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What to wear on a polar expedition? Layers!

What to Wear on a Polar Expedition

I laugh a little now when I look at this picture to the right. It was taken during the beginning of my month-long voyage through the Southern Ocean. Not knowing quite what to expect in terms of the weather, all were well-prepared with orange polar Shackleton anniversary jackets and other polar wear at all times. We quickly […]

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The End of the World – Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia – fin del Mundo, the southernmost city in the world – is located at the south end of Argentina, neighboring Chile and straddling the region of Tierra del Fuego at the foot of South America. It is the jumping off point for voyages to the Antarctic Peninsula, Patagonia, to the Falkland Islands and to South Georgia. I was […]

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Perpignan, France -- Romance in the French Pyrénées Countryside

Perpignan — The Sunniest Place in France!

Mangez bien, riez souvent, aimez beaucoup, or “Eat well, laugh often, love abundantly.”           …things to do in the south of France! I haven’t been to France in awhile and I’m really itching to get back, specifically to one of my favorite wine regions: Languedoc-Roussillon. The effect that the warm air off of the […]

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Dawn liftoff of NASA's Orion -- Exploration Flight Test-1 at Cape Canaveral in Florida -- photo credit Stefanie Payne

I Took a Break from Blogging Because of a Spaceship

Someone asked me the other day why I don’t blog anymore. It’s true — over the last six months or so, I’ve pretty well abandoned this site. But it was for what I think to be a pretty good reason. On December 5, 2014, NASA’s Orion spacecraft launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. I […]

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Best travel booking sites and mobile apps

Best Travel Booking Sites and Apps (2014)

I’m a somewhat frequent traveler and have been for some time. Over the years, I’ve found many exceptional resources in terms of booking engines and planning sites. Those listed below have helped me get on the road at one time or another. Some, I’ve been using for years, others, are brand new to me and have proven […]

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Four Parks in Four Days — National Parks in The American Southwest

If you had only four days to pack some adventure into your life, what would you do? And, how much adventure can one actually pack into four days? Faced with a busy job and little time off, an important event to celebrate, and armed always with a burning desire to travel whenever possible — I […]

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Outdoor Adventures in or Near Washington, DC

My team at work is launching a spacecraft this year so I’m grounded from international travel until at least February. The good part of that is that I am able to explore my vicinity (greater Washington, DC) with a fine-tooth comb while saving pennies for my next big adventure: Antarctica! Until then, I plan to become […]

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Prayer flags in the Himalayas lead the way to Mt. Everest in Nepal (Image: Jonathan Irish | http://www.jonathanirish.com)

Great Quotations About Hiking, Walking, Mountaineering

❤ “Climbing is as close as we can come to flying.” — Margaret Young ❤ “If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking.  Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk.” — Raymond Inmon “Chasing angels or fleeing demons, go to the mountains.” — Jeffrey Rasley “It’s always further than it looks. […]

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The Milky Way over Tenerife. Photo Credit & Copyright: Juan Carlos Casado via NASA APOD

Starmus: Space Geeks, Science Peeps and Travel Freaks to Meet at the Canary Islands

Niche travel has many special interests covered — food, wine, literature. I rarely see astronomy and science mixed in with those groups. This isn’t terribly surprising as these are highly specialized interests, and space people typically spend more time inside of offices than they do on the road. I am a traveler, and I also work in America’s human […]

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