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Travel-in-Place – Corvallis, Oregon’s Urban Art

Just like in a third of the US, this week Oregon’s governor issued a statewide Stay-at-Home order to flatten the Corona virus pandemic curve. Since travel beyond getting the essentials is now strongly discouraged, I chose to exercise my Travel-at-Home option and walk...

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Enjoying in Emerald City: Enchanted by Seattle

The glass sculptures were astonishing. Just once in my life I had visited a glass blowers’ studio, accompanying my daughter’s school study trip. Yes, I had seen the demonstrations of the glass being melted, blown and shaped into a delicate form. But nothing prepared...

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Elkin, An Urban Delight
Along the Mountains-To-Sea Trail

Somehow I only recently learned about the Mountains-To-Sea Trail. Though a bit of an outdoors enthusiast, if not exactly a fitness nut (I’ve been thinking about walking some of the Appalachian Trail for years, to cite one example, but haven’t yet started), this is...

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Where God Put the Old West: Monument Valley

When the famous American actor, John Wayne, first saw the buttes, mesas, and spires of Monument Valley, he is quoted as saying “So this is where God put the old West.” I felt the same way as I stared across the valley from Goulding’s Lodge and Trading Post beneath...

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Waterfall Wonderland: The Columbia River Gorge

It is only 80 miles long but contains over 100 waterfalls. Eleven of these are over 100 feet high with the 620-foot drop of Multnomah Falls as the most famous and accessible. The vertical basalt walls of the gorge go from sea level to nearly 4000 feet. The Columbia...

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Swimming with Turtles in Maui

Maui and their Memorable Turtles I remember seeing this great poster at the airport, I forget what it was for – as is often the case with advertising – but what stood out were great turtles swimming through the ocean. I’ve always loved the ocean and the idea of...

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Arriving at Land’s End –
A Road Trip to Provincetown

A unique destination, discovered by Vikings and home to descendants of Pilgrims, Provincetown has long been a safe harbor for Portuguese fishermen, American artists and bohemian freethinkers. Known today simply as P’town, it continues to attract those seeking the...

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The Odd Town of Oatman, Arizona:
A Route 66 Adventure

It is hidden in the Black Mountains of Northern Arizona. The village is part ghost town, tourist stop, and wildlife sanctuary. It was named after a woman who never lived there. I had to travel twenty- six miles from Kingman up a steep and winding part of Route 66 that...

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