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  • lodges Archives
    Lodging at Mystic Rose Cabin By Donna Hull on 2011 09 20 in Active travel Montana North America Stay United States West Last week I shared with boomer readers about finding my paradise at Mystic Rose Cabin in Fishtail Montana However I didn t give you a thorough lodging review In case I ve convinced you to experience the area here are a few more details of what to expect at Mystic Rose Cabin which Alan and I discovered Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Hope Villa A Romantic Haven Near Christchurch By A Guest Writer on 2011 03 22 in New Zealand Oceania Romantic getaways Stay Blog 4 New Zealand blog4nz is an effort by the world travel blogging community to remind you that New Zealand is open for business despite last month s earthquake in Christchurch In the final post of our series celebrating New Zealand tourism journalist Kip Brook from Word of Mouth NZ introduces baby boomer travelers to romantic Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Group Tours Are They For You By Donna Hull on 2011 02 28 in Plan Small group tours What s the age of the average tour passenger Care to take a baby boomer educated guess You re not fooling me I can see the images of little old white haired ladies running through your boomer minds Guess what You re not even close According to an informal survey by the United States Tour Operators Association USTO the Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure La Tavola Rotonda My Italian Castle By Donna Hull on 2011 02 03 in Active travel Europe Italy Stay When you think of accommodations in Italy does a castle come to mind My idea of castle lodging is a fairytale building perched in the Bavarian hills of Germany perhaps with snow capped mountains in the background I never expected to be sleeping in an Italian medieval castle dating from the 1200 s But that s what Alan Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Road Tripping the Oregon Trail By A Guest Writer on 2010 05 26 in Boomer road trips Do Go North America Oregon United States West Oregon offers many travel opportunities for active baby boomers Sheri Wallace editor of Road Trips for Families says The Mt Hood region of Oregon has compelling history spectacular scenery every outdoor activity imaginable and unlike the pioneer s Oregon Trail is easy to road trip In today s guest post Sheri offers her advice to baby boomers considering Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure A fall visit to Grand Teton National Park By Donna Hull on 2010 04 08 in Destinations Go National Park adventures North America Trip Tips United States West Wyoming Updated 04 01 2016 Hiking biking wildlife viewing floating down the Snake River boomers will find plenty of active travel ideas at Grand Teton National Park in Moose Wyoming And don t get me started on the photographic opportunities that wait around

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  • wildlife Archives
    North America Off the beaten path travel Trip Tips United States Updated 01 01 2016 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 swimp 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 Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Saturday s scene Standing in the Fireweed By Donna Hull on 2013 10 12 in Alaska Boomer road trips Bucket list trips Destinations North America See Trip Tips United States 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 Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Saturday s scene keep your distance By Donna Hull on 2013 06 01 in Boomer road trips British Columbia Canada Destinations North America See Trip Tips 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 Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Saturday s scene a vision in the estuary By Donna Hull on 2013 05 25 in British Columbia Canada Destinations North America Off the beaten path travel See Trip Tips Uncategorized 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 Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Take the grandkids on a safari adventure in the U S A By A Guest Writer on 2013 04 25 in Boomer travel tips Plan Trip Tips We re so excited about our new relationship with Grandparents com We ll be publishing selected articles on multigenerational travel from their site to share with our readers and they ll be sharing some of our articles with their readers Today Ludmilla Alexander shares a fun idea on how to take the grandkids on a safari adventure without stepping Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Saturday s scene waiting for the end By Donna Hull on 2013 04 13 in Africa Bucket list trips Destinations See Small group tours South Africa Trip Tips On a morning game drive in Madikwe Game Reserve South Africa our ranger Jaco stopped at a hillside to point out an elderly male elephant with a bedraggled

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  • Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise review
    witness the chateau s reflection in the water for yourself the scene takes on a magical quality When we stepped through the chateau s large doors into the expansive lobby decorated with needlepoint carpets and arched doorways a European old world feel prevailed but always accompanied by a view of Lake Louise or surrounding mountains Our comfortable accommodations included a lake and glacier view thanks to Tauck who has enough clout to guarantee tour guests the best rooms at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise The glaciers at Lake Louise It s hard to stay inside when those mountain views keep calling Come out and play During our stay I hiked on a lakeside trail while Alan stayed behind to nurse a sore back so much for our romantic getaway On the 3 mile jaunt I encountered horse riders before I stopped to watch climbers practicing their skills Canoes available for rent at the resort glided across the lake s glacier green surface The hike had an addictive quality as new vistas revealed themselves at every curve in the path making it hard to turn back in time for dinner Our meals at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise proved to be just as elegant as the setting At a long leisurely dinner in the Fairview Room Alan and I discussed the day s scenic drive to Moraine Lake and the Spiral Tunnels while enjoying almond crusted beef For breakfast we ate salmon eggs benedict at Poppy Brasserie while waiting for the rising sun to illuminate the glacial peaks outside the the restaurant s window digital cameras at the ready The result A baby boomer s dream come true From mountain biking to guided fishing to cross country skiing or dog sledding in the winter Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise offers baby boomers enough adventure

