Category Archives: Midwest US

National Parks week is this week…and, get a deal on a Senior Pass!

Wildflowers cover the hills in Carrizo Plain National Monument (BLM photo).

We are a couple of days into National Park Week, April 15–23- still time to visit nearby national parks like Yosemite, Pinnacles, Death Valley, Joshua Tree NPs and nearby national monuments like Ft. Ord NM near Monterey, Carrizo NM just west of Buttonwillow and many others. So, get out this weekend, or, plan your trips [...]

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Tiny touring; seeing the USA with a small, comfy travel trailer!

A classic Airstream Caravelle, with retro tow vehicle.

Touring in a tiny trailer; seeing the USA with a small, comfy travel trailer… Last summer, Susan and I spent nine weeks crossing Canada on the Trans-Canada Highway to their Maritime Provinces, turned south down the New England coast to Maryland and headed back across the USA on historic Highway 50. We toured with a [...]

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On-line travel features in the Record offer a huge variety of destinations and travel topics!

On-line travel features in the Record offer a huge variety of destinations and travel topics!

On-line travel features in the Record offer a huge variety of destinations and travel topics! Did you know the Record offers a wide variety of travel features, well over 270 strong, that can be selected by “Category”? Hence, you can go to the Record’s blog site, choose ‘Valley Travel: Little Places That I Know’, go to [...]

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Bucket list updates; gems from eastern US and Canada include the Old South and Canadian Maritimes!

Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia on bright sunny day.

Updating your travel bucket list; gems from eastern US and Canada include the Old South and Canadian Maritimes… Over the last two weeks, my wife and I have shared our favorite travel destinations in the western United States. This week, our top suggestions for the eastern US and Canada. In February and March, 2015, we [...]

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On-line travel features…over 270 choices!

Find the "Categories" option in the upper right-hand corner of my travel blog home page.

On-line travel features in the Record offer a huge variety of destinations and travel topics! Did you know the Record offers a wide variety of travel features, well over 270 strong, that can be selected by “Category”? Hence, you can go to the RECORD’s blog site, choose ‘Valley Travel: Little Places That I Know’, go to [...]

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A new mode of thrifty travel for frequent travelers: Affordable Travel Club and Evergreen Club

Judy and Ward Lowrance, from Floyd, VA and frequent Affordable Travel Club travelers.

In retirement, my spouse and I have traveled extensively in the US and Canada, along with two forays into Europe on river and ocean cruises. We have consistently been on the lookout for additional modes of travel, as well as ways to save money within our travel budget. On our first European cruise, we befriended [...]

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An ode to back roads: exploring America from off the beaten path

Peggy's Cove, bucolic fishing village on Nova Scotia coast.

We just finished a nine week trip across Canada, down the East Coast to Delaware, and back across the US to California. Other than the Trans Canada Highway, we toured on back highways and lonely roads – eschewing interstates for the benefit of history and local flavor. Taking the road less traveled added miles – [...]

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Historic Michilimackinac Fort and the Mill Creek Historic Discovery Park in Mackinaw City offer living history!

Ft. Michilimackinac cannon firing by British reinactors!

Here is additional insight into two Mackinaw City, Michigan area attractions that bring history to life (see my Wednesday, August 24 Record blog feature for more detail on this lovely area)! The two are Fort Michilimackinac and Mill Creek Historic Discovery Park. Here is a bit of detail, right off the two attraction’s web sites: Fort Michilimackinac [...]

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Exploring Lake Superior: Ontario to north, the upper Michigan Peninsula to south…

Upper Tahquamenon Falls, 200' across and 50' tall, plunges, headed towards the lower falls four miles distant.

Exploring Lake Superior: Ontario to the north, the upper Michigan Peninsula to the south… The ‘Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald’, waterfalls and wild country! We are exploring the north and south shores of mighty Lake Superior, the largest fresh water lake in the world, while joining a classic Scotty travel-trailer caravan for a tour of [...]

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American the Beautiful senior pass: the best deal in camping and touring in National Parks and other federal attractions

America the Beautiful senior pass, deal of a lifetime!

I just got lucky and scored a campsite for two nights at lovely Pinecrest Lake up Hwy. 108, 25 miles east of Sonora.  The on-line reservation asked for my federal senior pass number, which I typed in.  I had forgotten this was a Forest Service campground – and with the 50% discount, we scored two [...]

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