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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

Ramblings 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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Zion National Park: What To See

Zion National Park is located in the Southwestern United States, near Springdale, Utah. A prominent feature of the 229-square-mile (590 km2) park is Zion Canyon, which is 15 miles (24 km) long and up to half a mile (800 m) deep, cut through the reddish and tan-colored Navajo Sandstone by the North Fork of the Virgin River. The lowest elevation is 3,666 ft (1,117 m) at Coalpits Wash and the highest elevation is 8,726 ft (2,660 m) at Horse Ranch Mountain. Located at the junction of the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin, and Mojave Desert regions, the park’s unique geography and variety of life zones allow for unusual plant and animal diversity. Numerous plant species as well as 289 species of birds, 75 mammals (including 19 ...

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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 – SE Asia #2

RAMBLINGS OF A SOUTHEAST (SE) ASIA TRAVELER: Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam #2    ONCE THERE 1) Dos (Acceptable Behaviors of a USA Tourist in SE Asia) BIG DO: You’ll want to spend some quality time in a hammock. If you happen to stay for an extended amount of time, and happen to have a deck on poles out over the water like say in Koh Lanta Old Town, Thailand, and you happen to have two hammocks strung between poles holding the roof of your deck up, you would be totally off your rocker to not curl up and read the paperback book serial killer thriller, “Tiger Lily of Bangkok” by Owen Jones or “Siam Storm: A Thailand Adventure” by Robert A. Webster. Neither are great literary ...

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Ramblings Of A Traveler – SE Asia #1

RAMBLINGS OF A SOUTHEAST (SE) ASIA TRAVELER: Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam #1  IN THE BEGINNING Where to go in SE Asia: Everyone asks me, “How do you know where to go when you travel?” Well, let’s admit it right here, I am a traveling fool. If I haven’t got at least 3 trips planned at one time, I breakout in a very itchy rash. In addition, I am not writing a travel guide here, but I can tell you it doesn’t matter where you go. I sincerely advise and hope you keep some of my ramblings in mind wherever you go because I have experienced what no one should have to. Here are my top 5 suggestions: Do THE tourist things (get a good guidebook, ...

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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: 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 – 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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