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UNESCO Sites: Irreplaceable Sources of Life and Inspiration

on November 22, 2013 - 6:34am
Stones of Avebury. Photo by Jason Frazier

Terry Foxx of Los Alamos with her daughter Kerri Frazier, granddaughter Sydney and husband Jim Foxx gathered around one of the large stones of Avebury. Photo by Jason Frazier

Avebury, a Site Worth Visiting
By TERALENE FOXX

Our traveling family (Kerri, Jason and Sydney Frazier) frequently joke that Kerri should get a bumper sticker that reads, “Will stop for flora, fauna, cheese, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites.” Although it may be a joke, there is some truth to this.

Europe 2014 Selling Coffee Again!

on November 19, 2013 - 8:10am

 

Image designed by student traveler Caroline Schramm

LAHS News:

Interested in supporting educational travel? Buy some fresh-roasted, organic, Fair Trade coffee and help more than a dozen Los Alamos High School graduating seniors see historic sights in Europe next June!

For 15 days, the group of 2014 Los Alamos graduates will learn through the power of visiting actual historical sites in six different countries, including Anne Frank’s house, Versailles, and Stonehenge.

Solo Traveler: When Romance Dies

on November 18, 2013 - 8:55am
Beds in stowed position on a Thai train. Photo by Sherry Hardage
 
Beds come down for the night. Photo by Sherry Hardage
 
Solo Traveler: When Romance Dies
By SHERRY HARDAGE

Train travel ─ is there anything more romantic? Well, Paris maybe. Better yet, train travel to and from Paris!

There is a website, The Man in Seat 61 created by a fellow whose love affair with trains goes back to his childhood. His site features descriptions, schedules, fares, and even videos of just about every passenger train in the world.

I read about the trains in Thailand and wanted to ride the one from

Former LANL Security Chief Jack Killeen Launches Retirement With 2,700 Mile Adventure

on November 14, 2013 - 3:10pm

Jack Killeen arrives at the Mexican Border south of Palomas, N.M., following a nine week, 2,700 mile mountain bike journey from the Canadian Border. Photo by Sonja Killeen

Attracted to the salt, this deer ate Jack Killeen's glove, the inside of his bike helmet and one of the white arm guards he wore to protect against the sun. Photo by Jack Killeen

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

It was 3 a.m. and the sound of a large animal outside his tent brought former Los Alamos National Laboratory Security Division Leader Jack Killeen to his feet.

One Year On the Road

on November 12, 2013 - 8:56am

One year anniversary of three-year world tour. Courtesy photo

A TRAVELVERSITY

Introduction by Teralene Foxx

It has been a year since our daughter Kerri and her husband Jason Frazier and daughter Sydney began their world travels. I really appreciate those who have asked me how they are or say they are following their adventure through the Los Alamos Daily Post. And thanks LA Daily Post for following their journey. In Jason’s latest blog, he shares what they have found out about themselves and the world in this last year. 

But before getting to Jason’s blog, I would like to answer several

Council Approves $365,248 to Aid Struggling Commercial Air Service Program

on November 5, 2013 - 8:44pm

Airport Manager Peter Soderquist presented to Council this evening a commercial air service update and asked for a budget revision of $365,248 to the contract with the County to fund the commercial air service program, which includes $100,000 for associated marketing.

Solo Traveler: Money Security

on November 4, 2013 - 8:32am
A beach on the island of Koh Tao in Thailand, where Sherry Hardage is currently traveling. Photo by Sherry Hardage
 
Solo Traveler: Money Security
By SHERRY HARDAGE

I have become convinced that the ubiquitous ATM has made it possible for most people to travel anywhere.

When I first traveled abroad, alone at age 18, I carried traveler’s checks. In some countries these days, traveler’s checks can only be cashed at banks and can be burdensome if cash is needed right away.

You might want to check the exchange rates for your destination.

Solo Traveler: Packing Tips

on October 28, 2013 - 10:40am
Solo Traveler: Packing Tips
By SHERRY HARDAGE

In the last column I talked about traveling light, taking one carry-on suitcase and a large purse-like bag for electronics. That sounds fine and dandy, but in reality, how do you pack everything you need for a month (or six) in two small carry-on bags?

It might help to take a look at what constitutes “need.” We’re familiar with the travel-sized packages of lotion, shampoo, deodorant, and toothpaste. Unfortunately, the TSA has a limit on the amount of solids, pastes, and creams that can be carried onboard.

The bottom of the suitcase unzipped to pack

Comment Sought on State Rail Plan

on October 24, 2013 - 8:01am

NMDOT News:

Santa Fe – The public is invited to provide final comment on the New Mexico State Rail Plan that will serve as a five year plan for the State’s railroad program. The Rail Plan, which is a Federal requirement, sets forth state policy regarding passenger and freight rail transportation.

