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  • North America Archives - Page 47 of 47
    Stay United States Updated 02 01 2015 When the thermometer reads 108 degrees in Arizona this broiling hot baby boomer re visits her favorite frozen adventures I picture snow piled high around a rustic cabin cross country skiing across a rolling meadow or sitting in the dining room at Hannagan Meadow Lodge watching the snowflakes fall Located at 9100 ft in the White Mountains Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Living green at Valley of the Gods Bed Breakfast By Donna Hull on 2008 06 11 in Destinations North America Off the beaten path travel Stay United States Utah West Updated 03 01 2013 Do you want to experience living green in an off the grid bed and breakfast A visit to Valley of the Gods Bed and Breakfast in southeastern Utah will satisfy your curiosity And the introduction to peace quiet and pure relaxation will keep you coming back for more When Alan and I stayed in the 1933 era Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Dine at 82 Queen for a taste of South Carolina s Low country By Donna Hull on 2008 06 04 in Active travel Dine North America South Carolina Southeast United States Baby boomers looking for a fine meal in Charleston SC have plenty of choices The Holy City is full of excellent restaurants To sample Low country cuisine in a lush garden setting visit 82 Queen Located in the French Quarter of Charleston the award winning restaurant sits on property that can be traced to 1682 Diners choose Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Take a Photo Workshop to See Nature s Beauty By Donna Hull on 2008 06 02 in Arizona Do North America Off the beaten path travel Southwest United States Updated 4 20 2016 Baby boomer photographers have you considered a photography workshop vacation If you re a landscape enthusiast workshops provide instruction while introducing you to choice photo locations the right spot at the right time of day Many workshops allow the spouse to come along for a minimal charge When Alan signed up for Jim Altengarten s Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Dining the lazy way at Kiawah Island By Donna Hull on 2008 05 28 in Dine North America South Carolina Southeast United States Alan and I were too busy resting and relaxing to care much about dining out during our Kiawah Island vacation Our condo s kitchen came fully equipped but this baby boomer traveler had no intention of cooking on her vacation We found the answer to our dining dilemma at Newton Farms located in Freshfields Village just outside Kiawah s Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Baby boomer adventures on Kiawah Island By Donna Hull on 2008 05 22 in Active travel Destinations Do North America South Carolina Southeast United States Updated 03 01 2013 Spring break isn t limited to the college crowd or family travel Boomers need a spring break too For Alan and me that

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  • Fanning Island cruise excursion
    craft show atmosphere put on especially for cruise ship guests School children sat under a grass awning singing songs Residents dressed in native garb posed for enthusiastic photographers for a fee or stood behind tables filled with sea shell necklaces grass baskets wood carvings and other trinkets But the festive scenario couldn t hide the hardscrabble life lived on Fanning Island in the Republic of Kiribati formerly the Gilbert Islands Alan and I walked a ways down a dusty road looking for photography opportunities Roosters scratched their way through brush filled with empty coconut shells Children smiled shyly as they passed by on bicycles followed by friendly dogs And the wooden piles that we saw in the water turned out to be kelp farms When we returned to the area near the dock once again passing craft tables Alan handed me money and said I don t care what you buy or if we ever use the items just spend all of this Upon returning to the ship bag of Fanning Island crafts in hand an Australian passenger remarked to me We didn t go over today Those people don t even live on Fanning Island They re brought over to make money off of cruise guests Was she correct As much as I ve researched I couldn t confirm her words But this I know if our cruise ship ever anchors off Fanning Island again Alan and I will repeat the scenario walk around take photos and bring cash in the hopes that buying a few trinkets helps someone out Have you visited Fanning Island Join the conversation at the My Itchy Travel Feet page on Facebook or send us an email with your comments or questions You may also like to read Discover Waterton Lakes with the Trail

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  • Fanning Island Archives
    scene paradise lost By Donna Hull on 2013 02 02 in Cruise excursions Destinations Fanning Island North Pacific See Does this Fanning Island photo look like paradise to you Alan and I experienced the tropical looking scene when Seabourn Odyssey anchored outside the atoll s reef on the way to Hawaii Along with many other passengers we boarded a tender on a cruise excursion to spend a few hours in

