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Dreamtrip: Paradise Island, Bahamas

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December 1-7, 2017

I felt like I needed some beach time in the winter, so I booked a trip through my vacation club, World Ventures, the largest private club in the world.  The club provides pre-packaged trips as well as a booking engine for flight, hotels, VRBO, cruises, and rental cars.  It also includes an online shopping mall with virtually every retailer as well as discounts at local restaurants and events.

I didn’t want to have to think about anything for this relaxing vacation, so I picked a four-night trip to the Bahamas.  I flew from Denver while my friend Max came from Dallas.  Miraculously, both of our flights were on time and our bags came off the carousels next to each other in baggage claim, so we were off to paradise quickly!

The Dreamtrip included airport transportation to the Warwick Paradise Island, but with only limited flight options on Sunday, we came in a day early and stayed at the British Colonial Hilton Nassau just next to all the shops and not far from the cruise ship port, which was filled by Norwegian, Disney, and all the other major chains.  The amenities at the Hilton included a nice pool and beach which we took advantage of as soon as possible.

It was already late afternoon with a very cool breeze, so we didn’t stay too long by the waterside, but enjoyed the sunset before returning to the room to change for dinner.  We strolled the streets of Nassau that were nicer than I expected though rather vacant as most of the ships left port before dark.  We picked from five or six restaurants that faced the waterway and enjoyed some seafood before turning in rather early since we were up at the crack of dawn.

The next day, we spent the morning at the Hilton before we transferred to the Warwick in the afternoon.  As I rarely allow myself lounge time at home, laziness was my top priority as I stretched out on the beach chair and indulged in the new Dan Brown book, Origin, that I patiently waited for a whole week to open.  In fact, I think beach vacations appeal to me, as they give me an excuse to veg out and enjoy a book!

Max, on the other hand, enjoys walking along the beach, so she paced up and down the short beach through the soft sand.  She joined me briefly as we watched a heavy set couple attempt to paddle board.  I tried very hard not to laugh as I give them credit for trying something new, but watching each them rolling onto the board from one side and promptly sliding off the other side with a plop into the ocean was giggle worthy.  The spectacle was enough to tear me away from my book briefly.  In their defense it was breezy, so perhaps harder to balance than the few times I boarded, though I don’t even think they got to their knees.

It didn’t take Max long to get up again, this time she tried the paddle board.  She managed to stay on it and at least paddle around on her knees before she switched to the kayak.  The buoyed area in the waterway was small, so once she circled a few times, she rejoined me in the lounge chairs though not before she made me feel like a slug!!  I just had no desire to get wet with salt water before changing hotels for the week.

We arrived early to the Warwick and the hotel accommodated us which was nice given they were sold out the previous night.  We were also given the top floor with a view of the water…no complaints there!!  Our package was an all-inclusive so it didn’t take us long to sidle up to the counter at the poolside restaurant for some food before making ourselves at home on the pool deck.  The free form pool with a waterfall, island, and a few small bridges provided both shady and sunny spots.  We sought out shade the first day until we realized a strong, cool breeze materialized daily which encouraged full sun locations!

View from our room!

Both of us felt like exploring a little, so we walked along the boardwalk and small beach which was also home cornhole tournaments and volley ball.  The grounds were small but nice.  Along with the poolside restaurant was a poolside bar.  The bartenders poured liberally…three quarters alcohol and one quarter mixer!

 

After watching the sunset, we dressed for dinner and headed to Ting’s.  The hotel had four additional restaurants of which two required reservations to be made between 8am and 1pm the same day.  We didn’t arrive early enough to make a reservation, so we had a choice between the Verandah and Ting’s.  Verandah served a buffet for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Figuring we’d have every breakfast at the Verandah, we ventured to Ting’s.  The Asian food was good, though it depended on each dish ordered.  The fried spring roll appetizer and the fried banana dessert were the best!  We finished dinner in time to participate in movie night…they were showing Wonder Woman.  With all the hype, I was expecting it to be amazing.  Too much hype…I would have liked it had I kept my expectations low!

The next day, we enjoyed an outing to the Blue Lagoon Island.  Shuttles took us to the ferry dock, just a minute away.  Had we known where it was, I suppose we could have walked there in five minutes.  We boarded a large boat, seemed to skip any safety announcements (at least we could see the life vests hanging overhead), and took in the sights as music blared!  Large houses including Oprah’s, Eddie Murphy’s and Michael Jordan’s; as well as, “the one and only” Ocean Club lined the northern side of the waterway while the southern side was home to a more industrial setting.

Upon exiting the waterway, the boat revved its engines as it sped off to the small island called the Blue Lagoon.  Our day pass was for beach activities only, though had we wanted to upgrade we could have gone to a dolphin show and such.  I’m not a large supporter of animals in captivity, so I along with most of the group stuck to the beachside.  We were provided a reserved area in the shade and were also given the liberty to lounge any place else we liked on the protected white sand beach.

It took me a while to get over my lounging and reading (the Dan Brown book was getting intense), but eventually I made it to the water obstacle course situated in five to seven feet of pure aqua water.  From afar, the floating white mountain peppered with handles didn’t appear that big, but from close up, it was a few stories high.  It also didn’t appear too hard to climb, but I quickly found out it wouldn’t be simple.  I pulled the upper half of my body out of the water to start and quickly recognized I was going to have to use all my might to get my feet into the handles.

I wasn’t ready for that much exertion yet, so I opted for a warm-up, the two-story floating slide.  I climbed the side to realize once I was three-quarters of the way up, there was no way to the top unless I climbed the back…UGH!  The life guard on duty who was paddling around in a kayak provided me a few tips to reach the top.  One tip was despite the ripped off handles just below the top ridge, there was one handle on the right that I couldn’t see but was barely in my reach.  He promised it was there and I stretched to grasp it with my finger-tips.

