June 1, 2016

Need Inspiration To Travel This Summer?

As summer begins, many of us have our thoughts turn to travel. A post a few weeks ago about finding great travel deals, many at the last moment, produced some great comments. As you read this Betty and I are on an Alaskan Cruise, opening our eyes to a stunning part of America that we had not experienced before.

As you look at your calendar and think about where you would like to explore when you hit the road, I thought I'd give you some visual inspiration. Here is a random collection of pictures taken on several of our RV trips


Seven Falls State Park, OR.

On way to Kanab, UT from Arizona

Zion National Park


Near Kihei, Maui 


Idaho

Maui

Fool's Hollow State Park, AZ

Outside Fredericksburg, TX


Oregon Coast

Near Grand Tetons



Red Rocks, Colorado


Grand  Tetons National Park

Captain Cook, Big Island of Hawaii

Near Mt. Hood, OR

Oregon Coast


Park in Spokane, WA


Grand Canyon

Idaho


Cannon Beach, OR


Dead Horse Ranch State Park, AZ


Maui

Find your corner of paradise and go!


30 comments:

  1. Gorgeous pics - thanks for posting

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  2. Okay, I'm inspired! We will travel, but B and I have never gone on a cruise. We have friends who try to get us to go, and we've debated long and hard about it; but in the end there's just nothing about being trapped on a boat with too much food that appeals to us.

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    1. Tom, most cruise ships are like floating cities. It would be hard to feel trapped, I think. We've been on several and one of the best parts is visiting different cities and only having to unpack once. Maybe if you start with a 3-4 day Caribbean cruise it would give you a taste. Just a thought.
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    2. I agree with Tom totally. Too much food...my DH and I have problem with all you can eat buffet...cruise is not for us. Plus the tips

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    3. It's beautiful, although I'm also with tom, and not about the trapped feeling. I know Alaska is mainly about the scenery and beauty but when it comes to getting off, there is almost no place I could think of that is not deserving of more than a half day tour, and that includes almost all of the caribe an islands.

      My sister and brother in law cruise though, and they love it.

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    4. Ken and I have enjoyed many cruises.I actually eat pretty healthy on cruises..the buffet has great salads and carving stations of lean ham,turkey,etc.. I eat a dessert every night but that's about it for over indulging. There is SO MUCH TO DO on a cruise.. all the different ports offer tons of fun, and like Barb says, you only unpack once.Then on the boat there are shows, pools, line dancing, trivia, small lounges to enjoy music,dancing or just relaxing and meeting new friends..Highly recommend trying it just once,Tom!

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    5. Being at sea for a few days would wear on me. Stopping at ports of call is usually the highlight of the cruise experience. So, I agree with several of the above comments. There is too much to do to feel trapped.

      Food? Eat what you want, when you want, and then stop. It is possible to eat a dozen times a day, but you are in control. That said, I will have 5 pounds to lose when I get home.

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    6. You might look into a River Cruise. Not as much food and the boat isn't really the entertainment, the ports are. Just a thought.

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  3. Amazing pictures! Would love to know where each is taken. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. When I get home I will add captions to each to identify the location. Good suggestion.

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    2. Would love to see the locations also when you have time! Thanks they are beautiful!

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  4. These photos should be in a coffee table book! Gorgeous!
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    1. Agreed. Shutterfly keeps offering!

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    2. After our Mediterranean cruise I made a beautiful coffee table book with Mypublisher.com. One for us and a copy for our friends who traveled with us. It is my favorite 'sourvenir'! It's easy and inexpensive. Try it!
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  5. Thanks for sharing these photos Bob. One is of Cannon Beach where I've contemplated renting a beach house to get away from the Arizona summers. I won't be going anywhere this summer but will be embarking upon a 2-week European river cruise in October.

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    1. I want to take a European river cruise. They look fabulous.

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  6. I think I need a picture taking class.

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    1. Betty shoots thousands of pictures and figures out what settings work best in different situations. She has not taken a class. So, maybe just shoot a lot, Barbara, and skip the class!

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  7. My husband and I will be leaving on a 7 day cruise to Bermuda on Sunday. We have been on several cruises, including a 36 day trip from San Diego to Hawaii and French Polynesia, a 14 day Transatlantic crossing and a 12 day Mediterranean cruise. Since we live in Florida, we have been on numerous Caribbean cruises lasting from 4 to 7 nights. Obviously, it is one of our favorite ways to see the world - stress free and hassle free. Cruise ships have so many dinning options today,that you don't ever have to visit the buffet (unless that's your thing.) I have been on ships of all sizes and never felt "trapped," or bored. To anyone who is resistant, do yourself a huge favor and give it a try. What could be bad about waking up to your morning coffee served by your cabin steward, having activities, or leisure time all day long, and seeing a show and sitting down to a beautifully prepared meal in the evening. Add a few shore excursions to that list and I'd say it's pretty darn perfect!

    I agree with Barbara that these photos should be in a coffee table book. Simply beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration - none needed, but always welcome!

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    1. You are a cruise expert! 24 hour room service at no extra cost is very nice.

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  8. Your Betty is an artist with a wonderful touch. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thanks for your compliment. I agree!

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  9. Happy sails to you both! Can't wait to see Alaska through your eyes and Betty's lens when you return. It's such an amazing, beautiful place, I look forward to hearing how it impacts you both.

    Having just returned from our own overseas adventuring, we are feeling newly invigorated about life in general, which seems to go hand-in-hand with leaving our comfort zone. And why we can't ever seem to get enough- it's stressful at times dealing with new surroundings and cultures, but it's also so darn exciting we can't imagine not having traveling as an integral part of our retirement.

    After 20 hours of flying yesterday however, it's possible first class is in our future . . . the farther we go, the more the idea of reclining fully and getting a real night's sleep inflight holds appeal.

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    1. Just the 3 hour flight from Phoenix to Seattle was miserable. I literally had no place for my legs that wasn't up against the seat back in front of me. American must have the smallest patch in the business. There is no way I could manage a flight to Europe or New Zealand in coach.

      The last 2 times to Europe we did fly Business. It was quite nice.

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  10. I would love to know where some of those waterfalls are,Bob! I do recognize some Oregon coastal photos in there..Ken and I will be doing a road trip to Southern Oregon before summer is over... our Gateway airport flies right into Medford!!

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    1. The first waterfall was at Seven Falls State Park, about an hour south of Portland. The other two were nearly Sister, Oregon, not far from Bend.

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