It identifies current and future passenger and freight rail facilities, services, needs, issues and opportunities.

Solo Traveler: Round the World Travel – Packing Light

on October 23, 2013 - 8:29am
Sherry Hardage is currently exploring Thailand. This is a spirit house, a little edifice for the displaced spirits when a building or house is built on land the spirits inhabited. They are given food, drink and incense every morning by the new owners of the land, and the squirrels benefit from everyone's generosity. Photo by Sherry Hardage
 
 
Solo Traveler: Round the World Travel – Packing Light
Column by SHERRY HARDAGE

I have always been impressed with people who go on a round the world trip with nothing but a tiny suitcase and what they are wearing.

Deva Houti was an Indian

Solo Traveler: Tourist vs. Traveler

on October 16, 2013 - 7:23am
Solo Traveler: Tourist vs. Traveler
Column by SHERRY HARDAGE

"The traveler sees what he sees; the tourist sees what he has come to see."  – Gilbert K. Chesterton

I ran across this quote some time ago. It reminded me of a discussion I had with an old (we dated back in high school) boyfriend. He said he loved to travel, and he traveled only with Grand Circle and National Geographic tours, both of which are excellent companies. He described how many places he’d been and how much information he had acquired in very short periods of time.

His description sounded like he spent a lot of money

Solo Traveler: Food

on September 28, 2013 - 7:46am
Pears for sale at a market in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas. Photo by Sherry Hardage
 
Solo Traveler: Food
Column by SHERRY HARDAGE

For people going on a cruise, where delicious food is available all day and into the night, it’s probably better to lose weight before the trip. Foodie tours of France, Italy, and Mexico can quickly pack on the pounds, too.

Even adventure travel can do in a diet. Several summers ago I went on a five-day rafting trip down the wild Yampa River in Colorado with the O.A.R.S. Company.

Solo Traveler: Themed Travel - Fountains

on September 17, 2013 - 7:38am
Solo Traveler: Themed Travel - Fountains
Column by SHERRY HARDAGE

When on a long trip, I’ve discovered that I don’t get terribly excited about visiting a place until I actually put feet on the ground. Then the smells, sounds, the struggle to understand and be understood, all conspire to light a fire in my heart and make me want to explore.

I read about the Trevi Fountain in Rome and wanted to see it, but I wasn’t savvy enough at the time to use my iPad’s map functions nor had I discovered the iPad’s GPS. Plus, I went to Rome with two other women who had their own agendas about what to see.

After

Solo Traveler: Socialized Medicine

on September 12, 2013 - 8:10am
Solo Traveler: Socialized Medicine
Column by SHERRY HARDAGE

An issue that every traveler must eventually contend with is medical care. Inevitably travelers get colds, bellyaches, injured, or worse. So if you’re in another country, far from home, what do you do?

Most American medical insurance companies will cover you in foreign lands with the caveat that you pay for the medical services and they’ll reimburse you. Travel medical insurance is available for a reasonable fee per year, or a not quite so reasonable fee per trip.

Solo Traveler: Themed Travel - Art

on September 1, 2013 - 7:23am
Palau Güell, looking up into the atrium. Photo by Sherry Hardage
 
 
La Familia Sagrada seen from Park Güell. Photo by Sherry Hardage
 
 
Solo Traveler: Themed Travel - Art
Column by SHERRY HARDAGE

Themed travel was something I found myself doing without being aware of it. It appears, in retrospect, that my trip to Spain was all about tracking down modern art.

Seven of Antoni Gaudí’s projects are now World Heritage sites. It’s hard to be in Barcelona for one hour without running across his name, seeing something inspired by him or viewing a building that he designed.

I spent two weeks

NCRTD 'Blue Buses' Not in Service Monday

on August 29, 2013 - 11:17am

NCRTD NEWS:

The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has announced that the RTD “Blue Buses” will not be in service Monday Sept. 2, in observance of the Labor Day holiday. 

Regularly scheduled bus service throughout north central New Mexico including Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos Counties will resume Tuesday, Sept. 3.

The North Central Regional Transit District provides free bus service Monday through Friday to a service area that encompasses more than 10,000 square miles of north central New Mexico including the counties of Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and

Solo Traveler: Travel Apps

on August 24, 2013 - 7:40am
Solo Traveler: Travel Apps
Column by SHERRY HARDAGE

With all the wonderful devices available today, which ones do you take on a solo trip?

Last year, I purchased an iPad. I thought about an iPhone, but with my over-60 eyes I could never read that tiny screen. The iPad has a built-in GPS that works with Google Maps, a feature I didn’t discover until a recent trip to Silver City.

