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Ramblings Of Traveler – BONUS BLOG – Last Mystery Of Vietnam

Last Mystery of Vietnam (a touchy – feely, serious blog) My thrill is traveling to a land that crawls its way into my memories and keeps getting better long after I have returned home. There is a warm, glowing spot in my heart remembering the six weeks I spent in Thailand with all its gaudy, noisy, crazy, bright colors, festivities, wonderful delights, superstitions, and religious fervor running deep in the veins of its followers and culture. There is nowhere in the world like Cambodia with the sadness of its ancient & not so distant past, with its struggle to keep up with present and future changing times, and its unmatched jungle ruins, and I will be there often in my thoughts. But it’s the magic ...

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Ramblings Of A Traveler – SE Asia #3

#3 FRUITS & NUTS A TOURIST CAN NOT AVOID Fruits (Durian and Lychee Nuts) Durian: This fruit, when cut into, smells like an unfiltered open air sewer mixed with 100 proof body odor stemming from worst, imaginable dirty feet and underarms all rolled into one, and I am not exaggerating even a little bit. When cut into on the ground floor of a hotel, the nauseating smell can primate all the way to at least the 15th floor and travels much faster then a hotel elevator. It makes me wonder what the poor sucker did that his punishment was to be the first to taste one of these overpowering, smelly fruits. I think he had to have been somebody’s slave of ancient times that was ...

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RAMBLINGS OF A TRAVELER: FAMILY VACATION #3 Flying the Monarch

The Oregon coast has more than its share of cool looking ocean rocks and sand to go with them. Oregon coast is famous for some serious, bad, cold, windy weather and cool-looking cliffs and indescribable scenery everywhere you look down the 363-mile long coast. The indescribable scenery along the Oregon coast, if you are lucky to catch one of the nice clear days without dense fog or beating winds, is nothing short of breath taking. I don’t think there is any coastline anywhere in the world that can beat the Oregon coast for scenery. Yeah okay, the weather sucks most of the time (I think I said that), but that’s a minor inconvenience when you actually see what I am talking about. Haystack Rock on Cannon beach ...

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RAMBLINGS OF A TRAVELER – FAMILY VACATION: #2 THE OREGON TRAIL

#2 On the Way (A Tiny Bit About Lewis & Clark and The Oregon Trail) A LITTLE BIT ABOUT LEWIS AND CLARK Oregon is where Lewis and Clark ended up after crossing the North American Continent in 1803-1804 (doesn’t seem that long ago does it)? Lewis was appointed by President Thomas Jefferson to lead a voyage up the Missouri River to the Rocky Mountains, over the mountains, and down the Columbia River to the Pacific Ocean and back. They were hoping to find a big river (all-water route) that ran all the way from St. Louis, Missouri to the Pacific Ocean and figure out if the Louisiana Purchase was a good buy, since President Jefferson bought the land site unseen and unmapped for a 15 ...

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RAMBLINGS OF A TRAVELER – FAMILY VACATION #1 Who Gets To Come

This blog is a different type of blog than what I usually post in my series, “Rambler of a Traveler.”  But since it is summer and the family time to travel, I thought I would veer off my usual course of International travel. Next month, I will be back to taking you around world with my rambles. Thank-you for taking the time to read the Ramblings Series. #1 Who Gets to Come, Establishing the Ground Rules, Getting out of town SELECTING WHO GETS TO COME Now there is only one way to do this. You will want to pick a variety of family members. The elders, the babies with colic, the teenagers that hate everything in site including you, the middle aged dad who is ...

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RAMBLINGS OF A TRAVELER IN CHILE & ARGENTINA: Terro del Fugo & Cape Horn

The history of the southernmost point of the AMERICAN continent has always been linked to seamen and adventurers, frontiersmen and mythical native inhabitants such as the Patagones or “Patagonian Giants”. The Portuguese seaman Hernando de Magallanes (Ferdinand Magellan) arrived at the area in 1520 and baptized it with the name Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire), after observing the bonfires the Onas or Selknam natives kept burning in their canoes to navigate by night and keep themselves warm. I also think the sunsets may have lead in part to the Land of Fire idea. This is an area of vast indomitable landscapes, islands and channels.  Tierra del Fuego is an archipelago off the south of South America, separated from the mainland by the Magellan Strait. ...

