Travel Tuesday – Pismo Beach / Oceano Dunes

Pismo Beach and its neighbor Oceano are cities on California’s Central Coast. It’s known for its wineries and many beaches. Oceano Dunes is the only place in California to camp and drive right on the beach. The name Pismo comes from the Chumash language word for tar, which was gathered from tar springs in Price Canyon near Pismo Beach. The tar was a valuable product which the Chumash Indians used … Continue reading Travel Tuesday – Pismo Beach / Oceano Dunes

Atop Machu Picchu in Peru

Peru’s Sacred Valley – It’s More Than Machu Picchu

Atop Machu Picchu in Peru

Say the words Machu Picchu, and even folks who have never been there, seem to get taken with a sense of excitement.

There’s a wow factor. Perched between the Andes and the Amazon, it’s a beautiful setting, with, one might say, a flair for the dramatic. And from the historical perspective many agree it’s the legacy of the Inca civilization. Exploring is fun, you will no doubt run into one of the nearly 20 resident llamas that not only seem to think nothing of all the visitors, but seem to have a knack for posing in pictures with them.

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tree swing on beach along Queen Charlotte Drive, New Zealand

Cruising New Zealand

Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

From steep cliffs and stunning coastline, to famous wine regions, New Zealand offers a colorful variety of surprises.

New Zealand doesn’t get the credit it deserves. As a vacation destination, most folks don’t have pre-conceived notions about any big ticket items, or automatic must-dos while there. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t there. It just means that New Zealand good at keeping secrets.

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dome at Borealis Basecamp

Some of the Best Northern Lights Viewing is in Fairbanks, Alaska

Northern Lights viewed at Borealis Basecamp

When many people think of seeing the Aurora Borealis they also envision frigid locations – thinking that being cold and seeing the Northern Lights go hand in hand. The good news is, you don’t have to always have winter weather. In Fairbanks, Alaska there are some amazing spots to take in the show, without needing snow.

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