What to do in Billings Montana

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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

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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 …]

The Berkshire Mountains

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Over the years, we have spent a lot of time in the Berkshire Mountains area: around Lenox, Stockbridge and Great Barrington: Summers for the Tanglewood Music Festival; Fall for foliage; and Winter when we used to cross-country ski. The area also has a lot of day-time activities. In addition to exploring the towns’ downtown areas, [Read more …]

Great Hikes near Woodstock Vermont

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Columbus Day weekend usually turns out to be the prime time for foliage in Central Vermont. Tourists 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 advance during [Read more …]

Mt Etna Italy

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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. 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 importantly, spend some time in my [Read more …]

A Return to Monhegan Island, Maine

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It has been at least 30 years since our first and most recent voyage to this artist and nature island in Maine. Monhegan Island, which attracts many artists over the summer, currently has 19 studios (only a few open on the day we visited) and is laced with hiking trails that climb most of the [Read more …]

Peggy’s Cove Nova Scotia and Its Lighthouse

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The drive from Louisbourg to Nova Scotia’s southern shore is no easy proposition. Although the scenic town of Peggy’s Cove (just south of Halifax) isn’t that far from Louisbourg as the crow flies, navigating it by car requires a very long (500 kilometer, 5 hour) drive. The only way to get from one town to [Read more …]

The Towns of Cape Breton Island

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The focus of our Cape Bretton trip was the Cabot Trail, the National Park and its trails. Towns, however, do make convenient evening and restaurant stops and sometimes have other attractions that can’t be found in nature. We stopped at three of the island’s primary towns. Cheticamp Cheticamp, a town at the Western entry to [Read more …]

The Natural Splendor of Cape Bretton Island

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As mentioned in our previous post, Cape Breton is the island at the northern tip of Nova Scotia. The island, and especially the portion of the Cabot Trail that encircles the highlands near the northern tip of the island (primarily the section of the trail that is in Cape Breton National Park) was our primary [Read more …]