I slid down the rubbery surface to splash into the water when he told me it was more fun to go head first…oh well!  He told me I could climb the big white mountain.  He apparently had more faith in me than I had in myself.  I was a little scared as the only bail out was to let go and fall backward into the water which was not option to me.  With his encouragement, I tried a second time.  He said the hardest part was the beginning.  Once I got myself fully out of the water, it was much easier, though the handles pinched my toes against the side of the mountain.

Soon I reached the summit and realized it was a far drop to the shallow water.  I shouted down to the life guard, “Do I have to jump off?”

“Yes,” he responded.  “It’s just like the slide, only steeper.”

No kidding I thought to myself.  I expressed my concern, “But it’s shallow.”

“Just jump,” he said, “I promise you won’t hit the bottom even with your legs straight.  Your life jacket will pull you up.”

Ah, my life jacket.  I had forgotten about it and was currently thankful I had asked for a smaller size after trying on the first one.  With that, I jumped.  SO FUN!

Of course, now I wasn’t satisfied that I hadn’t slid down the slide face first, so I had to climb it one more time.  I was already tired, and wondered why I was silly enough to do it again, but face first was more fun! I have a new-found respect for the competitors in those TV shows that jump from obstacle to obstacle.  It’s not as easy as it looks!  I’m glad I got to try it!!

After playing around on the obstacle course, we walked to the north side of the island, just a hop, skip and jump away to check out the snorkeling.  Unfortunately, the wind proved to be too strong as a red flag warning was up and swimming was dangerous. After exploring the rest of the island which was probably only a few football fields in length, I satisfied my curiosity and went back to reading!!  I don’t know if it is my fascination with Spain or what, but Dan Brown’s new book, Origin, ranks right up there with his first book, Angels and Demons which I thought was better than the Da Vinci Code.

We spent the whole day at the island before returning at 4pm to enjoy happy hour at the poolside bar and then dining at Edgewater Grill, a steak and seafood restaurant by the water.  The open-air atmosphere was nice and not too cold.  After helping ourselves to the salad bar, we were served our seafood dinners.  Max went with fried conch while I chose grilled shrimp.  The dessert choices didn’t appeal to us, so we went back to Ting’s for fried bananas…delicious!

We increased our exercise just slightly on Tuesday as we took the morning nature walk which was offered by the hotel staff a few times a week.  While there were some ducks and turtles at our first stop, I’m not sure “nature” should have preceded “walk”.  It was more like a tour around the surrounding area which we wanted to see, and it was nice to have someone remind us to look the opposite way for traffic.

Our second stop was at the Four Seasons garden and cloisters.  Our young guide pronounced he was going to get married at the cloisters.  I can see why.  A manicured lawn led to a gazebo at the water’s edge.  The gardens included a variety of sculptures as well as a Koi pond.  A pleasant place!  From here we continued to Cabbage Beach to where we planned to ride bikes the following day.  The beautiful beach has to be one of the best in the Bahamas.  The white sand stretched for miles as small waves crashed on the shores.  We were thankful for our guide as the likelihood of us finding it on our own would have been slim as the entrance was tucked behind some construction near the Paradise Island Beach Club.

Now we could go whenever we wanted as we knew the four simple turns to make from our hotel.  Our leisurely stroll took about 45 minutes, and at the end a shuttle was waiting to pick us up!  God forbid we walk back the same way…nice service!!  I’m not sure I can claim I did anything else but eat, read, and lounge by the pool the rest of the day.  Fortunately Max and I finished our books about the same time, so we swapped.  Max took advantage of the pedicure that was also included in the Dreamtrip package.  Not a bad deal:  four nights at a beautiful hotel with a variety of activities and restaurants, a boat excursion to the Blue Lagoon Island, all inclusive food and drinks, and a mani or pedi all for $779pp.

Max had a knack for remembering to make our restaurant reservations.  This time we ate at Abiocco after our Dreamtrip reception.  The waiter at Abiocco was excellent…funny, polite, and cheerful.  I enjoyed a tasty chicken piccata.  Max ordered a savory Mahi Mahi dish.  The hotel hired a DJ and some folks participated in late night karaoke.  I, for some reason, could keep my eyes open past 9:30, so I was sound asleep during the entertainment.

The following morning, our nature walk guide led us on a bike tour.  It was very short as generally the bike ride includes the area we covered yesterday, so after cutting that section out, we just visited the Marina Village at Atlantis to see the shops and yachts.  We had read the Atlantis was only 0.4 miles away from us, but it seemed farther until we biked there…SUPER close.  We weren’t sure what we were allowed to see and not see at the hotel as certain areas were restricted to guests, but we could admire the lobby and its giant aquarium complete with a manta ray and shark as well as wander through the casino and the shops.  It reminded me of a Vegas Hotel.

After our short tour, we continued riding our bikes.  We thought it would be fun to ride past Cabbage Beach to the end of the island which took about five minutes.  We found with the Atlantis occupying the west end of the island and the Ocean Club occupying the east end of the island, there was only about one mile left to explore.  Needless to say, our bike ride was short.  We came back to the hotel, gathered our things and rode back to Cabbage Beach to spend our day there.

The Warwick Hotel staff at the beach was fantastic.  They had chairs and umbrellas set up for us, a luxury regular beach goers were not afforded.  They also brought a cooler of drinks and sandwiches to the beach, so we could enjoy our lunch on the idyllic stretch of sand.  The nice part about a white sand beach and clear turquoise water is its picturesque nature.  On the other hand, the water is so clear and free of reefs that there are not many fish to see while snorkeling!

Having said that, I walked to eastern end and swam to a rock outcropping.  The porous limestone was loaded with creatures in particular several trilobites which I haven’t seen too often.  In addition, I spotted a few crab, some tiny shrimp, Christmas tree worms, a mantis shrimp which was a rare find, and a baby octopus!  I’ve never seen an octopus that small.  He was tucked in a hole in the rock and looked so peaceful.  I was pleasantly surprised to find so many critters, though I can’t say the same for the fish.  A trip to the Atlantis Aquarium features more marine life than the beach!