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  • Announcing the Winner of The Basic Book of Digital Photography contest
    America North Pacific South America South Atlantic South Pacific Boomer Travel Gear Newsletter Contact Us Return to Content And the Winner of The Basic Book of Digital Photography is By Donna Hull on 2010 04 09 in Reviews Congratulations to Melissa McNicol Fleming Island FL She is the winner of The Basic Book of Digital Photography Melissa I hope you ll post a comment to tell us about how much the book has helped your travel photography Thanks to all who entered You may also like to read News for the Week Bracelets That Look Good and Give Back News for the Week Saving My Back With a Delsey Quilted Rolling UnderSeat Tote News for the Week 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 Coloring Book for Travelers View all posts by Donna Hull A fall visit to Grand Teton National Park Saturday s scene Friendship in Saigon New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Scratch Those Itchy Travel Feet Boomer travelers rely on our

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  • Southwest Archives
    and if you re like me you ve been counting the long days of winter until its arrival Like most I always look forward to springtime because it means a wide variety of active travel options While some people love winter weather travel I ll always prefer to travel during long springtime Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Saturday s scene off the beaten path in Utah By Donna Hull on 2013 03 01 in Destinations North America Off the beaten path travel Southwest United States Utah Updated 03 01 2014 Would you like to travel off the beaten path in Utah If you ve hung around My Itchy Travel Feet for very long you know that Alan and I enjoy nothing better than to take the road less traveled That s exactly what we found off of Highway 163 near Mexican Hat in southeastern Utah I bet you thought Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Go back to school at The Broadmoor s Barbecue University By A Guest Writer on 2013 02 07 in Colorado Destinations Dine North America Southwest United States Do you like to mix cooking with luxury travel Barbecue University might be just the ticket for upgrading your barbecue skills Steve Collins of Santa Fe Traveler attended and is here to tell us why we should go too Looking for a great getaway Boomer barbecue fans can combine cooking and luxury at Barbecue University Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Saturday s scene Nature s splendor in Upper Antelope Canyon By Donna Hull on 2012 11 03 in Arizona North America Off the beaten path travel See Southwest United States Updated 6 20 2015 Need a place to stay Check out these hotels in Page Slot canyons are some of nature s most impressive achievements Exploring them usually requires hiking to reach the entrance climbing skills to travel up and over chokestones plus the willingness to squeeze yourself through tiny cracks while negotiating wet spots and streams in the Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Five Fun Funky and Accessible Road Trip Stops By Donna Hull on 2012 07 19 in Alabama Arizona Boomer road trips Go Maryland New Mexico North America Southwest Texas United States Is hopping in the car for a road trip your idea of boomer travel There s nothing that Alan and I like better And finding unique stops along the way is an added bonus In today s guest post Candy Harrington writes about five funky road trip stops that are also accessible which means you can include Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Dining outdoors at Tohono Chul Tea Room By Donna Hull on 2012 05 15 in Arizona Destinations Dine North America Off the beaten path travel Southwest United States Updated 01 15 2013 Are you a fan of eating breakfast outdoors especially on a trip There s something decadent about lazing over a cup of coffee after a delicious meal while nature provides

