Whales, Walruses, and Polar Bears in the Russian Far East

August 12th, 2017

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The polar bear sauntered down the beach toward us. My heart pounded as he squinted in our direction, no doubt weighing the nutritional value of the 20 or so tasty morsels wrapped in fleece, down and Gore Tex just 40 yards away. I hurriedly took several photos, then looked around and figured I could probably … Continued

The humpback whale shot into the air a few feet off the side of the boat, so close I could see the barnacles on his nose, drops of water roll off his skin, and the hint of a smile on his face. The breaching whale marked the end of our recent ten-day visit to Alaska, … Continued

If you are interested in an independent, carefree vacation, consider Fairbanks, Alaska in the summertime. Alaska has always attracted people from the lower forty-eight and the rest of the world who have craved adventure and independence. Alaskans, all over the state, including Fairbanks are very proud of their past. Alaska became America’s forty-ninth state in … Continued

This is an entry in the We Said Go Travel Writing Contest written by Rachel Zimmerman Brachman from Canada and now the United States. Thanks for your entry Rachel! Something puzzled me as I drove my rented all-terrain vehicle through Barrow, Alaska.   Why did so many homes have trampolines in their yards?  In a … Continued

In Heather Poole’s insider memoir, Cruising Attitude: Tales of Crashpads, Crew Drama, and Crazy Passengers at 35,000 Feet, she says, “Just goes to show anything can happen if you just take a chance!” Her story will inspire many to finally take that next step and make their dreams a reality. While her anecdotes are not … Continued

By Lee Abbamonte Travel opens your eyes and your mind to a whole new world. Travel enables you to see the world through other peoples eyes and from other points of view. Travel increases your awareness of other cultures and people. Travel makes you smarter. Travel is the best education you can receive. Travel enables … Continued

Where are your vacation plans taking you this summer? Disneyland? A national park? Europe? Having a stay-cation to enjoy your own local attractions? This summer I will get to meet people from around the world as they come to Los Angeles!  I am a tour guide, and I proudly showcase the history and glamour of … Continued

An annular solar eclipse can be seen this weekend on Sunday, May 20, 2012. CAUTION– Do not look directly at a solar eclipse without a proper filter! Annular eclipses can be dangerous to your eyes. Because the solar eclipse will block out most of the sun, a spectacular “ring of fire”  will be seen in … Continued