The day at the beach was lovely, though I finally managed to burn myself with all the reflective sand and snorkeling in the clear water.  We went back to Edgewater Grill for the evening.  Again, we had another spectacular waiter.  This time we broke down and tried the meat dishes.  Max’s lamb looked superb and my short ribs were good.  It’s strange to think the meat dishes were better than the seafood dishes on an island.  Once more, we returned to Ting’s for our favorite dessert.  I suppose that is nice part about the all-inclusive.  We could just bounce around or stop in at the buffet whenever we wanted, and the breakfast buffet at Verandah was great with a large spread!

Five days came too soon.  I ended my stay with my free pedicure, though I recommend getting one prior to burning your feet in the sun!  It was a relaxing stay, and I was pleasantly surprised out how easy it was to get in and out of the Bahamas.  The airport was nice and quite large, the people were friendly, and the weather was perfect!  Though I’m not sure I ever adjusted to “island time service” like all places in the Caribbean, overall I’d go back to the Bahamas and visit another part of the island chain.  ETB

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Roadtrip to the Rockies: A Weekend in Breckenridge!

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November 24-25, 2017

After a lovely Thanksgiving, I “opted outside” for the weekend.  Ross and I carpooled up to the ski town early Friday morning and got two hikes in before heading back Sunday morning.  We took advantage of my membership at the Schussbaumer Ski Club, so we got to stay at its large chalet just two blocks from town.

After settling in, we geared up for our first hike around 10:30am.  The trailhead began at Carter Park, just on the outskirts of town, so we walked over just in time for it to start snowing.  It wasn’t the pretty, big flaky type, but small pellet balls that sometimes come with thunder as it did today!

Despite the snow and intermittent breeze, it wasn’t too cold.  I was surprised to see that the trail began with a bunch of stair climbing!  I was hoping for something easy for our first day in the mountains as I was acclimating to the altitude.  Perhaps I should read the trail description before I pick what we are going to hike!  I mostly just look at the mileage, the highest elevation, the directions to the trailhead, and if there is anything interesting to see on the hike.

This trail, Barney Ford, began with a climb of rock stairs!  There was an easier route as far as steepness was concerned by following a path of switchbacks, but given the zig-zags were covered in ice, we opted to climb.  Soon we came upon a plethora of trails.  The signage was decent, but for a first-timer on the hill it required a lot of stopping and consulting google maps to determine which path to follow.

After the initial climb, the trail leveled off and led us through an evergreen forest with a trace of snow covering the path.  We ended up following Moonstone Trail into a meadow which afforded lovely views of the ski slopes across the way.  Soon we connected to Juniata and climbed to the highest point where we connected to Barney Ford Trail, creating a loop.  This way, we saved the best for last.

We descended through much more snow than the original trace we climbed through as we passed the remains of an old mining cabin.  The overall five mile hike was nice and didn’t take very long to complete.  The most interesting part of the trail, however, I think is the history.  It is named for a slave who came to Colorado in search of riches and successfully became a prominent citizen of Colorado.

We had extensive free time after the hike to wander the town, to get lunch, to do a VERY hard 500 piece jigsaw puzzle, to grab dinner, to play a few games of ping pong, and to review the hike I had planned for the morning.

Our morning hike was to Wheeler Lakes.  To reach the trailhead, we drove to the Copper Mountain parking lot where there will soon be a fee to pay in the winter, but was currently free.  We walked a quarter mile to the trailhead which was strangely located by the exit ramp on I-70.  This coupled with the fact there was no snow on the side of the mountain made me wonder about the trail I had selected.

We followed the trail which paralleled the noisy highway as we took in the view of the Copper Mountain Ski Resort beneath the morning sun.  I can’t say much nice about the first half mile or so.  Slowly, it switched back and forth up the mountain until finally we reached the solitude of the forest along with some welcome snow.

We felt the warmth of the sun on our faces as we passed through mostly coniferous forest and one stand of dormant aspen trees.  Soon we reached an alpine meadow where the wind whipped across our bodies only donned in a long sleeved shirt.  Fortunately, it was the only time the temperature was chilly.  The rest of our hike, we enjoyed bluebird skies.

About this time also, however, the snow deepened.  Only one person had broken trail ahead of us.  I tried following in this hiker’s footsteps, though the person boasted a very long stride.  As such, I finally succumbed to making my own footsteps as I broke trail through the shin deep snow.  I’m not sure if it would have been easier to strap on cumbersome snow shoes or to trounce through eight inches of stiff powder.

But I suppose we didn’t have a choice in the matter given we left our snowshoes in the car based on the snowless trailhead!  As we neared the lake, we were afforded magnificent views of the surrounding snow capped mountains.  Upon reaching the sign pointing to the lake, the only tracks left in the snow were those of moose!  How exciting…I wish I could have seen one from afar.

Anyway, the lake was frozen and close to blanketed in snow.  We reached it just in time to enjoy it as a frozen lake rather than a field of white.  With the lovely weather, we could spend a little time wandering around without freezing before we returned on the out-and-back trail.  While the first portion of the trail stunk, the rest of the six mile hike was worth the effort!  I highly recommend it.

We finished this hike quite early as well, so we got spend some more time lunching and lounging before we met some more friends for a nice dinner.  It was a nice Thanksgiving weekend!  ETB

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Road Trip to the Rockies: Windy Yet Wonderful Hike to Mills Lake

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November 18, 2017

Mills Lake
Location: Rocky Mountain National Park
Fees: $20 day pass as of post
Website: http://www.protrails.com/trail/50/rocky-mountain-national-park-mills-lake-and-jewel-lake
Elevation: 9,240-9,955 feet
Distance: 5.3 miles

Another Saturday, another missed forecast…these weathermen!  We planned a hike in Rocky Mountain National Park to Mills Lake.  While we expected cold weather (27-35 degrees) and blue skies, 40 mph sustainable winds were not in the forecast.  The wind was supposed to be over on Friday!

