Shenandoah National Park

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The Shenandoah National Park is in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. It runs from Front Royal at its northern entrance to its southern entrance near Waynesboro. The 115 mile Skyline Drive takes you through the park. It is lined with pastoral scenes and overlooks that provide beautiful views without even getting out of your [Read more …]

The Berkshire Mountains

The Berkshire region is an area in the western parts of Massachusetts and northwest Connecticut. It is a beautiful area of rolling hills and includes part of the Green Mountains. We arrived in the northwest corner of Massachusetts’ Upper Berkshires via Vermont’s Route 100, the state’s unofficial Foliage Highway. The drive took us through [Read more …]

Desert Island Maine

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Updated 2021 Bar Harbor Maine Bar Harbor Maine is one of the main towns on Mount Desert Island (the others being Northeast Harbor, Southwest Harbor, and Bass Harbor). Bar Harbor itself, is the epitome of a tourist town with about half the stores selling tee-shirts, half the remainder are restaurants (lots of lobster as you [Read more …]

Great Hikes near Woodstock Vermont


Columbus Day weekend usually turns out to be the prime time for foliage in Central Vermont. Tourists (including us) from all over the world descend on places like Woodstock Vermont to enjoy the foliage and outdoor activities. Peak foliage, however, is subject to the vagaries of nature. Since you have to make reservations well in [Read more …]

Mendenhall Glacier


Getting to Mendenhall Glacier from Juneau The Mendenhall Glacier is about 13 miles from downtown Juneau Alaska. You can reach it in various ways from Juneau: Taxi. While we thought this would be a reasonable cost, it ended up being expensive as taxis need a special permit to drop people at the glacier. They charge [Read more …]

Grindelwald and the Jungfraujoch


Grindelwald Grindelwald is the principal town in the Jungfraujoch, a term that refers to the saddle between the Eiger and the Munch Mountains in Switzerland’s Alps. The combination of snow-clad mountain peaks, beautiful valleys, sheer rock faces, waterfalls and glaciers, including the Aletsch (which is Europe’s largest at 65 square miles and 2,300 feet [Read more …]

What to do in Billings Montana

Billings train depot

Billings Montana With 110,000 citizens, Billings is Montana’s largest city. It was created by and named for the president of the Northern Pacific railroad who built a key rail stop a few miles outside of Coulter. Although it has long-since disappeared, Coulter was an established town and paddle-wheel steamer stop. The area grew into a [Read more …]

Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park


Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, while created at different times and technically separate, are contiguous in the Southern Sierra Mountains. They contain magnificent sequoia trees are easily visited together. Kings Canyon Kings Canyon has three radically different sections, the: Canyon, for which the park is named. The canyon is the deepest in the country, [Read more …]

Mt Etna Italy


Although Taormina is a pretty little town in Italy, we went there primary for its proximity to Mt. Etna. The 11,000 foot volcano not only dominates the northeastern part of Sicily, it also created it. As of the mid-17th century Catania was a large city and the 30-mile coastline between Catania and Taormina was a [Read more …]

Other Interesting Things to Do in Amsterdam

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This is part of a series of posts on Amsterdam written by guest contributor, David Gavenda who spent a month in Amsterdam. My month in Amsterdam gave me plenty of time to explore different sections of the city, partake in interesting activities (especially an annual garden tour), visit a number of secondary museums and most [Read more …]