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April 2012
Compulsive Traveler

Explore Lake Charles and SW Louisiana

Designated as one of the All-American Roads and National Byways the 180-mile trail offers wildlife refuges, marshlands, and beaches perfect for alligator and bird spotting. It is considered one of America’s Last Great Wildernesses.


Journey to the Bottom of the Sea: A ‘Titanic’ Adventure

The Titanic included a number of amenities never seen before on a ship, including a swimming pool, Turkish baths (saunas), squash courts and a gymnasium, in addition to the library, barbershop and smoking rooms.


Worried about Airline Screening? Here’s Help for Travelers with Disabilities

Ask TSA officers what to expect in the screening process based on your individual situation. Just keep in mind that all items must be screened, including wheelchairs, crutches, canes, cushions, and medications, etc.

July 2012

The Coast of County Clare, Ireland

A hike in the Burren is an opportunity to peer over cliffs that drop into the ocean; view Mediterranean, arctic and alpine plants; and walk along miles of stone walls rising from the grasslands -- which makes it as diverse a landscape found anywhere in Europe.

Roaming America on the Cheap

Harley Guy and the Swamp

We'd been roaming around the area a bit ourselves, since the Great Dismal Swamp includes more than 111,000 acres of wetlands and forests, with the 3,100-acre Lake Drummond at its center. The Swamp's wildlife refuge in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina is home to more than 200 year-round birds.

Compulsive Traveler

Dazzling Shanghai

Shanghai is home to China’s largest stock exchange, the world’s first commercial magnetic levitation train, more than 3000 skyscrapers (more than New York) with 2000 more in the works.

Food Ventures

Ohio – Famous for Presidents and Johnny Appleseed

Besides presidents, Ohio is famous for Johnny Appleseed (nee John Chapman), an itinerant farmer who introduced apple trees to Ohio.

June 2012
Compulsive Traveler

There Is a Lot to Do in Niagara County, New York

Old Fort Niagara: Located at the critical juncture where the Niagara River flows into Lake Ontario, the fort was part of the struggle between France, Great Britain and the United States for control of the Great Lakes.

Roaming America on the Cheap

Gateway to Surprises

Since a good portion of Gateway's surrounding area is managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), it offers a wealth of off-the-beaten-path camping sites. We passed RV campers along the road parked in spots along the Dolores (noted for its river rafting) and San Miguel rivers, and also down red and orange dirt side roads, also near rivers with rafters and kayakers.


Birdwatching along the South Texas Border

One recent development in the area is the World Birding Center, a unique idea which involved creating a string of nine birdwatching sites, which encompass 10,000 acres along 120 miles of the border. Each site interprets a different ecological habitat.

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