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  • Bluff Balloon Festival in Utah
    member had the freezing job of holding the balloon open as a fan blew cold air into it Then Bill turned on the gas burner which added hot air so that the balloon would rise Once the balloon inflated the basket was tilted upright We were ready to fly To get into the balloon each rider placed a foot into the foothold then swung a leg over Alan and I found that our boomer legs didn t have that much stretch so Bill pulled our legs over the edge and assisted us into the basket Then he explained the rules Do what I say Don t be offended if I get too close we re in tight quarters Don t touch the lines Tell me about any power lines or obstacles that you see Repeat until I acknowledge you Don t lean out of the basket Keep knees bent and soft for the landing Don t get out of the basket until I instruct you to do so Koshare Gallup Balloon With five of us in the basket as well as equipment space was extremely tight The whoosh of the gas burner alternated with complete silence Well except for Wow this is great Did you see that Bill we re coming awfully close to that bluff in front of us Did you get a photograph of our shadow Alan After almost two hours viewing snowy Utah from the air we bent our knees and prepared to land on scrubby desert next to the highway With a soft thud the ride was over The chase crew had been watching from the ground following our movements Once they reached us they put their weight on the balloon basket keeping it on the ground as Bill directed each of the passengers on when we could exit the basket Packing away the balloon took just as much effort as preparing it to fly The heavy bulky balloon was stretched out on the ground before being folded away into a large canvas bag Then the burner was disassembled from the basket All of the equipment needed to be packed into a trailer that the crew placed as close as possible But we still weren t finished Was this your first hot air balloon flight Bill asked Yes Alan and I said We ll have a ceremony once we re back at the parking lot Bill answered We re initiated into the hot air balloon fraternity When we returned to the community center Bill conducted our ceremony But I can t tell you about it It s a secret However it does involve kneeling on the ground and drinking champagne without any hands That s all I m saying When you take your first hot air balloon ride you ll find out for yourself If you re planning a winter adventure in southeastern Utah be sure to put the Bluff Balloon Festival on your itinerary But remember it s a rally for balloon enthusiasts You cannot

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  • horseback riding Archives
    Donna Hull on 2011 03 29 in Cruise excursions Do Europe Madeira Updated 11 01 2013 If you re cruising on an Atlantic crossing Funchal Madeira is often the first or last port stop depending on if you re coming or going Located in the Atlantic Ocean southwest of Portugal Madeira s mountainous landscape offers plenty of options for active travel including hiking trekking or horseback riding not to mention water sports Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Saturday s scene Kissed by a Horse By Donna Hull on 2011 01 22 in Active travel Arizona North America See Southwest United States On a winter visit to Hidden Meadow Ranch in Greer Arizona I looked forward to horseback riding in the snow When I introduced myself one of the friendly horses decided to give me a kiss Are you a baby boomer horse lover Have you ever ridden in the snow Join the conversation at the My Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Saturday s scene Riding in the Snow By Donna Hull on 2010 12 11 in Active travel Arizona North America See Southwest United States Is horseback riding in the snow on your list of baby boomer travel adventures Alan took this photo as we headed out for a snowy ride at Hidden Meadow Ranch in Greer Arizona What s that you say Never heard of snow in Arizona Then you need to pay a visit to the White Mountains Horseback Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure California Horseback Riding Recommendations for Road Tripping Baby Boomers By A Guest Writer on 2010 04 15 in Active travel California Do Go North America United States West Baby boomers as you know Alan and I will soon be traveling on a coastal California sports car road trip Since we re always on the lookout for active baby boomer travel adventures we asked travel expert Nancy D Brown of Writing Horseback to suggest a couple of California horseback riding adventures for the trip Thanks Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Spring Break for Baby Boomers By Donna Hull on 2010 03 23 in Active travel Go Hawaii Plan NOTE A previous version of this post recommended Waianuhea Bead and Breakfast which has since closed Spring Break it s not just for college students or families with children on school holidays When the weather starts warming up Alan and I join millions of other baby boomers whose feet are itching for a travel adventure A sunny Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Winter Adventure at Hidden Meadow Ranch By Donna Hull on 2010 02 04 in Active travel Arizona Destinations Go North America Southwest United States Updated 01 01 2013 Are you one of those active boomers who craves winter adventure You know the kind that includes snow How about horses You ll find both and more at Hidden Meadow Ranch near Greer Arizona When Alan and I visited Hidden Meadow Ranch we discovered an off the

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  • snowshoe Archives
    visiting Glacier National Park but hate the summer crowds Alan and I do too Of course you ve probably read the advice to visit in the early fall once families have returned home to start the school year But have you thought about a Glacier National Park winter trip It s a fine time to Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Saturday s scene Celebrate Winter Trails Day By Donna Hull on 2013 01 04 in Boomer travel tips Do Celebrate Winter Trails Day with free snowshoeing or cross country skiing on January 10 2015 at many locations throughout the United States The event includes free use of equipment at almost 100 Nordic Centers and resorts nationwide If you re a boomer hiker there s a good chance you ll also enjoy these two winter activities They all take Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Winter Adventure at Hidden Meadow Ranch By Donna Hull on 2010 02 04 in Active travel Arizona Destinations Go North America Southwest United States Updated 01 01 2013 Are you one of those active boomers who craves winter adventure You know the kind that includes snow How about horses You ll find both

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