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BREAKING NEWS: Fire Affecting Road into Yosemite National Park

Travel News Updates
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(Updated 9:30 a.m., PDT, Thursday, July 20, 2017) A wildland fire dubbed the “Detwiler Fire” has at least temporarily closed California Highway 140, a major road into Yosemite National Park, near the town of Mariposa. The fire has grown to over 45,000 acres and has forced evacuation of that town and surrounding areas. It was […]

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National Geographic’s “Rarely Seen: Photographs of The Extraordinary”

Book Reviews
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Ask any reader of National Geographic magazine “Why do you subscribe?” and you’ll be told “It’s the photos, stupid!” Although the magazine features some of the best-written stories about people and places you’ll find in any periodical, it has always been the photos used to illustrate the stories that has set off “NG” from other […]

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Up in the Air with In-Flight Wi-Fi

Travel Tech
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We have an almost preternatural urge to remain constantly connected to our electronic gadgets, even while cruising in a “tin tube” six or more miles above the surface of Planet Earth. Four years ago I wrote two stories about in-flight Wi-Fi: One about the topic in general, and another that reviewed Wi-Fi service available on […]

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In Oregon: On the Trail of Ale

Destination Updates
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The first evening in our new hometown of Eugene, Oregon, my wife and I walked to a grocery store across the street from our temporary lodgings to purchase some take-out food for dinner. While my wife searched in vain for an already-chilled bottle of white wine—that store provides a “quick-chilling” vat of liquid so customers […]

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Trump “Travel Ban” Partially Back in Place Until Supreme Court Rules

Travel News Updates
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Supreme Court Will Hear Trump Travel Ban Challenge (Last updated at 5:15 p.m., PDT, Wednesday, July 19, 2017) In an unsigned order issued today, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review lower court rulings which had blocked enforcement of an executive order signed by Donald Trump in March that block entry into the U.S. by […]

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TSA Plan to Check Books and Other Items in Carry-on Bags

Travel News Updates
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(Updated, 10:00 a.m., PDT, Wednesday, June 28, 2017.) At the beginning of this month, Tales Told From The Road reported “that at ten U.S. airports TSA was testing a requirement that electronic devices larger than a smartphone be removed from carry-on bags.” News outlets, including The Hill, are reporting that the agency now wants to […]

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A New Way Tip Your Uber Driver

App Reviews
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Four years ago, when I wrote about the ride sharing service, Uber, which lets you summon a car and driver using a smartphone app, I said:  “If you requested a taxi, Uber will add a 20% tip to the metered fare. No tip is charged if you ride in a Black Car, UBERx, or SUV.” […]

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Did Trump Change How Americans Travel to Cuba?

Destination Updates
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On Friday, June 16, 2017, Donald Trump made a major policy announcement that could markedly affect the ability of Americans to visit Cuba or do business there. Initially, Trump appeared set to totally scrap the steps President Obama took to discard over a half-century of failed “isolationist” policy toward Cuba and engage the Cuban people […]

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Big Sur’s “Heartbreak Road”

Destination Updates
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A half-century ago, in 1967, San Francisco experienced the “Summer of Love.” A year later, I lived through a personal “summer of love” when on nearly every weekend from June through August I drove California’s scenic and fabled Highway from Monterey, through Big Sur, and down to Pacific Valley to see my girlfriend who was […]

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Potential New Rules on Carrying Electronic Devices Aboard Flights

Travel News Updates
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(Last updated 8:45 p.m. PDT Thursday, July 21 2017) Personal Electronics on Flights to and From U.S. If you’re planning on taking an international flight into or out oft he U.S. in the near future, you had best check the TSA or Department of Homeland Security Websites to find out if you’ll have to stow […]

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Dealing with Airline “Bumping” and Flight Cancellations

Travel Tips
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Unless you’ve been living on the dark side of the Moon recently, you have heard about the United Airlines passenger who was dragged off a Chicago-to-Louisville flight after he refused to give up his seat to a member of United’s affiliate, Republic Airlines, who needed to reach Louisville to be available to work on a […]

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