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Jun 19, 2020 - Tips for Hikers

Hiking is a great way to get outdoors and get some exercise while being out there. It doesn’t require skill to do, but you will need some specialized gear and help to get started. There are different levels of hikers, but even the greatest need some reminders on how to be smart and safe. Here are some tips for every hiker to remember. Backpack No matter how long you have been hiking, you can’t go without the right backpack. Pick the one that fits you right and isn’t too heavy. You need something that will fit everything you need but won’t...

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Jun 17, 2020 - 6 Unique Southern California Airbnbs

Airbnb has become popular with budget travelers looking for a cheap place to stay. However, cheap rentals are not the only perks Airbnb offers. If you are looking for an out of the box place to stay on your next Southern California vacation, consider these six unique Airbnbs. 1. Downtown Los Angeles Urban Oasis If you have always wanted to stay in the heart of Los Angeles, this downtown rental puts you within walking distance of The Broad museum, Grand Central Market and The Last Bookstore. This loft features breathtaking rooftop views of...

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Jun 17, 2020 - Create a Budget for Your Trip to Bali

If you have decided to finally take that much-needed vacation to Bali, then you need to figure out how you're going to pay for it. With the proper planning, you can take your trip without going into debt. Bali is an island in Indonesia that offers beautiful landscapes from mountains to beaches and is a popular getaway for those looking to relax. It even offers plenty of yoga and meditation classes and retreats to help you work on your self-care and recharge. To get the most out of your money and your time, create a budget for yourself, and...

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Jun 12, 2020 - 5 Reasons to Visit the Windy City Post-Quarantine

If you are like most people, you are itching to get out and about! If you are looking for somewhere to go after this whole quarantine is over, you should consider Chicago. The Windy City often gets overlooked for other locations, but there is plenty to see and do there for the whole family. 1. It Is Beautiful “Beautiful” may not be the first adjective you think of when you think about Chicago, but it does have its share of lovely locations to visit. Enjoy the classic architecture of the old neighborhoods, along with the stunning...

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Dec 3, 2019 - Can't Leave Home Without It

Yes, I know I usually begin the journal with the Norton family Christmas, but this year things were a bit different. You see, we are crazy enough to continue to drive our CR-V to Mexico. Long time readers may recall the importance of proper documentation for our vehicle once we’re south of the border. While we can get the needed permit at the border (an exhausting, very time consuming process), what I have done recently is spend about an hour of my time online some 30-60 days in advance of our planned departure. During that ordeal I’m...

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Oct 8, 2019 - Chicago

We left Minesota after driving thro' scenic tree-covered gorges to the Missippi. The Mississippi was high due to recent rains and flooding. It seemed no time at all till we were entering the outskirts of Chicago. I 90 heads into the heart of the city. As we drove along Ohio Street we spotted a motel...Ohio House Motel with free parking for guests. Rooms are basic, clean and quiet. We found ourselves 2 blocks from the Hard Rock Cafe, the 3rd largest McDonald's and the Rainforest Cafe. And the Big Bus...hop on, hop off....stopped in front of...

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Oct 6, 2019 - Ella Visits The Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkins everywhere but couldn't get Ella to stand still long enough for a photo with one. She was all over the place and especially enjoyed the petting zoo. Colin bought carrots and Ella fed all the animals. There was a perfectly placed hand washing station at the exit - we did that and hand sanitizer as well. What a fun day! I was so happy to be able to share this experience with my son, his wife, and my granddaughter!

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Oct 5, 2019 - First Stop

What a summer! My family dealt with unhappy issues starting with the death of my oldest sister to a surgery in June for my middle sister that was not successful and had to be redone in August. As for me, this was the third summer in a row that I had to have surgery and glad I did. I feel GREAT! The highlight of the summer was a terrific reunion weekend in Rhode Island. My sister and brother in law are absolutely the best hosts. Two out of three of my sons were able to attend and can't stop talking about what a fabulous time they had. I was...

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Sep 28, 2019 - Barbara heading home: or stuck in Chicago again...

Yesterday I spent a lovely morning in Barcelona; freshly squeezed orange juice, a flaky still warm croissant and tea. Later I wandered the old town and toured the old cathedral. Very gothic, with stained glass windows from the 14th century. Their patron saint was martyred at 13 for converting to Christianity. (Clearly these people did not have much experience with moody 13 year olds, and while I have occasionally considered killing mine during those years, this seems excessive...). She underwent 13 “trials”, all of which she is depicted...

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Spanish Sojourn

Sep 11, 2019 - The Windy City

Chicago Day 7 The train pulls into Union Station. It looks pretty dark and dingy and we hope that this is not an indication of Chicago itself. We exit the station and follow the directions on our phone (not a sensible decision) as we end up walking round in circles for about 45 mins. Tempers become frayed as we are exhausted and it is so humid and hot and we are carrying all our clothes for the next 8 months (we thought we had packed light, but we are beginning to realise we should have brought less). The trains in Chicago unlike the...

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Sep 2, 2019 - Chicago - eventually, and unplanned

Monday 02 Sep 2019 Happy birthday Hayden! We are up at 7am, to head away by 8.30. Tony tried to get USD, (to use in Vietnam and Cambodia), out of the ATM on the way, but it would not work properly and kept cancelling the transaction. He decided to try at the airport instead, rather than risk being late. It is not a long drive to the airport, and Louanne has us there in good time, we pass the Big Blue Bug on the way, and have to sing the Big Blue Bug song, a family tradition from way back. The bug is big, and blue, and is a symbol to the...

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Aug 31, 2019 - Leaving the U.S.A.

At O'Hare, TSA precheck was a breeze. Our flight was uneventful and we arrived early in Amsterdam. In summary, we left ORD at about 6:30 p.m. and landed at AMS 8:30 the next morning; seven hours air time and seven hours time difference. We did NOT get any sleep.

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