Vail Hiking and Dining

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We recently enjoyed a fall week in Vail Colorado at a time share. The first two weekends of September in Vail are occupied by Octoberfest (yes, in September) celebrations, a large, open-air Farmers’ and Art Market and a small but nice display of classic cars. Although we planned to go to a restaurant for lunch, [Read more …]

Boulder to Rocky Mountain National Park

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As part of our week in Colorado, we flew into Denver and, after lunch, drove to Boulder, where we met and stayed with friends. Although we did take a little time to stroll along downtown’s fun Pearl Street pedestrian mall, most of our time was spent on hikes and exploring one of the town’s newer [Read more …]

Trekking in Bhutan – Dagala 1,000 Lakes Trek

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After a preparatory hike in Bhutan to Tigers Nest that went well, and taking diamox to help us acclimate to the altitude, we felt ready to undertake a 4 night/5 day trek to experience some beautiful mountain scenery in Bhutan, as well as to get some needed exercise. Only one problem: the night before [Read more …]

Sedona Area Art Galleries

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Sedona Arizona is one of the most beautiful areas of the country. Although it is particularly famed for red rock cliffs, buttes and eerie formations, there is much more to Sedona than staring at the views and hiking the areas numerous trails. The area is loaded with historic sites, art galleries and, even wineries. And [Read more …]

Sedona Area Restaurants

Sedona Arizona is one of the most beautiful areas of the country. Although it is particularly famed for red rock cliffs, buttes and eerie formations, there is much more to Sedona than staring at the views and hiking the areas numerous trails. The area is loaded with historic sites, art galleries and, even wineries. And [Read more …]

Sedona Area Historical Sites

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Sedona Arizona is one of the most beautiful areas of the country. Although it is particularly famed for red rock cliffs, buttes and eerie formations, there is much more to Sedona than staring at the views and hiking the areas numerous trails. The area is loaded with historic sites, art galleries and, even wineries. And [Read more …]

Sedona Hikes and Red Rock Views

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Sedona Arizona is one of the most beautiful areas of the country. Although it is particularly famed for red rock cliffs, buttes, spires and eerie formations, there is much more to Sedona than staring at the views and hiking the areas numerous trails. The area is loaded with historic sites, art galleries and, even wineries. [Read more …]

Truffle Foraging in Tuscany

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Tuscany is not the first place you think of as the source for truffles. But, while Tuscan truffles are certainly less well known than those in Piedmont’s Alba region, Tuscany’s San Giovanni d’Asso’s truffles are reputed to be "almost as good, but significantly less expensive.” The main reason that we decided to arrange a truffle [Read more …]

Active Itinerary: The South Dakota Nature and History Trail in Six Days

This blog provides a sample itinerary based on the experiences of our Summer 1212 trip, those of the things we missed that we wished we were able to do, and, knowing what we know now, what we would have done differently. Details on each venue can be seen in our prior blogs, which [Read more …]

Deadwood Day-tripping

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You can find interesting places to visit in all directions from Deadwood: To the south are the Black Hills, Custer State Park, one National Park and two National Monuments. As we discussed in our blogs on the Black Hills (our August 10 blog) and Mount Rushmore (our August 17 blog), this takes significantly more than [Read more …]