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I love our National Parks. Glacier is one such park that will never be the same, as the glaciers are melting, never to be seen again. I just found out that the famous "Going to the Sun Road" through Glacier is closed to motor vehicles in the spring and fall. That leaves the road to us bikers, hikers, and basket weavers. Fifty two miles of this famous road stretch over sheer cliffs! We may settle for one of the park's famous Red Jammer buses. Sidebar: The Going to the Sun Road is as spectacular as it is treacherous. But you must see and drive it at least once in your life. Glacier National Park is located in the U.S. state of Montana, bordering the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia to the North and the ... read more

I heard a voice beckoning me to Olympic National Park. Many years ago, my Mom moved to the area, in nearby Bremerton, after she remarried (after my Father passed away in 1971). I visited several times, with my son, but never made it over to Olympic, though I could see its beauty on a clear day. She always told me that I should go. After a soft landing at Sea-Tac, we drove about two hours over to the Olympic National Park. The best way to get there? To reach U.S. 101 from Sea-Tac, the options are three: 1) the great Washington Ferry System car ferry, 2) Route 16 and the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, and 3) south to Olympia, catching 101 there. The ferry should be the prettiest route in the summer. Again, it was President Theodore ... read more

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle » Bell Town February 22nd 2013

Did you know that both Bruce Lee and Jimi Hendrix are buried in Seattle graves? Seattle's Lakeview Cemetery, on Capitol Hill, just east of downtown is the grave site of many famous Seattle icons. Bruce Lee and his son, Brandon Lee are buried there. Jimi Hendrix is buried at Greenwood Cemetery in nearby Renton. Though he was put to rest in 1970, his grave was moved by his father, Al, to a more lavish memorial in the southwest corner of the cemetery. The memorial has a 30 foot high granite dome, supported by three columns trimmed in rainbow marble. img= img=https://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.... read more

Having run the Bay to Breakers Race so many times, I cannot imagine this year's "rules" prohibiting alcohol, nudity, and floats. Talk about ruining an institution, a living testament to all of us who have ever run in this great race. OK, I will dismiss the floats. But nudity and alcohol go together like Laurel and Hardy! Since I have never been a real spectator, I was planning to take BART into the City and observe the festivities for the first time. But the cold and rain has forced me to stay home and watch the Giants and Cubs game of YV. When running the race, the biggest problem is to avoid falling or running into someone. It is rather difficult to catch a glimpse at interesting costumes, or lack thereof. As far as alcohol, I ... read more
Ban on Nudity?
I Want to Take It Off!!!!!!
Not Real But They Are Spectacular!

North America » United States » Arizona » Page March 9th 2011

I said slot canyon, not slot machines! A slot canyon is formed by the wear of water rushing through rock. A slot canyon is significantly deeper than it is wide. Some slot canyons measure less than 3 meters across at the top, but drop more than 30 meters (100 feet) to the canyon floor. Most slot canyons are formed by sandstone and limestone rock, although granite and basalt canyons are also found. But only a small number of creeks will form slot canyons due to the combination of the characteristics of the rock and the regional rainfall. The largest known slot canyons are in Australia, in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney. The majority are in the Wollemi Wilderness and are difficult to access. In the United States, the largest concentration of slot canyons are in ... read more
Antelope Canyon 104
Antelope Canyon 107
Antelope Canyon 109

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle February 22nd 2011

The old but iconic Space Needle in Seattle was built for the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. My grandparents went and brought home a tiny replica of the Space Needle for me. I had it all through high school and college. I would love to find it! It was a cheap, junk metal replica, painted gold, with very little detail. But one look at it and anyone would know it as the "Needle". The Space Needle is probably the Pacific northwest's most famous landmark. During the World's Fair, 20,000 people a day used the elevators to ride up to the top. The total visits to the Needle during the Fair was 2.3 million! Highly successful, I say. The Space Needle is 605 feet tall, 138 feet wide at its widest point, and weighs 9550 tons! When it ... read more
Seattle Space Needle From Afar
Seattle in a Tractor Tire

North America » United States » Arizona » Sedona January 12th 2011

The normal, post Christmas holiday trip to Scottsdale, and often times Sedona, was originally scheduled for Tucson. But with the recent shootings, I would rather comfortably return to Sedona, before a few days in Scottsdale. I need a few days away from the greater Phoenix area, mostly to avoid the crazy crowds attending the National Championship Bowl Game (Oregon and Auburn) in Phoenix this eve. Sedona is a great place to visit anytime of year. This is my third trip here, and the town never seems to get boring. There are still many things to see, and a few places to eat that need our attention. Most of the highly recommended places are packed with locals and tourists. So, if Sedona allows some harmonic convergence (1987) or a simple alcohol induced stupor, this should be a ... read more
Lucy and Snoopy
Love the Red Rocks
Sedona Sunrise

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle » Chinatown July 5th 2010

Phase Two of my railway training for the Trans Siberian Railway is a rail trip from Seattle to Martinez on the Coast Starlight on Tuesday, June 29 and 30. I flew to Seattle on Monday from SFO on a really cheap ticket, since United gave me a $150 credit for some previous mishap on my way to Indy last month. I snagged a free hotel room, since they previously gave us a room with a step up bathroom. Needless to say, very dangerous for nocturnal urination. So here are the basics for the trip. Amtrak #11 leaves Union Station in Seattle at 9:15am, PDT on Tuesday. Here are the stops, with a few of the times: Tacoma Olympia (give me some beer) Centralia Kelso (wasn't he on "That 70's Show?" Vancouver (which one?) Portland (1:50pm, welcome ... read more
Seattle Ferry
Seattle corn vendor
Amtrak Antics

Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon February 2nd 2010

Tsim Sha Tsui, pronounced "jim-saa-jeui" means Sharp, Sandy Point, is the tourist ghetto of Hong Kong. Obviously, this is probably where we will spend our time. It is full of hotels, inexpensive and seedy guesthouses, drinking and dining options, and is also a shopping destination. Clothing and shoes tend to dominate, followed by restaurants, camera and electronic stores, and a nightlife area around Knutsford Tee and Minden Avenue. Tsimsy as the locals call it, lies at the very southern tip of the Kowloon Peninsula, south of Austin Road. The best things to do here are: Star Ferry, Avenue of the Stars evening lightshow, High Tea at the Peninsula Hotel, the East Promenade, and the Hong Kong Museum of Art. I would add to that list: dim sun almost anywhere, a cold beer, and a half day ... read more
Lunar New Year
The famous Peninsula Hotel lobby
Ladies Market

North America » United States » Nevada » Las Vegas July 15th 2009

They don't call it the Strip for nothing. And nothing gets more hits on this web site than nudity, topless or otherwise. Vegas has three high end casinos that offer topless bathing. The Mirage, Caesar's Palace and Mandalay Bay now offer "adult" bathing. Their rather dubious explanation is that the casinos want to recreate the atmosphere of European beaches, where topless bathing is almost a requirement. The downside to these "free" peep shows is a "cover" charge of as much as $30 for women, and $50 for men. Some even required two women for each man at entry. I don't know about you, but if I knew two women that would go to a topless pool with me, I certainly would not BE at the topless pool. Optional services include private cabanas (who knows what goes ... read more
Heaven or Just Crazy?

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