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Summer Vacation Planning: Safe Travel Ideas in the Coronavirus Era

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Most of us who are trying to figure out where to go this spring and summer are facing the dilemma of
the coronavirus.

It seems we might need to avoid groups of people and mass transit. It sounds like the perfect time to get back to nature. Digg out that camping gear, kayak, canoe, and hiking boots.


Canoeing March to September - Kayaks, Canoes, and TubesThe Caddo River in Arkansas is one of our favorite canoe trips.

Very fun for a spring vacation.

This river is gentle enough for novice paddlers to learn on, yet with enough class I and II rapids along the way to keep it exciting. There are good places to stop to swim and fish along the available routes surrounded by the beautiful Ouachita mountains. And it is one of the most consistent floating rivers in Arkansas, allowing our season to span from March to September.
Take a Picnic Lunch A popular route of the river is a 7.5-mile section from Caddo Gap to Glenwood. It hosts a mix of both calm glasses of water and rapids and the view is v…

Colorado Wildlife Adventures

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Colorado is home to more than 750 wildlife species. While some call Colorado home year-round, others only stop by for a season. With eight National Wildlife Refuges, hundreds of State Wildlife Areas, 12 National Parks and National Monuments, 41 State Parks and millions of acres of public lands, visitors are never more than a short drive into the wild. Below is a look at seasonal migrations, notable viewing opportunities, wild animal sanctuaries and events to celebrate the wildlife that call Colorado home. 


Seasonal Migrations and Hatches
Brazilian Free-tail BatsMoffat: Every summer, a colony of about 250,000 Brazilian Free-tail Bats roost in the historic Orient Mine in the Mystic San Luis Valley region of Colorado. To view the bats, visitors can take a two-mile hike from the Orient Mine Welcome Center and observe bats entering and exiting the mine’s opening. The bat outflight occurs around dusk. Also known as Mexican Free-tail, these bats are small and gray-brown with long and narro…

Galway City of Tribes

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We were really looking forward to seeing Galway especially once we found out my husband is a decedent of one of the 14 tribes or princes. He is part of the Morris family.  He is a list of Galway's founding families and their history:

AthyBlakeBodkinBrowneD'arcyDeaneFfontFfrenchJoyceKirwanLynchMartinMorrisSkerritt



Galway is a very walkable city, especially the medieval streets with lots of shops and landmarks such as Lynch's Castle, St. Nicholas Church where the market is held, the innovative city Museum, Spanish Arch and cobblestoned Latin quarter.   Be sure to check out Claddagh ring an area with lost so restaurants and pubs. The West End also features many restaurants and pubs.



We especially enjoyed wandering the Latin Quarter and walking along the bay.  We were pleasantly surprised to find a traditional Irish music concert being offered at  St. Nicholas Collegiate Church, Lombard St, Galway, H91 PY20, Ireland. St Nicholas opened in 1320 and is t…

Top Travel Destination Predictions for 2020

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The New Top 10 Travel Destinations for 2020 Predicted by Expedia


Spain & Canary Islands: Ibiza (+50%), Palma de Mallorca (+35%), Oviedo (+30%), Seville (+15%) Canada: Winnipeg (+465%), Saskatoon (+425%), Regina (+400%), Halifax (+365%) Peru: Trujillo (+35%), Lima (+15%), Arequipa (+5%) Japan: Naha/Okinawa (+45%), Sapporo (+40%), Tokyo (+20%), Osaka (+20%) Italy: Cagliari (+40%), Genoa (+5%), Olbia (+5%), Calabria (+5%) Australia: Sydney (+20%), Cairns (+20%), Adelaide (+15%), Melbourne (+10%), Gold Coast (+10%), Perth (+5%) Mexico: Campeche (+95%), Oaxaca (+60%), Puerto Escondido (+50%), Mexico City (+30%) Portugal: Porto (+55%), Faro (+35%), Lisbon (+10%) Brazil: Fortaleza (+35%), Iguazu Falls (+10%), Sao Paulo (+10%) India: Goa (+25%), Ahmedabad (+15%), Delhi (+15%), Kolkata (+10%) Popular Experiences: Robots, Ruins and Rollercoasters  Activities and attractions are more than just an add-on to a trip. Often, they're one of the top considerations when travelers are choosing wh…

Westport, Ireland Scenic Part of the Wild Atlantic Way

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Next on our drive tour of Ireland we drove south form Donegal taking in the sights of Sligo Town, Ballina and Castlebar and ended the day in Westport.  We stayed at the Wyatt Hotel, one of the finest Mayo hotels, known as a gem in the heart of Westport. (Wyatt Hotel, The Octagon, Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland Tel: 353 (0) 74 98 25027)

This boutique hotel prides itself on its scenic location as well as a warm Westport welcome, professional service, top-class accommodation, and fantastic food.  All of which we found to be true, especially the Hotel restaurant and pub which was vibrant and had delicious food. It is located in the centre of town at The Octagon monument. 

The Wyatt Hotel was the perfect base to explore and enjoy the magnificent beauty of the surrounding areas, the peaks of Croagh Patrick and the deep blue seas of Clew Bay.

The area offers something for everyone from walking, cycling, sightseeing, music, arts, adventure, and leisure activities through shopping, vibrant nightlife…

Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way - Dunfanaghy and Donegal

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Next on our driving tour of Ireland was the Wild Atlantic Way including the Dunfanaghy and Donegal Area.



We learned a lot about Ireland's Great Potato Famine of 1845-50 while visiting Dunfanaghy and Donegal on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. But you can see evidence of its devastation at many if not most Irish Cemeteries and towns. In Dunfanaghy you can find a large, rounded-hill of earth surrounded by an iron railing marking it as a famine grave.

Ireland lost about 25% of its population, about 1.5 million people, during the Great Potato Famine. Although rarely mentioned in tourist books if you look there are remnants of the famine, everywhere.

The Old workhouse is within walking distance of Sheep Haven Bay and Tramore Beach near the market centre in Dunfanaghy.  Admission is free with some paid exhibits.  The Workhouse is now a heritage centre where they tell the story of Wee Hanna a victim of the famine and former resident of the workhouse.




Workhouses were set up to house the poor by t…

Northern Ireland’s Coast: Bushmills Irish Whiskey Tour to Dunluce Castle

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On day 11 our driving tour of Ireland we went to Bushmills, Ireland. We toured the distillery and sampled some good Irish whiskey. Or as my husband says, “Enjoyed thebest Irish whiskey”. Touring the Bushmills Distillery was listed high on husband’s and his friend's bucket list. They are both connoisseurs of single malt whiskeys and Bushmills Irish Whiskey is their favorite because it is triple distilled and is smooth and mellow.
Bushmills, IrelandThe city of Bushmills is located about 3 miles from the Giant Causeway. It is a quaint town of about 1.300 people. You can roam the streets and find interesting shops. My favorite stop was at the Copper Kettle, coffee shop and tearoom, located at 61 Main St.,they have a nice variety of A range of cooked foods, sandwiches, desserts and pastries for sit in or take away. Bushmills DistilleryHome to world-famous Bushmills Whiskey. Bushmills is the oldest licensed distillery in the world, founded in 1608.  Generations have passed down the anci…

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