As we drove into the park, we hit a few icy patches on the road as loose snow swirled across the pavement.  We joked, maybe we should just go on a scenic drive, as the wind seemed menacing!  Upon arriving the parking lot, the wind howled.  If we weren’t careful, I think a door could have blown off the car.  The intensity increased and sometimes we felt 60 mph gusts.

photo credit: Danelle

We all layered on our clothes.  I wore short sleeves, long sleeves, a ski sweater, a vest, and a puffy jacket with a hat, buff, mittens, and hand and feet warmers.  We were holding out hope that the trees would protect us from the wind as they had the last few hikes.  Fortunately, this was partly true.  As we began, the wind wasn’t too bad and as we gained elevation, we quickly heated up…enough for some people to shed a layer.

Being cold-natured, I wasn’t part of that group.  I was warm and gave thought to it briefly, but stopping to snap a few photos or removing my hat and gloves for a few minutes was enough to cool me off.

The previous evening, a snow storm swept through the Rockies.  Some areas got a foot of snow.  In Rocky Mountain National Park, at 9,240, the elevation at the trailhead, there was just a dusting, though as we continued to climb, we hiked through about three inches of new snow.

The fresh snow wasn’t too slick or deep, so we didn’t need any help from traction devices.  We just squished squished along the trail.  Fortunately, others started out earlier than us, so we didn’t have to break trail, though at times, the wind was so strong, that it blew loose snow over previous tracks to make the trail barely decipherable.

The scenery was spectacular.  Snow dusted, dark grey, granite cliffs towered around us as snow swirled across the surfaces.  The evergreen forest was blanketed in snow.  Icicles hung from rocks.  The creeks were frozen enough for just a little running water to pass through. And after we entered a wind tunnel where I briefly considered turning around as we did have to turn our backs to the stinging snow, we hiked another mile to see an amazing frozen lake.

The view was just breathtaking.  I’m not sure either my description or my photos can do the scene justice.  At times, surprisingly, the wind died down and the feeling was simply serene.  At other times, the wind gusted viciously and snow whirled across the lake creating an almost eerie sight.  It was really awesome!  We stayed at the lake much longer than I expected, as certain sun drenched places which were protected from the wind were rather pleasant.

25 second Video Courtesy of Danelle.  Worth watching!

Soon, however, we turned around and headed back to the trailhead.  I think the total distance was only 5.3 miles, but the hike sure felt like a workout.  It’s just that much harder to hike on snow which requires engaging some balancing muscles.  Not to mention, keeping warm burns more calories.  I loved this hike, and I think I may return in the summer to hike past Mills Lake and on to Ribbon Falls and Black Lake.  I’m really glad my friends were “gung ho” and willing to brave the wind for a wonderful experience.  ETB

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Vegas Entertainment

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November 11-13, 2017

I personally think it is a sin not to go to a show in Sin City.  Over the years I’ve seen several including Garth Brooks, Absinthe, Cirque du Soleil – O, Le Reve, Celine Dion, Terry Fator, Penn & Teller, Carrot Top and more.

This time I talked my friends into seeing Cirque du Soleil – Michael Jackson ONE!  I was very excited about this as I LOVED his music as a kid.  Once he turned a little weird in my book, I stopped following him, but still I was looking forward to finally seeing him in concert before he passed.  Thriller was my favorite song and I literally dressed up as him in the 6th grade for Halloween – a red jacket, one glove, wig and more.

Outside of the venue at Mandalay Bay, two of his outfits were on display.  I had no idea we were really going to get to see some of his things.  This was a pleasant surprise.  My friend Virginia ordered the tickets and the next surprise was that we were in the 4th row!!  It’s always nice to see the acrobats and dancers close up.

The performance was spectacular.  Everything from the special effects, lighting, costumes, dancing, slack lining, acrobatics, and music was extremely well done.  The only person a little creepy was the double jointed fellow.  Overall, I was in sensory overload.  My head was on a swivel trying to watch actors swinging in on wires, the twists and flips of the acrobats bouncing from place to place, and the precise dancing moves.

The cast was extremely well represented too.  By looks, it seemed like virtually all races and sexual preferences were represented.  In addition, a one-legged performer on forearm crutches that was far from disabled was included in the cast.  He swung around, flipped, and then landed on one leg…completely incredible!!  I was feeling like a real slacker as I can hardly balance on one leg for 30 seconds.

This show was really great, and it was interesting to see how Michael Jackson’s music changed over the years.  Like I said, I had stopped following him, but appears he wrote music to support different causes…hunger, race and more.  I’m thankful to my friends for indulging me.

We entertained ourselves in non-traditional ways in Vegas too.  We were staying at the north end of the strip, so one day we walked up to Circus Circus to find out a little bit about its history.  If it weren’t for Virginia, I would have never done this simply because I didn’t know anything about it.

Circus Circus was originally built as just a casino in 1968, but without a hotel it suffered financial difficulty.  Hotel towers were finally added in 1972 and later.  What is different and fun about Circus Circus is the circus act, arcade and midway games.  The games didn’t open until 10am and I’m not sure when the circus act preforms, but families with kids, Virginia, and I were all ready to wander through the midway, when the rope blocking the entrance was removed.

The arcade include skee ball, basketball, Galaga, Ms. Pacman, and many other games I didn’t know.  The midway included dart throwing, camel races, balloon popping, water gun squirting and more.  We decided on two Midway games…the camel races and balloon popping.  We figured the camel races was the longest game for our /$2.  Some kids sat down right when we were about to start, and the employee asked if we wanted them to join.  Of course not!  They would beat us, and we wanted a chance to win.  Virginia was better at rolling the ball into the slot than I was, so she won a whale which she gave to one of the kids who could trade up for a bigger prize the more times they played and won.

