Month: September 2015

U.S. National Park Service Hits Century Mark

U.S. National Park Service Hits Century Mark

NPS-symbol_thumb.jpgAs summer 2015 draws to an official close, kids are back in school, adults are back at work.

Before long, rain and snow will begin to fall across the U.S.

Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the Christmas and New Year’s holidays are coming up soon.

But what most Americans probably aren’t thinking about is an important historical event that will take place next year: On August 25, 2016, the U.S. National Park Service will celebrate its 100th anniversary.

Some of the parks themselves pre-date the creation of the National Park Service.

Yellowstone was established in 1872. Abraham Lincoln signed legislation in 1864 that led to Yosemite becoming a state park. And in 1890, it joined Yellowstone as a national park.

But while dreams of backpacking, camping, hiking, or just loafing in the woods next summer are probably buried in the back of your mind, the fall season is the perfect time to be planning your 2016 visit to what documentary filmmaker, Ken Burns, called “America’s Best Idea.”

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What Apple’s New Products Mean for Travelers

What Apple’s New Products Mean for Travelers

A week and a half ago Apple held its fall new product extravaganza.

Apple Store Hakan Dahlstrom
(Hakan Dahlstrom Flickr Photo)

But what does the company’s revised lineup of phones, tablets, apps and operating system mean for travelers?

Here’s my quick take on what’s totally new and what’s been updated, based on what I’ve read the tech pundits saying, since I’ve as yet not got my own hands on any of this “new and improved, greatest thing since sliced bread” high technology.

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Being a One-Day Tourist in Seattle

Being a One-Day Tourist in Seattle

Shortly before leaving on a trip to Seattle last month to see friends and family, my wife and I suddenly learned that plans to meet up with my wife’s cousin and her daughter had gone by the boards, leaving us with an unexpected free day to be tourists in my old hometown.

(Johnathan Miske Flickr Photo)
(Johnathan Miske Flickr Photo)

But how should we spend that single day?

Visiting spots we’d seen on past trips together over the last forty years?

Finding out if my old haunts, high school, and parent’s home had been bulldozed, and skyscrapers or huge residential or commercial developments built in their stead?

Before leaving the San Francisco Bay Area, where I’ve now lived more than twice as long as the first twenty-one years of my life spent in Seattle, I came up with a laundry list of ideas of things to see and do, especially those close to our hotel near the Seattle Center, home to the city’s skyline icon, the Space Needle.

And now I’m sharing it with you, regardless of whether you live in Seattle, or are in two for one or several days.

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