TRAVEL

WORLD TRAVEL
What If You Get Sick-Travel Preparedness Here is a problem that I have never talked about: How to be prepared when you are on the road and get a cold or worse yet the flu? Yikes! Now this does happen boys and girls. As optimistic as I am you would think I would just not worry about this but I do. It can be a big problem. While I don't have all the answers I do have a few steps you should take before you board a plane, set out on the road in a car or a motor home. Read more...
Sapa, Vietnam...15 minutes from Vietnam-Chinese Border.

Frugal Travel....Vietnam might be the place! In my world the Far East (excluding China) is by far the best buy for the frugal traveler right now. We just returned from a trip to China and Vietnam. We visited Sapa, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and the island of Phú Quốc in Viet Nam and Shanghai in China. If I were looking for the most frugal of all adventures, Vietnam would be my choice right now...that is what I know so indulge me. Read more...

Saying Goodbye to China! ....I love China and all it has to offer. I love the juxtaposition of old with the new. They are in so many ways ahead of the United States and centuries behind at the same time. The lack of freedom to communicate with the outside world for most Chinese is screaming to be remedied while their ability to construct freeways, buildings and in fact whole communities of people is amazing. Read more...

Life in Shanghai...I wish I had a paper map! 2012 Here is just a thought...why don't I have a paper map of Shanghai, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City? Really, I know I am a technology geek and like to to get my gadgets out but this is just silly. Read more...

Lonely Planet list of Unsung Places....my thoughts! ....I saw an article on the Lonely Planet website this last week. The article was about 10 unsung out of the way places that people are missing when they travel. Jerez de la Frontera was number nine on the list. 


CENTRAL OREGON VACATION...AT THE CENTER OF THE STORM!
This picture was snapped with my iphone. It is an image of Mt. Hood (called Mountain Hood by grandchildren), Oregon as we traveled down the beautiful road that lies at it's foot. Read more...

PORTLAND OREGON VACATION...STAY IN THE SUBURBS
I have a wonderful suggestion for you if you are heading to Portland, Oregon. Go out to one of the suburbs and stay in a bed and breakfast or hotel near the Max line.   Read more...

SHANGHAI, CHINA  THINGS WE LOVED  Some of the best restaurants can be found in the French Concession. Just wander up and down the street and choose what looks good. You will not be disappointed. I can personally recommend Azul. Read more...

US TRAVEL

OREGON TO ARIZONA ITINERARY...GOING THE LONG WAY!
We will travel east from Portland along 1-84 across Oregon with a stop in Ontario. On day 2 we will continue I-84 to Twin Falls, ID and on south on Utah HWY 79 to Eden near Ogden. On day 3 we will go east again to Cheyenne, Wyoming. Day 4 will find us at our midway point in the trip, Estes Park, CO. Read more...

ARIZONA TO OREGON WICKENBURG, ST. GEORGE SHOPPING  Do you score some good stuff when you travel? Do you just drop into a shop that looks cool from the outside and do some aisle surfing? Do you look for great bargains or are you the kind of person that is will to spend a fortune for a memory piece of art? Read more...

ST. GEORGE, UT  HOW TO CHOOSE A MOTEL  But choosing a motel is quite another thing. Clean, handy, non-smoking are our requirements. We don't care about the pool or even the breakfast in the morning. We do care about stains on the carpet, a bed spread that is stained and a bathroom that leaves us feeling a little wozzy!  Read more...

OREGON TO ARIZONA INFORMATION ON STOPS AND TRAVEL IN THE FALL
 If you are just beginning to travel or have done very little, I am suggesting that you do a humor check...the attitude has to be right or you will NOT have fun! Read more...

OREGON WINERIES AND MORE
Stag Hollow Vista

This part of the world is very, very green. The views from a high point in the valley will take your breath away. Verdant fields, blooming clover and grape vines line every road. The wine tasting tours are only surpassed by what you might find in the Sonoma/Napa Valley area in California...and then not by much.  Read more...


RV TRAVEL...WHEN THE SLIDE OUT SLIDES OUT ON THE FREEWAY!  When the slide out slides out on I-5 in the Siskiyous Mountains of southern Oregon, you need to know what is wrong! We didn't so I just kept getting up and sliding it back in...all the way to Portland.  Read more...

