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I visited Isla de Margarita 40 years ago – there are new hotels and changes but it is STILL a Secret to many travelers. Located off the coast of Venezuela it is popular with South Americans and has a true foreign flavor.
Here is a great article that tells you more about this little gem and 9 other destinations that are among the best kept secrets of the world!
Thanks to HBO, no Western town is as well-known today as Deadwood in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The series has brought a flood of history-lovers to the real town of Deadwood – an outpost that still has a wild edge, since every saloon and bar has been turned into a lively casino. In the summer, motorbike enthusiasts cruise the streets like modern-day cowboys. But was the original Deadwood quite as raunchy and violent at the show depicts? As with so many dramatic recreations of the Old West, the answer is yes and no.
The basis of the series is absolutely true: In 1874, gold was discovered in the Lakota Indian Reserve, supposedly off-limits by treaty with the United States Congress, and white miners immediately made their way illegally into the area to found the rough-hewn town of Deadwood in its heart. The first sheriff of Deadwood was indeed named Seth Bullock, as in the series, and there was a Gem Saloon run by a certain Al Swearingen, of whom little is known.
But perhaps the most famous real-life character was the gunslinger Wild Bill Hickock, who arrived in 1876 to try his luck in Deadwood with the notorious Calamity Jane; not long afterwards, a cowardly poker player named Jack McCall walked up behind him in the so-called Number Ten Saloon and shot him in the head. Hickock usually sat with his back to the wall, but for reasons unknown changed his practice that day; his poker hand of aces and eights is still known as “the dead man’s hand.” Today, the event is recreated throughout the summer in Deadwood for enthusiastic tourists inside a saloon that has been rebuilt on the site; the original burned down.
While most other plot lines of the HBO series are fictional, the writer David Milch was trying to depict a broader historical truth about the Old West, where civilization was born from chaos. Now you can relive the historic
We just had another wonderful experience with our group to St George Utah to the glorious outdoors and Red Rock country – this is our 8th visit to the Red Mountain Spa and we plan to do again next year – why don’t you join us. From pampering at the Sagestone Spa to Rock climbing , hiking, lectures and cooking classes – there is something for everyone..
I have been on two and will never forget what a wonderful experience it was. The first one was to Kenya for two weeks. the animals were amazing and this trip was truly devoted to all safari events. The second was to South Africa – a VERY deversified country – you can visit France – in the winelands - play golf at a gorgeous resort called Pezula in Knysna along the Garden Route with wonderful beaches and visit Capetown – which is very much like San Francisco – then take a safari in Kruger National Park.
This video gives you an idea of what a Safari is really like.
The Galapagos Islands has been a popular tourist destination for animal and nature lovers over the past years. There are many options available from short stops in conjunction with an onward trip to other South American countries such Peru or Chile or involved expeditions to explore Ecuador in depth.
While “express” may not be the most fitting word, Post Office Bay on the volcanic island of Floreana (also known as Isla Santa Maria) has had its own special mail system since 1793. In the 18th century, whalers and Galapagos residents used to leave their mail inside the wooden barrel, waiting for a captain of any boat headed to where the mail was addressed to deliver it.
In the vast and remote Pacific Ocean, this was the only official way to communicate with relatives, friends and governments. As a result, Post Office Bay soon became a mandatory stop to all sailors in Galapagos waters. This was indeed a useful service, free of cost, and gave everyone a chance to communicate while in Pacific waters.
As far as historians know, Post Office Bay is the earliest mailing system still existing in the East Tropical Pacific. This tradition has continued over the years, and today visitors drop off letters – no stamp needed – to be picked up and delivered by travelers heading that way. It may take weeks, months, years or never till it gets delivered so do not intend to send important matters. Once you’re lucky enough to stumble upon this grand site, be sure to bring that letter to home and see if it actually ends up where you had hoped.
Here’s a wonderful article from USA Today with beautiful pictures. It talks about 51 great places to hike here in the United States.
Hiking is a wonderful way to see beautiful sights while exercising and getting in touch with nature. Be sure to carry water, first aid supplies, and cell phone. But don’t trust that phone. Be sure to give your itinerary to friends and family.
Arrange to call them when you get back to your car, camp, or home. Discuss with them a reasonable time for them to wait before trying to reach you and / or before calling for help.