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September First

September First is a very important and celebrated day in Estonia — the first day of school. Flower shops lining the old cobblestone streets of Tallinn are very busy.  Every child, from preschool age through high school, was carrying a … Continue reading

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Fern Spring

Along Southside Drive that carries 90% of vehicle traffic through Yosemite Valley is a turnout for about four cars.  The sign for Fern Spring is small, like it was meant for hikers more than car/bus passengers, but it provides a … Continue reading

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Plague Tower

The Black Death, bubonic plague, swept across Europe several times beginning in the 14th century.  The Great Plague of Vienna in the late 1600’s was especially devastating. People were so fearful of the plague that they prayed the disease would pass … Continue reading

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Serengeti Stand Off

I was in Serengeti National Park in northern Tanzania, perched on top of a high bank watching a hippo pool below.  The small river flowed toward me straight out of the northern horizon, made a left turn at my feet and headed … Continue reading

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Cliff Palace

Cliff Palace is the largest cliff dwelling in North America.  The floor is 100′ below the cliff’s rim above.  The circular tower on the right is over four stories tall.  To get a better sense of the scale, there are … Continue reading

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Winnetoon, NE 68789

The 19th century is still alive in Winnetoon, Nebraska.  Hiding in the northeast corner of the state, north of Creighton and east of Verdigree, two other well-known population centers, is Winnetoon.  The city was founded in 1891 and a U.S. … Continue reading

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Bath Houses

In the early 1800’s, Bath, England was a place to be seen; i.e. a place to socialize, display your wealth, gamble, party, and look for a spouse that could enhance your social status.  Bath was England’s party town, and all … Continue reading

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