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  • How to Spend a day in Key West, Florida
    delicious breakfast Did you sleep in That s okay because Blue Heaven serves breakfast until 2 p m Blue Heaven also serves lunch and dinner with live entertainment providing the ambiance from 11 a m to 1 p m and 7 p m to 9 p m Visit Literary History at Ernest Hemingway Home Museum Ernest Hemingway wrote some of his greatest novels in this room It s a four minute walk through historic Old Key West from Blue Heaven on Petroia Street to the Ernest Hemingway Home Museum on Whitehead Street And since this is one of the most popular tourist stops in Key West it s best to arrive early so don t dawdle too long over breakfast At the main entrance purchase a cash only tour ticket for a 30 minute guided tour of the home that hosted Hemingway s most prolific writing years The tour includes a knowledgeable guide On my visit Stan guides a group of 25 to 30 people too many in my opinion through the home filled with original furniture and personal touches before showing us the pool area Hemginway s studio and the lovely gardens Along the way Stan regales us with stories and tidbits from Hemingway s life And of course we are introduced to some of the 40 to 50 six toed cats living at the home some of whom are the original descendants of Snow White Hemingway s first polydactyl six toed cat Be Kissed by a Butterfly at The Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory The scene is colorful at Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory Hope you packed an energy bar in your purse or backpack because we re skipping lunch And who s hungry after the Blue Heaven breakfast anyway Instead we re waiting by the Old Town Trolley sign for the hop on hop off trolley that will take us to the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory Sure we could walk but riding on the trolley gives a good overview of the town Visiting the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory makes a quiet escape from busy Key West Although the glass enclosed habitat is on the small side it s packed with tropical pants a gurgling stream and hundreds of butterflies During my visit butterflies float around me land on my shirt eliciting a giggle or two and twitter around my head All the while two flamingos squawk and prance in a small pond The challenging task of taking butterfly photographs at just the right moment is part of the fun The conservatory exits into a gift shop filled with butterfly items if you re looking for gifts or souvenirs Party at the Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square A Key West sunset is something to remember After that quiet break with the butterflies it s time to board the Old Town Trolley for the Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square We have a party to attend Each day two hours before sunset tourists and

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  • Boomer road trips Archives
    you ready for another amazing boomer road trip adventure Well get your Harley helmet ready because Diane White is back with the latest addition to our ongoing boomers on bikes series Today Diane is taking us to one of the country s most beautiful yet relatively under the radar locations North Carolina s Outer Banks JIM ME AND HARLEY MAKES Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Riding to Georgia s Beautiful Golden Isles By A Guest Writer on 2015 12 03 in Boomer road trips Destinations Georgia Southeast United States Although we love any form of travel we re always on the lookout for a great boomer roadtrip adventure Last month guest contributer Diane White took us on a Harley Adventure to the Four Corners Today she s back to take us on a road trip down south to Georgia s gorgeous Golden Isles At low tide little Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Harley Adventures through the Four Corners By A Guest Writer on 2015 10 30 in Active travel Boomer road trips Active travel can take many forms from exploring small South Pacific islands to hiking our great national parks However there are those who tend to take it one step further like Jim and Diane White The active independent travelers hit the open road recently to explore the beautiful Four Corners on a rented Harley while Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure A Taste of Kayaking in the Florida Keys By Donna Hull on 2015 09 25 in Active travel Boomer road trips Destinations Florida North America United States Driving over a mile long bridge that spans cerulean blue water snorkeling with a multitude of color fish tasting that first delicate bite of key lime pie are these the scenes that come to mind when you think of a boomer road trip in the Florida Keys Those were certainly the images that crowded my mind And then the folks Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Exploring the South s little known three state byway By A Guest Writer on 2015 09 10 in Alabama Boomer road trips United States Although Alabama may not be at the top of many travel bucket lists like the South in general there are many things to do and see in Heart of Dixie Today My Itchy Travel Feet contributor Vera Marie Badertscher from A Traveler s Library is here to tell us all about exploring the area s little known northeast Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Five Funky Things To Do in the Florida Keys By Donna Hull on 2015 06 25 in Boomer road trips Destinations Florida Go North America Off the beaten path travel Trip Tips United States On a Florida Keys road trip as a guest of The Florida Keys and Key West I expected to indulge in tasty seafood treat myself to key lime pie appreciate early American history go charter fishing and photograph numerous sunsets While I found all of

