Travel, Tourism, Resorts, Holidays

Lincoln, New Mexico

imageLincoln has been heralded as the best preserved cow town in the American West. Sadly for many of its earlier inhabitants, it also became the epicenter of the notorious, blood-splattered Lincoln County War that waged off and on through 1878. It was a war which claimed the lives of 22 men, wounded nine others and vaulted Billy the Kid to the pinnacle of outlaw fame whether he deserved it or not.

If you seek drama and the noisy struggle of life over death in a political and legal environment essentially corrupt to its core, this tale is for you, and it’s fact, at least those aspects agreed upon.

There’s no need to embellish or feed into any number of myths that have evolved over the years.

By John Treadwell Dunbar - Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - Full Story

Orlando Rewards Travelers with Vacation Makeovers

ORLANDO, Fla.—Is trip planning so time-consuming you’re already planning a family vacation to celebrate your six-year-old’s college graduation? Are you challenged each time you try to satisfy the needs of your adventurous teen and timid toddler? If so, Visit Orlando wants to know all about it!

By News on the Net - Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - Full Story

Kodachrome Basin State Park and Red Canyon

imageRarely visited and off the beaten path, Kodachrome Basin State Park is a sumptuous buffet for the senses, an immovable feast hidden smack dab in the middle of nowhere far out on the edge of nothing.

You’ll find it midway between lost and wild, up in the rugged high desert of southern Utah’s Colorado Plateau on the northwest fringes of 2-million-acre Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument.

If you’re a crow, fly 30 miles southeast of Bryce Canyon National Park and stop when the pavement ends.

If you bring the kids to Kodachrome Park be sure to cover their eyes. Some of the monolithic spires known as sedimentary pipes that stand erect on the valley floor are downright obscene.

By John Treadwell Dunbar - Friday, January 7, 2011 - Full Story

Travel Tips from the Travel Industry Council of Ontario

Travelling this holiday season? The Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO) offers the following tips to help you enjoy a successful trip.

By News on the Net - Friday, December 24, 2010 - Full Story

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

imageWhen I first heard the screaming and yelling I wasn’t sure if I should leap off my bench and run into the evergreens, stand my ground and fight, or finish lunch. I opted for the latter, chewing my ham and cheese sandwich in disbelief as the blood-curdling howls grew louder and the clip-pity-clop of shod hooves drew near.

Then, with a flutter of feathers and heavy breathing, out of the forest galloped a man on his horse, kicking up clouds of dust as he ground his painted pony to a halt before me.

Yelling “Yip! Yip! Yip!” and a throaty “AAARGGH” while his trusty steed reared and pawed the air, “Chief Howls-A-Lot” shook his pointy spear in my direction, daring me not to be afraid. I stopped chewing.

By John Treadwell Dunbar - Friday, December 17, 2010 - Full Story

Along the Turquoise Trail

imageNew Mexico’s 52-mile Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway, or simply the “Turquoise Trail,” is a popular alternative to Interstate 25 if you’re venturing between Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Highway 14 east of the Sandia Mountains traverses a broad, high desert and low rolling hills with long views of mountains in the distance. This dry country of pinion-juniper, brushy grasslands and too much dirt has played host to adventurers of all walks of life including pre-Columbian Native Americans, Spanish conquistadors, Mexicans during a time of Mexican supremacy, and more recently Anglo-Americans.

Two small towns in particular along the Turquoise Trail are worthy of this popular detour; Madrid (pronounced MAD-rid) and Cerrillos, about 25 miles south of Santa Fe. These little gems are rich in history, rich in lore, and like so much of the American Southwest are seeped in a mining tradition that reaches back to A.D. 1,500 and beyond.

By John Treadwell Dunbar - Friday, December 3, 2010 - Full Story

Ireland Places First on Frommer’s 2011 Readers’ Favourite Destination List

Toronto, ON (November 19, 2010) – Frommer’s readers have voted Ireland #1 as the Readers’ Favourite Destination for 2011!

