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Reading the West

A trip to England in the early 1990s demonstrated to me that I was a Westerner to the bone. It was so wet and so green—and where was the bright, hot sun? Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah…these places are my places. After that vacation, I began to seek out western writers. They offered a […]

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Food and Wine Courses Enhance Travel to Napa Valley

For baby boomers who love good food and wine and want more to their travel to Napa Valley, here are some unique educational programs and wine courses. CRUSHPAD WINE’S RESERVE EXPERIENCE. Crushpad is the Napa winery where you are the winemaker. Bored with the same old tasting room experience? Pull back the cellar door and […]

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Earthwatch Adventures at Crow Canyon Archeological Center

For those seniors with an interest in the history of the American Southwest, and those who have dreamed of doing some hands-on archeology, Crow Canyon’s Earthwatch expedition UNCOVERING THE MYSTERIES OF ANCIENT COLORADO is an ideal choice! With one or two week teams excavating at pit-house and pueblo sites in scenic southwest Colorado you’ll have […]

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10 Ways Educational Travel is Better than Your Average Vacation

Baby Boomers are seeking a new level of enrichment in their leisure travel activities. This is born out by the U.S. Department of Commerce which says that educational travel is growing and older adults are leading the charge. “Educational travel programs are one sure way to guarantee a higher level of enrichment, and the travel […]

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Budapest by night

100 Things to do Before You Die Revisited

Part of the retirement transition is taking stock of your life and planning what you want to do with the time you have left. Almost fifteen years ago, 100 Things to do Before You Die was published. In this book, authors Dave Freeman and Neil Teplica highlight events that should be on everyone’s bucket list. […]

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New Orleans Cooking Experience

Adult learning is an important part of retirement. Combining their love for travel with the desire to learn and experience new adventures, cooking schools are a popular for retirees. For those seeking a sophisticated approach to education in cultural cuisine, the New Orleans Cooking Experience is a prime destination. Located in New Orleans, Louisiana, the […]

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John C Campbell Folk School

The North Carolina Folk School allows active seniors to enjoy the breathtaking mountains while engaging in lifelong learning in craft-related areas. Tucked away in the picturesque western mountains of North Carolina lies the John C. Campbell Folk School, a 300-acre facility that provides teens, adults and active seniors with wonderful opportunities to hone skills in […]

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Come Into the Garden, Maud

When traveling, one of my favorite activities is to visit gardens. Visiting local gardens is a wonderful way to add depth and understanding to your travel experience, and there are a number of ways to find them wherever you plan to go. • Wikipedia has a list of botanic gardens in the U.S. and internationally. […]

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Earthwatch Adventures with Joshua Tree’s Desert Species

                The Mojave Desert was beautiful in the early morning as we set out to check pit-fall traps for a census of small desert creatures.  We drove through areas of imposing Joshua trees, spectacular rock formations, cactus “gardens” and an array of very colorful desert flowers.  Then, at […]

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Sonoma Gardens and Food

As a continuation of my exploration of communities with both wonderful botanic gardens and excellent recreational cooking schools, I thought I’d look at the beautiful Sonoma area, one of my favorites in California. Opened in 2004, Cornerstone Gardens in Sonoma (http://www.cornerstonegardens.com/) feature a series of walk-through areas designed by landscape architects. Each designer was given […]

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