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

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

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

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

Deduct Your Travel Expenses

When it comes to deducting travel expenses, make sure you understand all of the rules before you even begin the process.

By Inst. of Chartered Accountants - Sunday, June 28, 2009

Financial Tips for Travellers

Travel is calling your name – how can you make sure you’re not cut short financially?

By Inst. of Chartered Accountants - Sunday, June 28, 2009

10 New Zealand students ‘likely’ have swine flu

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand said Sunday that 10 students “likely” have swine flu after a school trip to Mexico, as governments across Asia began quarantining those with symptoms of the deadly virus and some issued travel warnings for Mexico.

By Travel New Zealand - Sunday, April 26, 2009

Travel advisory warns of severe respiratory illness in Mexico

Canadians who have recently returned from Mexico should be on alert for flu-like symptoms that could be connected to a severe respiratory illness, federal health officials said Thursday in issuing a travel advisory.

By News on the Net - Friday, April 24, 2009

Airport Wayfinder Arrives in Toronto - Travel Just Got Easier

Have you ever planned out your business trip or vacation down to the very last detail - with the best deals on hotels and flights, even great ideas of where to eat and what to do - only to get to the airport and have all the excitement come to a crashing halt when you can’t find your departure gate?

By Guest Column - Thursday, May 8, 2008