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North America » United States » Colorado » Denver September 4th 2017

Like many cities throughout our great country, train stations similar to Denver, Washington, DC, Seattle, have renovated to make the Amtrak experience better. In many cases, the stations have revitalized the older downtown areas where they are located. Here is Denver: After undergoing a massive renovation, once again Union Station serves as the hub of downtown. Built in 1914, the historic landmark sat vacant until developers revitalized it into a fully operational train station complete with bars, restaurants, shops, a Saturday farmers’ market, Tattered Cover Book Store, and the 112-room Crawford Hotel. Dining options range from low to high end, and include Snooze, known for its... read more
Overview of the concourses
Great places and spaces inside
The old station

North America » United States » Colorado » Denver September 3rd 2017

Several jaunts cross country, three that I can recall, have resulted in enough miles for a "free" trip on Amtrak's California Zephyr, from Fresno to Denver in a sleeper car. This is an overnight trip, whereby I leave early Sunday morning, and arrive in Denver around dinner time on Monday. I plan to attend two Giants-Rockies games at Coors Field, take a drive up to Boulder, and perhaps Colorado Springs, for Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak, and the Air Force Academy. I embarked a similar trip to Denver in 2011, though I flew both ways. I went to see some old ski buddies, but found that most of them either moved away or passed on to that great ski resort in the sky. See my previous emails about Denver for details. This is my fifth ... read more
Crossing the Sierras
Crossing the Rockies
Where I sit.

North America » United States » Utah » Zion National Park August 28th 2017

Jack Kerouac might have said it best in his famous novel On the Road: “I was halfway across America, at the dividing line between the East of my youth and the West of my future.” His words serve as a testament to the power of a road trip; how the process of packing a car and driving long distances has the ability to transform us. Yet, what about the roads themselves? What makes this form of transportation more life-changing than, say, flying in an airplane? Or taking a url= The answer could be in the old chestnut: It’s not the destination but the journey that matters. Some of the iconic road trips I have taken here in the US: The Seven Mile Bridge to Key West, F... read more
Canyonlands National Park, Utah
Mustard's Grill, Highway 29, Yountville, CA
Off to Wally World with the Griswolds

North America » United States » California » Berkeley August 16th 2017

I enjoy compiling this list, whenever I find a good one, I add it. Last year, I expanded it to other quotes that I find amusing or beneficial. Three of my inspiration are pictured above. "To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong abut other countries" - Aldous Huxley "The actions of men are the best interpreters of thought" - James Joyce "This world is but a canvas to our imagination" - H.D. Thoreau "Once you stop learning, you start dying" - Albert Einstein "The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep"- Robert Frost "Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go" - T.S. Eliot Interjecting a couple from my friends: G says his ... read more
Start of the Pan Am Highway in Chile
Time to eat in Santiago
The long, slow, slog across Siberia

North America » United States » California » Santa Cruz August 9th 2017

all to OneDrive - Personal Most of us first visited Santa Cruz as kids. Several of us from Kingsburg went to the church summer camp in Aptos in 1959. For me, it was one of the first times away from my parents, sleeping in a bunk in a sleeping bag, and praying before every meal. It was memorable in many ways. But little did I know I would return someday, as a part time resident and homeowner in the area. Somewhere at around 1981, in a previous life, we bought a beach house in La Selva Beach, an unincorporated area of Aptos, about 20 minutes south of Santa Cruz. My kids were able to enjoy the beach not only during the summer, but year around, in all kinds of ... read more
Perfect sweat shirt
The whole area is a mystery
But the beaches are great!!!

I always thought travel personality and TV show hostess Samantha Brown was a bit of a "stick in the mud" personality. But she actually has some good advice, for a change. 'Do one thing at the same time, every day, such as going to the same, local coffee shop for breakfast, rather than hitting every single one. That's when you become part of the local scene, and feel the ebb and flow of a place better. It can be a glass of chilled rosé at the outdoor café every afternoon. Whatever it is, you feel a part of the local experience, and also, it lets your brain rest. Get off the itinerary, and experience the pure joy of the experience.' Just for the record, I have done this, even before I ever heard of Sam Brown. ... read more
Serengeti miight be a tough place to get a dinner rec.
Always action at a Lucha Libre!!!
Or over coffee in Seattle.

An article in Travel and Leisure wrote about the places to see the bluest water in the world. I have my own choice, but here are theirs: Crater Lake The deep blue waters that fill the caldera of the sunken volcano Mount Mazama help make Crater Lake one of America’s most beautiful lakes. The deep blue waters are almost crystal clear thanks to the fact that there are no incoming streams or rivers to make the water turbid. All of this makes it ideal for scuba divers willing to brave the chilly water. Crater Lake, located in Southern Oregon, is also the deepest lake in the United States, plunging to depths of 1,943 feet, with sunlight extending 400 feet down. This is a lake that I have best seen from above, on a flight to or ... read more
Crater Lake, Oregon
Chapman Peak, South Africa
Torres del Paine, Chile

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor July 29th 2017

Why must you be so cautious in these three countries? (From The Street by Eric Reed) Number 2: Many Americans don't realize that Malaysia is a predominantly Muslim country. Although this nation is a clash of peoples, including large populations of ethnically Indian and Chinese, Muslim Malay makes up the dominant culture. The result is that this popular tourist destination in Southeast Asia doesn't quite have the anything goes attitude of its neighbors to the north. In most places (aside from special exception zones like Penang and Kuala Lumpur), alcohol is highly taxed and somewhat difficult to get. Publicly advocating for religions other than Islam is banned (so be careful about wearing that crucifix) as is open homosexuality. Most interesting, though, is the country's attitude toward souvenirs. Taking home any flora or fauna without permission is ... read more
Many trips to Bangkok, and they are safe!!!
Old Belrin Wall in East Germany, 1971
Cabbages and Condoms

North America » United States » California » Clovis July 27th 2017

If not for my good fortune in life, I might be one of those, a traveler who lies about their trips. But I have been on many trips, including many so-called "trips of a lifetime" that people always seek. But since I am no longer in search of the perfect meal, or perfect hotel, much less the perfect trip, I am as honest and practical as I can be. Certainly, I hear many glowing comments from fellow travelers. Once in a while, their advice pays off, such as my trips to see Angkor Wat in Cambodia, or to traverse the Trans Siberian Railway across Russia. Once in a decade, some bad advice places me in less than ideal places and situations, but those are rare. I am fortunate that most of my trips have worked out ... read more
Is it really the BEST?
And you got this for $59.99???
5 star service for pennies???

South America » Chile » Atacama July 26th 2017

Save all to OneDrive - Personal These are on everyone's list. I have been to each of these, or very near in many cases. Atacama Desert, Chile When url= needs footage from Mars, they film in this ethereal landscape stretching some 600 miles across Chile. With less than one inch of average annual rainfall, it’s the driest non-polar place on the planet. Certain regions in the Atacama are so inhospitable not even a plant or insect can be found. Surprisingly, url= read more
We got a flat tire here!
Death Valley, the lowest place in the US
Everest, enough said!

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