Travel Destinations and Memories !!!

I unfortunately do not have any pictures to post from my recent trip to Fairbanks, AK. I forgot to pack my camera. I also did not get to see the Northern Lights. I was not aware they would show up earlier than normal this year and end up being the best display most residents had ever seen. I had even put seeing them on my bucket list a couple weeks before I went.

Some of the highlights from this trip...and there aren't many cause it was a business trip, not a sightseeing trip.

Actually the view from the plane as we descended in to Seattle-Tacoma airport. Snowy mountain peaks on one side, rocky river gorges on the other, very beautiful.

I believe I saw Mt. McKinley from the air on the return trip out of Alaska. This is not the best vantage point for viewing something like an insanely high mountain peak. It was around the right distance from Fairbanks to be the Denali range, I figured it was quite high if it had so much snow on it in August, and I think I could discern the highest portion of it. Must have been McKinley.

I also had a McKinley Mac while there. And Broccoflower. Never had that at home. And I tried a few Alaska brewery beers which were good.

I stayed at Sophie Station which is adorable and I'd recommend it to anyone visiting. It was close to everything.

I went at a great time, the weather was absolutely perfect, sunny and 70 degrees. Flowers everywhere, everything very green.

If I go again in the future I'd like to do more touristy things, see wildlife, see Denali up close, see the Northern Lights, bring lots of pictures home with me. I didn't even get any kitschy souvenirs aside from some postcards.
WW, that all sounds fabulous! I'd like to see Alaska someday, too!

I am glad that you had a great trip up there! :cheers:
 

Spitfire

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Picacho Peak 40 miles north of Tucson. Most prominent landmark driving on I-10 between Tucson and Phoenix. The only Civil War skirmish in Arizona occured here. Stopped to photograph it on my return from Phoenix where I attended a dance.

 

pygmalion

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I was going to start a "what I love about my hometown" 'thread, but this is a close enough match. What I am trying to get at is, of all the places you've been, which would you recommend someone else visit? Could be your hometown. Could be someplace completely different.

In DFW, I recommend South Fork Ranch, especially if you're a fan of the TV show, Dallas. The visit is enlightening, to say the least.




 

pygmalion

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Also in DFW, the Dallas Arboretum is stunning, any time of year. I love it in autumn, though. They do some really fun things for kids around harvest/Halloween.






 

pygmalion

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In the greater Orlando area, I recommend taking a day off from Mickey Mouse to see the real Florida. Blue Spring State Park (about a 45 minute drive north of Orlando) is so worth the drive, especially in the winter, when you can see the manatees, who come in to bask in the hot spring, when water everywhere else is cold. (Blue Spring stays at a constant 70-something degrees, year-round.) Manatees are a sight to see, up close. :-D


 

pygmalion

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Philadelphia: Gotta try the Flower Show, at least once. Oh my goodness. So much beauty. It can be overwhelming and a bit hard on the feet. Lots of walking. But still.


 

pygmalion

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Back in Dallas. The State Fair of Texas is not to be missed. It's surprisingly expensive, all things considered, but where else are you going to find pig races, the World's tallest cowboy, a mind-boggling retro candy store in a tent, fried anything you can name and unlimited Frito Chili Pie, all in one place?




 

pygmalion

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Oooh! I forgot about Longwood Gardens, an astonishingly beautiful botanical garden about an hour outside of Philly. It's in Kennett Square, which is right over the state line from Delaware. It's incredibly beautiful any time of year, but I like November - January best. That's when the Christmas light display is out. Wow.



 

Spitfire

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Went with two friends to the old mining town of Bisbee, Arizona yesterday...



Old vacant brick structure; being renovated.



Brewery, also undergoing renovation and back open for business.
 

pygmalion

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Oh my gosh! Here's another place to check out, if you ever get the chance. I think it's officially listed as Tucson, AZ, but it's a little drive out of town, IIRC. Saguaro National Park. The cacti are amazing, and it's a nice little hike, if you like to hike.





 

Spitfire

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Oh my gosh! Here's another place to check out, if you ever get the chance. I think it's officially listed as Tucson, AZ, but it's a little drive out of town, IIRC. Saguaro National Park. The cacti are amazing, and it's a nice little hike, if you like to hike.





There's two of these here; west and east. I'm not far from the east section. One of the best areas of preserved Sonoran Desert and many hiking trails.
 
Oooh! I forgot about Longwood Gardens, an astonishingly beautiful botanical garden about an hour outside of Philly. It's in Kennett Square, which is right over the state line from Delaware. It's incredibly beautiful any time of year, but I like November - January best. That's when the Christmas light display is out. Wow.


Beautiful! We used to visit Longwood Gardens every September as a family.
 

pygmalion

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It's beautiful, isn't it? :-D

Another thing I love that's pretty cheap but not to miss ... the Chesapeake Bay Bridge/Tunnel. Oh my goodness. I know that people who live in MD might not be impressed, but I'll tell you what. This thing is scary, fun. awesome. And there are places where you can stop and take pictures.






 

pygmalion

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Another thing not to be missed. Museo Nacional del Prado. If you're ever in Madrid, check out this museum. It is incredible. There is so much here that it's hard to explain. Definitely worth a day of your time. You'll see pieces of art that you've heard of, even if you're not an art buff (which I am not.) It's musky and old and beautiful.

 

pygmalion

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While you' re in Madrid anyway, check out El Corte Ingles, a huge department store that's like every department store you've ever seen in a big US city ...but not. :wink: Overpriced by American standards, but definitely worth a look see.






 

pygmalion

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When you're done with the Prado (which closes early -- 6:00?) and El Corte Ingles (Which closes later -- 9:00?) head to a tapas bar for the night.


Very cool. Appetizers and (small portions of) wine or liqueur with friends, until midnight or later.



 

pygmalion

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Here's another place to visit, if you can. The Anne Frank house. Honestly, it's crowded and boring, but when you go upstairs, you can feel the ghosts. It's SO worth going, to be reminded and humbled by what people went through not long ago.

On the outside, it's just a house. On the inside, it's a museum downstairs and I can't describe upstairs. See it for yourself.



 

pygmalion

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Along the same lines, this is a priceless experience of mine. Elmina slave castle, on the coast of Ghana. Oh my goodness. This place brought me to my knees.





Here's the *euphemistically titled* holding cell (dungeon) which has been cleaned up more than I can say since I went. When I was there, it was dark and dank and had a single light bulb swinging from the ceiling.





And here's the door of no return, where slaves walked from the dungeon onto the slave ships. The women who were pregnant (because of rape by their captors) were turned away and allowed to stay. That is why the Ewe people who live near this coast look more American than African. Many of them are mixed.




An excruciating but worthwhile visit. My own pictures of this place are in storage somewhere. I'll post them if I can find them. (I think it's this castle. I visited a few that day.) I have a picture of the crypt of one of the European guys who was in command of this fort. He died from malaria (which I had when I visited this castle.) The native tour guides found his death from malaria ironic. He caused so much suffering and died from a disease that natives largely find insignificant. They think it's a God thing. Not sure I disagree.
 

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