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RAMBLINGS OF A TRAVELER IN CHILE, SOUTH AMERICA: PATAGONIA

The territory of Patagonia is NOT just about jackets and outerwear. There really is a place at the end (farthest south) of the Americas in the countries of Chile and Argentina that is wild and beautiful and preserved. In this rambling I will focus a little bit on two famous National Parks and mostly Patagonia in Chile. Almost one-fifth of Chile is protected to varying degrees in national parks and reserves. The national forest commission administers 32 national parks, 48 national reserves, and 15 natural monuments. The country of Chile is so varied, wild and rugged, and protected with the driest desert in the world in the north and mammoth glaciers in south, some say it’s a great wonder of the world not to be ...

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RAMBLINGS OF A TRAVELER: NEW ENGLAND – #2 Salem Witch Trials

I have to admit, this rambling is going to be more of a history brief-story than actual ramblings about my travels. However, Salem Massachusetts is a place I visited and really could not let go of for a long time after I came home. I also thought it was a particularly timely blog to post around Halloween – just to get our thrill-seeking juices flowing. It all started out as a nice, peaceful, little Puritan, very religious village in the late 1600’s. And then things went wacko.   The Salem witch trials were a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in colonial Massachusetts between February 1692 and May 1693. The trials resulted in the executions of 20 people, most of them ...

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RAMBLINGS OF A TRAVELER in NEW ENGLAND: #1 The Colors of Woodstock

So let’s be a little silly and ramble a bit about New England in the fall. What could I possibly write about the New England fall that hasn’t already been written? How can a Rambling Traveler from the wind-swept-treeless plains of Montana possibly know anything about the fall leaves a falling in New England? Here’s the deal, New England fall is – well there are no more adjectives left in the English language to describe New England fall. O.K. then, let’s ramble about a special little town in Vermont in October, but first …………. My first introduction to Vermont was through T.V. by watching reruns of the Newhart Show. Newhart was a goofy sitcom that ran from 1982-1990. The show was about a couple that ...

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RAMBLINGS OF A TRAVELER: #2 RUSSIA – Fast Train to St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg and Leningrad are the same Russian City. Before communism took the reins in 1922, the city was named St. Petersburg. During communism times, the city was renamed Leningrad after the most “loved” communist leader Vladimir Lenin. Since the fall of Communism in 1991, St. Petersburg has returned. O.K. Whatever! Oh what a beautiful city, but let’s first ramble on a bit about how I got to town. St. Petersburg is 13 hours by slow train from Moscow. Railroad between Moscow and Peter was first opened in 1851 and is 405 miles long. Train travel today takes between 3 ½ to 9 hrs, depending what type of train you go on. I didn’t have a ton of time, so I took the fast train pictured ...

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RAMBLINGS OF A TRAVELER: RUSSIA – #1 Moscow Madness

So going to Moscow Russia was at the very bottom of my international travel bucket list. To be honest, I never thought I would go there nor did I really care to go. However as most addicted travelers such as I will tell you, “We are the type of folks who will go anywhere, anytime, anyhow if at all possible”. A 5-night stay in Moscow, Russia was being auctioned off at a benefit dinner in my local town. And my faithful readers will never guess who won a 5-night stay at a very nice hotel at the edge of the Red Square overlooking all of Moscow’s hotspots. The winnings DID include an awesome daylong city tour with a drop-dead gorgeous Russian lady, but DID NOT ...

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RAMBLINGS OF A TRAVELER: #3 CUBA – Leaving There

#3 LEAVING THERE Now I love to travel – that should already be a known fact by the reader of this blog. And the last day on any trip is the worst possible day of my life at the time. Not because I don’t want to go home, because I do, but because I have gotten such an extreme thrill out of visiting whatever country I am in. But I have to say that to leave Cuba was unusually hard on my mental psychic, to say the least. So here is what I am going to miss about Cuba for the rest of my thrilling life. I will miss the transportation other than the group tour bus. I will miss the Taxis. Believe me, if ...

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RAMBLINGS OF A TRAVELER In Cuba: #2 BEING THERE

#2 BEING IN CUBA What to do in Cuba with the “Group?” You can always learn how to dry your rice. All you have to do is have the tour bus pull over to the side of the road, have the group get out of the bus, and talk to some local field workers. So here’s what they do. They harvest the rice, but it is still too wet to be stored. So what does Cuba have a lot of? That would be sunshine, and lot’s of cheap manual labor. So the workers load up the rice in donkey/mule pulled carts, find a paved road and spread it out on half the road everyday until its dry. That saves on electricity, plus its all natural. ...