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  • Florida Archives
    trips Destinations Florida Go North America Off the beaten path travel Trip Tips United States On a Florida Keys road trip as a guest of The Florida Keys and Key West I expected to indulge in tasty seafood treat myself to key lime pie appreciate early American history go charter fishing and photograph numerous sunsets While I found all of this and more what I didn t expect to find were the Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Fishing in the Florida Keys A Boomer Woman s First Catch By Donna Hull on 2015 05 19 in Active travel Destinations Florida North America United States Fishing in the Florida Keys This travel princess Those were my thoughts when I learned a Florida Keys press visit would include a half day fishing charter with Captain Skip Bradeen on the Blue Chip Too When our group of travel writers arrived at Whale Harbor Marina in Islamorada my misconceptions about offshore fishing were about Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Exploring the Florida Keys Boomer style By Donna Hull on 2015 04 17 in Boomer road trips Destinations Florida Go North America Southeast Trip Tips United States The last time Alan and I visited Key West Florida we saw Elvis impersonators from the doorway of a bar And the third floor roof hosted a nude club No we didn t go But our short self guided cruise excursion in Key West started the idea of a boomer road trip to see what else the Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Romantic Getaways in Orlando Florida By A Guest Writer on 2014 02 13 in Destinations Do Florida North America Romantic getaways Southeast Trip Tips United States Do you have a romantic St Valentine s Day planned out yet Seeing as how February is the month of romance there are a lot of options for romantic getaways everywhere you look this time of year However just in case you re lacking a bit of inspiration for romantic ideas today s guest writer Michelle Rise is Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Breaking for Spring in the Florida Keys By A Guest Writer on 2011 03 10 in Active travel Florida Go North America Southeast United States Does a visit to the Flordia Keys sound like your type of baby boomer spring break You re in luck because there s an expert in the house Laura Martone author of the guidebook Moon Florida Keys is here to advise us Be sure to read to the end of the post to see how you can Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Saturday s scene butterfly rainforest By Donna Hull on 2011 02 05 in Active travel Florida North America See Southeast United States Baby boomer photographers will find plenty of photo opps at the Butterfly Rainforest in Gainesville Florida On my visit butterflies were everywhere floating beside me congregating near a water feature even landing on my blouse I smiled my

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  • Southeast Archives
    Many of you probably don t know that I am a cookie baker During my mothering years I baked and baked and baked Now as an active boomer traveler who tries to live a healthy lifestyle and has to constantly watch her weight I rarely bake But my love for cookies hasn t diminished which is why I immediately Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Exploring Asheville s Amazing Biltmore House By A Guest Writer on 2015 08 06 in Destinations North America North Carolina Southeast United States USA travel is filled with all types of beautiful historic and quirky landmarks from the vibrant city of Boston to the world s largest ball of twine in Cawker City Kansas However there are few sites that truly breathe history like Asheville North Carolina s extraordinary Biltmore House Today My Itchy Travel Feet contributor Vera Marie Badertscher from Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Learning to Blend Wine at Raffaldini Vineyards and Winery By Donna Hull on 2015 06 11 in Do North America North Carolina Off the beaten path travel Southeast Trip Tips United States How are wines made Would you like to learn how they are blended to create the perfect mix of acidity tannin sweetness fruit and body You can do that at Raffaldini Vineyards and Winery in Ronda North Carolina When Visit Winston Salem introduced me to the culture history and fine dining of the area a wine Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Exploring the Florida Keys Boomer style By Donna Hull on 2015 04 17 in Boomer road trips Destinations Florida Go North America Southeast Trip Tips United States The last time Alan and I visited Key West Florida we saw Elvis impersonators from the doorway of a bar And the third floor roof hosted a nude club No we didn t go But our short self guided cruise excursion in Key West started the idea of a boomer road trip to see what else the Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Spend a Day With Art and History on Reynolda Road By Donna Hull on 2015 04 08 in Active travel Destinations Go North America North Carolina Southeast Trip Tips United States As I drive along Winston Salem s Reynolda Road the trees and landscaping that border the sidewalks remind me of the beauties of a southern landscape It s a pleasant meander through residential areas punctuated by pockets of businesses museums and the gates to Wake Forest University In the early to mid 1900 s tobacco and textile tycoons lived Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure If Walls Could Talk Staying at Graylyn Estate By Donna Hull on 2015 02 02 in North Carolina Romantic getaways Southeast United States Arriving at Graylyn Estate is like stepping back in time to the days when tobacco reigned in Winston Salem North Carolina A butler greets me on the steps of the stone manor house that was once the home of J