By Travel New Zealand - Friday, November 19, 2010 - Full Story

Enchanting New Mexico

imageNormally it would have been out of character to drive this far for a glimpse of something as common as graffiti. I can find that scratched on the toilet seat at my local Walmart. But these etchings, hundreds of years old and scrawled into the base of a towering sandstone bluff in the high desert of western New Mexico at El Morro National Monument, are special.

Mostly a vast collection of names, some historical accounts and even a poem, the sandstone chalkboard at El Morro is a mesmerizing window of times past, a testament to thirsty Native American Puebloans, Spanish colonial governors, Anglo-American homesteaders, soldiers and surveyors, and 25 confused camels that traversed this well-trod corridor.

By John Treadwell Dunbar - Sunday, November 14, 2010 - Full Story

Glacier National Park Montana

imageThe jagged and spectacularly beautiful peaks and valleys of million-acre Glacier National Park that anchors the north end of America’s Rocky Mountains represents some of the purest, most scenic wild lands in this country.

The Crown of the Continent, or Backbone of the World, has long been revered and reached sacred status with the Blackfeet Indians long before it became a national park in 1910, or was designated the world’s first International Peace Park World Heritage Site in 1995.

Today the honor of achieving Peace Park designation is shared with Waterton Lakes National Park just across the Canadian border.

By John Treadwell Dunbar - Saturday, November 13, 2010 - Full Story

Arches National Park and Moab, Utah

imageFor better or worse, Arches National Park and the nearby resort town of Moab have been discovered. Once a dull and dusty uranium mining town, Moab abruptly evolved into a recreational mecca of world-wide acclaim.

A small, bustling community of 5,000 in the shadow of the La Sal Mountains near the Colorado River, it has become a minor cultural and artistic hub teeming with the young and athletic, and the old and lazy, all determined to have a rousing, and occasionally sweaty, good time.

By John Treadwell Dunbar - Saturday, September 25, 2010 - Full Story

Take a swing at New Zealand’s golf courses

For those that golf regularly, the thought of playing a round becomes a little like a craving that won’t go away until you satisfy it. Even for fair weather golfers, all it takes is one good game and they’re dreaming of their next round.


By Travel New Zealand - Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - Full Story

Cooke City, Montana, Cody, Wyoming, the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area

imageFor those dismayed by the evergrowing crowds in Yellowstone, a sane alternative is the far northeast corner of the park and beyond where the mighty Absaroka and Beartooth Mountains soar to great heights. In particular, point your compass toward that spectacularly rugged and beautiful land enveloping the rustic old mining town of Cooke City, Montana. I’m not the only one who’s had an affair with this isolated mountain kingdom. The late, great writer Ernest Hemingway was similarly captivated by the lofty peaks and narrow alpine valleys, spending a fair amount of time during the 1920s and 1930s drinking, writing, fishing the Clarks Fork River and hunting endangered species to the brink of extinction. But beware. This is not an amusement park. There are things out there that will eat you - alive.

By John Treadwell Dunbar - Thursday, September 9, 2010 - Full Story

Extraordinary Tale of Personal Exploration and Family Adventure in Charting the Unknown

Delray Beach, FL – Author Kim Petersen announces the release of her debut travel memoir, Charting the Unknown: Family, Fear, and One Long Boat Ride (ISBN 978-1-933016-63-4).  Charting the Unknown was published by Behler Publications in July, 2010.

By Travel New Zealand - Friday, August 27, 2010 - Full Story

Brookings, Gold Beach Southern Oregon Coast

imageRevered as the People’s Coast, Oregon’s 350 miles of rugged, fog-shrouded headlands, dark and mossy evergreen forests and wide, meandering swaths of beach and dunes have beckoned the ever-arriving masses like a benign, spiritual opiate for years.

Unlike some other states that border the open sea, the privileged here are prohibited from owning their little patch of beach to the exclusion of others, of blocking public access to the glittering sands of the Oregon Coast.

This diamond necklace belongs to all of us.

