Month: March 2016

In An Icy National Park: Glacier Bay

In An Icy National Park: Glacier Bay

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Margerie Glacier, Glacier Bay National Park

According to the Glacier Bay National Park Website,

“When Captain George Vancouver charted adjacent waters of Icy Strait in 1794, he and his crew described what we now call Glacier Bay as just a small five-mile indent in a gigantic glacier that stretched off to the horizon. That massive glacier was more than 4,000 feet thick in places, up to 20 miles wide, and extended more than 100 miles to the St. Elias mountain range.

“By 1879, however, naturalist John Muir discovered that the ice had retreated more than 30 miles forming an actual bay.

“By 1916, the Grand Pacific Glacier – the main glacier credited with carving the bay – had melted back 60 miles to the head of what is now Tarr Inlet.”

Modern-day visitors to the park can sail far up into the bay, either in their own craft, on a cruise ship, or a park concessionaire tour boat, and get fairly “up close and personal” with the remaining glaciers.

Glacier Bay CollageBut not everything at Glacier Bay worth seeing and photographing is made of ice.

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“Booking” U.S. National Parks

“Booking” U.S. National Parks

Last January I wrote about the importance of planning your summer visits to U.S. National Parks in the Western U.S. well in advance of your trip.

(Joshua Tree National Park Photo)
(Joshua Tree National Park Photo)

Even though it is still officially winter throughout America, you should act now to make your dreams of a national park vacation come true for one very important reason: The National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary this coming August, and that alone may prompt even more tourists to head to the hills, valleys, mountains and geothermal features of the most popular parks, such as Yellowstone and Yosemite.

Here are two recently published books that will fuel those park-visit fantasies and help you decide which parks to put on your “bucket list” of places to make it to this year.

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Finding “Downton” Filming Locations

Finding “Downton” Filming Locations

Downton Abbey, one of the most, if not the most watched shows ever on the PBS network “Masterpiece” series (which I’ve been tuning into for over forty years) wrapped up its run for American television audiences on Sunday, March 6th (over two months after Europeans got their last glimpse of the Crowley family last Christmas).

(Haley Blackmore Flickr Photo)
(Haley Blackmore Flickr Photo)

So many of the most memorable scenes were shot at Highclere Castle, the “stand-in” for the fictional “Downton Abbey,” that viewers may have forgotten that bits and pieces of several episodes were shot “off-premises” elsewhere in England.

But after six years, who among us can remember all of those “out of Downton” locations?

Although no one can, everyone can find those shooting locations thanks to an outfit called Wayfair UK.

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