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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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Traveling To The Exotic Fiji Islands

Brief History As per Fijian legend, the colossal boss Lutunasobasoba drove his kin over the oceans to the new place that is known as Fiji. Most powers concur that individuals came into the Pacific from Southeast Asia through the Malay Peninsula. At this point, it is believed that the Melanesians and the Polynesians blended to create a society sooner than the landing of the Europeans. It is worth noting that the European revolutions of the Fiji gathering were unintentional. The disclosures were made in 1643 by the Dutch adventurer, Abel Tasman and English pilots, including Captain James Cook, who cruised through in 1774, that led to further investigations in the eighteenth century. The real credit for the revelation and recording of the islands went to ...

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Mesa Verde National Park: Ancient Civilization Wonders

Mesa Verde National Park is a National Park and World Heritage Site located in Montezuma County, Colorado. It protects some of the best preserved Ancestral Puebloan archeological sites in the United States. The park was created by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906. It occupies 52,485 acres (21,240 ha) near the Four Corners region of the American Southwest, and with more than 4,300 sites, including 600 cliff dwellings, it is the largest archeological preserve in the US. Mesa Verde (Spanish for “green table”) is best known for structures such as Cliff Palace, thought to be the largest cliff dwelling in North America. Starting c. 7500 BCE, Mesa Verde was seasonally inhabited by a group of nomadic Paleo-Indians known as the Foothills Mountain Complex. The variety of projectile points ...

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Kodachrome Basin: Utah’s Hidden Gem

Kodachrome Basin is a state park of Utah, USA. It is situated 5,800 feet (1,767.8 m) above sea level, 12 miles (19 km) south of Utah Route 12, and 20 miles (32 km) southeast of Bryce Canyon National Park. It is accessible from the north from Cannonville by a paved road and from the south by Road 400, a dirt road from the Page, Arizona area to Cannonville, passable for most vehicles in dry conditions. A longer but paved route to Tropic from the south is also available via US-89 and SR-12. Differing geological explanations of the features in the park Kodachrome Basin State Park exist. One explanation is that the area was once similar to Yellowstone National Park with hot springs and geysers, which eventually filled up ...

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Capitol Reef National Park: Nature’s Playground

Capitol Reef National Park is a United States National Park, in south-central Utah. It is 100 miles (160 km) long but fairly narrow. The park, established in 1971, preserves 241,904 acres (377.98 sq mi; 97,895.08 ha; 978.95 km2) and is open all year, although May through September are the most popular months. Called “Wayne Wonderland” in the 1920s by local boosters Ephraim P. Pectol and Joseph S. Hickman, Capitol Reef National Park protects colorful canyons, ridges, buttes, and monoliths. About 75 mi (121 km) of the long up-thrust called the Waterpocket Fold, a rugged spine extending from Thousand Lake Mountain to Lake Powell, is preserved within the park. “Capitol Reef” is the name of an especially rugged and spectacular segment of the Waterpocket Fold near the Fremont River. The area was named ...

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Maldives – Luxury Personified

Spectacular white-sand beaches and stunning bright blue waters are the two elements that make Maldives stand out among the many islands of the world. Almost all of the 1200 islands of Maldives have consistently spectacular beaches, which attract millions of people to this marvelous country. The remote island located on the Indian Ocean is often seen as paradise on earth by many travelers who have reveled in the luxuries of the Maldives. It is astounding that even though the island is remotely located there is a lot of luxury that offered by the hotels located at Male, the capital of the country. The inhospitable nature of the islands is in stark contrast to the friendliness of the locals. Without almost no natural resources available on ...

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Bryce Canyon National Park: What To See

Bryce Canyon National Park is a National Park located in southwestern Utah in the United States. The major feature of the park is Bryce Canyon, which despite its name, is not a canyon, but a collection of giant natural amphitheaters along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. Bryce is distinctive due to geological structures called hoodoos, formed by frost weathering and stream erosion of the river and lake bed sedimentary rocks. The red, orange, and white colors of the rocks provide spectacular views for park visitors. Bryce sits at a much higher elevation than nearby Zion National Park. The rim at Bryce varies from 8,000 to 9,000 feet (2,400 to 2,700 m). The Bryce Canyon area was settled by Mormon pioneers in the 1850s ...

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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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The Enchanting Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China is arguably the most visited tourist attraction in mainland China. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a long stretch of walls that crosses through deserts, grasslands, plateaus, and mountains. Built originally to prevent invasion more than 2,000 years ago, the Great Wall of China is an iconic spot that echoes the country’s prolific history that transcends to the present times. History The Great Wall of China’s history can be traced during the time of three great dynasties. In the year 770 – 221 B.C., during the Warring States Period of the Zhou Dynasty, state overlords started to build walls in order to protect their respective areas. It was during the Qin Dynasty when its first Emperor linked the different sections ...

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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: #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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Tripping Through Southern Utah: 10 Part Series

This is a 10 part series of videos, photographs, and information about the scenic wonders of Southern Utah and Southwestern Colorado. All of the photographs and videos have been taken using an iPhone 5 mainly because I forgot my Go Pro and DSLR camera at home. I am such an idiot! Areas of Southern Utah that will be showcased: Burr Trail Arches National Park Bryce Canyon National Park Zion National Park Capitol Reef National Park Kodachrome Basin Canyonlands National Park  Valley of the Gods & Monument Valley Natural Bridges National Monument Mesa Verde National Park (I know its not in Southern Utah, but it is close!) Click HERE to visit the TTS store filled with original products!  Hope you enjoy this 10 part series! Follow TTS on ...

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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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