I wanted to win something to, so I threw a bean bag at a balloon that pushed it back into a tack and popped.  Sadly it took me two tries, but I got a goofy stuffed animal that I gave to a little bitty girl.  The parents were far more excited than she!  Regardless, it was fun, cheap entertainment, and totally different from the normal casino visits!

Moving on, another unique and different adventure in Vegas is a visit to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.  The is a lovely, 13 mile scenic drive which takes cars past some of the best sights in the Mojave Desert. While most people are going to Vegas for the lights and gambling, if a little break is needed from the crazy life style, the park is only 45 minutes away.

The entry fee is only $7 and lasts for the day.  While driving by while admiring the multi-colored rock formations is nice, I prefer a hike in nature.  As such, Virginia and I opted for the White Rock/La Madre Spring Loop Trail, a 6 mile hike noted as strenuous.  I figured at a much lower elevation, it couldn’t be that hard, though I found a few sections were noticably steep.

The loop may be accessed from several parking lots.  We drove seven miles into the park to start at the Willow Spring Picnic Area.  From the picnic area, we headed west on Rocky Gap Road which had turned to gravel at the parking lot to White Rock Loop where we turned right at the split.

The rocky path ascended to another split.  Here we veered to the left to follow the out and back trail to La Madre Spring, a year round spring that is home to bighorn sheep.  Unfortunately for us, we likely started too late in the morning to spot the animals as the day was heating up quickly, but we did stumble across a tarantula crossing the path!

After checking out the unexciting spring, we returned to the trail junction where we took the other direction.  The now single track trail which thankfully was also less rocky led us through pinyon-juniper woodlands to its highest point at 5,446 feet.

Soon we dropped down toward White Rock Springs Trailhead as we meandered through scrub and abundant cacti before crossing a wash.  We entered the parking lot at the trailhead, turned toward the right and followed the trail signs to the Willow Springs parking lot.

Three times along the trail we stopped at signs that marked agave roasting pits that looked like “donut shaped mounds”.  Sadly, we couldn’t make them out.  We also had a difficult time making out the pictograph panel at the picnic area, but for those who study Native American history, remnants of their lifestyle were there.

So for a little different taste of Vegas…try these things.  ETB

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Luscious Las Vegas…Restaurant Reviews

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November 11, 2017

Some of us girls who met in Italy reconnected in Las Vegas for a mini reunion as Mary had a conference following the weekend.  Virginia and I got a nice deal at the Venetian which included a resort credit at its restaurants.  As such, we found ourselves eating alot!  Below are a variety of restaurants we tried over the weekend:

Sugar Cane (The Venetian)

We ordered breakfast at Sugar Cane and it was quite good.  I got avocado toast topped with roasted corn and an egg while Virginia ordered Huevos Rancheros which was presented in a very unique way.  The food and service were both excellent.

Lagasse’s Stadium (The Palazzo)

Lagasse’s Stadium, one of Emeril Lagasse’s creations was recently voted the best sports bar in Vegas.  Emeril was one of the first chef’s I knew of in my 20’s as one of my boyfriends loved his show…BAM!! I was sort of excited about trying the place.  The staff warned us that there was currently a $25 minimum per person.  That was fine with us as we knew a burger and a beer would likely be that much.

We were walked to the back to sit at a two-top with a view of several large TVs.  Auburn was playing Georgia.  We were sitting next to Georgia fans who jumped and shouted at every decent Georgia play, so while I was sorry for them that their afternoon quickly turned disappointing as Auburn trounced Georgia, I was happy to have a quieter lunch!

I couldn’t really figure out why the Lagasse’s Stadium was voted the #1 sports bar.  I found the food and service to be mediocre.  Virginia ordered a crab cake and I ordered chicken on a waffle.  She finished her meal before I even got mine.  The waitress said she brought the crab cake out first because the chicken takes a long time.  There was no warning for the wait, but from our perspective we felt eating at the same time would have been more appropriate.  In addition, the cajun fries didn’t taste cajun at all.

As she took our order, she also warned us there would be a $50 for the next game.  This was a bit confusing to us…all we wanted was lunch.  Once she realized we weren’t staying for the next game, the subject was dropped.  Perhaps these minimums is what makes the sports bar a favorite among football fans, as it keeps out lots of people and the die hard fans get booths with their own TV’s and a sports book.  To us, the place served a purpose…sustenance, but we didn’t find it to be the best.

Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant

For dinner one night, we visited Ferraro’s, a very popular restaurant in Las Vegas off the strip.  It was packed at 6:30pm!  Virginia is friends with the owner so we were treated like queens.  Ferraro’s pasta is made in house, its fish is Safe Harbor certified, and its beef is all natural.  It’s fine quality ingredients and amazing service made for a lovely dinner!  Between the five of us, we ordered carpaccio, soup, lasagna, pasta topped with wild boar ragu, dover sole, and more.  We were surprised by a tasty dessert as well.  What a delightful evening!

Bouchon Bistro (The Venetian)

YUM!  The pastries at Bouchon Bistro (the restaurant) and Bouchon Bakery (a to go stall) are mouth watering good.  We had both the almond croissant and a sticky bun and weren’t disappointed.  While dining at the Bistro, we ordered eggs any style and we got so much food it was ridiculous.  The meal came with a pastry, toast, sausage, bacon, fritters, coffee and juice.  We could hardly eat half of it.  If we hadn’t had the resort credit, I’m not sure we would have sat down for a $25 breakfast, but it was good!

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar (The Venetian)

We tried coming here twice.  The first time at 2pm on Saturday and there was at least a 20 minute wait for two people so we went elsewhere.  The next day we tried again at 11:30am…there was even a longer wait for a table, but the lounge area had some first come, first served seating, so we ate there.  Given the popularity, I expected the food to be incredible.  Neither of us found that to be true.

