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The Ultimate Bucket List: The 8 Best Travel Tours in the World

Do you want to take a trip to a foreign country? If you never have, you should! Traveling abroad helps enhance your views and knowledge of the world. You’ll see amazing sights, meet amazing people, and overall have an unforgettable experience. But here’s the issue when traveling abroad – you’re a long way from home. Things are done differently in foreign countries. From social customs to attire to paying for goods and services, you’ll experience some bumps along the traveling road. That’s why a ...
Tags: Travel, Sponsored, Mountains, China, Africa, Nepal, Morocco, Antarctica, Burma, Peru, Myanmar, South America, Vietnam, Madagascar, Machu Picchu, Hanoi


Weatherwatch: how mountain winds bring warm winter weather

A prolonged Föhn effect can result in abnormally high temperaturesThe Föhn effect is characterised by dry and warm winds on the downwind side of high ground. The main warming mechanism originates from the fact that the cooling rate of moisture-laden air as it is forced to ascend over a mountain is lower than the warming rate of drier air as it descends the downslope side. Once the moisture is condensed out of the air into clouds over the mountain itself, it warms up descending the lee side – oft...
Tags: Weather, Mountains, Winter, UK News


Peter’s Favorite Fan Photo of the Week–December 20, 2018

Read the full article on PeterGreenberg.com at - Peter’s Favorite Fan Photo of the Week–December 20, 2018 Congrats to Paul, who is this week’s winner of the PeterGreenberg.com travel photo contest! Now that the winter season is here, this snowy photo–from Winter Park, Colorado–gave us the chills.      Each... Read More... The post Peter’s Favorite Fan Photo of the Week–December 20, 2018 appeared first on Peter Greenberg Travel Detective.
Tags: Travel, Mountains, Colorado, Snow, Travel Photography, Sunset, Photo Contest, Featured Posts, Peter, PAUL, PeterGreenberg, Peter Greenberg, Winter Park, Winter Park Colorado, Fan Photo


Country diary: a simple but fascinating church

Llangadwaladr, Powys: There’s a north-south-orientated avenue of ancient yews, and a curious wrought-iron gate – the latter not, I think, very old, and perhaps made in BrymboIt’s quiet country between Dyffryn Tanat and the Berwyn. I often gravitate here. In the valley beneath Gyrn Moelfre lies St Cadwaladr’s, the little church of Llangadwaladr, equidistant between two bronze-age tumuli, the circular churchyard indicative of its origin as a Celtic Christian clas (an early religious community in w...
Tags: Mountains, Wales, Environment, Religion, Conservation, Christianity, Berwyn, Llangollen, Dolgellau, Dyffryn Tanat, Gyrn Moelfre, St Cadwaladr, Nannau


Winter SOTA on Devils Head (W0C/FR-051)

One of our favorite summit hikes along the front range of Colorado is Devils Head lookout tower (W0C/FR-051). This hike is about 1.5 miles one way with 900 feet of vertical gain. See my summer trip report from July 2012 for more information on the hike. This year we activated the summit in winter. The sign at the bottom of the steps leading to the fire lookout. One problem with this trail is that it has become extremely popular in the summer months. The actual summit and lookout tower is no...
Tags: Mountains, Colorado, Radio, Bob, Denver, Colorado Springs, Joyce, Sedalia, Ham Radio, SOTA, Bob K0NR, Air SOTA, Joyce K0JJW, Brad WA6MM, Paul W0RW, VHF/UHF


Gorgeous, energy-efficient retreat rests among Utah's mountains

Danish interior designer Mette Axboe spent months searching for the perfect U.S. location for a family retreat, but the hunt came to an abrupt end once she set sights on an expansive lot of 10 pristine acres overlooking Utah’s picturesque Park City. The mountain range in the background inspired the stunning design, which was conceived as a “looking box” to enjoy the scenery from any point in the home. Axboe worked with architect Chris Price and his firm Park City Design + Build to develop the ...
Tags: Utah, Mountains, Design, Architecture, Gallery, Energy Efficiency, Passive Haus, Park City, Interior Design, Chris, Carousel Showcase, Natural Light, Retreat, Chris Price, Renan Ozturk, Cedar Homes