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RAMBLINGS OF A TRAVELER IN CUBA #1 Getting There

RAMBLING OF A TRAVELER in CUBA #1 GETTING THERE I really really really wanted to go to Cuba for so many reasons I knew of before going, and most reasons I learned after I was there. I couldn’t wait to go to Cuba. I dreamt about it, and read about it. It’s a country that, right now, is unspoiled and virtually untouched by USA tourism. The very thought of going to Cuba made me feel giddy all over – call it a traveler’s sickness. Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean and only 90 miles from Florida. We all know that, I think. However, Cuba is a BIG MYSTERY to most USA travelers because we, meaning you and me without family in Cuba, are ...

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CASHING IT IN ON HOLMBY STREET

One calm nice night, I went to see a movie. I was innocently sitting there, eating my neighbor’s popcorn, watching the 2005 movie, “I WALK THE LINE” starring Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon and about the early part of Johnny Cash’s life. A little known scene flashed on the big movie screen, and I thought I was going to faint. I know my heart stopped, and my tiny hairs stood up on the back of my neck. I lost all color in my face, and the feeling went out of my limbs. All I could think of was the next shot would be a close up of my childhood house. The scene was about midway through the movie. By that time in life and the ...

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KAAWA’POMAAKAA ANIMAL RESCUE: #1 DRIVE BY SHOOTING

                                 #1 DRIVE BY SHOOTING Distemper is a virus that effects many species of animals, but really does a number on dogs, coyotes, and wolves. Canine distemper is a highly contagious & maybe fatal. Cause: It’s a virus that causes canine distemper. This virus can also infect several other species including ferrets, foxes, skunks, raccoons, even cats and other animals. Risk Factors: Puppies under four months of age (before vaccinations are fully protective) and unvaccinated dogs are most at risk. Because canine distemper also occurs in wild animals, contact with wild animals may contribute to the spread of distemper to domestic dogs. Signs and Symptoms of Distemper: Canine distemper causes symptoms in the ...

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Fantasy Football Week #12

Week #11 is in the books and fantasy football teams are looking forward to week #12. There is a lot to discuss this week so let’s jump right in to the action. Bye Week No byes for the rest of the season. You are in the clear and can relax about starting a player on a bye week. Mismatches Panthers vs. Cowboys, and Packers vs. Bears, although the Packers are starting to cool down, Bengals vs. Rams, and Cardinals vs. 49ers. The Patriots against the Broncos will be clash between a couple of heavyweights. The Bronco’s defense is the best in the league and will slow down the Patriots offensive machine. There are a lot of even matches this week that could go either way. ...

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KAAWA’POMAAKAA RESCUE ORGANIZATION

INTRODUCING A NEW & EXCLUSIVE  THE THRILL SOCIETY SERIES                  KAAWA’POMAAKAA RESCUE ORGANIZATION   MOST EVERYONE LOVES ANIMALS SOME DOMESTICATED, SOME WIID, SOME SCARED, SOME CUDDLY MOST EVERYONE LOVES TO HEAR STORIES WITH HAPPY ENDINGS. SHORT STORIES, NOT TOO HEAVY, NOT TOO LIGHT, WITH SOME PICTURES MOST EVERYONE LOVES “FEEL GOOD” STORIES ABOUT THINGS THAT TURN OUT OKAY   THE THRILL SOCIETY IS HAPPY TO BRING YOU A SERIES OF SHORT STORIES ABOUT ANIMALS AND RESCUERS THAT HAVE A HAPPY ENDING   A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE KAAWA’POMAAKAA RESCUE ORGANIZATION   Kaawa’pomaakaa translated means “Four Legged Friends Among Us” but they don’t limit themselves by the title. Kaawa’pomaakaa Rescue organization is an animal rescue group founded in 2010 and ...

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Ramblings Of A Traveler – Introduction

Announcing an Exclusive Travel Blog  ONLY for The Thrill Society Viewer Rambling of a Traveler is a new blog posted ONLY on The Thrill Society. The writer of Rambling of a Traveler has traveled extensively both internationally and within the USA. Each monthly posting is a series of 3 and will be comprised of ramblings of one place visited. For example, June is Ramblings of Traveler to SE Asia, July is Ramblings of a Traveler to Cuba, and August is Ramblings of a Traveler on a Family Vacation. Each article is a short, sweet, rambling accompanied by 5 to 8 pictures that are meant to enhance the topic of rambling. This is not your average, informative, lack-luster travel blog. This blog is also not filled ...

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