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The Healthy Traveler: Are Meat-Free Mondays For You?

There has been a lot of talk these days about how going vegetarian or vegan one day per week can improve your health, while also decreasing your environmental impact. Celebs like Paul McCartney are champions of the cause, and eco-minded sites like TreeHugger (www.treehugger.com) and The Daily Green (www.thedailygreen.com) have helped spread the word about this worldwide campaign, which is quickly gaining popularity.

 

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The Silver Gypsy: 60th Reunion!

A letter followed me to Virginia last summer, an invitation to the 60th class reunion of Dowagiac High School’s 1954 graduating class in Michigan.  We missed the 55th reunion because it is a lot of work to put a reunion together and the home town group didn’t want to do it and I can’t blame them.  At any rate, this invitation came with a date of September and with plans already made for the next few months, I was not free to go.  It will be the first one I’ve missed.  We have had them every five years and I’ve driven or flown from far distant points to be there to renew old acquaintances.  It is a disappointment but the invitation brought back lots of memories. 

As September 27th approached, I found my senior year book to reminisce.  I don’t know if class books are still used or whether students still write notes in them on the last days of school.  If they do, I hope they are writing the notes in ink because those are almost the only ones that survived the years.   But then again, I’m sure that none of us were thinking 60 years ahead to whether our silly notes to each other would still be legible.   

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Adventures in RVing: Wrong Turn!

If you have followed this blog for long you know I regularly share RV adventures my wife and I have experienced while enjoying the RV lifestyle. This week I would like to share an adventure in RVing that happened many years ago as related by a 96 year old friend before it is lost to time

October 10, 1971: Clyde Miller and his wife arrive in Havasu City, Arizona towing a travel trailer. Being their first visit and long before onboard navigation they weren't quite sure on where to find parking for their RV while they visited town. Spying a street without any vehicles and open curbs they turned onto it hoping to find a place to park. Unfortunately, temporary "No Parking" signs had been placed along the edge of the road preventing anyone from pulling off. As they traveled along not only were there more no parking signs along the way but the sidewalks were lined with people much like they would line a road waiting for a parade. As he crossed a bridge and descended the other side receiving cheers from the crowd lining the sidewalk, he realized his mistake. He had just crossed the famed London Bridge moments before it was to be crossed by dignitaries and dedicated. 

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Great Escapes: Seattle, Washington - The Emerald City

Everything about Seattle is tall— from the 607-foot Space Needle and snow-capped 14,410-foot Mt. Rainier that fills the skyline, to the freighters in Elliott Bay. If you’re looking for a little bit of big city flavor, Washington’s Emerald City is just the place. Being the corporate home of Starbucks, there’s no shortage of great coffee either. 

b2ap3_thumbnail_PioneerSqtotems.jpgHistoric Pioneer Square, Seattle’s oldest neighborhood, is a good place to begin your visit with a trek beneath the city sidewalks. The guided Underground Tour leads through subterranean passages that were once the main roadways and first-floor storefronts of old downtown Seattle. In the Great Fire of 1889, everything burnt to the ground and a new city was built over the old, leaving remnants of the original buildings underground. Once back up on street level, wander around Pioneer Square and admire the turn-of-the-century street lamps, Tlingit totem poles, and restored iron Pergola that’s nearly 100 years old. Need a coffee break?  Grab a cuppa joe, find a seat, and people-watch. 

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The Full-Timing Nomad: What To Do If Your Full-Timing Plans Meet Resistance

You've finally made the decision to go full-time RVing and can't wait to tell friends and family about your great escape. But what do you do when the cat's out of the bag and nobody is happy about it? 

Meeting resistance from important people in our lives is a common occurrence when we are in the early planning stages of our road trip. Disclosing our plans to take time off to travel is a subversive action which, for many people, is a threat to everything they define as a “normal life.” Suddenly, all that they have assumed about you is up in the air, you are now “abnormal” in their eyes. People with young children are especially looked at sideways when they disclose their plans; some are even accused of being bad parents because they are taking away “stability” from the kids' lives. 

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The 19th Hole: A New Greg Norman Course Opening Next Year

Originally slated to open this year, officials at the Ponderosa Golf Course in Peachland, British Columbia now project the course will open in 2015. Designed by golf icon Greg Norman, the course is part of the Ponderosa development that overlooks Okanagan Lake. Norman’s design is a rework of an existing 18-hole executive course. Part of the development will occupy the previous golf course, so the scope of work dictates adding eight new holes while redesigning 10 of the original holes. When completed, the course will feature dramatic mountainous elevation changes, bold rock outcropping, towering landscapes of Ponderosa Pine and Douglas Fir trees, and breathtaking views of the lake. 