SOTA Activation in Switzerland (HB/SG-049)

The summit of Selun (HB/SG-049), left of center, viewed from the trail. Joyce/K0JJW and I were planning a trip that included some time in Europe. It turned out that our airline route would connect through Zurich. Rather than spend a few hours in an airport, we decided to spend a day or two in Switzerland. Somehow the discussion turned to Summits On The Air (SOTA) and whether we should do an activation in Switzerland.  Slowly, a plan developed to do a “check the box” activation on a local summi...
Tags: Europe, Mountains, Colorado, Germany, US, Radio, Austria, Switzerland, Nice, Bob, Cw, Zurich, PAUL, Deutsch, Joyce, Ham Radio


BEST THINGS ABOUT BANFF

Deep in the Canadian Rockies is the mountain town of Banff – named after the Scottish birthplace of George Stephen, the President of Canadian Pacific Railway. As well as a short transfer of just 90 minutes, with larger-than-life scenery along the iconic Icefields Parkway, there are plenty of reasons why you can’t beat a winter holiday to Banff. Here are a few of our favourites… Unbeatable skiing 8,000 acres of feather-light, dry powder cover the three huge mountains that make up Banff’s ski ar...
Tags: Food, Mountains, Activities, Inspiration, Sport, Canada, Wildlife, Skiing, Pacific, Moose, British Columbia, Alberta, Ice Skating, St James, Banff, Rockies


The 3 Best Spiritual Retreats for Anyone to Go On

Sometimes, the best getaway is the one that helps you go within. Here are 3 spiritual retreats you should consider attending this year.
Tags: Travel, Sponsored, Mountains, Himalayas, Latin America, England s Lake District, Ananda, Stockbridge Massachusetts, Kripalu, Himalayas India India, Kripalu Meditation Retreat, Kripalu Yoga and Health Center, Stockbridge MA, Mountains Lake District England


A lakeside sauna boasts mystical views and a gleaming facade

Norwegian design practice Feste Landscape / Architecture recently completed the Soria Moria sauna, a sculptural, shingle-clad structure on Bandak Lake in Dalen, Norway that overlooks breathtaking mountain and water views. Developed as part of the ‘Tales of the Waterway’ art initiative for the Telemark Canal, Soria Moria is one in a series of projects that use art, architecture and lighting design to celebrate the natural beauty of the local landscape and traditions. In addition to the use of lo...
Tags: Mountains, Design, Architecture, Gallery, Norway, Carousel Showcase, Sauna, Telemark, Local Materials, Elevated Architecture, Mountain-inspired Architecture, Dalen, Wood Shingles, Soria Moria, Feste Landscape / Architecture, Bandak Lake


Weatherwatch: autumn in Borrowdale, in the words of Coleridge

The romantic poet found Borrowdale in the rain a marvel of light and colourIt is drizzling rain, the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote in his notebook on a Friday morning, 21 October 1803, in the Lake District. “Heavy masses of shapeless vapour upon the mountains (O, the perpetual forms of Borrowdale!) yet it is no unbroken tale of dull sadness. Slanting pillars travel across the lake at long intervals, the vaporous mass whitens in large stains of light – on the lakeward ridge of that huge arm-...
Tags: Autumn, Mountains, Poetry, Lake District, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Coleridge, Stephen Potter, Borrowdale


Camping in Great Smoky Mountains – What You Need to Know 

The Smoky Mountains provide a stunning backdrop to any camping trip. If you enjoy the great outdoors, you will love the area around the Mountains in Haywood Valley. Whether you are heading off on a motorbike, or taking an RV trip with the family, there are plenty of campgrounds which you can use as a base for exploring the beautiful surroundings.    Once you have found the ideal campground, there are plenty of things for you to do. Depending on what time of year you decide to travel, you can t...
Tags: Travel, Sponsored, Mountains, Great Smoky Mountains, Smoky Mountains, Creekwood, Interstate 40, Blue Ridge Parkway, Waynesville, Maggie Valley, Haywood Valley, Blackrock Mountain, Blue Ridge Motorcycle Campground, Creekwood Farm, Smoky View Cottages


Salt: The best loop hike in Southern Appalachia is also one of the toughest.

