Tag Archives: Planning a trip

Upcoming travels: Kalamazoo, Mich., and Colorado

The days after settling on a trip are some of my favorites. There’s an immediate trip to the library to check out guidebooks and hunt out all other sorts of information because when I am going somewhere new, I want … Continue reading

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Visiting the Valley of Fire

After visiting the Hoover Dam for free, Jon and I were excited to head out to Valley of Fire State Park, northeast of Las Vegas between Interstate 15 and Lake Mead. We took the scenic route to get there, with … Continue reading

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Hanging out at the Hoover Dam for free

The Hoover Dam is one of those iconic, American sights I didn’t want to miss on a trip to Las Vegas. The art deco decorations, the bright blue waters of Lake Mead, the tons of concrete (concrete was delivered in specially … Continue reading

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Two sides of Las Vegas

Las Vegas is many things. Known as Sin City, Las Vegas attracts all kinds of people to fit its many dimensions. Spring breaks were approaching. It was the weekend of the Nascar race. There were gamblers, smokers and drinkers everywhere, … Continue reading

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The agony of buying plane tickets

When it comes to travel planning, arrangements with planes are what I worry about most. I can easily spend an hour or two agonizing over flight times, connection airports and the length of the layover there, and of course, the … Continue reading

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Close encounters with the Pacific Ocean

I met the Pacific Ocean for the first time last month. I saw it a day after I arrived in San Francisco, but it was a couple of days later before I got to touch it. Jon and I were … Continue reading

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Meet me in San Francisco, please! And how a search for nature begins

In a sentence, that’s essentially what happened. What started as a trip to Portland, Ore., to visit one of my college friends, kept getting bigger. I had read about the redwoods of California in a National Geographic article called The … Continue reading

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The Top 5: Travel theme songs

When I travel, I like to pick a song as that trip’s theme song. Almost always it is a song that has a connection to the place I am visiting (rather than something like “Country Roads Take Me Home”), and … Continue reading

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Experiencing the world

I have spent the last few weeks thinking about my life a lot, thanks to one small change that has had a pretty big impact. When I follow the lines of what has been impacted, this blog is what had … Continue reading

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How to pack

Depending on the type of trip you will take, the amount of luggage you have will vary. We will use my upcoming trip to Salzburg and Rome as an example. I will have one suitcase to check and one backpack … Continue reading

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