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  • Pago Pago cruise excursion suggestions for boomer travelers
    at Pago Pago American Samoa boomer travelers won t find many excursions to choose from especially if there is limited time in port Tourism infrastructure on the South Pacific island is minimum with even independent choices on the slim side But that doesn t mean you should hang around the port browsing the handicraft booths Alan and I enjoyed a Seabourn cruise excursion that involved a school bus ride to American Samoa s scenic spots A light breeze drifted through the open windows of the un airconditioned bus providing a pleasant ride It was much better than shopping on the dock in the sweltering heat Have you visited Pago Pago Come join the conversation at the My Itchy Travel Feet page on Facebook Or send us an email with your thoughts You may also like to read On Our Own in Cartagena Spain Falling In Love With The Village of Favaios Seeing the Light in Antarctica Swimming with Stingrays in Moorea 6 Questions About Cruising to Antarctica About Donna Hull A boomer travel and lifestyle authority who is exploring the world one activity at a time Besides writing and publishing My Itchy Travel Feet she is also the author of

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  • American Samoa Archives
    Pago Pago beach By Donna Hull on 2012 05 19 in American Samoa Cruise excursions Oceania See South Pacific When cruise ships stop at Pago Pago American Samoa boomer travelers won t find many excursions to choose from especially if there is limited time in port Tourism infrastructure on the South Pacific island is minimum with even independent choices on the slim side But that doesn t mean you should

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  • Snorkeling at Moon Reef in Fiji
    resembled Georgia s famous kudzu Women washed clothes on rocks by the river while cows and horses roamed free in pastures fringed with palm trees and mountains As the road became bumpier and more isolated the passengers in our minivan stole questioning looks at each other Were we really going to a snorkeling excursion or were we naive tourists about to be robbed on a dirt road in Fiji How much further Randy asked the driver Just a few more miles the driver replied It was the same answer he had given 20 minutes ago and another 20 minutes before that Eventually we arrived at Takalana Bay Retreat where our guide Jay was waiting for us After a bathroom break we grabbed our gear and followed Jay down a hillside path to a motor boat Once we were seated Jay made several futile attempts to start the outboard motor before it finally came to life Thoughts of being stranded in the ocean briefly crossed my mind On the 20 minute ride to Moon Reef Makalati in Fijian Jay explained that the reef is now a marine conservation area protecting the spinner dolphins and their habitat Although a couple of fins appeared most of the spinners were off doing whatever dolphins do in the middle of the day so our boat continued to the snorkeling area The sea life at Moon Reef Alan and I geared up with the Seabourn snorkeling equipment that we had brought from the ship Our friends took advantage of the 5 gear rental from Takalana Then we jumped into the water for one of the best snorkeling experiences that this boomer traveler has ever had The reef was alive with coral all shapes sizes and colors I floated above tiny blue fish darting in and out of coral that waved with the current before following an acqua colored school of larger fish Popping my head out of the water I found Alan who took me by the hand to show me his discovery the edge of the reef that dropped off to depths I couldn t begin to imagine Beautiful is such an inadequate description for what I saw Stopping to clear my mask I heard a man singing to the strums of a guitar It was Jay A live colorful reef teeming with fish swimming to the background of relaxing music I felt as if I was in a tropical movie Live coral at Moon Reef On the return to lunch at Takalana we stopped once more in the area of the spinner dolphin habitat This time more dolphins greeted the boat Unfortunately our waterproof Panasonic Lumix turned out not to be so waterproof which is why we have no photos to show you If your ship stops in Suva Fiji for the day plan an outing to Takalana Bay Resort to see the spinner dolphins and snorkel at this exceptional reef The long journey there is worth it Cost 120 each plus 5 for

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  • Fiji Archives
    private excursion in Fiji By Donna Hull on 2012 05 08 in Active travel Destinations Do Fiji Oceania South Pacific Updated 03 01 2015 We ve booked a private cruise excursion to go snorkeling at Moon Reef when we dock in Suva Fiji There s room in the minivan for two more Would you like to go with us asked Randy one of our new cruising friends on Seabourn Odyssey

