Posts Tagged ‘Travel’

A Couple of Recommendations!

October 25, 2017

If you ever find yourself in the Eureka Springs area (northwestern Arkansas), there are several neat things to see and do.  Disclaimer: I certainly have not seen or done everything that there is to see or do in Eureka Springs, but there are a few things worthy of mention as “not to miss” if you get the chance (and depending on your interests).  In addition to the numerous art shops and galleries (always worthy of visiting in my opinion), I would highly recommend a visit to the Thorncrown Chapel.  Whether you are interested in the architecture (or not), or just merely want to enjoy the beautiful setting, it would be time well spent.

Another activity that was really well done and that I totally enjoyed was the Great Passion Play.  I’m not exactly sure I was surprised by this but it really exceeded my expectations tremendously and was a very enjoyable way to spend an evening (especially if you arrange to take advantage of the buffet dinner preceding the play).

Another really unique attraction: Quigley’s Castle, aka, “the Ozarks strangest dwelling.” Very unique indeed, but very interesting as well.

Or discover your own “treasures” and favorite attractions in this quaint and charming community nestled in the Ozarks of northwestern Arkansas!

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Let’s Travel!

October 7, 2017

I ran across a couple of travel-related quotations the other day and decided that they were worth sharing.  I’ve always been a fan of travel (and try to do so at every available opportunity), so for me this is second nature, but for most of the U.S. population, vacation seems to be a dirty word as we slave away at our jobs without taking the necessary steps to take care of ourselves.

“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.’  (Unknown)

“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go.  I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” (Robert Louis Stevenson)

Here are some interesting articles on the state of our vacations:

Yikes!  Don’t you think it is time for a vacation?  Plan one just for the health of it!  You won’t regret it.

The Narrows!

September 21, 2017

Zion_NarrowsFor the last several days I have enjoyed being in and around Zion National Park (Utah) where we had the opportunity to hike “the Narrows” as well as several other short hikes along some other trails in the park.  What an awesome experience!   We opted for the top-down hike from Chamberlain Ranch (16-mile trek); our planning began several months ago since we needed to arrange for permits to hike in this direction.  We also were hoping that by going in the fall, despite the possibility of slightly “higher” and colder water, that the weather would be a bit more stable — i.e., less rain and a lower chance of flash flooding hazards. From here we will be heading up to the north rim of the Grand Canyon to hike for a couple of days before returning home. Ah, the joy of being disconnected . . . a little therapy, courtesy of nature!

Chihuly “In the Forest!”

August 5, 2017

 

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Ten days ago, I posted my favorite piece from the Dale Chihuly exhibit at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.  You still have a little over a week to check out this exhibit “in the gallery.”  But, if you can’t make it over in time for the gallery exhibit, the companion exhibit “In the Forest” continues through November 13th, and is certainly worth a look.  Here was my favorite piece from the forest . . . typcial Chihuly “free-spirited” fashion.

Summer Travel Plans?!

July 13, 2017

Now that summer is well underway, have you scheduled your summer travel plans?  If you have, great!  If you haven’t and are looking for some ideas, here is an infographic detailing the 2017 travel trends.

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Fancy Knots!

July 5, 2017

SamuraiKnotA coupe of weeks ago, while in Phoenix, Arizona, attending the Annual Conference of the Special Libraries Association (SLA), I was able to stay one extra day (post-conference) to explore a bit and visit family (my nephew and his fiancée) and dropped in on the Phoenix Art Museum.  There were several wonderful exhibits, including a collection of Samurai armor.  The armor seems to have been held in place using cords with a very intricate (and decorative) knotting convention (or at least for show or display purposes).   Very cool indeed (and a most beautiful color as well).

Turbulence!

June 22, 2017

I’m not the most traveled person in the world (nor am I the least traveled), and certainly I have had my share of frustrating experiences during the course of my travels, but rarely have the issues been up in the air.  Yes, there have been “minor” bouts of turbulence (the violent, unpredictable bursts of air that cause the plane to dip and dive wildly), but all in all, I have not had any serious turbulence in all of my years of flying.

Here are some interesting facts that perhaps you didn’t know about turbulence.

