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Saturday’s scene: Hiking Pilot Mountain

November 22, 2014
Pilot Mountain, North Carolina

Driving north on Highway 52, Pilot Mountain is the stony punctuation in the rolling hills of the North Carolina countryside. You can’t miss it. The quartzite mountain rises to 2421 feet and is a remnant of the ancient Sauratown Mountain Range in the Yadkin Valley. Native Americans, wildlife and explorers have used Pilot Mountain as a […]

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Winter on the Rhine

November 18, 2014
Rheinstein castle in the Rhine Gorge

On a foggy, sleety day, AmaWaterways Amacello winds through the Rhine Gorge where medieval castles and vineyards compete for attention above scenic river banks. Alan heads outside to take photos but returns quickly, unable to shield his lens from pelting sleet. Most Rhine River cruisers hope to view the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World […]

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Relax in Luxury at Wailea Beach Villas

November 15, 2014
Wailea Beach Villas adult pool comes with a Maui view.

You’ve just stepped off the plane at Kahului Airport on Maui. You sign for the rental car and head for the villa rental in Wailea. On the way, you’ll need to stop at the grocery store to stock up. But you’re oh-so-tired from the flight. If you reserve a villa at Wailea Beach Villas through Destination Resorts Hawaii, a concierge has already […]

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Checking Out Family History in Nova Scotia

November 11, 2014
McCulloch Centre

Are you curious about your Scottish ancestry? Why did they come to North America? How did they live? Family history and cultural resources abound in Nova Scotia, even if your ancestors first landed further south. Today’s contributing writer, Vera Marie Badertscher from A Traveler’s Library and Ancestors in Aprons describes how to go about tracing […]

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Sailing Bras D’or Lake in Nova Scotia

November 6, 2014
Amoeba sailboat

Traveling by any means is certainly a privilege no matter what method of travel you choose. However, for those lucky few with sturdy sea legs, sailing on the open water is the only way to go. Today’s sea-loving guestposter, Vera Marie Badertscher from A Traveler’s Library describes one very unique sailing experience around Nova Scotia’s […]

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Discover a Relaxing Bed and Breakfast in the Heart of Santa Fe

November 1, 2014
El Paradero Bed and Breakfast Inn

On a visit to Santa Fe, New Mexico, boomers will find plenty of places to stay. From the luxurious Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado to the historic Santa Fe Hotel, accommodations cover every taste and pocketbook. But if you’re looking for a bed and breakfast within walking distance of downtown Santa Fe, Alan and I recommend […]

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Reliving Gold Rush History at Bannack Ghost Town

October 29, 2014
Hotel Meade at Bannack Ghost Town in Montana.

Autumn leaves crunch into bits of brown and gold under our feet as Alan and I walk the wooden sidewalks at Bannack Ghost Town near Dillon. It’s only mid-September but we’ve definitely missed the prime week for fall color in this isolated corner of Southwest Montana. Joining a smattering of weekday visitors, we explore the buildings, […]

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Helicopter Adventure Over West Maui and Molokai

October 24, 2014
Air Maui helicopter tour

Although Alan and I are big advocates of boots on the ground adventures to truly know a destination, there is also something special about seeing it from a seat in a small aircraft or helicopter. Take the Hawaiian Islands, for instance. Steep sea cliffs with thundering waterfalls are no match for our boomer hiking skills. That’s why, when […]

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Exploring Coolidge Ghost Town in Southwest Montana

October 17, 2014
Donna Hull at Coolidge Ghost Town, Montana

On a cold, September day, the one-mile walk to Coolidge Ghost Town is sort of spooky. Trees crowd each side of the level trail that parallels a creek. The trees give the trail a closed-in feeling, blocking out the weak sunlight so that shade accompanies most of our walk. Leftover equipment from Montana’s silver mining history is scattered here […]

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Paragliding Over Maui

October 15, 2014
Paragliding over Maui

I’m paragliding over Maui. Let me write that again. I’M PARAGLIDING OVER MAUI. The wind whips through the wing (you might think of it as a parachute) as Dexter Binder, certified instructor at Proflyght Paragliding, offers calm instructions. On a tandem ride, we swoop left and right across the Maui hillside. Paragliding is the most quiet, peaceful experience […]

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