Everything was wet. Water pooled on the tent floor. Flecks of leaves and dirt clung to the tent wall and exposed skin. We peeled off layers of drenched clothing as we sat on soggy gear. My partner, Seth, reached into the depths of his pack and pulled out a pair of wool socks with a flourish. The last dry item. We each took one and used it to dry ourselves off, falling asleep to thunder and the roar of pouring rain, dreaming of sunshine and dry clothing. The relatively unknown, 360-mile Southern...
Tags: Mountains, Hiking, Georgia, Sport, Cycling, East Coast, South Carolina, Leah, Loeb, Parkway, Seth, NOC, Blue Ridge Parkway, Brevard, Appalachian Trail, Great Smoky Mountains National Park


Autumn Colors Across Canada

As autumn makes its way across Canada, there are places in just about every province where you may enjoy the blaze of changing colors. Up for exploring? Here are a few suggestions. The Canadian Rockies in British Columbia and Alberta offer shades of gold, with aspens often contrasting with the dark hues of evergreens. Outside the high mountains there are other beauties to explore, as leaves change on Vancouver Island on the Pacific Coast, and through the backroads of Alberta. The prairie provinc...
Tags: Travel, Mountains, Canada, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Quebec, British Columbia, Alberta, Rockies, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Kerry Projects, Manitoba, Parks And Preserves, Pei, Pacific Coast


Riding Through Fernie, BC on Specialized’s Enduro and Stumpjumper

Meadows, rocky rides, enchanted foliage and more The motto for the town of Fernie, British Columbia, “In Montibus ad flumen,” translates to “In the Mountains by the River”—a fairly exact description of the Ktunaxa people’s land that the town is now located on. Tucked in the Elk Valley, Fernie is hugged from the south by the Lizard Range in the Canadian Rockies and the Crowsnest …
Tags: Travel, Outdoors, Mountains, Design, Adventure, Mountain Biking, British Columbia, Specialized, Rockies, Adventure Sports, Fernie, Montibus, Fernie British Columbia, Specialized Bicycles, Elk Valley Fernie, Lizard Range


A Vision for American in Phoenix: Mountains to the World (The Optimistic View)

I wrote about possible doom and gloom for American’s Phoenix hub last week, but today I’m going to put the rose-colored glasses on and look at this in a different way… the way American itself says it views Phoenix.  I spoke with American’s VP of Planning Vasu Raja, and while he did admit that Phoenix will have a changing role at the airline, it’s still going to be an important hub in the future.  So let’s explore what that could mean. In our conversation, Vasu was blunt about how Phoenix change...
Tags: Travel, Mountains, Texas, Boston, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, West, Arizona, Dallas, Ohio, Salt Lake City, Newark, US Airways, Santa Fe


SOTA Activation: Mount Emma or Emma Burr Mountain (W0C/SP-127)

There is a SOTA (Summits On The Air) summit just north of Tincup Pass with an elevation of 13,538 feet. The SOTA database (W0C/SP-127) says the name is Mount Emma but all of my maps indicate that it is Emma Burr Mountain. (I contacted the W0C Association Manager and we’re working it out.) Joyce/K0JJW and I did the first activation of this summit in late September. The weather was wonderful except for the wind that pounded us anytime we were exposed on a ridgeline, which is to say it happened a l...
Tags: Verizon, Mountains, Colorado, Radio, Continental, Ham Radio, SOTA, Bob K0NR, Joyce K0JJW, Mineral Creek, VHF/UHF, Dave N0KM, Mount Emma, Tincup Pass, Emma Burr Mountain, South Cottonwood Road


