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    A Kauai Air Tour – Conquering a Travel Fear

    I love to travel, but I hate to fly.  I fly because it’s necessary in order to see the world, and that’s my passion.  But when the flight attendant says “Sit back, relax, and enjoy your flight”,  I  scoff at the statement every time.  I have never relaxed and enjoyed a flight. There have been many times in the past, on moderately bumpy flights, when I  would think – the in-flight…

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    2 Days in Salzburg Austria

    I had always heard that Salzburg Austria was one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.  It’s famous for its baroque architecture, its compact and historic old town, and music. It’s the birthplace of Mozart, and classical music literally pours out of the buildings and streets. As I started planning an itinerary for our wedding/honeymoon trip to Central Europe, after settling on Lake Bled Slovenia for our wedding, a visit to Salzburg…

  • Majestic pines at sunset at Grand Lake Colorado

    Grand Lake Colorado & the Spectacular Rocky Mountain National Park

    Grand Lake Colorado sits at the western gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. It’s a historic 19th century mining-supply-turned-resort-town that sits along the shores of Grand Lake – the deepest and largest natural lake in Colorado.  It’s small town center features Old West-styled architecture and a boardwalk now lined with boutiques, restaurants, and ice cream parlors.   My brother, who lives in Colorado, bought a cabin at Grand Lake and invited…

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    A Weekend in Sunny Tucson Arizona

    Tucson Arizona is a perfect location for a sunny weekend trip.  When suffering through long Utah winters, it’s essential for me & Mrs. Thorough Tripper to find some warmth and sun for a few days – especially since we aren’t skiers. I have been to Scottsdale Arizona and Southern California countless times. For this sun-seeking trip, I wanted to try something different, so we chose Tucson. We visited Tucson Arizona…

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    Road Tripping Along the Southern Oregon Coast

    A road trip along the Oregon Coast Highway in southern Oregon is the perfect summer adventure. Stay in quaint seaside towns. Marvel as the pine-covered mountains reach right to the sea creating scenic cliffside vistas out across the Pacific Ocean. Explore the tide pools along the rocky shores. Stroll long sandy beaches. Admire the sea stacks that dot the coast. Plus the seafood!! We took a 1 week circular road…

  • Picture of Rovinj Croatia

    Visiting Two Beautiful Istrian Towns – Motovun and Rovinj Croatia

    Rovinj and Motovun are two beautiful small towns in Croatia. They are found in the northwest part of Croatia in an area known as Istria. The Istrian peninsula is located just across the Aegean sea from Venice, and is often cited as a less expensive alternative to Italy’s Tuscany due to geographic similarities.  The Istrian area of Croatia features ancient Venetian seaside villages on its coast and an interior dotted…