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nations was beginning to wain. Constructing an impressive residence was a powerful political tool. The idea…

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Statue at City Gate in Bamberg.

The Rome of Germany: Bamberg

Bamberg is often called the Rome of Germany because of its seven hills that rise above the Regnitz River Valley. There is a church on each hill. Once the seat of a prince-bishop, the city’s prominence was secured.   Bamberg…

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Church of Our Lady's Church sits on the site of the Jewish Synagogue.

Trials and Tribulations of Nuremberg

There’s more to Nuremberg than Nazi Party rallies and Nuremberg Trials where 22 soldiers under Hitler’s command were placed on trial. Nuremberg was heavily bombed during WWII. Since then, much of the damage has been reconstructed as close to the…

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My plate of Sausage from Historische Wurstkuche.
Germany, Regensburg

Walk-About in Regensburg, Germany

Not just a pretty face, Regensburg has electronic and manufacturing industries to support its 150,000 inhabitants. Toshiba, BMW and Siemens have factories here.  Also, a strong university contingency is here with a student population of 30,000. The bustling city center…

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