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Memorable Travel Moments: Hiking to Tolmie Peak Lookout, Mount Rainier, Washington (1990)

My college roommate got married in Seattle in 1990. Having significantly less time off than her new spouse, her new spouse was charged with entertaining me, his sister, and her friend. Since he was a serious hiker (the kind who goes out every weekend and tackles a different mountain trail and never brings a camera because the scenery isn’t the point), he decided to take us on one his favorite hikes on Mount Rainier.

Keep in mind that I only hike for the photo ops and his sister and friend – visiting from England – very likely spend most of their time hiking around the local shops at home. They certainly weren’t used to hiking up a mountainside, especially at 5000 feet. (Neither was I.) But he insisted and soon we were on the Tolmie Peak Lookout/Eunice Lake Trail.

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The Dream List: The Terracotta Warriors of Xi'an, China

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Photo Thursday: Contrasting Travel Ideals on Display in Paris

I was struck by the contrast between the Eifel Tower and the rugged outdoors scene plastered along the tower in the foreground. (The poster was an ad for travel to Australia.) It was an unexpected juxtaposition of two very different visions of travel, perhaps made more obvious here, in a city that is the focus of many a traveler’s dreams.

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Memorable Travel Moments: Night in the Tsodilo Hills

The Dream List: Petra, Jordan

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Driving Around Mahé, Seychelles

The Seychelles is the scariest place we have driven. (The road around the far end of Viti Levu in Fiji is another contender for this title, but it was under construction at the time and we were driving it in torrential rain in a vehicle that died at unpredictable intervals, so it seems unfair to confer the title of scariest road on it given those additional factors.) The main roads on Mahé have good solid pavement, so there is no need to watch for potholes. Nor are the drivers as aggressive as others we’ve come across.

For whatever reason, the car rental agent directed us to our hotel via what turned out to be the long way – totally in the wrong direction, on a road that eventually came to a dead end. While this was quite confusing and resulted in a long delay in actually getting to our hotel, it did provide us with a good tour of the island. Thankfully, a friend navigated while Lane drove, eliminating arguments over directions and allowing me to gawk at the scenery and take pictur…

Memorable Travel Moments: The Nile from My Deck, Cairo, Egypt, 2007

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The Dream List: Longing for Laos

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Photo Thursday: Last Glance at the Seychelles

my last views of the island, as seen from the garden outside my hotel room.

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Memorable Travel Moments: Three Kings and More in Quito, Ecuador, 2006

The Feast of Epiphany – Three Kings’ Day – passed this weekend. This an important celebration in many Catholic countries in Central and South America. This is especially true in Ecuador, where the celebration of the arrival of the three kings also serves as an opportunity to reenact traditional Ecuadorian folk themes, many of which originated long-ago to mock Spanish colonialism. Rather than a religious event, the celebration of the arrival of the three kings became one part of a larger celebration of culture.

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The Dream List: The Florida Keys

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