I ordered an egg white omelette with artichokes and peppers while Virginia ordered the smoked chicken salad.  My meal could have used salt while Virginia thought her chicken was salty.  The basket of biscuits were OK, but honestly, the far less busy Sugar Cane situated across the hall was much better to us.  Of course, we didn’t order the signature dish…chicken and waffles…but I had already had that meal once and the portion was large enough to share.  Perhaps the large portions or the inviting atmosphere was the draw.

Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant & Lounge (The Bellagio)

Yellowtail is by far the best restaurant I’ve been to in Vegas.  I think this was my fourth or fifth time to come here, and I rarely eat at the same place twice as I like to try new things.  Every thing about it is great!

The service: wonderful!

The sushi: Creative and off the charts good.

The Big Eye Tuna Pizza is the most popular item on the menu and despite the name, just order it!!!!  I ordered two for our table of six, and my guests ordered another one.  The name is a complete misnomer.

Another favorite roll was the Mile High Roll and the most creative roll might have been the one with pop rocks.  There was another roll with short ribs with cole-slaw that was also a treat.

The atmosphere: Amazing…get a table on the patio and watch the fountains.

After dinner and enjoying the fountains, be sure to visit the Bellagio’s atrium to see its exhibit.  It is always wonderful!  I particularly like the Christmas display, though the Thanksgiving display during our trip was quite nice.

Cheffini’s (Downtown Container Park)

We decided to venture to downtown where a new container park has been built with shipping containers.  Along with some interesting art (a locks of love heart and a giant preying mantis), is a variety of stores, restaurants, bars, music stage, and jungle gym park.

We just needed something quick before we headed to the airport so we tried Cheffini’s.  We weren’t in the mood for gourmet hotdogs for which it is known.  Instead we ordered sliders.  They were fair.

These are only a few of the thousands of restaurants in Las Vegas, but it’s a start.  ETB

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Roadtrip to the Rockies: Diamond Lake

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November 4, 2017

Trail(s): Diamond Lake Trail
Location: Fourth of July Road
Fees: Free
Website: http://www.protrails.com/trail/102/indian-peaks-wilderness-area-diamond-lake
Elevation: 10,172-10,940 feet
Distance: 5.3 miles roundtrip

We sure enjoyed a beautiful hike today.  We were originally planning to hike 8.8 miles to Jasper Lake, but we heard much of the lake had been drained for the season, so when we saw Fourth of July Road was still open for the winter, we drove up the dirt road to Diamond Lake Trailhead.  The hike to Diamond Lake was much shorter, 5.3 miles, but with the looming ominous clouds overhead, a shorter hike seemed like a good choice.

The path starts at 10,172 feet, thus ice and snow lighted coated the surrounding area. We carefully trekked across the intermittent icy as a light snow fell upon us.  We soon realized there was not enough tacky snow to cover the slick ice to help with traction, so we strapped on our micro-spikes for easier hiking.  We still took it slowly as not all of us had traction devices, though we were far more prepared than fellow hikers who showed up in shorts and Tevas!

The trail was simply spectacular.  We spent most of our time in the evergreen forest though occasionally it opened up providing a lovely view of snow dusted mountains.  To my surprise, we passed several waterfalls, which of course is one of my favorite features on hikes.  The combined tumbling water, ice-cycles, and snow proved picturesque.  We stopped multiple times to admire the snow-covered creeks and cascades.

We continued through the forest enjoying the surprisingly nice weather despite cloudy skies.  We found the trees served as great protection from the gusting wind that chilled us to the bone once we reached the remarkable scenic lake.  We added layers swiftly, including putting Paul’s extra jacket on Utani.  We snacked quickly as ducked into a patch of trees near the icy lake before we hustled back to the trail for warmth.

The hike back down the trail took almost as long as the climb up as sure footing was sometimes elusive.  Overall, however, the hike was pretty easy as the elevation gain to the lake at 10, 940 feet was minimal.  I really liked this trek.  It was just beautiful!  The trail is supposed to be spectacular in the summer too, so I may have to repeat it, eventhough I’d rather explore new ones.  ETB

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Roadtrip to the Rockies: Crater Lake

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October 28, 2017

Trail:  Crater Lake
Location: East Portal Moffat Tunnel near Rollinsville
Fees: Free
Website: http://www.protrails.com/trail/279/indian-peaks-wilderness-area-crater-lakes
Elevation: 9,200-10,600-7,600 feet
Distance: 6 miles roundtrip

Another Saturday, another hike.  We have been fortunate to enjoy decent weather the last few weekends.  Today Ross and I headed toward the East Portal near Rollinsville (not far from Nederland).  Our original plan was to hike to Clayton Lake, a 5.8 mile trek noted as moderate to strenuous.  I forgot to print out the description of the hike and I couldn’t remember all the details I read.  I knew it was steep but didn’t recall the hike followed an unmarked path for a portion of the trek.

Since no signs directed us toward Clayton Lake, we altered course to hike Crater Lakes.  I had read the description of this hike too and knew it was about the same length, 6 miles to the lower lakes.  I sort of wanted to save this hike for the summer as there is a scramble to the upper lakes which adds two miles that I didn’t want to do in the snow.

Today the weather wasn’t great.  The forecast called for cloudy skies which was an understatement when we started as light (not pretty) snow was falling.  Fortunately, the weathermen got the temperature right, so we enjoyed a warm 40 degrees and shed layers quickly as we made our way through the evergreen forest.

The path at the beginning of the trail was icy.  We decided it rained and promptly froze.  As we continued alongside the creek we glided over a soft layer of fresh snow.  Soon we reached a trail junction where we turned right and followed switchbacks up the mountain.  This was a steep climb that warranted removing another layer!

With the elevation gain came deeper snow, but only a few inches which we easily handled traction devices.  This mile climb felt like it took forever, though I think most of the 1,300 feet we gained from the trailhead to the lake took place during the last mile.

Upon reaching the lake, located at 10,600 feet, we lost the wind protection from the trees and cooled down considerably.  We added hats and gloves quickly and didn’t stay too long to admire the frozen lake and surrounding frozen tundra.  Pine trees, grasses, and the remains of wildflowers were blanketed in a thin layer of ice.

