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Episodes for August 2009
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Remembering Cherokee Red Clay
The last days of the Cherokee Indian nation will be remembered this weekend at Red Clay State Park, near Cleveland, Tennessee. FMI - www.tennessee.gov/environment/parks/RedClay
Taking pictures in the woods
If your wilderness adventures include a camera, you better have all the equipment you need with you when you go, and it better not break. Sounds simple, but it's hard to do.
The sewers of
Known as the city beneath the city, the system of splendidly engineered tunnels underneath Paris has figured prominently in its history and literature, and they can be a fascinating, surprisingly clean place to tour.
Drumming for champions
The national championships of the Drum Corps International, the Super Bowl of marching bands opens at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. It's going to be a very loud place indeed. FMI - www.dci.org.
State Fairs everywhere
August is the month when millions of Americans flock to state fair grounds around the county to celebrate agriculture and industry with a week of fun, friendly competition, excitement, and big name entertainment. FMI - A listing of US state fairs at www.ncstatefair.com.
Meandering in Monet's garden
Something about the light in the tiny village of Giverny that day on the Seine River an hour’s trainride west of Paris must have caught Monet's eye. Tour the master’s gardens, now restored to their former glory.
Off-season vacations can be a bargain, but you may have to take some extra chances with the weather. Here's a bit of advice to help you improve your odds. FMI - www.nhc.noaa.gov/
Lord Shiva’s holy city
Tradition holds that Indian city of Varanasi was sacred to the Hindu god, Shiva, perpetual destroyer and creator of the universe. Millions of pilgrims traverse the hot, arid plains of northern India each year, seeking salvation in this most powerful place.
Some shots you'll need to travel
If you're heading to Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia, Central or South America, you may need to be immunized against a variety of infections before you go. FMI – www.cdc.gov/travel
Most victims of malaria are indigenous population in rural areas in Asia, Africa, and South and Central America. But the disease also strikes thousands of travelers each year. And it's getting worse. FMI – www.cdc.gov/travel
America's still wild rivers
Despite the encroachment of civilization, the continent has many wonderful, still wild rivers of which few people have ever heard, let alone navigated. Here are a few of the best.
Afloat on the Selway
Called by many aficionados, the wildest river and the lower 48 states, the Selway crosses the Continental Divide through the Bitterroot Range of east central Idaho with more than 45 named rapids. FMI - www.threeriversrafting.com
Eight decades ago, Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, a well-known Welsh architect, assembled what he called a “Home for fallen buildings” on the shores of Tremadog Bay. No one lives in this unique village, but many celebrities have visited. FMI - www.portmeirion-village.com/
Great Britain's love affair with trains began with their birth in 1825, and it is still going strong, from cog-wheeled railways to luxury lines. FMI – Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch railroad - www.rhdr.org.uk, Bluebell Railway - www.bluebell-railway.co.uk/, Snowdon Mountain Railroad - www.snowdonrailway.co.uk/
The price of a room
“Kids stay free" is a relative offer, but what do hotels mean when they make it? Here are the age requirement policies for several popular American hotel chains.
Rails to trails
You can now bicycle for more than 350 miles from Washington, DC to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania without traveling on a public road. Thousands of miles of defunct rail beds have already been converted to pedestrian ways across the country. FMI – www.railstotrails.org.
Laptop travel tips
In answer to a listener's query, we offer several tips on when and where you can use your laptop on the road.
Mud Island is a 50-acre complex consisting of equal parts Museum, entertainment venue, and city park, with a working map of the Mississippi River. Dedicated in 1982, it is on par with many other Memphis attractions. FMI - www.mudisland.com/
Castles by the sea
From Marstrand in Sweden in the north to the Rock of Gibraltar in the south, dozens of former strongholds still stand watch over Europe’s coastlines, each reflecting the architecture of armament of its day.
The Johnson Space Center
Visitors to Mission Control at NASA's huge Johnson Space Center near Houston are in for a hands-on, space-age experience. FMI - www.nasa.gov/centers/johnson/home/
The Peace Corps today
The Peace Corps's motto is “the toughest job you'll ever love.” It can also be one of your life's great travel adventures. FMI – www.peacecorps.gov
Hiking Madeira's highlands
Some 300 miles off the coast of North Africa, the mountain high hills of the island of Madeira juts up sharply from the sea.
The isles of Scilly
The name of these tiny islands off of England's southwest tip may sound like something out of a Monty Python show, but the name means “sunny place of flowers.” They're peaceful haven well off the normal tourist track.
Two faces of tourism
When travelers flock to a destination they inevitably change it. Some changes can be considered improvements; others degrade factors which may do that someplace desirable to live or visit in the first place.
The Cleveland Air Show
This weekend at the Cleveland National Air Show, the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels roaring over downtown’s Burke Lakefront Airport will be just one of the main attractions. FMI – www.clevelandairshow.com
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