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  • Falling In Love With The Village of Favaios
    said wine expert Maria as we entered one of the town s cooperative wineries Wine has been produced in Favaios for 200 years Muscatel grapes are very sweet said Maria She explained how the wine is aged in oak and chestnut barrels to bring out different aromas from fruity honey and citric to caramel chocolate Although it was early morning I couldn t resist a sip I also bought a few small Favito wine bottles wrapped in pretty pink gift bags to give as gifts I couldn t resist a sample of Muscatel wine On our way to the bakery we toured the downtown area Favaios has about 1500 inhabitants Maria s brother Mithun joined us for our walk He shared tales about the old school house and introduced us to Favaios oldest man who was celebrating his 105 th birthday Wonder if it is the wine bread and fresh Favaios air that provides for a long life Four Corners Bread Fresh From The Oven As Mithun led us through cobblestone streets and narrow alleys the smell of fresh baked bread began to rise in the air It was almost as though our noses provided a pathway to the bakery Favaios is known for Four Corners Bread baked fresh each day The bakery is teeny tiny with just two rooms one room for rolling the dough with a big wooden table and one room for baking the bread with two stone ovens to produce 1000 loaves a day The ingredients are simple water yeast flour and salt But the bread shaped in four corners like the cross is simply delicious especially warm from the oven At only 50 euro a loaf I could have eaten quite a few loaves This is the best bread in Favaios said Mithun Some towns folk bring their meats each day to have baked into the bread Maybe I will do that if I ever decide to live in Favaios during my life after 50 that is when I write my memoir The Bread and Wine Museum After the bakery we made a visit to the Bread and Wine Museum Patricia the museum s director offered a tour in her native Portuguese while Jerome our guide translated by her side On the lower level of the museum are the wine exhibits and on the upper is the history of the wheat used to make Four Corners Bread The Favaios Museum of Bread and Wine is housed in an old monastery These two products are very important to us said Jerome We are starting a new business of tourism When you return to your homes tell everyone to visit Before we left the museum Jerome played a lovely film created by grade school students in Favaios The students playfully encouraged us to observe feel taste smell buy play enjoy learn I followed the students advice in Favaios and I highly recommend you do too if and when you decide to make the journey It s well

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  • How to plan a Glacier National Park winter trip
    communities of Columbia Falls 22 miles Kalispell 34 miles and Whitefish 26 miles offer lodging options On our Glacier National Park winter trip we chose Izaak Walton Inn Essex Montana 27 miles for its historical ambiance excellent restaurant and on site cross country skiing and snowshoe trails Built in the late 1930 s to house Great Northern Railroad personnel and later to be used as a resort for an entrance to Glacier National Park that never materialized the rooms are adequate but not luxurious however they do come with private baths and a ton of history For more unique lodging consider reserving one of the luxury railroad cars or cabooses Every inch of wall space at Izaak Walton is filled with railroad and Western memorabilia Alan and I enjoyed sipping wine by the fireplace in the lobby area each evening and trading stories with other guests before heading into dinner at the Dining Car Restaurant The generously portioned food is excellent especially considering the inn s remote location At Izaak Walton Inn you ll find groomed trails for every level of cross country skiing or snowshoeing plus equipment rentals and lessons The Essex area is known for its prolific snows which means a long ski season If the roads are hazardous you ll still find plenty to do without having to drive anywhere Accommodation rates include a pass for the trails If you re daytripping in Glacier National Park order a picnic lunch before leaving Izaak Walton or plan for a late afternoon lunch at Glacier Grill and Pizza in West Glacier That s what we did Be sure to pack water and snacks for a winter outing in Glacier National Park as all services are closed Going to the Sun Road views get better and better Fun Things to Do Although snowmobiles aren t allowed in Glacier National Park you ll find plenty of cross country skiing and snowshoeing During our mid week visit Going to the Sun Road was cleared to the gate at Lake McDonald Lodge After parking in the lot Alan and I hiked on a four mile round trip along Going to the Sun Road The snow was packed down enough that snowshoes were not necessary although I used poles for stability In sunny areas the snow became quite slick Our parking lot greeter Although we saw a few other hardy souls it felt as if Alan and I had the park to ourselves Trees crowded in on both sides of the road with an occasional mountaintop peaking up through the distance It was a quiet peaceful journey through nature that we hope to repeat On weekends rangers lead two hour snowshoe walks from the Apgar Visitor Center The walks are free and rentals are available for those who don t have snowshoes It s fun photographing the reflections in McDonald Lake Don t forget your cameras If there is no wind and the day is sunny afternoon reflections in McDonald Lake offer amazing photographic

