the Texas State Capitol, Austin – A date with the state

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Rate our ReviewsIt is remarkable to have an enormous, beautiful building surrounded by more than twenty acres of green space located in the heart of a city.  When you may enjoy both the grounds and the structure absolutely free it is better yet.  We all know everything is bigger in Texas, and their Capitol in […]

Valemount, British Columbia Canadian Rockies, Part XVI – Gone Fishing 

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Rate our ReviewsValemount, British Columbia……Travel has taught me the value of not plotting every second of a trip.  I learned this the hard way through a more painful lesson: things do not always go as expected.  Being compelled to improvise has led to an appreciation for the wealth of unexpected pleasures, encouraging me to leave a patch of free time in schedules.  To carry this off it is critical to be […]

Kalalau, Hawaii USA – Treasure of Napali as the Garden Isle

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Rate our ReviewsA great aspect of Hawaii is how each of the seven major islands possess a different environment, all are equally inviting.   Kauai is wonderfully lush and deserving of its nickname as the “garden isle.” The oldest island, its volcanoes are long extinct and completely different from the still expanding ‘Big Island’ of Hawaii, […]

Maligne Canyon Canadian Rockies, Part XV– Jasper, Alberta: Don’t malign Maligne Canyon 

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Rate our ReviewsMaligne Canyon….I omitted an important fact in the last episode of this Canadian Rockies adventure when we visited Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park.  Like me, you possibly associate the lake’s name with the English word malign.  That would be correct, because it similarly derives from the French word meaning ‘wicked’.  However, it is pronounced muh–LEEN and I had to repeat […]

Jasper Alberta, Canadian Rockies, Part XIV : Continuing on our Mary way in Jasper National Park 

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Rate our ReviewsJasper Alberta, Canadian Rockies, Part XIV….Every time I dive into a new place unexpected surprises surface.  This consistency after so many trips begins to feel like a guarantee, and perhaps that is why I am passionate about travel.  A splendid discovery while researching the Canadian Rockies was uncovering Mary Schäffer, an intrepid explorer in these parts.  And with our ramble concluding at Jasper National Park, there was no doubt we would stop […]