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September 7th, 2022
Linda Ballou Shares Her Interview on the Rocky Mountain Channel – And Eye Candy for Nature Lovers
September 7th, 2022

By Linda Ballou, NABBW’s Adventure Travel Associate I love this interview with Brett Wilson at The Rocky Mountain Channel podcast. I felt relaxed and welcome. He wanted to know what prompted me to follow in the hoofprints of the indomitable Isabella Bird from pristine Hawai’i to untamed Colorado in 1873. Alberta Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park. Photo courtesy of Linda Ballou. We talked about how Isabella and Rocky Mountain Jim were two seriously damaged people who found their salvation in nature. Isabella describes their legendary romance and the ethereal beauty of the region in her... Continue Reading

August 19th, 2022
The Rocky Mountains Are Calling Linda Ballou, Here’s Where You Can See Her Speak During Her September Majestic Mountain Tour
August 19th, 2022

By Linda Ballou, NABBW’s Adventure Travel Associate Embrace of the Wild Isabella Lucy Bird was a Victorian Age adventurer who endured tremendous hardships in her explorations of the Rockies in 1873. She became the best-loved travel writer of her time, and was the first woman inducted into the Scottish Royal Geographical Society. In my book Embrace of the Wild, I share Bird’s most transformative journeys. A fierce spirit trapped in a frail body, Isabella rode through raging waters on the Hamakua Coast, up the flank of a volcano, and into the Waipio Valley in Hawai’i. Her exploratory adventures... Continue Reading

August 5th, 2022
It’s Finally Time to Travel Again, Boomers: “On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!”
August 5th, 2022

By Phyllis Stoller, NABBW’s Group Travel Associate For us Boomers, the time to travel is now. We can leave the United States and travel much of the world without anxiety. The Euro is close to $1 and the UK Pound, Mexican Peso, etc are very low; travel costs are way down to compensate for airfares which are up. Why should we feel safe now? Below I answer with facts and my personal feelings: Here’s a group pic of a recent WTG group, at England’s Downton Abbey. Most of Europe is more vaccinated than we Americans are. Portugal is the outstanding example with 98% fully vaccinated. ... Continue Reading

August 2nd, 2022
Heading to Hawai’i? Linda Ballou Shares How to Do Maui’s Hana Highway Her Way
August 2nd, 2022

By Linda Ballou, NABBW’s Adventure Travel Associate Each day, thousands traverse the narrow road that hugs the coast of Southeast Maui to the village of Hana, one of last remnants of old Hawai’i. Typical bridge on Hana Highway It is a miracle that the over fifty one-lane bridges, many of which are over a hundred years old, don’t collapse beneath the steady stream of cars. Drivers are rubber necking to see the most beautiful waterfall, and angling to find a pullout near unmarked trailheads to take a closer look. Still, chaos can be avoided and you can enjoy a tranquil, romantic journey into... Continue Reading

July 6th, 2022
Montréal & Quebec City: A Trip to France without Crossing the Atlantic
July 6th, 2022

By Carolee Duckworth, NABBW’s Independent Travel Associate OUR JULY ARMCHAIR TRIP: Montréal & Quebec City: A Trip to France without Crossing the Atlantic Are you ready for another Armchair Trip? It’s July, so this time let’s head off to the more moderate temperatures of Northern Canada to visit two historic cities with winding cobbled streets, flanked by seventeenth and eighteenth-century stone houses and churches, graceful parks and squares. Our destinations will be the French speaking cities of Montréal and Quebec City, rich in unsurpassable French cuisine, French culture... Continue Reading

June 27th, 2022
With Another Summer Upon Us, Linda Ballou Shares Stories of Rivers She Has Known and Loved
June 27th, 2022

By Linda Ballou, NABBW’s Adventure Travel Associate Camping tents glow beneath dramatic storm clouds on the edge of the Tatshinshini River in Alaska’s Yukon. As temperatures begin to soar, I dream of the rivers I have known and loved. Tension mounts as I hear the rumble of rapids roiling ahead. Sitting up straight, tucking a foot beneath the pontoon of the rubber raft, taking a secure position for the white water to come, I listen for commands. “Paddles ready!” calls the guide and then we are bouncing through rapids with cooling waves splashing overhead. Squeals of excitement fill the... Continue Reading

May 23rd, 2022
Carolina On My Mind: Blue Ridge to the Coast
May 23rd, 2022

OUR MAY ARMCHAIR TRIP: CAROLINA ON MY MIND: BLUE RIDGE TO THE COAST By Carolee Duckworth, NABBW’s Independent Travel Associate Ahhh. It’s May. And we’re back to all the green and bright colors of late Spring. So, for this next armchair trip, let’s head for Carolina blue skies and Mountain sunsets, followed by the sounds of surf and white sandy beaches. We can have it all in lovely North Carolina, from Blue Ridge peaks to the sparkling Atlantic coast. Traveling West, we’ll climb up and up into the Blue Ridge mountains for three days in eclectic Asheville. This arty and ever-intriguing... Continue Reading

May 5th, 2022
Buena Ventura- Land of Good Fortune
May 5th, 2022

By Linda Ballou, NABBW’s Adventure Travel Associate Ventura Harbor Ventura is a beach town with a laid-back vibe that is the gateway to some great adventures. About an hour north of Los Angeles spectacular day trips in the Channel Islands National Park are waiting for you.  Turn up at the Island Packer dock in Ventura Harbor at about 9 AM with a lunch in your backpack and leave your worries behind. After an hour-long cruise across the channel, passengers are dropped off at Scorpion Anchorage and admonished to be back by 4 PM, or plan on spending the night on the island. Some choose to do exactly... Continue Reading

April 9th, 2022
Our April Armchair Trip: Napa Valley, San Francisco & The Pacific Highway
April 9th, 2022

OUR APRIL ARMCHAIR TRIP: NAPA VALLEY, SAN FRANCISCO & THE PACIFIC HIGHWAY By Carolee Duckworth, NABBW’s Independent Travel Associate We’re ready to take off again on our April Armchair Trip, traveling in our minds. So, sit back, set loose your imaginings, and let’s be off on our April trip. First, we’ll drive our rented convertible (fire red or royal blue) across the Golden Gate Bridge and up through California redwood country to Napa Valley, for three days of vineyard visits and wine-tastings, hearty pioneer eating and soul-soothing hot springs. Next, we’ll make the breath-taking... Continue Reading

March 10th, 2022
OUR MARCH ARMCHAIR TRIP: Blues, Soul, Rock & Jazz: Memphis to New Orleans “Riding on the City of New Orleans”
March 10th, 2022

OUR MARCH ARMCHAIR TRIP: Blues, Soul, Rock & Jazz: Memphis to New Orleans “Riding on the City of New Orleans” By Carolee Duckworth, NABBW’s Independent Travel Associate So, let’s head back to that cozy chair for another amazing Armchair Trip. Again, we will be traveling in our minds, but this is a trip that we certainly will want to take for real someday. Open your “imaginings” and join me on our March trip to where music “calls out from every door” and wooden trolleys make their lazy way up and down the waterfront and through the city. WHERE TO THIS TIME? It’s March... Continue Reading

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