Category: Destination Updates

Jet-Setting With “Nat Geo”

Jet-Setting With “Nat Geo”

Once or twice a year, a glossy catalog with a posh trip by air lands in my mailbox.

The latest that caught my eye was about the National Geographic Expeditions new multi-day private jet excursion to Central and South America.

You’ll be gone for twenty-two days, departing from and returning to Miami, making these stops along the airborne circuit:

  • Tikal and El Mirador, Guatemala
  • Panama City and the Panama Canal, Panama
  • Cusco and Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, or Trujillo, Peru
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Patagonia and Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Iguaçu Falls, Brazil
  • Cartagena, Colombia

You can expect to be set down among spectacular scenery.

(National Geography Expeditions Photo)

At each destination you will be put up in swank lodgings.

(National Geographic Expeditions Photo)

And you will be accompanied by experts in archeology, biology, and photography who will help you appreciate what you’ll see during the trip.

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Putting Your “Wine Country” Trip Back on the Front Burner

Putting Your “Wine Country” Trip Back on the Front Burner

(Updated November 5, 2017, 12:00 p.m. PST)

California’s “Wine Country” (Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino counties) near San Francisco has long been a “hot” tourist destination, especially at this time of year.

(FlippinYank Flickr Photo)

But last month it was “too hot to handle” for both visitors and locals as fires have burned across the region destroying wineries, vineyards, homes, and business with no end to the conflagrations in sight.

That’s why I had urged those who were planning a trip to the area to put their plans “on the back burner.” But the situation has now changed, and Travel+Leisure is recommending that its readers not cancel trips to the region.

As of October 31st all fires burning in Northern California “Wine Country” were reported as being contained. Air quality is now ” considered satisfactory, and air pollution poses little or no risk.” Cooler, more seasonable high temperatures in the low 60s, with a mix of sun, rain, and showers are forecast during the coming week. All roads that were closed in Sonoma and Napa Counties during the fires have no re-opened.

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In Oregon: The Adult “School Lunch”

In Oregon: The Adult “School Lunch”

When I was a kid my mother packed a lunch for me to take to school.

And that was a good thing because “The School Lunch” served up in the cafeteria often consisted of “mystery meat” and spinach that was so overcooked it looked as though it had been excreted from an orifice of some alien being from another planet.

Ick!

Today school lunch programs across the U.S. have improved since I turned my face away from them in disgust way back in the mid-20th century.

For example in Berkeley, California, Alice Waters, owner of the legendary restaurant, Chez Panisse, has campaigned for healthier and more palatable school cafeteria food and created a foundation that “envisions a curriculum integrated with the school lunch service, in which growing, cooking, and sharing food at the table give students the knowledge and values to build a humane and sustainable future.”

And here in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, adults can enjoy a terrific “school lunch,” too.

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