Overall, the hike was very nice.  I’m trying to embrace the winter.  I think as long as the temperature hovers around forty and the wind isn’t bad, I’ll be hiking, spiking, or snowshoeing this winter!  ETB

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Tuscan Towns is Now Available on GPSMyCity with an Offline GPS Guided Map

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October 31, 2017

I’m pleased to announce another blog post is now available on GPSMyCity with an offline GPS guided map!

You may wonder, “What’s the big deal? I can read the travel post on your blog.” Well, yes, assuming you have access to the internet, you can read my article on my blog.

But what if you don’t have access to the internet? Do you really want to use your data? Better yet, what if you are in a different country, and you don’t have a cell service plan for the place you are visiting?

This is where the new travel app concept offered by GPSMyCity is quite useful. GPSMyCity produces city walk apps for over 1,000 cities worldwide. Want to see the sites in Paris? There’s an app for that. Want to try different restaurants in Malaga, Spain? There’s an app for that. You can download each travel article for FREE and read it whenever you like…in the airport, on the plane or street corner, or wherever!

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Should you wish to have a GPS-guided tour and map along with the article, all you have to do is upgrade for $1.99.

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NOW AVAILABLE:

Tuscan Towns

https://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/tuscan-towns-4015.html

DON’T FORGET THE REST OF MY ARTICLES THAT ARE AVAILABLE ON GPSMyCity:

Africa

Casablanca…The White House!
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/casablancathe-white-house-3450.html

El Jadida…A Coastal Town in Morocco
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/el-jadida–a-coastal-town-inmorocco-3505.html

Excellent Time in Essaouira
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/excellent-time-in-essaouira-3415.html

Amazing Medina in Marrakesh, Morocco
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/amazing-medina-in-marrakesh–morocco-3321.html

Maneuvering Marrakesh
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/maneuvering-marrakesh-3405.html

Rambling Around Rabat
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/rambling-around-rabat-3741.html

The Arctic

Longyearbyen and Its Outskirts (Norway)
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/longyearbyen-and-its-outskirts-2604.html

Asia

A Day Tour of Bangkok, Thailand
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/a-day-tour-of-bangkok-340.html

A Walking Tour of Narita, Japan
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/a-walking-tour-of-narita–japan-459.html

Monastery, Museum, and Music in Mongolia
https://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/monastery–museum–and-music-in-mongolia-3844.html

Two and a Half Days in Seoul, South Korea
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/two-and-a-half-day-in-seoul–south-korea-3710.html

Central and South America

18 Hour Layover in Buenos Aires, Argentina
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/18-hour-layover-in-buenos-aires-2599.html

Strolling Around Santiago, Chile
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/strolling-around-santiago–chile-426.html

Tips for Planning your Hiking Trip to Patagonia (Chile and Argentina)
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/tips-for-planning-your-hiking-trip-to-patagonia-2715.html

The Markets and Cathedrals of Granada, Nicaragua
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/the-markets-and-cathedrals-of-granada-337.html

Cuba

An American in Cuba!
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/an-american-in-cuba-3114.html

Cienfuegos and Trinidad, Cuba
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/cienfuegos-and-trinidad–cuba-3146.html

Cuban Farms…How to Roll a Habano!
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/cuban-farmshow-to-roll-ahabano-3122.html

Las Terrazas and Vinales… A Treat for Nature Lovers
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/las-terrazas-and-vinales-a-treat-for-naturelovers-3123.html

Treasures of Trinidad
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/treasures-of-trinidad-3145.html

Trinidad to Havana and What Falls in Between
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/from-trinidad-to-havana-and-what-falls-inbetween-3178.html

The Streets of Habana Vieja and Fusterlandia – Part I
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/the-streets-of-habana-vieja-and-fusterlandia—part-i-3113.html

The Streets of Habana Vieja and Fusterlandia – Part II –
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/the-streets-of-habana-vieja-and-fusterlandia—part-ii-3121.html

Europe

Castles in Copenhagen, Denmark
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/castles-in-copenhagen-326.html

Cycling in Copenhagen, Denmark
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/cycling-in-copenhagen-325.html

Loved Tallinn, Estonia!
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/loved-tallinn–estonia-313.html

Adventures in Paris, France
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/adventures-in-paris-338.html

Adventures in Paris, France Part 2
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/adventures-in-paris-part-2-339.html

The Coastal Trail from Monterosso to Vernazza, Italy
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/the-coastal-trail-from-monterosso-tovernazza-2602.html

Rounding Out Cinque Terre…Riomaggiore and Corniglia, Italy
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/rounding-out-cinque-terreriomaggiore-andcorniglia-2601.html

Oslo, Norway and the Outskirts
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/oslo–norway-and-the-outskirts-2317.html

Cruising Around Gdansk, Poland
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/cruising-around-gdansk–poland-310.html

Imperial St. Petersburg, Russia
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/imperial-st-petersburg-329.html

Sightseeing in Stockholm, Sweden
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/sightseeing-in-stockholm-311.html

The Middle East

Dubai, UAE and Its International Appeal
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/dubai-and-its-international-appeal-327.html

North America

Tour of Tombstone, Arizona
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/tour-of-tombstone-342.html

Denver Brewery Tour, Colorado
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/denver-brewery-tour-2620.html

Two Days in Durango, Colorado
https://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/tuscan-towns-4015.html

Eating Our Way Through New Orleans, Louisiana
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/eating-our-way-through-new-orleans-3660.html

On and Off the Vegas Strip, Nevada
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/on-and-off-the-vegasstrip-2597.html

Adventure in Albuquerque, New Mexico
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/adventure-in-albuquerque-341.html

Exploring the San Antonio Missions, Texas
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/exploring-the-san-antonio-missions-2605.html

A Long Weekend in Washington, D.C.
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/a-long-weekend-in-washington-dc-3572.html

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A Day in Montepulciano, Italy is Now Available on GPSMyCity with an Offline GPS Guided Map

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October 30, 2017

I’m pleased to announce another blog post is now available on GPSMyCity with an offline GPS guided map!

