Travel Essays

Yellowstone: Mother of All Parks

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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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RVing “On The Road Again”

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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

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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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“Disconnected” Destinations

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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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Santa Brings You A Gift: Air Travel, The Way It Was

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“Dear Santa, “All I want for Christmas is two front seats. That is, seats ‘up front’ in the plane. You know, having a first class travel experience by flying in First Class. “But I know that maybe I haven’t been a good enough boy this year to qualify for such an extravagant gift. “So I’d […]

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Home (to Seattle) For The Holidays

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Seattle was a bit of a culinary and cultural backwater when I was growing up there in the middle of the last century. There was plenty of fresh seafood at downtown restaurants like Von’s where I’d lunch on sole with my grandmother before we went grocery shopping at the Pike Place Market, many years before […]

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Flying Is Fun (To Watch)

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The “Golden Age of Air Travel” when flying was fun is long, long, gone. Back then, even if you weren’t hopping on plane to take off on vacation, you could hang out at an airport and just watch other people do so. Today, the only reason to subject yourself to the aggravation of air travel […]

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The Right to Bear Cameras

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“Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.” That’s the protection citizens gained when the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States was ratified on December 15, 1791. That amendment, of course, makes no specific mention of a freedom to photograph. Nearly a decade would pass before anyone […]

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Space Tourism: Which Ship To Pick For Your Flights?

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Four and a half years ago when President Obama predicted that Americans would fly through space to Mars within 20 to 30 years my long-held dream of landing on the Red Planet seemed unlikely to be fulfilled in my lifetime. And two months ago, I mulled over the possibility of getting there even if I […]

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Breaking Up (Your Country) Is Hard To Do

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Back in the 1962, American pop singer Neil Sedaka’s single, “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do” was a hit not only in the U.S. but around the world. But what’s that got to do with “Travel”? Plenty.

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Falling in Love (With Venice) All Over Again

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Falling in love with a place once is something many travelers have experienced. But falling in love with the same place twice? Is it possible? After an absence of over two decades, online journalism professor Mindy McAdams of the University of Florida comes back to Venice, Italy, and writes about finding true love of place […]

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