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  • Boomer Cruise Photo: Sunset in the North Pacific
    when you picture a sunset photo taken from the deck of your favorite cruise ship does sailing the Caribbean or South Pacific come to mind Think again Alan took this photo from our stateroom balcony as we cruised across the North Pacific on Regent Seven Seas Mariner on a cold November day In fact some of our favorite sunset photos were taken in cold climates like this soft pink sunset glow at Hidden Meadow Ranch on a January afternoon walk in the Arizona snow or the blazing Alaskan sunset Alan captured in Frederick Sound Do you have a favorite winter sunset location 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 Seeing the Light in Antarctica Swimming with Stingrays in Moorea 6 Questions About Cruising to Antarctica Cruising to El Brujo Glacier 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 New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure and Coloring the West An Adult

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  • Cruising to El Brujo Glacier
    of the ship Fog and waterfalls add the visual interest as Quest makes her way up the Asia Fjord toward El Brujo Is El Brujo around the next bend in Asia Fjord The Quest glides quietly through the fjord as low clouds hamper visibility but offer a moody accompaniment to the scene I m always amazed at the silent journeys a ship can make The ride is beautiful Bergy bits dot the waters of Asia Fjord as the Quest approaches El Brujo It s as if nature decorated her world for the occasion Alan takes a photo in Asia Fjord Photography in the misty rain is challenging Alan and I find an overhang so that we quickly pop out to the rail for photos then hurry back before our lenses spot with water El Brujo appears And then the blue ice of El Brujo appears Shouldn t Elvis Presley s Blue Blue Christmas be playing Thankfully that s not the case The glacier flows from the Southern Patagonian Ice Field located in Bernardo O Higgins National Park the largest protected area in Chile To visit remote El Brujo you ll need to book a multi day expedition cruise from Punta Arenas or enjoy a South America sailing that includes El Brujo on the itinerary According to Cruise Compete Seabourn Quest is currently the only cruise ship visiting the glacier The expedition staff goes exploring One of the reasons that Alan and I chose this itinerary was the time that Seabourn Quest spent in the fjords of Chile Of course it whet our appetite for more boomer travel adventures in the Patagonia region of Chile and Argentina Have you cruised to El Brujo Glacier Join the conversation at the My Itchy Travel Feet page on Facebook or send us an email

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  • Luxury Travel Tips for Visiting Machu Picchu
    tile roofed buildings scattered across a 12 acre hilly property Miracle Grow sized ferns flourish in the moist air and colorful flowering plants including bromeliads and a large variety of orchids break up the vibrant green landscape Inkaterra hotels focus on preserving and rescuing Peru s geography nature customs and culture while sharing them with the world They grandly succeed Guided nature tours included with a stay at the hotel point out scarlet sapphire and rainbow hued birds We saw tiny hummingbirds hover at the bird feeder but missed spying the Cock of the Rock a bird found only in Machu Picchu I did locate him the next day The group continued along stone pathways until reaching the bear sanctuary Inkaterra participates in rescuing and rehabilitating Andean Spectacled Bears The Peruvian bears are quite different from American Grizzly s brown and black bears I would tell my grandkids I saw Paddington Bear the storybook character who comes from the jungles in deepest darkest Peru No time for the Inkaterra Spa but I managed to squeeze in a bit of touristy shopping downtown The marketplace proved a good venue for bartering over local wares The hotel s lovely gift shop however is the place for quality authentic Peruvian goods such as alpaca sweaters and scarves Peruvian cuisine shines and the resort s glass walled restaurant offers a bountiful menu seafood including fresh ceviche numerous varieties of potatoes traditional corn and organic chocolate Some of the group tried guinea pig a traditional dish but I couldn t digest the thought Exhausted from a long travel day I fell asleep under a warm alpaca blanket after prepping my camera bag for the morning excursion to the archeological site Sadly I awoke at 5 00 a m to a hideous downpour However I knew I only had half a day to tour Machu Picchu so pulled on my Gore Tex jacket Machu Picchu Archeological Site A fellow photographer and I scurried a few blocks to the location where everyone hops the bus to the citadel unless they choose to hike The buses are the only vehicles allowed on the road a wise decision because the gravel path makes 19 switchbacks as it rises up the steep incline We passed through the ticket booth and attempted to stay dry but once I turned the corner and entered the sacred grounds the rain didn t matter I was engulfed by swirling clouds amidst tall mountain peaks and crinkled valleys Ancient stone walls and buildings assembled by some of the best structural engineers of all time surrounded me These inexplicable ruins have withstood earthquakes and storms since the fifteenth century I pinched myself because I was standing in the fabled lost city of the Incas Machu Picchu This view is well worth the time money and effort to visit Machu Picchu Photo credit Debi Lander Sometimes I worry that I will be disappointed by an iconic shrine but not so I was overwhelmed and humbled to be