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  • Visit the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney, Australia
    walk from our accommodations at the Four Seasons Hotel The gardens are like a green oasis in the lively Australian city and a delightful way to spend a morning or afternoon Did you know that the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney even has a movie screen at the edge of the bay for outdoor moviegoers On this visit to Sydney we enjoyed unusually mild summer weather but these two boomers didn t complain The city literally sizzled on our first visit Have you visited the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney on a boomer visit to Australia Come join the conversation at the My Itchy Travel Feet page on Facebook Or send us an email with your thoughts Disclosure A portion of our stay was provided by Four Seasons Hotel Sydney You may also like to read Discover Waterton Lakes with the Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies Sunrise on Maui s Haleakala National Park On Our Own in Cartagena Spain A Glimpse of Modern Portugal in Medieval Guimaraes Dubrovnik and Split Hiking Guide About Donna Hull A boomer travel and lifestyle authority who is exploring the world one activity at a time Besides writing and publishing My Itchy Travel Feet she is

    Original URL path: http://myitchytravelfeet.com/2012/04/14/royal-botanic-garden-sydney/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Telephone booth on New Zealand farm: recycling in Nelson
    way to an Abel Tasman hike Alan and I eagerly said yes For us one of the joys of boomer travel is going local And stopping by Robert s farm was as local as it gets The visit introduced us to another New Zealand custom recycling old buildings This telephone booth had become a point of interest in Robert s garden And the building that Robert used as an office formerly housed a one room post office We would see this practice repeatedly during our drive along the West coast of the South Island Have you observed a local custom like the reclamation of this old telephone booth on your boomer travels Come join the conversation at the My Itchy Travel Feet page on Facebook Or send us an email with your thoughts You may also like to read Discover Waterton Lakes with the Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies Sunrise on Maui s Haleakala National Park A Glimpse of Modern Portugal in Medieval Guimaraes Dubrovnik and Split Hiking Guide A Winter Trip to Glacier National Park About Donna Hull A boomer travel and lifestyle authority who is exploring the world one activity at a time Besides writing and publishing

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  • Oceania Archives - Page 4 of 4
    a jet boat By Donna Hull on 2008 06 06 in Active travel Do New Zealand Oceania New Zealand is adventure heaven for thrill seeking baby boomers Care to dangle upside down on a long rubber band How about drifting high above Queenstown on air currents Bungy jumping and paragliding are some of the adventures you can find in the air But if you re seeking water thrills nothing beats

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  • Riding South Dakota's Badlands
    Hills Members of our merry biker band rode from Louisiana South Carolina and North Georgia to assemble in Custer S D under drizzly skies A week of rain had made the unpaved drive to our cabin one long slippery mudslide Jokes flew about who would be the first to drop his bike and eat mud Was it Jim I ll never tell Active boomer bikers don t let a little rain spoil their ride South Dakota s varied topography divides into three zones eastern South Dakota western South Dakota and the Black Hills East South Dakota is lower and wetter than the western region while the Black Hills are a low isolated mountain group in the southwest corner where we were Our two story log house dwarfed by majestic Ponderosa pines on three sides offered a good view of the Black Hills from its glass walled fourth side and adjacent deck This part of South Dakota is rich in history The town of Custer is named for dashing golden haired Lt Colonel George Armstrong Custer whose soldier s luck turned terribly bad near here one June morning in 1876 at Custer s Last Stand on a hill overlooking the Little Bighorn River Today s Custer is a much quieter and safer spot for tourists Custer provided our group with a fine base for visiting Custer State Park taking in the wonder of Mount Rushmore checking Crazy Horse Memorial progress spelunking in Wind Cave adventuring in the world s third largest cave at Jewel Cave National Monument and making our motorcycle pilgrimage to Sturgis Our coming and goings sometimes gave us a glimpse of South Dakota s state champion ponderosa pine near Custer That tree is hard not to notice since it s over 10 feet in girth 132 feet tall and boasts a crown spread of 32 feet Custer makes its own fun too We enjoyed visiting its shops and small museums and where else but at Flintstones Bedrock City could I have worn my leopard skin leggings long fringed black leather jacket and clunky biker boots without ridicule Deadwood SD s elaborate Victorian architecture was unique in Gold Rush territory and is preserved today as a national treasure with the entire town listed on the National Historic Registry For a bigger dose of Gold Rush frontier town authenticity we traveled sixty miles north to Deadwood SD The Spearfish Canyon Scenic By Way Route makes the drive itself a treat No matter how you get there though this frozen in time National Historic Register city delivers unique and memorable sights It s easy to picture Gold Rush risk takers like Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane in Deadwood s saloons or at its gambling tables Gambling is still big business there today Just watch out for sore losers South Dakota is an open carry state Sturgis Land of a Million Bikers You haven t seen a packed parking lot until you ve gone shopping at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally outdoor

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