How to plan the best ski vacations

Gone are the days of planning a ski or snowboard vacation without doubting whether or not the snow will be deep — or exist at all. Each year, we wonder if the resorts will be able to open in time for Christmas vacation, and skiers across the country watch as the epic snow storms we were promised shift to rain. As glaciers continue to recede, so does our beloved ski season. In a world torn over what to do regarding climate change, one thing is for sure — skiing requires snow, and there is less...
Tags: Travel, Mountains, Colorado, California, US, Pennsylvania, Maine, Salt Lake City, North America, Washington State, Lake Tahoe, Denver, Southwest Airlines, Alta, Squaw Valley, Stevens


GET FIT FOR SKIING

A week of skiing requires a good level of fitness, whether you’re a seasoned pro or a mountain newbie. So before heading up to the peaks, try to get in some workouts to get ski-fit – not only will you enjoy the slopes more, but you’ll strengthen those key muscles meaning there’ll be less risk of injury. You don’t have to be a member of a gym either. Instead, get slope-ready in the comfort of your own home with our online workout plan inspired by a variety of ski moves called Slopercise. With thr...
Tags: Mountains, Fitness, Preparation, Sport, Skiing, Fit, Slopes, Exercises, Health And Fitness, Ski Holidays, Cardio, Don, Stretching, Muscles, Conditioning, Ski Archive


From the Mountains to Marrakech

We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open. Jawaharial NehruWe enjoyed a nice breakfast at Chez Momo this morning. We were serv
Tags: Travel, Mountains, Marrakech, Chez Momo


The 52 Places Traveler: The 52 Places Traveler: In Lucerne, Kindness Trumps the (Stunning) Views

Lucerne, Switzerland, is best known — rightly so — for its mountains, lake and views. What sticks with me most, though, is the pervasive sense of hospitality and human kindness I found there.
Tags: Mountains, News, Lucerne, Lucerne (Switzerland, Travel and Vacations


SOTA Activation from Teton Pass (W7Y/TT-122)

While exploring northwest Wyoming, Joyce/K0JJW and I were looking for a suitable mountain for a Summits On The Air (SOTA) activation. A little bit of research identified Pass Benchmark (W7Y/TT-122) as a good option. This summit is accessed from the Teton Pass trailhead, which is on a paved road (Route 22) heading west out of Jackson. There is substantial parking available at the pass and it appears to be a popular trailhead for hikers and mountain bikers. Bob/K0NR and Joyce/K0JJW hanging out ...
Tags: Mountains, Radio, Don, Ham Radio, SOTA, Bob K0NR, Air SOTA, Joyce K0JJW, Yaesu FT, VHF/UHF, Wyoming Joyce K0JJW, Jackson There, Black Canyon Trail, Sam WY7EM Jim K7AVL, Mick W7CAT


France to impose daily cap of 214 climbers on Mont Blanc

Rockfall a growing risk as high temperatures thaw ground at higher altitudesFrance will impose a daily cap of 214 climbers on Mont Blanc next year, one of several measures taken to limit overcrowding on one of Europe’s highest peaks.“It’s a tough decision but a very good one, because Mont Blanc is a climb unlike any other. You have to be prepared,” said Jean-Marc Peillex, mayor of Saint-Gervais-les-Bains, the Alpine town where the most popular route to the top of the mountain begins. Continue re...
Tags: Europe, Mountains, France, Environment, World news, Mont Blanc, Gervais, Jean Marc Peillex


Not All Leaders Wear Suits

I have seen lots of stock photos in my four years of doing freelance social media work, writing, and editing. If I use a search term like “leader,” I can predict the types of images I’ll find. The one above is an example. But I can also predict the types of images I am not likely to detect: Leading in the Mountains I have been involved for years in a non-profit program that works to help people in poverty. When I participated in a blogger trip in 2014 and had an opportunity to meet participan...
Tags: Mountains, Leadership, Inspiration, US, America, Moms, Culture, Ivy League, El Salvador, Central America, Harvard Business Review, Dan Pontefract, American Management Association, El Slavador, Good Example, Moms Know True