EXPATS PURCHASING MOTOR HOMES
My friend has a motor home parked next to her now.  The owners are from Austria.  They have come to the United States to travel so they purchased a second hand motor home and a new car to tow behind it.  They will stay for two weeks, travel in the western United States and then return to the park to store their RV.  They have Arizona license plates and a Tucson, AZ address.  Friends in town are helping them. Read more....

HOOVER DAM BY PASS INFORMATION AND PICTURES
Last May I posted about traveling over Hoover Dam (follow this link too) on our way home from Arizona. I also posted several pictures of the area and of the Hoover Dam bypass bridge that is being constructed.
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SNOW BIRDS TRAVELING AND LIVING WITH PETS  
Do RV resorts allow pets?  And if they do what will be the restriction?  These are very valid questions and ones that you need to ask before you park your RV, buy or rent a park model.  RV resort are much like motels when it comes to our pets.   In our RV resort there are two locations that pets are allowed.  At the back of the park there is a block of lots that are designated for pets called "Doggy Row".  Read more...

PATTERNS SNOW BIRDS FOLLOW
A friend that lives in Florida wrote me a note on my Face Book account today.  His comment was that people come to Florida for two or three month and repeat this pattern for a couple of years.  In the end they usually buy a park model or condo and come back to the same place every year.  Read more...

LIVING SMALL IN A PARK MODEL 
Apartment Therapy...got the cramps?  You heard me right!  At both ends of our lives we seem to live in cramped spaces.  When we are starting out, we live in a space that barely lets you change you mind let alone rearrange the furniture.  I am one of those people at the other end of that life...the retired, downsized mature person living in small spaces once again.  And you know what....I LOVE IT!!!  I rearrange my furniture and change my mind...I  have less of both at this time in my life.  Read more....


2008 POST...EVOLUTION OF SNOW BIRD LIVING
October, 2008


I am in the desert...back in the Waiting Room for Heaven. We are early this years so we are waiting patiently for the rest of the people to arrive. Some will be along soon, some are not well enough to come and some are already here. We love the serenity of this place. We are never lonely, we are never wanting for things to do and our friends are so close that we can just walk across the street to visit.  Read more...

RV TRAVEL...TUCSON SHORT STAY
After traveling up and down the Interstate I-5/I-10 corridors for 10+ years I have learned a thing of two. So let me share a few ideas with you...over the next few days.  Read more...

THOUGHTS ON WANDERING
What is that thing called wanderlust?  My grandmother was born on the cusp of a new century riding in a carriage drawn by horses.  Her home was a canyon that held mines and brothels.  The railroad was the one built by her father.  Even though she never traveled to far away places, she lived with her hat hung close to the front door.  If she heard the word "go" she would always be ready before the driver could find his coat.  Read more...

HOW TO CHANGE A FLIGHT RESERVATION...ESPECIALLY IN AN EMERGENCY
My new grandson was born by c-section on Saturday and developed breathing problems. His condition worsened rapidly and he was moved to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.... READ MORE.... 

MIGRATION OF THE SNOW BIRDS...I'M DREAMING ABOUT A VACATION ON THE WAY TO A VACATION.

The Snow Birds (retired boomers) are beginning to be restless.  A few fly south early, wanting to get in that extra bit of sun.  Many have been stuck in the snow in early October and learned the lessons taught by Mother Nature.  The cautious travelers along with those that love the second home as much as the first leave early. Migration and talk of migration fills the hearts and minds of America's retired population.  read more....

HOW TO CHOOSE A RV PARK?  10 IDEAS
I saw an article yesterday talking about how a person can regret their choice of apartments. No electrical outlets, noisy streets, dark rooms and shrinking space that become more apparent after moving in can send renters over the edge.  Renters remorse sets in but a lease has been signed so the tenant is stuck.  Finding the right resort to spend the winter in can be just as hard. I have some ideas that will help you narrow down that long list of "perfect" snowbird locations. Read more....

JUST BECAUSE...beautiful photos of the Willamette Valley  Read more....

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