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  • Peru Archives
    South America South Atlantic South Pacific Boomer Travel Gear Newsletter Contact Us Return to Content Archive Peru Visiting Machu Picchu in Luxurious Style By A Guest Writer on 2015 08 12 in Bucket list trips Destinations Peru South America Do you have a boomer bucket list Alan and I keep one And a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Machu Picchu is very near the top of our want to do s Today My Itchy Travel Feet guest writer Debi Lander of ByLanderSea whets our appetite for visiting this remarkable site sooner rather Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Are you Culturious By Donna Hull on 2009 02 26 in Costa Rica Do Go Manitoba Peru Small group tours South America Baby boomers are you looking for a small group tour experience to satisfy you re culturiousity No I didn t misspell a word travel tour company Tauck has invented a new one Culturious It s also the name of the company s new small group travel program focusing on active fun experiences that include hands on learning and immersion in local Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Scratch Those Itchy Travel Feet Boomer travelers rely

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  • Making the Trek to Kaiteur Falls, Guyana
    left behind That was reassuring Getting ready to climb After two days of travel by bus truck and numerous boats we reached the base of the Falls where we began our climb For five hours we climbed up always up and over stones rocks streams roots and fallen trees There wasn t much to see in the jungle The most exciting life form we saw were blue morpho butterflies and howler monkeys But being in the dense jungle soaking wet from perspiration brought on from extreme exertion and high humidity was exhilarating After two and half hours we stopped and gathered at a clearing for a rest We thought we must be close to the top and just needed a break to fuel up for the final push Then Tony shocked us with the dire news that we d only reached the half way point Crazy thoughts ran through our heads we had hammocks in our back packs maybe we could call it a day string up a hammock for the night No you have to finish the climb today Tony said with a hearty laugh And then he stunned us with a further piece of news You haven t climbed the three OMGs yet We looked alarmingly at one another The OMGS What on earth were they we all chimed in They re the OH MY GOD sections Tony replied and roared with laughter You could tell he enjoyed making this statement Don t worry I ll be right behind you to push you up if you can t make it said Alwin and both he and Tony slapped hands and guffawed Looking down at the valley below is not for the faint of heart What apt descriptions OMG was This was where the trail became more vertical and we had to literally clamber up over stony wet rubble with our hands and feet in tandem We pushed and pulled one another and sometimes had to claw our way forward Our calf muscles knees thighs and biceps strained with the effort but in a strange way we all agreed it felt good Maybe it was the sense of achievement we got from doing it or maybe from relief in the knowledge that it was now behind us And don t forget we were each carrying a heavy backpack At one spot spring water gushed out of a ledge in the rock We didn t undress but we bathed in it as totally as we could It was wonderful to be cool all over even if the feeling only lasted a few minutes before body heat warmed it up and changed it into perspiration and then into steam After an hour and twenty minutes we arrived at the studio as Tony called it a flat area with a bench made out of a log We d reached the top of the mountain Hallelujah Tony chopped up a pineapple to celebrate the hard won milestone There was still forty minutes of

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