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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER: NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER: NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE

Stephen Hawking once said that humans have 1,000 years left on earth. This week, he changed that number to 100. Shocking, I know. On my visit to The Kennedy Space Center last Friday, I learned that scientists who agree on earth’s limited future see escaping to Mars as...

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WRITERS: MAKE YOUR LANGUAGE POP!

MARGIE LAWSON has  a great writing university online. I’ve taken several of her courses. My goal was to attend her Deep Editing weekend in Denver. Now I don’t have to. She is coming to Bellingham March 30. Trust me, if you have a day job, this Master class...

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LET JERUSALEM BE JERUSALEM

When I lived in Jordan, I drove the 55 miles to Jerusalem as often as I could. It’s a fascinating city on a hill, and I felt like I had to be there to know it. Truth and Tension Followers of three religions, all evolving from the Old Testament, live and worship among...

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Nonrefundable? Not Necessarily

If you have an issue getting a travel refund, where everyone is saying,”No!” turn to your credit card company. You Try to Do the Right Thing, But Sometimes … Regular readers of this blog know that my husband and I spent 2016 on a noble quest: to...

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Pearl Harbor: Who Were the Heroes?

The WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument at Pearl Harbor is a testimony to American resilience. It’s the bookend story of World War II where the war began and where it ended with Japan’s surrender aboard the USS Missouri. This week our country...

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Kauai: Why Does the Chicken Cross the Road?

Like the famous Walmart Greeter, Kauai also has its own ubiquitous greeter. Meet him: You hear the Rooster before you see him. On the first morning, the greeters welcomed us to their resort. We were surprised and intrigued. I ran outside to see what was the matter....

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National Monuments: Aha! I didn’t know that.

Our 124 National Monuments inspire visitors with snippets of experiential learning. Originally intended to preserve prehistoric Indian grounds and artifacts, the program now preserves historical landmarks and prehistoric structures with a scientific interest to the...

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Vaughan Town Is Calling English Speakers to Spain

Would you like to spend five days at an all-expenses-paid four-star resort, eat amazing continental cuisine, sip the regional wines, and get to know fascinating people? In exchange, you merely have to converse with them in English so they can improve their speaking...

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Salt Spring, the Island of Subdued Excitement

Don’t let the title fool you. Cascadia, the region including Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia, offers plenty of extreme activities, but there’s also no better place to chill and enjoy the simple pleasures of life. This week, my husband and I chose Salt Spring...

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FIVE REASONS TO VISIT MT. RAINIER IN LATE SUMMER

My son chose July 31 for his wedding because it has historically been the best summer day in Western Washington. True again this year, so we rushed off to Mt. Rainier National Park. Here’s why: 1. Mt. Rainier National Park has over 260 Miles of prepared trails...

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WHY YOU SHOULD TRAVEL THE BACK ROADS

Make history come alive by exiting the freeway every now and then. Don’t just speed west in a mindless effort to reach Seattle. Take the Lewis and Clark Trail, which follows the Nez Perce Trail, which parallels I 90. You’ll be awed, appalled, and inspired by the convergence of two important historical phenomena on one rugged trail. The story of tolerance and respect is at the heart of our American story.

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Alaska: It’s Still Wonderfully Wild Out West

  When most people go on vacation, they head south for warm temperatures and sunny skies. But last week guest blogger Dave Hermetet wanted some different scenery, so he and wife, Sarah, headed north to Seattle for a seven-day cruise to Alaska. See what Dave has...

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Matera, Living History in Southeastern Italy

How many of your friends come home from Italy and rave about Matera? It wouldn’t have been on Guest Blogger Helen Henry’s itinerary if a friend hadn’t suggested it. And now she and husband, Hank, are telling everyone, “You have to see Matera.” Matera is a...

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Utah, 2.0

The Other Side of Visiting Utah Now After my June 1 blog warning people about Utah’s summer crowds, several people said, “Oh, no! I already have reservations for this month!” So here’s another take, the highlight of Utah, crowded or empty. Erosion is art. Enjoy! Utah...

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FEET FORWARD!

“The sacred Ganges River taught me to raft.”

“In that polluted brown stew?” the doubters laugh.

“No, fellow travelers, have no fear.

Above the cremation ghats, it’s mineral-water clear.

But maybe you’ll be bumped out of your boat, Land in a stream, and struggle to float.”

“Feet Forward!” the raft guide will tell you to go.

“Orient yourself! Move with the flow!”

I heeded his words, not thinking twice.

And wherever I travel, I take his advice.

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