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Find Your Car, Charge You Phone

App Reviews

As a motorist in today’s high-tech age, you are faced with two problems, one almost as old as the automobile itself, the other created by the mobile devices you love to have ready to connect you to the world when you are on the road. Problem number one: Where did I park my car? I […]

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Yellowstone: Mother of All Parks

Travel Essays
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When I made a guest appearance last month on the award-winning NPR podcast, “Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer,” the show’s host and my travel writing colleague, Tom Wilmer, and I discussed visiting U.S. National Parks during this year’s centennial celebration of the establishment of the National Park Service. Both the general news media and […]

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Jackets For Windy, Rainy Days

Travel Gear
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Unlike British aristocrats, I don’t have a coat of arms with a motto emblazoned on it. But I do have a lot of coats in my closet, especially those I’ve purchased for travel and outdoor activities.   And since my “coat motto” is “One Can Never Own Too Many Coats,” I jumped at the chance […]

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RVing “On The Road Again”

Travel Essays
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Now, a month into Spring, maybe, just maybe your mind is beginning to focus on where to go on a summer vacation and how to get there. Flying? Oh, that’s so expensive, and the airlines squish you into a narrow seat with little legroom, and then there’s the TSA torture gauntlet to get through! So […]

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Take a “Journey of Discovery” with Tom Wilmer

Travel Essays
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Join Tom Wilmer, award-winning producer of the NPR podcast “Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer” for a two-part conversation with multi-media travel journalist, and Tales Told From The Road, publisher, Dick Jordan. In part one, you will learn how a two-week journey through the remote “Panhandle” of Southeast Alaska launched Dick’s post-retirement career as a […]

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New Features in Google Maps and Waze iPhone Apps

App Reviews
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Apps that use a smartphone’s GPS functions to help you find your way around are nothing new. But there are new features in two such apps that are worth checking out.

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“Disconnected” Destinations

Travel Essays
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I recently took a 10-day loop trip from my home in the San Francisco Bay Area with stops in Long Beach, Santa Catalina Island, Oxnard, and Morro Bay. Before leaving home, I knew the hotels where I’d be bunking at during the first three stops on that road trip. But what I didn’t know, but […]

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Easy Day Hiking The Swiss Alps

Destination Updates
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For years, stories in newspaper Sunday “Travel” sections were my source of inspiration to travel to places where I had never gone before, as well as to re-visit familiar and much-loved stops on past trips. These days such stories sometimes prompt me to sit back and reminisce about a journey taken long ago. And that […]

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Which iPhone Should You Buy For Travel?

Travel Tech
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For the past few years, Apple has made choosing which iPhone model to buy pretty easy. Each fall, a brand-new model was released, and you could probably still buy the one from the prior year, or maybe even two years back. Then Apple threw us a curve ball during the baseball playoffs and World Series: […]

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The National Parks: America’s Best “Fixer Up” Idea

Destination Updates
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When I read the April TV schedule for one of my local PBS affiliate stations, I saw that Ken Burns’ six-part, twelve-hour documentary television series, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, will air again this year in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Let’s assume that you’ve heeded my past advice […]

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“Grabbing” Music “On The Road”

App Reviews
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I recently wrote about how you can scan your CDs into a Spotify account in order to take those albums with you on a “road trip.” But suppose during your travels, you hear a song being played and you want to add that to either the Spotify or iTunes libraries on your iPhone? Here’s two […]

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