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Grizzly bear looking for a salmon breakfast at Fish Creek, Alaska.

Watching for Bears at Fish Creek

Grizzly bear looking for a salmon breakfast at Fish Creek, Alaska.

Updated 05.01.2019: From July to early September, salmon spawn at Fish Creek in Hyder, Alaska. The silver backs of chum salmon flash in the sunlight as the salmon swim up the creek from the Portland Canal. Bears (both black and grizzly), wolves, eagles and other wildlife aren’t far behind, attracted by the convenient food source. […]

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Walking in Cartagena, Spain

Scenes from the Sea: Crossing the Atlantic Week 2

Walking in Cartagena, Spain

The second week of cruising from Rome to Ft. Lauderdale has been mostly about Spain as we cruise from Barcelona to Funchal, Maderia, and beyond. Ports (several of them are repeats for us) have included Valencia, Cartagena, Malaga, Gibraltar and Funchal. Sail along with us in this photo essay of highlights from crossing the Atlantic […]

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Breakfast view of Livorno, Italy

Scenes from the Sea: Crossing the Atlantic Week 1

Breakfast view of Livorno, Italy

After 12 days touring Southern Italy, Alan and I have boarded the Silversea ship, Silver Spirit, for our ride back to the U.S. On this first week’s segment, we’re exploring Mediterranean ports from Rome to Barcelona. We hope you’ll enjoy our photo essay of Scenes from the Sea: Crossing the Atlantic Week 1. And stay […]

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Wildlife on Top of the World Highway

Saturday’s scene: Standing in the Fireweed

Wildlife on Top of the World Highway

When Alan and I planned our Alaska Highway road trip adventure, we hoped to see lots of wildlife. Were the highways brimming with animal sightings? Not really. Our total count of wildlife viewings on the road were 3 black bears on the Cassiar Highway, a bald eagle near Dawson city and the reindeer pictured above. […]

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Ceiling of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul

Saturday’s scene: looking up in Istanbul

Ceiling of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul

On a visit to the Blue Mosque—Sultan Ahmed Mosque is the official name—you’re going to get a neck ache. I guarantee it. How can you not? Looking at the intricately designed domed ceilings of this Istanbul, Turkey, landmark is practically addictive. Are you planning a cruise? Use our Luxury Cruise Travel Planning Guide to begin […]

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Painted Rocks Reservoir near Darby, Montana

Saturday’s scene: Painted Rocks by iPhone

Painted Rocks Reservoir near Darby, Montana

On a drive up the West Fork of the Bitterroot River in our Montana backyard, Alan and I arrived for a first visit to Painted Rocks Reservoir State Park at just the right time. It was about 10:00 a.m., not a cloud in the sky and the reflections in the water took our breath away. […]

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The view of Venice from the top deck of Royal Princess

Saturday’s scene: leaving Venice

The view of Venice from the top deck of Royal Princess

When visitors to Venice, Italy, walk the winding streets or cross bridges that arch over the canals, mountain scenery doesn’t come to mind. But the top deck of a cruise ship offers a new perspective with a Venice view that you might not expect. Are you planning a cruise? Use our Luxury Cruise Travel Planner […]

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Black bear grazing on Highway 3 in British Columbia

Saturday’s scene: keep your distance

Black bear grazing on Highway 3 in British Columbia

Alan and I couldn’t believe our good luck as we were driving east on Highway 3 on a road trip in British Columbia, Canada. A black bear (which I will call a “he” since there were no cubs around) had chosen a grassy hillside next to a pullout on the road to enjoy an afternoon […]

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Reclaimed estuary in Nannaimo, B.C.

Saturday’s scene: a vision in the estuary

Reclaimed estuary in Nannaimo, B.C.

I’ve been collecting stories about people Alan and I meet on our travels who have a passion for what they do. On a road trip to Vancouver Island, we met innkeepers who are passionate about the environment. This is their story. Harold and Marianne Robinson had a vision. Where everyone else saw a meadow that […]

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Bring along the QuikPod Explorer II on your next trip

Quik Pod Explorer II

Has this happened to you? At the turn-around point in the hike a mountain looms behind you decorated with snowy peaks and gushing waterfalls. You’d like to take a photo with you in the scene to prove to friends that “yes, I did hike that challenging trail in Glacier National Park.” Looking around, you realize […]

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