The new par 72 golf course will measure 7,065 yards. It’s being built on 400 acres that will also include a golf academy, village center, winery, tennis facilities, hotel, and about 2,000 new homes which will be built over a 15 year period. 

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RV Travel Tales: A Perchance Meeting in Cooke City, Montana

It was serendipity—or perhaps destiny—that I met Turtle at his workplace, The Soda Butte Inn and Prospector Restaurant in Cooke City, Montana. We laughed over the fact that we had been neighbors—he from Texas; me from Arkansas. When one is four long driving days from home, adjoining states count as neighbors. As least, Turtle and I talked with the same accent! 

In our brief encounter, Turtle told me his story. At age 41, he has the spine of an 80-year-old man, so he’s been told by his doctor. Although muscular, he said back in Texas he had weighed 400 pounds. “I did not even realize I carried that weight until I was hospitalized for chest pain,” he said. 

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The Healthy Traveler: The Anti-Aging Diet

I've been reading recently that a diet high in complex carbohydrates, i.e., fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts and seeds, are excellent to maintain a healthy existence.  In other words, they're anti-aging.  They're high in fiber and have definite beneficial effects on constipation, high blood pressure, ulcers, hemorrhoids, and other common "aging" afflictions.  They're rich in phytochemicals that prevent everything from cancer and heart disease to those awful age spots we seem to get as we get older.  Eating a high complex carbohydrate diet not only makes you feel better, but you look better, too.  Easily digested, complex carbohydrates counter the problem of a slowing metabolism, something that also happens as we age.  So why don't we eat more of them?  Changing our diet is no more difficult than changing our minds, but it has to be a commitment to change our lifestyles - not just for a few weeks, but for the rest of our lives. 

We have been searching for new things to incorporate into our daily regimen over the last seven years to increase our vitality, stamina, and our immune systems.  Yes, we love all the bad stuff there is to eat, so it's a constant vigilance over what we choose to put in our mouths.  But, for the most part, our choices are good.  Lots of spices and herbs - more on that later.  The fresher, the better.  Organic anything is always best.  Always.

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The Silver Gypsy: Interesting Seatmates

People in general are very interesting.  When I flew from Lynchburg, VA to Charlotte, NC, on my way back to Phoenix, I was prepared for an ultra-quiet flight.  These short flights are usually filled with business types who have their noses glued to various sized computers or phones and want no engagement of any kind.  It was a surprise to have a young man about the age of my grandson (17) as my seat companion. 

He asked, “Have you ridden on one of these small planes before.”
“Yes, many times.  And you?”
“No, it’s my first time.”
“I call them butterflies.  It will be an adventure.”
“My name is Ronald.  I didn’t catch yours,” he said with an engaging smile.
“My name is ‘Charlie.”

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Adventures in RVing: Gold Butte Backcountry Byway

"The byway begins 90 miles northeast of Las Vegas and five miles south of Mesquite/Bunkerville on Interstate 15, exit 112. The 62-mile scenic trip offers opportunities to see desert wildlife, red and white sandstone, sinkholes, petroglyphs, the Muddy Mountains and Lake Mead. The historic mining town of Gold Butte, established in 1908, is along the route. The primary extractions from Gold Butte are copper, gold, lead and zinc. The last 19 miles of the byway should only be traveled by high-clearance vehicles. Primitive camping and hiking are available along the byway."  Reading the above Bureau of Land Management description of the Gold Butte Backcountry Byway piqued my interest. "Historic mining town", "red sandstone" and "primitive camping" aka boondocking are key phrases for me, but it wasn't until I saw photos and video of the area, known as Whitney Pockets which lies along the route, that the byway was elevated to the top of the "must do" list. I am here to tell you, if you like boondocking and backroads, this byway has it all. Awesome boondocking sites, backroads to petroglyphs, unique rock formations, historic CCC structures, ghost towns and mining history all combined with scenic desert backdrops! ATVs are welcome too, allowing my wife and I to enjoy another one of our pastimes with all of the above. We spent two days in the area and only scratched the surface, so we will have to return at a future date. Combining boodocking with a host of other favorite activities is the best type of adventure in RVing there is!  You gotta love the RV lifestyle!

 

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