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Travels with “Flat Stanley”

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Last week while in the Monterey area I paid a visit to the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, California, a museum which honors one of America’s greatest writers, John Steinbeck. In 1960, Steinbeck set off with his standard poodle, “Charley,” on a journey around the U.S. in a camper truck named “Rocinante” (after Don Quixote’s […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: Shooting at Libraries

Travel Photo Thursday
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At home, a library is place to borrow books. On the road, such as in Seattle during a two-night stopover on the way to Southeast Alaska, a public library can present a compelling “photo op.” And while wandering the streets of Carmel-By-The-Sea on Monday morning, looking for places that might have existed when I lived […]

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Getting “Under The Skin” of Mankind in Scotland

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Betsy Sharkey reviews ‘Under the Skin’ starring Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy McWilliams, and Lynsey Taylor Mackay.

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Rock On (or not) in Quebec, Mon Ami!

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If you visit Québec (the city, situated on the St. Lawrence River) in Québec (the province) between July 3rd and 13th this year, it may look more like the U.S.A. than a little bit of Europe in Canada. No, the classy, classic architecture that gives Québec City a European feel isn’t going to be replaced, […]

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Tales Told From The Road Weekly Travel News Update

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(This edition of the Tales Told From The Road Weekly newspaper features a wide-range of travel-related stories.) Get more travel news! Subscribe to our e-mail updates! Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2014 Dick Jordan Republish This Article

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Staying in Touch with the “WhatsApp” App

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I’m a tech kind guy, but not really a text kind of guy. Meaning, yeah, I’ll send someone a text message from my iPhone once or twice every Blue Moon, but not 14,172 times a day, like some people. So I don’t have a texting plan with my mobile phone carrier. I just pay-as-I-go for […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: “Southeast”

Travel Photo Thursday
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A mere 75,000 humans are scattered across 35,000 square miles of the Alaska Panhandle, living in widely dispersed pockets of civilization unconnected to each other by road. In summer, their ranks temporarily swell by a million or more souls who arrive by ferry, plane, but mainly on cruise ships, to marvel at and photograph the […]

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“The Noble Spirit” – Not Giving in to Death

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Dying. We’re all going to do it, but we really don’t want to think about it until our morality catches up with us, forcing us to confront it. When someone dies we ask “From what?” A common enough question today, but as Kathryn Schulz’ story, Final Forms: What death certificates can tell us, and what […]

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Seeing Seals Saved By The Seashore

Found in My Own Backyard
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We humans feel a kinship to marine mammals: Porpoises, dolphins, whales, seals, sea lions. They’re a bit like us: Talkative, social,  solitary, inquisitive, active, and some times lazy beach bums. And like us, they’re smart. And like us, sometimes they become ill or are injured and need help. Which is when we help them, just […]

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“Tour By Locals” – Being Guided When Traveling

Travel Tech
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I usually travel “independently,” which means I don’t go on days-long bus tours, cruises, or any sort of trip where a tour company is herding me (and 20-40 of my new “best friends”) from place-to-place like a bunch of cats too lazy to bother figuring out how to come up with their own “see-and-do” travel […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: Lake in A Rain Barrel

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Nearly 8,000 years ago, Mount Mazama, in what is today the State of Oregon, “did a Mount St. Helens.” Like its cousin to the north in the Cascade mountains which “blew its top” in 1980, Mount Mazama sent huge chunks of itself flying into the sky in a cataclysmic eruption. But while Mount St. Helens […]

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On “The Road to Travel Writing”

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(Last August, Tales Told From The Road publisher, Dick Jordan, was one of the guests on the travel show, “This Week in Travel.” This past Sunday he made a repeat appearance on the show, this time as it was broadcast via live streaming video as a Google+ Hangout on Air.) How does one became a […]

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Flight Tracking Apps and Websites

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I’m sitting at home, thinking maybe it’s time to fly off somewhere on vacation. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, so I know that hundreds of planes are taking off and landing at local airports throughout the day and evening. But who’s up there now? Believe it or not, my mobile devices know […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: A Desert’s “Sense of Place”

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On Tuesday I wrote about the Ruth Bancroft Garden, and oasis of sorts for arid-land plants. And that set me to thinking about plants as defining a desert, giving it “a sense of place.” And in, turn, that thought prompted me to look back at photos that I had shot during past trips to Arizona’s […]

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“Nebraska” Isn’t Not About Nebraska

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Nebraska (the movie) isn’t about Nebraska (the state). Sure, it was filmed  in Nebraska, but also in Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota. So it could just have well have been named after one of those other states of the union, or Nemowyosod, a meaningless word made up from letters found in the names of all […]

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Ruth’s Secret Garden

Found in My Own Backyard
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Motorist speed up and down busy Bancroft Road, unwittingly bypassing one of Walnut Creek, California’s hidden secrets: The Ruth Bancroft Garden. The idea for the garden might have been germinating in Ruth Bancroft’s mind back in 1971 when I briefly lived just up the road in the city of Concord. But by the time she […]

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Trip Planning with Trekkel

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In the past I’ve written about the “Holy Grail of Trip Planning,” a Website or app that will assemble a complete itinerary for a vacation trip, book your flights and hotels, recommend restaurants, and map out fun activities for you. No thinking would be required on your part. Just show up and have fun! Well, […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: Classic Railroad Hotels

Travel Photo Thursday

Many hotels today are simply boxes made of concrete, glass and steel. There’s nothing eye-catching or memorable about their architecture. But a few classic hotels built by railroads still welcome guests seeking lodgings with an enduring style. Republish This Article

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“Sunset” Has Risen

Travel Essays
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For nearly forty years I had been a subscriber to Sunset magazine whose tagline had been “The Magazine of Western Living.” The pages of Sunset were filled with ideas for home remodeling, gardening, cooking and entertaining aimed at those who, like me, reside in the Western United States. What I enjoyed most about Sunset were […]

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Rediscovering Camelot in The Land of the Kennedy’s on Cape Cod

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This past November, the nation paused to commemorate 50th anniversary of the assassination of one of the most iconic presidents in American history. Elected President at the age of 43, John F. Kennedy was the youngest man to ever hold that office. Kennedy…

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There’ an App for That: But Don’t Get It!

App Reviews
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There are now over one million apps each for Apple and Android mobile devices. So if you wonder “Is there an app for that?,” the answer is likely to be “Yes,” or even “Lots, and lots.” Supposedly you can store over 40,000 apps on an iPhone running the latest operating system, iOS7. But how could […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: Going to Church

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No matter where you travel, there’s usually one type of building that you’re likely to encounter: A church. Some churches are immense and ornate. Others are small and simply decorated. Some are open to all to enter. Others are closed unless a service is taking place. Here are a few that I’ve run across during […]

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