Travel and Resorts

Travel, Cruises, Resorts, Tourism

Old travel pages from 2007 and Before

Death Valley California

imageDon’t let the name stop you from visiting one of the most remarkable desert wilderness parks in North America.

From soaring snow-covered peaks down to the blinding-white barren salt flats at Badwater 282’ (86m) feet below sea level, this vast 3 million acre heritage epitomizes the most rugged terrain that the American southwest deserts have to offer.

This is a land of contrasts with extremes of light and color, wet and dry, the vertical and the horizontal.

By John Treadwell Dunbar - Thursday, January 14, 2010 - Full Story

WestJet limits carry-on baggage for U.S.-bound guests

Due to the new, increased security measures imposed by the Canadian and U.S. transportation authorities, flights to and from the United States continue to be affected by significant delays and in some cases, cancellations. In addition, some domestic flights have also been adversely affected due to late arriving aircraft from the U.S.

By Guest Column - Monday, December 28, 2009 - Full Story

Joshua Tree National Park California

A welcome reprieve from the urban insanity of southern California, Joshua Tree National Park is a sprawling and remote high desert anomaly full of delightful surprises.

By John Treadwell Dunbar - Wednesday, December 23, 2009 - Full Story

Most Canadians won’t cut travel budget in 2010

TORONTO, /CNW/ - Despite the tough economy, 73% of Canadians say they plan on spending as much or more for their next vacation as they did for the last one, according to an Ipsos Reid poll conducted on behalf of cruise vacation site Tripharbour.ca. In terms of dollars, 58% of Canadians plan to spend a minimum of $750 per person on their next holiday, while 21% plan to spend at least $1,500 per person.

By Guest Column - Friday, December 18, 2009 - Full Story

Jerome, Arizona

Perched on Cleopatra Hill 2,000 feet above the Verde Valley floor with grand vistas of Sedona’s red rock country 35 miles distant, Jerome reminds me of the old country, Europe.

By John Treadwell Dunbar - Saturday, December 12, 2009 - Full Story

New Zealand stars in hit movies

- Ruth Atherley

Movie fans have always wanted to know more about the making of their favourite films. In New Zealand, there are many movie themed activities and tours that take fans behind the scenes and showcase some breathtaking locations while providing some insider scoop about the making of the films.

By Guest Column Ruth Atherley- Saturday, December 12, 2009 - Full Story

The Alabama Hills

No, the Alabama Hills are not in Alabama but are sprawled at the foot of the eastern Sierra Nevadas in California; large rounded boulders clustered like a spilled sack of potatoes at the foot of jagged Mt. Whitney (14,505’) and Lone Pine Peak. A perfect complement of mountain and desert landscapes, this hidden geologic wonderland begs for purple prose because the scenery will drop you to your knees and take your breath away.

By John Treadwell Dunbar - Wednesday, November 18, 2009 - Full Story

Wupatki National Monument

imageIn the long run maybe it’s good fortune that the Wupatki National Monument northeast of Flagstaff, Arizona resides in relative obscurity, never given a second thought by the millions who race north on 89 to crowd shoulder-to-shoulder and stare into the Grand Canyon.

Their loss is our gain because infrequent visitors means peace and quiet out on the wide open desert expanses and allows you to stroll unhurried through the splendidly preserved 800 year-old ruins that once marked a cultural hub, a melting pot of ancient Sinagua and Kayenta Anasazi, and to a lesser extent Cohonina and Hohokam peoples.

By John Treadwell Dunbar - Friday, November 6, 2009 - Full Story

Ghost Town Sleeps in the Shadow of Zion National Park

imageMost visitors lured to Zion National Park in southwestern Utah by the sheer towering walls of red sandstone, narrow slot canyons and shady cottonwoods that line the Virgin River have never heard of Grafton. They are unaware that a few miles before the park’s southern entrance, on the south side of the river tucked behind the trim and proper rural enclave of Rockville lie the remnants of an historical gem that has earned its place on the National Register of Historic Sites, and for good reason. Not only is it one of the most photogenic relics of pioneer heritage, but its history and the sweat and tear-soaked tale of struggle that Grafton’s hearty settlers endured is the stuff of Hollywood movies.

By John Treadwell Dunbar - Thursday, October 22, 2009 - Full Story

Close Encounters

imageAmong my life’s fondest memories are hiking innumerable miles through alpine tundra and deep evergreens of the Rocky Mountain high country. Usually it was just me, the love of my life, Maya, and day dreams that mountain meandering invariably conjures up.

By John Treadwell Dunbar - Saturday, October 17, 2009 - Full Story