You may wonder, “What’s the big deal? I can read the travel post on your blog.” Well, yes, assuming you have access to the internet, you can read my article on my blog.

But what if you don’t have access to the internet? Do you really want to use your data? Better yet, what if you are in a different country, and you don’t have a cell service plan for the place you are visiting?

This is where the new travel app concept offered by GPSMyCity is quite useful. GPSMyCity produces city walk apps for over 1,000 cities worldwide. Want to see the sites in Paris? There’s an app for that. Want to try different restaurants in Malaga, Spain? There’s an app for that. You can download each travel article for FREE and read it whenever you like…in the airport, on the plane or street corner, or wherever!

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Should you wish to have a GPS-guided tour and map along with the article, all you have to do is upgrade for $1.99.

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NOW AVAILABLE:

A Day in Montepulciano, Italy

https://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/a-day-in-montepulciano–italy-4017.html

DON’T FORGET THE REST OF MY ARTICLES THAT ARE AVAILABLE ON GPSMyCity:

Africa

Casablanca…The White House!
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/casablancathe-white-house-3450.html

El Jadida…A Coastal Town in Morocco
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/el-jadida–a-coastal-town-inmorocco-3505.html

Excellent Time in Essaouira
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/excellent-time-in-essaouira-3415.html

Amazing Medina in Marrakesh, Morocco
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/amazing-medina-in-marrakesh–morocco-3321.html

Maneuvering Marrakesh
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/maneuvering-marrakesh-3405.html

Rambling Around Rabat
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/rambling-around-rabat-3741.html

The Arctic

Longyearbyen and Its Outskirts (Norway)
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/longyearbyen-and-its-outskirts-2604.html

Asia

A Day Tour of Bangkok, Thailand
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/a-day-tour-of-bangkok-340.html

A Walking Tour of Narita, Japan
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/a-walking-tour-of-narita–japan-459.html

Monastery, Museum, and Music in Mongolia
https://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/monastery–museum–and-music-in-mongolia-3844.html

Two and a Half Days in Seoul, South Korea
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/two-and-a-half-day-in-seoul–south-korea-3710.html

Central and South America

18 Hour Layover in Buenos Aires, Argentina
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/18-hour-layover-in-buenos-aires-2599.html

Strolling Around Santiago, Chile
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/strolling-around-santiago–chile-426.html

Tips for Planning your Hiking Trip to Patagonia (Chile and Argentina)
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/tips-for-planning-your-hiking-trip-to-patagonia-2715.html

The Markets and Cathedrals of Granada, Nicaragua
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/the-markets-and-cathedrals-of-granada-337.html

Cuba

An American in Cuba!
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/an-american-in-cuba-3114.html

Cienfuegos and Trinidad, Cuba
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/cienfuegos-and-trinidad–cuba-3146.html

Cuban Farms…How to Roll a Habano!
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/cuban-farmshow-to-roll-ahabano-3122.html

Las Terrazas and Vinales… A Treat for Nature Lovers
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/las-terrazas-and-vinales-a-treat-for-naturelovers-3123.html

Treasures of Trinidad
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/treasures-of-trinidad-3145.html

Trinidad to Havana and What Falls in Between
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/from-trinidad-to-havana-and-what-falls-inbetween-3178.html

The Streets of Habana Vieja and Fusterlandia – Part I
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/the-streets-of-habana-vieja-and-fusterlandia—part-i-3113.html

The Streets of Habana Vieja and Fusterlandia – Part II –
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/the-streets-of-habana-vieja-and-fusterlandia—part-ii-3121.html

Europe

Castles in Copenhagen, Denmark
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/castles-in-copenhagen-326.html

Cycling in Copenhagen, Denmark
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/cycling-in-copenhagen-325.html

Loved Tallinn, Estonia!
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/loved-tallinn–estonia-313.html

Adventures in Paris, France
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/adventures-in-paris-338.html

Adventures in Paris, France Part 2
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/adventures-in-paris-part-2-339.html

The Coastal Trail from Monterosso to Vernazza, Italy
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/the-coastal-trail-from-monterosso-tovernazza-2602.html

Rounding Out Cinque Terre…Riomaggiore and Corniglia, Italy
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/rounding-out-cinque-terreriomaggiore-andcorniglia-2601.html

Three Days in Sorrento, Italy
https://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/three-days-in-sorrento–italy-4016.html

Tuscan Towns
https://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/tuscan-towns-4015.html

Oslo, Norway and the Outskirts
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/oslo–norway-and-the-outskirts-2317.html

Cruising Around Gdansk, Poland
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/cruising-around-gdansk–poland-310.html

Imperial St. Petersburg, Russia
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/imperial-st-petersburg-329.html

Sightseeing in Stockholm, Sweden
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/sightseeing-in-stockholm-311.html

The Middle East

Dubai, UAE and Its International Appeal
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/dubai-and-its-international-appeal-327.html

North America

Tour of Tombstone, Arizona
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/tour-of-tombstone-342.html

Denver Brewery Tour, Colorado
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/denver-brewery-tour-2620.html

Two Days in Durango, Colorado
https://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/tuscan-towns-4015.html

Eating Our Way Through New Orleans, Louisiana
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/eating-our-way-through-new-orleans-3660.html

On and Off the Vegas Strip, Nevada
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/on-and-off-the-vegasstrip-2597.html

Adventure in Albuquerque, New Mexico
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/adventure-in-albuquerque-341.html

Exploring the San Antonio Missions, Texas
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/exploring-the-san-antonio-missions-2605.html

A Long Weekend in Washington, D.C.
http://www.gpsmycity.com/tours/a-long-weekend-in-washington-dc-3572.html

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