I found my destination on a map and then turned off the cellular connection. As I drove, a voice came from the iPad telling me where to turn. For a long trip to Europe, I wanted to have access to language

Sydney's Corner: Birds of Florence, Italy

on August 23, 2013 - 7:59am

Sydney Frazier in Florence, Italy. Photo by Jason Frazier
SYDNEY’S CORNER: Birds of Florence, Italy
 
Introduction by Teralene Foxx
Los Alamos

I am an ecologist by training and interests; I love the out-of-doors. But with all the gadgets we have now (ipads, cellphones, computers), how do our children and grandchildren learn and become passionate about the natural and cultural world around them? How do we teach them earth-care and tolerance?

I passionately believe that the only way we come to appreciate the world around us is to be out exploring and experiencing the world.

Woman Takes 100 Mile Hike Around Mont Blanc with Father and Others from Los Alamos

on August 21, 2013 - 11:29am

Fathers and daughters who participated in a 100 mile hike around Mont Blanc, from left, Harry and Angela Martz, Paul White (who had sons so he joined the trip by 'adopting' Kerri Frazier’s roommate), Stephanie Larsen, Brian and Megan Metz; Joy and Roger Ferenbaugh, Kerri Frazier and Charles Frazier aka Jim. Courtey photo

 

Tour du Mont Blanc
Introduction by Teralene Foxx

You have all heard about Daddy/Daughter dances but how about Daddy/Daughter hikes. Well not just any hike, but a 100 mile hike in France, Italy, and Switzerland.

Nine Weekends of Taos Grand Fall Arts Begins

on August 21, 2013 - 7:22am
A season of color in Taos. Photos by Jill Caven and Janet Burns

Staff Report

TAOS—Fall colors in Taos include not only the vivid changing leaves in Carson National Forest but a multi-colored palette of festivals that take place throughout September and October.  

The 2013 Taos Grand Fall Arts season includes many art, music, literary, and culinary events and several major festivals – Taos Fall Arts Festival, Taos Wool Festival, and SOMOS Storytelling Festival are among the most popular.

This year, the roster of events features a number of colorful personalities:

Aug. 17-Sept.1 Grammy-winner

Solo Traveler: Why Wait?

on August 16, 2013 - 7:38am
Solo Traveler: Why Wait?
Column by SHERRY HARDAGE

Why wait to retire before you start traveling? Why not retire now? Why not travel now and figure out a different way to make money?

I had the advantage of working for a big company that, in a cost-saving move, kicked me out before I planned to retire. Hiring someone very young with no experience was a sound financial decision for them.  

But let’s back up. I wasn’t “kicked out.” I was given a very powerful disincentive to stay in my job.

If I would retire by their deadline, I could keep my health insurance.

Solo Traveler: From Riches to Rags

on August 7, 2013 - 9:02am
Solo Traveler: Riches to Rags
Column by SHERRY HARDAGE

After a three-month trip to Europe, I told my sister I needed to buy some new clothes. “Halleluiah,” she cried.

She thinks that wearing the same clothes over and over is a sad state of affairs and she loves to shop. She’s convinced shopping will be the cure to my obsession with not having things.

You see, I’ve gone from riches to rags – literally - in my sister’s opinion. I’ve joined the small but growing number of people who want a simpler life.

Simple living begins with having as little as we can get away with and continues with

Solo Traveler: Guides

on August 2, 2013 - 6:54am
Solo Traveler: Guides
Column by SHERRY HARDAGE

In most areas of the world, tour companies provide both a good driver and a tour guide for each busload of passengers.

While most of the drivers are excellent, the tour guides can be great, mediocre or just plain charlatans.

I went on a tour in 1985 from Delhi to the Taj Mahal. The guide was a young lady who spoke heavily accented English, very fast. I had read several books to get an idea what we would be seeing and knew a lot about the history of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal.

Rare Chance to Explore Abandoned Copper Mine

on July 25, 2013 - 8:04am
Nacimiento Copper Mine site. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is offering a rare chance to visit the abandoned Nacimiento Copper Mine near Cuba Aug.10.

The trip, led by local geology expert Patrick Rowe, will be fun and hands-on for both adults and children. Participants will explore the area, with ample chances to find beautiful specimens such as petrified wood.

Specimens found at the Nacimiento Cooper Mine site. Courtesy photo

In addition to petrified wood specimens, which are regularly covered with exquisite green malachite and blue azurite,

Solo Traveler: Tours

on July 24, 2013 - 8:19am
Solo Traveler: Tours
Column by SHERRY HARDAGE

Those of us who travel independently sometimes have disdain for tours. We know how much things generally cost and think tours are often a rip-off.

I do not enjoy being taken to a restaurant the tour company has chosen, and then told what to order off a limited “tourist” menu. And I’ve come to despise being taken to a “crafts workshop” that is actually nothing more than a high priced trinket store on the pretext of a “cultural” experience.

But sometimes I opt for day-tours so I can be assured of getting to the places of interest in relative

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