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Archive for 2014

The Fascination With Water

It must be a human impulse to seek out water, whether searching for a new home or looking for an appealing vacation destination. Travel veteran Shebby Lee relates this tendency to an upcoming tour which follows the Rio Grande River in New Mexico on El Camino Real.

ABA’s Top 100 Events

The annual announcement of the Top 100 Events in North America by the American Bus Association (ABA) is eagerly awaited each fall by the group travel industry. The selection process is rigorous and takes a humongous committee a full year to weigh the merits of the nominations, wrangle over their… read more >

The Sixties

Recently I watched a PBS documentary on Daniel Ellsberg and his seemingly suicidal attempt to make the government accountable during the tumultuous sixties. For reference: Daniel Ellsberg leaked the so-called Pentagon Papers – which exposed massive governmental misconduct all the way up to the Presidency – to the New York… read more >

Red or Green?

They grow a lot of chilies in New Mexico, which is a good thing because the 47th state is also the largest consumer of chilies in the country. They even have a “state question” to go with their state bird, motto, tree, etc: which do you prefer, red or green?… read more >

The Surprising Lewis & Clark Trail

No one questions the historic significance of the sites along the Lewis & Clark Trail – the first trans-continental exploration designed to fill in the blanks on the map and hopefully stimulate commerce.  Following the trail is educational – the opportunity to walk (or paddle) where history happened, and all… read more >

The Yellowstone Myth

It will come as no surprise to regular readers that I am a big fan of America’s National Parks. With all its flaws (mostly attributable to under-funding) they collectively constitute our “best idea”, and the rest of the world has endorsed the concept by copying it. I was therefore intrigued… read more >

Happiness

I read recently that, according to a Netherlands travel study (plus followup research conducted by psychologist and consultant Shawn Anchor), anticipation of an upcoming trip gives travelers the greatest satisfaction on the happiness scale.  It’s nice to have reinforcement, but I don’t need research to tell me that people look… read more >

Coincidences

History is rife with coincidences that are simply too amazing to make up. Although Lewis & Clark’s Corps of Discovery spent considerable time in the current state of Montana (coming and going) and experienced many adventures here, I have a particular favorite which just might be the most fantastical of… read more >

Fred and Me

In case you haven’t heard yet, we are going back on the trail again this year. Actually, we follow some historic trail or other every summer, but I’m talking about THE trail, the Lewis & Clark Trail – my favorite. Fred and I have traveled the Lewis & Clark Trail… read more >

For Public Consumption

In this age of social media, with millions of people posting their innermost thoughts on Twitter or Facebook, in blogs, or some other internet outlet daily, we tend to think that writing for mass public consumption is something new. So I was somewhat startled to hear recently that Abraham Lincoln’s… read more >

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