By John Treadwell Dunbar - Monday, August 23, 2010 - Full Story

Livingston, Montana and the Paradise Valley

imageLike so many writers, artists, actors and a steady stream of celebrities drawn to Montana’s splendor where landscape is muse, the late, great motion picture director “Bloody Sam” Peckinpah likewise succumbed to the lure. Known for such iconic Western masterpieces as “Ride the High Country” (1962) and “The Wild Bunch,” (1969) Peckinpah settled in Livingston, sixty miles north of Yellowstone National Park, where he lived out the remainder of his complex and contentious life.

From 1978 to 1985 when he died of heart failure, Peck called an expansive upstairs suite at the four-story Murray Hotel home. Whether he came for inspiration or respite, judging by the epics he assembled during his fabled career and his wild, drug and alcohol-fueled life, Sam Peckinpah belonged in Livingston; he has become part of the rough-edged, Western fabric that shapes the region’s lore to this day.

By John Treadwell Dunbar - Monday, August 2, 2010 - Full Story

Eureka and Arcata California

imageThe United States of America is indebted to dreary Eureka.

Had this northern California coastal region not been so forlorn, isolated and depressing back in the 1800s, the great Civil War general and 18th president of the United States Ulysses S. Grant might not have resigned his commission as commanding officer of F Company at Fort Humboldt in the 1850s.

And we can only imagine how things would have turned out without General Grant leading the charge against the rebellious South.

By John Treadwell Dunbar - Friday, July 16, 2010 - Full Story

Yellowstone National Park

imageHardened mountain men and explorers like Jim Bridger, and John Colter, a member of the Lewis and Clark expedition, were dismissed as crackpots and whack jobs during the early 1800s when they emerged from the northern Rocky Mountain wilds spinning fanciful tales of gushing geysers, misty psychedelic hot springs, an earth that rumbled like thunder and belched scalding water, and pots of boiling mud bubbling like oatmeal.

It wasn’t until the 1870s that the director of the U.S. Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories, Dr. Ferdinand Hayden, along with the renowned artist Thomas Moran, the famous landscape photographer William Henry Jackson, and others, embarked on an official expedition to verify the fanciful accounts of this otherworldly planet. After they returned with their findings, Congress got the point and designated 2.1 million acres of this wilderness wonderland as Yellowstone National Park on March 1, 1872. Since then, outdoor recreation in America has never been the same.

By John Treadwell Dunbar - Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - Full Story

A Village of Festivals in America’s Bavaria

imageLeavenworth, Washington is not some cheesy, fly-by-night theme park, but an architecturally honest replica of Germany’s Bavaria.

All things considered, the buildings are large and true, the smells genuine and the food tasty, although they could lay down a bit more cobblestone.

Located on the sunnier eastern side of the Cascade Mountains in Washington state, Leavenworth is surrounded by an alpine world of craggy peaks, rushing streams and lush green meadows along the banks of the Wenatchee River.

With a population of 2,500, it offers a refreshing and rare measure of Bavarian authenticity unmatched in the continental United States.

I should know as I was raised in south central West Germany, attended their schools and traveled extensively throughout Bavaria, Austria and Switzerland.

By John Treadwell Dunbar - Sunday, June 13, 2010 - Full Story

Exploring Lisbon, Portugal

By Judy McEuen, Travel Writer

LISBON, Portugal

With its strategic location on the coast of Portugal, and its rich historical background, Lisbon offers diverse attractions that any tourist will find exciting and interesting. The warm waters of its beaches are a must during summer while it impressive towers, palaces and museums beckon tourists to explore all year round.


By Troy Media - Wednesday, June 9, 2010 - Full Story

Bandon by the Sea - Oregon

imageNo wonder Bandon, and especially the historic Old Town district, is regarded as one of America’s finest small communities and a sheer pleasure to visit, even during brutal winter storms.

Perched on the southern banks of the Coquille River, Bandon offers up quaint shopping, a picturesque small harbor, fine dining, fine art, superb golfing, and mile after mile of empty, wide, dune-swept, pristine beaches that have attracted visitors in the know for years.

It also boasts some of the most profoundly beautiful sea stacks, spires and towering rock formations found anywhere on the world-renowned Oregon Coast.

By John Treadwell Dunbar - Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - Full Story