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The Art of Dog Sledding in Bend, Oregon

The first dog started yelping, barking and jumping wildly on his hind legs, instigating the others to join in the commotion.  “They’re really excited,” grinned Jerry Scdoris, sled dog trainer and racer.  “This cold, clear weather is exactly what they like, and they can’t wait to run!” I was excited, too.  I clambered into the […]

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Potato Chip Rock

How to Conquer Potato Chip Rock

“Hiking is NOT one of my superpowers,” I said to my three companions.  But it was too late to turn back; we were more than halfway there. A week before, I had seen a photo taken at San Diego’s Potato Chip Rock – a sliver of stone hovering 2,800 feet over the ridge near the […]

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Transfagarasan

Transfăgărășan: The World’s Best Road Trip

Romania’s Transfăgărășan winds through the Fagaras Mountains, part of the Carpathian Mountain Range that connects Transylvania to Wallachia via a shocking series of white-knuckle hairpin turns and sharp descents. The 56-mile path climbs to an altitude of 6,699 feet, slinking past stunning outlooks of lake, waterfalls, and a dam. After our initial arrival and two […]

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Great Barrier Reef

Three Ways to Experience the Great Barrier Reef

It’s on nearly everyone’s Bucket List, and since I’m a certified scuba diver, it was definitely on mine.  So when it came time to celebrate one of those milestone midlife baby boomer birthdays, I could think of no better place than the Great Barrier Reef.  In addition to exploring one of the world’s top scuba […]

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Sea Turtle Encounter in the Great Barrier Reef

Hand stretched out, the piece of swaying seaweed I was holding beckoned the friendly Hawksbill turtle who’d been curiously circling us. He started swimming toward me…. It was my birthday. One of those “milestones,” so I wanted to do something special. Really special. I’d only recently earned my PADI diving certification, so it seemed like […]

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Touring China’s Three Gorges with Viking River Cruises

China can be a logistical challenge for foreigners. The country’s recent tourism boom has put this country on many bucket lists, but maneuvering by plane or train is still difficult due to the language barrier and cultural differences. Touring by boat, however, is a different story. Viking River Cruises provides a luxurious, stress-free journey throughout […]

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Why Everyone Should See China with Viking River Cruises

Radio Interview with Kevin and Sue McCarthy Travel Planners Radio Show Internationally syndicated on the GAB Radio Network Broadcast on 1590 WCGO 3/25/17   China: The Ultimate Bucket List Trip Click on or below image to play     Overview China – the ultimate bucket list trip See as much as possible 2 weeks, 9 cities/destinations […]

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Queensland Australia

Adventures in Queensland: 28 Pictures to Spark Your Wanderlust

When people think of adventure in Australia, they imagine trekking through the dry outback in rough conditions. But Australia also has an exotic, tropical side, for adventurers seeking more water-related or rainforest activities. Tropical North Queensland offers myriad of nature and activities that surpass all others, laying claim to the world’s longest reef, the oldest […]

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Great Smoky Mountains

Unlock the Secrets to the Great Smoky Mountains in a Weekend

With 520,000 acres spanning North Carolina and Tennessee, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the largest protected land area east of the Rockies and the most visited park in the American Park System. The park preserves the history of the Appalachian Mountains from the prehistoric Paleo Indians to the European settlers of the 18th century […]

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Responsible Whale and Dolphin Watching in the Azores

The Azores is one of the best places in the world for whale watching, with a strong cultural connection to whales. While there are some 25 species of whales in the archipelago, the mammoth sperm whale – forever immortalized as “Moby Dick” – is the most common. We chose to go out to find whales […]

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