Travel Log – 7 Days in Northern Vietnam

Vietnam, oh Vietnam.  A country full of history and culture, on the top of my bucket list of places to visit. I finally went backpacking around Southeast Asia for my summer vacation, and the first place I visited was, of course, Vietnam. The Vietnamese territory is so long and extensive that it takes too much time to travel from north to south. In my experience, it can take up to a month. The first time I visited Vietnam, I did it partially alone and partially accompanied by Mexican friends. I t...
Tags: Travel, Asia, South Korea, Mountains, Featured, Southeast Asia, Architecture, Vietnam, Bus Travel, Budget Travel, Solo Travel, Mongols, Outdoors & Adventure, Ha Long Bay, Ha Noi, BAI


How to describe a landscape in Polish?

The Polish landscape is very diverse due to the many elements that have formed it over millions of years. Volcanoes, glaciers, water and wind have created beautiful scenery across the whole of Poland, starting from the Mountains in the South through the central lowlands to the Lake District – Masuria and Baltic Sea – in the North. Image courtesy pixabay.com So how do you exactly describe the landscape in Polish? Here a little “help list” for you! It may help you to describe the landscape of th...
Tags: Mountains, Nature, Linguistics, Poland, Baltic Sea, Geography, South, Lake District, Vocabulary, Phrases, Masuria, Mediterranean Morze Śródziemnie


Climate change is melting the French Alps, say mountaineers

Permafrost ‘cement’ is evaporating, making rocks unstable and prone to collapse with many trails now deemed too dangerous to useFor the tourists thronging the streets and pavement cafes of Chamonix, the neck-craning view of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps, is as dazzling as ever.But the mountaineers who climb among the snowy peaks know that it is far from business as usual – due to a warming climate, the familiar landscape is rapidly changing. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Mountains, Climate Change, France, Environment, World news, Mountaineering, Alps, Mont Blanc, Chamonix


SOTA Activation: Unnamed Summit 12306 (W0C/SR-129)

It is always fun to do the first Summits On The Air (SOTA) activation of a peak. Most of the Colorado peaks have been climbed by someone along the way but there are still many that have never been activated for SOTA using amateur radio. Bob/K0NR takes shelter from the wind behind the rocks on the summit of 12306. I noticed that an unnamed summit not too far from our cabin, referred to as 12306 or W0C/SR-129 had not been activated. At first glance, I thought this was because it was difficult...
Tags: Mountains, Colorado, Radio, US Forest Service, Ham Radio, Yaesu, SOTA, Bob K0NR, Air SOTA, Joyce K0JJW, Mount Logan, San Isabel National Forest, VHF/UHF, Hayden Gulch Road, Hayden Gulch Trailhead, Buffalo Peaks Wilderness


My Himalayan journey – trekking to Shangri-La

A group walking holiday in the Indian Himalayas provides a rare chance to enjoy true solitude high above the cloudsAt the top of the Miyar Valley in the high Himalayas, a chain of seven tiny turquoise pools nestle below the snout of a formidable glacier. Each one looks deceptively inviting. We plunge in and our shouts, as we brave the icy water, echo off walls of rock into empty air; there is no one but our group around to hear. For miles in every direction there are only mountains; their white ...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Mountains, Himalayas, Walking Holidays, Hyderabad, India Holidays, Shangri La, Tamil Nadu Continue, Indian Himalayas, Miyar Valley


Japan Dispatch: Mount Fuji’s Got Mail. A Bone-Rattling Bulldozer Ride Brings It Down.

Social media dominates communication in Japan, except atop the country’s best-know volcano. But hauling all those postcards off the summit isn’t easy.
Tags: Mountains, Japan, News, Postcards, Mount Fuji, Travel and Vacations, Hikes and Hiking, Postal Service and Post Offices, Mt. Fuji, Japan Post Service Co Ltd