  • It is the most dangerous for the airline employees.
  • Pilots usually decelerate to a “turbulence penetration speed.”  At slower speeds, you are less likely to sustain damage from the shaking that can occur.
  • Jet streams, while helpful at your back can cause turbulence when hitting head-on.
  • All of the math has been done, and turbulence alone will not cause the plane to go down.
  • Turbulence in unpredictable, you just never know when it will hit.
  • Technology has been developed that can detect conditions for turbulence on the fly (the Light Detection and Radar tool (LIDAR) usually installed in the nose of the craft).
  • The industry continues to work on even newer technologies to assist in the understanding of air flows.
  • Turbulence is particularly bad in North America (we can thank the Rocky Mountains for effecting our jet streams).
  • Best solution: fly above the turbulence, but to do this you must pass through the tropopause which can in itself cause turbulence.
  • Give larger aircraft a wide berth — they can create their own “wake turbulence.”
  • Turbulence is not a safety issue; it is so normal and harmless that is is considered more of a convenience issue.
  • Planes are designed to endure way more than what occasional turbulence can deliver (i.e., the wings will NOT fall off from turbulence).

So, relax, it may scare the living daylights out of you, but on any properly functioning airplane, turbulence will not kill you.

Source: http://www.destinationtips.com

How About Some Shakespeare?!

May 27, 2017

ShakespeareDo you ever get that hankering to attend a Shakespeare play?  While there are numerous places throughout the country that offer the occasional play, the three best venues to do so in the United States include: the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Ashland, OR), the Illinois Shakespeare Festival  (Bloomington/Normal, IL), and the Utah Shakespeare Festival (Cedar City, UT).

If you can’t make it to one of these, there are several other festivals around . . . then check out this list of Shakespearean Theatre Companies to find a company near you.

My college offers a week-long trip to Ashland to attend the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in late summer every year (hosted by our resident Shakespeare Scholar, Dr. John Mercer).  I’ve been dying to go along on this trip, but the timing for me just hasn’t worked out yet (it has recently conflicted with my regularly scheduled vacation to Michigan to visit family) . . . one of these years the timing and the stars will align to allow me to attend.

One Wish Each!

February 22, 2017

Happy Wednesday!  We are half way through the work week, so here is a bit of homeland security/TSA humor to help get us through today and a bit closer to the weekend.  Enjoy!

A New York fireman, an American mother of three, and a TSA supervisor are the only survivors of a plane crash in the Pacific Ocean. They all wash up on a desert island where, half drowned, the fireman spots a lamp in the sand. As soon as he touches it, a genie emerges in a cloud of smoke.

“I am the Genie of the Lamp,” he intones. “Because you have released me, I will grant you each one wish.”

The mother breaks into tears. “Oh, thank you, thank you!” she cries. “I just want to fly back home to my babies!”

“Very well,” says the genie, and a pontoon plane appears by the shore, its pilot beckoning to her. Happily she runs off and climbs aboard.

“All I want,” says the fireman, “is to return to my fire station in New York. People there rely on me to help them in times of trouble.”

“Very well,” intones the genie, and another plane pops out of nowhere to idle next to the first. The fireman runs out and climbs aboard.

“And what is your wish?” the genie asks the TSA supervisor.

“Get those people back here. They haven’t been properly searched!”

Source: unknown

99 Great Ways to Save (Part 1)!

September 3, 2016

In the July /August issue of the AARP Bulletin, several experts offer tips and tricks that will help you save money in a variety of categories: travel, technology, home, finance, style, food, fun, getting there, health, and entertainment.  Part 1 will be the travel category (tips courtesy of Samantha Brown [AARP travel expert] and Rick Stevens [European guidebook author and TV travel show host]).

  1. Choose a destination based on its “restaurant week.”
  2. Be a house sitter (TrustedHousesitter.com).
  3. Last minute deals (app HotelTonight)
  4. Update your documents (valid passport for at least six months past travel).
  5. Don’t pay for pricey massages on the road.
  6. Travel with peanut butter (but, it counts as a carry-on liquid).
  7. Buy second-class train seats.
  8. Get cash overseas at ATMs.
  9. Check for last-minute deals at business hotels.
  10. Get your rental car in town (as opposed to the airport or train station).
  11. Use local cash.
  12. Go carless in urban centers.

Source: AARP Bulletin, July/August 2016, p. 21-22