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  • Montana Archives
    often asked this question And without hesitation we answer Many Glacier Hotel Location location location If you re looking for world class views and access to some of the best hiking trails in Glacier National Park Many Glacier Hotel wins hands down in my boomer traveler opinion Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Learning to Bake Pies at Triple Creek Ranch By Donna Hull on 2015 02 12 in Destinations Dine Montana North America Trip Tips United States West Although Triple Creek Ranch offers plenty of outdoor adventures for active boomers sometimes you need a break from all that rugged fun That s how I found myself in a pie baking class on a Thanksgiving visit to the Montana Relais Chateau guest ranch Guests gather in the gourmet kitchen of Ponderosa cabin to watch Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Reliving Gold Rush History at Bannack Ghost Town By Donna Hull on 2014 10 29 in Boomer road trips Destinations Go Montana North America Off the beaten path travel Trip Tips United States West 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 Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Exploring Coolidge Ghost Town in Southwest Montana By Donna Hull on 2014 10 17 in Destinations Go Montana North America Off the beaten path travel Trip Tips United States West 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 Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Going Off the Beaten Path on Elk Meadows Road By Donna Hull on 2014 08 14 in Boomer road trips Destinations Idaho Montana North America Off the beaten path travel United States West Updated 09 01 2015 Come explore me Does a dirt road ever call your name Elk Meadows Road Lolo National Forest Road 373 has been calling ours ever since Alan and I discovered it on an early spring drive to Lolo Pass The road starts or ends at the Lolo Pass Visitor Center on the Idaho side of Highway 12 Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Tips for Visiting Polebridge Montana By Donna Hull on 2014 07 26 in Destinations Go Montana National Park adventures North America Off the beaten path travel Trip Tips United States West Updated 08 01 2015 Would you like to visit a corner of Glacier National Park that s not quite so crowded with tourists And wouldn t it be

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  • Cruising in the Neumayer Channel of Antarctica
    quickly looks for signs of a calving glacier But this time it s an avalanche of snow plowing across a steep slope Capturing reflections in the water is part of the fun Photo credit Alan Hull The crystal clear atmosphere combines with late afternoon sunlight to make a photographer s paradise Guests including Alan and myself line up against the rail to practice techniques that we ve been learning in photo workshops led by Pat and Rosemaire Keough It s worth putting the camera down to soak in scenes like this Photo credit Donna Hull Late afternoon turns into early evening and still Alan and I are up on deck photographing But we also put the cameras down to watch listen and bathe in Antarctica s beautiful light Photos don t always turn out memory cards are lost or cameras malfunction But stopping to focus on the moment burns a memory onto our brains that will always be there It s hard to leave this view but we re getting hungry Photo credit Donna Hull It s getting late The main dining room stops serving at 9 p m but there s always another bend in the channel to see This journey is becoming addicting As the sunlight turns to dusk our fingers grow numb from snapping photos so at 8 30 p m Alan and I finally head down to dinner But even in the dining room Antarctica s light calls to us We sit at a table by the window paying more attention to the scenery than to our meal Alan says that aliens live inside that blue glow What do you think Photo credit Donna Hull After dinner Alan says Would you like to go back out to watch the light I nod yes as we hurry back to the cabin to change into warmer clothing Back on Deck 11 we aren t the only ones addicted to the light A group of hardy photographers appreciative travelers and expedition staff lean against the rail in the 11 o clock hour And so we stay waiting for a late evening sunset that will literally end the day and begin a new one Penguins scurry across an iceberg Photo credit Donna Hull Looking over the edge of the ship to the water below I see two penguins standing on top of the top of an iceberg They seem to hesitate before running across the icy flat surface to dive into the water Can it get any better than this As a matter of fact it does Photo credit Alan Hull Antarctica s silence is as mesmerizing as the light It s as if Seabourn Quest is cruising the Neumayer Channel in silent mode As the light becomes rosy then golden the guests on deck talk in whispers if at all Is it cold We haven t noticed Sunset in Neumayer Channel What more can we say Photo credit Donna Hull Just as the ship reaches the last curve in

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