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Earthwatch Ocean Adventures: Sea Otters – Part 6

There was a lot of splashing and commotion ahead of our boat and as we got nearer we saw that a bald eagle had a salmon too big to fly with, so was dragging it to shore; we rounded a point and an Alaskan brown bear on the beach whirled and disappeared into the willows; […]

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Joshua Tree’s Desert Species – Earthwatch Adventure II

On a pleasant day, in the lower elevation Colorado Desert section of the park, we began our reptile transect in an area of palo verde trees and ocotillos near a rocky outcrop.  As we lined up to walk the first segment of the survey I immediately spotted a whiptail lizard scurrying under a creosote bush!  […]

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Early Retirement Benefits: Senior National Park Pass

When one thinks of early retirement benefits, the thoughts are usually concerned with Social Security, pensions, IRA’s and the like. There is a huge perk to being age 62 that many people are not aware of and that is the senior national park pass. I’m going to be perfectly honest with you. I think our […]

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Four Corners USA: Visit Less Popular Parks/Monuments

When people think of the National Parks in four corners USA, they usually think of Mesa Verde and the Grand Canyon. There are less popular parks that are worth a visit. On our recent trip to the area, we visited Sunset Crater Volcano and Wupatki National Monument. We also visited the Petrified Forest National Park. Situated […]

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Research Dolphins in the Wild in Florida and Greece-Part 4

The Earthwatch Institute expedition WILD DOLPHIN SOCIETIES was in a more urban setting at Sarasota Bay in Florida. This was a little different from most expeditions in that the research scientists were employed by the Mote Marine Laboratory and went home at night and weekends so there wasn’t as much interaction with the volunteers as […]

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Best Less Traveled Destinations in New England

Eibhlin (“Eileen”) MacIntosh shares her favorite less traveled destinations in New England. I’m 59 years old and I’ve traveled a lot. On of the best less traveled destinations is Portland, Maine. I grew up in New England and I know that people drive right past Portland all the time. Like the late Rodney Dangerfield, it […]

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Things to Do In Phoenix AZ Children’s Musuem

If you have a toddler or pre-schooler and are looking for things to do in Phoenix AZ, a visit the Children’s Museum is a wonderful way to spend the day. While the website says the museum is for ages one to eleven, the vast majority of youngsters were under six when we were there. I […]

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Gasparilla Island State Park, Florida

Gasparilla Island State Park For many years and generations the beaches of Sanibel and Captiva Islands as well as Gasparrilla and Cayo Costa Islands have been Florida Beach vacation stars. They are located in Lee County which is also home to Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach & Bonita Springs. Lee is the most populous county […]

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Cayo Costa State Park, Florida

Cayo Costa State Park For many years and generations the beaches of Sanibel and Captiva Islands as well as Gasparrilla and Cayo Costa Islands have been Florida Beach vacation stars. They are located in Lee County which is also home to Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach & Bonita Springs. Lee is the most populous county […]

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Bowman’s Beach, Florida

Bowman’s Beach For many years and generations the beaches of Sanibel and Captiva Islands as well as Gasparrilla and Cayo Costa Islands have been Florida Beach vacation stars. They are located in Lee County which is also home to Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach & Bonita Springs. Lee is the most populous county in Southwest […]

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