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U.S. Ecotourism Ideas
Logans Pass Continental Divide Glacier National Park
This past July, my husband and I biked through one of our nation’s most iconic parks, Glacier National Park. Just one year earlier, the park was ravaged by fire caused by persistent drought in the region.  Yet, this summer, signs of recovery – in the form of lots of sightings of bears, cougars, bald eagles...
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Ambassador for the Environment
A few months ago, for our Spring Break, our family traveled to the Hawaiian island of Maui.  We chose Maui for a few reasons including the chance to experience Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassador for the Environment program, which is affiliated with three of Ritz-Carlton’s Resorts (Maui, Grand Cayman, and Puerto Rico), and to better understand how the...
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Horse Blog
While I know my son was having a wonderful time at his summer camp in New Hampshire, I was still so glad to be able to have this extended road trip with my daughter, utilizing AirBnB properties along the way. During part one of this two-part series, I talked about our adventures from Georgia up...
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AirBnB Inspired Road Trip
As my son was packing up for another season at his summer camp in New Hampshire, I realized I had to do something to make these weeks special for my daughter too. So what better than a grand AirBnB inspired road trip! My daughter and I love animals and have been especially interested in raising...
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Approach to Ferry Port on Car Free Mackinac Island
The more I travel, the more I appreciate, downright relish, the unhurried feeling of a pedestrian zone, where locals and visitors alike can only traverse by foot or bicycle (or maybe by an old-fashioned horse-drawn carriage).  One can usually find a pedestrian zone within a historic center, such as we did in Dubrovnik (Croatia) and Krakow (Poland) or...
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Alaska Adventure
Alaska is one of the least-densely populated places in the world, and much of the state remains wild and road-less. Travel to Alaska typically focuses on these remote areas, and enjoying the stunning scenery and abundant wildlife they offer. To ensure that nature and eco-travel can continue, we must be stewards for the natural environment...
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It’s that time of year where thoughts turn to summer camps, festivals, and vacations.  Summertime has always been a great occasion for families to relax, reconnect and (re)discover historical sites, cultural traditions, and natural wonders. Fortunately, the United States has a wide variety of nature and wildlife-focused activities that spotlight the country’s diversity of flora...
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middle beach kennebunk maine
Some of my formative summer seasons were spent in Rhode Island and since Block Island and Newport were within close driving (or ferry) distance, it never occurred to our family to visit Kennebunkport too. Well, during all those summers, we were definitely missing out! My husband and I were invited up for a friend’s wedding...
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Bar Harbor, Maine has the distinction of being the second most popular outdoor adventure area in the United States (behind Yellowstone National Park). And, it is easy to understand why as this is the area where the Atlantic Ocean meets the mountains of scenic Acadia National Park. Located on Mount Desert Island in Maine, Bar...
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Alaska has the highest mountain (Mt. McKinley), the longest coastline, eight national parks, ten national preserves, four national monuments, sixteen national wildlife refuges, twenty-six national wild and scenic rivers, and two national forests. Nearly 16% of the state is designated as wilderness, compared to only 2.5% in the contiguous United States. And, although a bit...
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