Calendar of Travel Bug Events
|Sat Aug 25||Exploring Laos and Myanmar||Linda Logan-Condon||Embracing the Magic and Mystery of Myanmar
Rudyard Kipling described Burma, now known as Myanmar, as a place "quite unlike any land you know. " So, when my friend, Joan suggested we must go, I did not hesitate! Formerly isolated from the world, Myanmar remains both magical and mysterious. Filled with epic history, natural beauty, gentle people and temples, stupas, monastaries, pagodas and more, this was a trip which exceeded my expectations.
During our adventure, we watched the sun reflect off ancient temples clad in tons of pure gold in Rangoon, witnessed "one-leg rowers casting their fishing nets while farmers tended their floating gardens on Inle Lake, marveled at a procession of saffron robed monks begging for food and traversed the world 's longest teak footbridge near Mandalay. In addition, we dialogued with a variety of hill tribes who still cling to their ancient ways. In Bagan, we were breathless at the site of thousands of pagodas dotting the golden plains embraced by the morning mist.
Please join me for a journey through this unspoiled corner of Asia... a place like no other.
|Sat Sep 08||Cuba||Roger Toll||Journalist and photographer Roger Toll discovered, on his first trip to Cuba, the surprising artistry, natural warmth, passion for colors, and (often black) humor of a people finding ways to get by under a government 's limitations and a neighbor 's sanctions. The trip took him to tourist-trod streets and hidden corners of Havana, and to Playa Large (Bay of Pigs), Cienfuegos and Trinidad. Toll 's photographs and stories, along with his journalistic observations, illustrate his discoveries during the two-week visit.
|Sat Sep 22||Baja California||Roger Harmon||
"Connection in Baja: Frolicking with Grey Whales! "
Nancy and Roger Harmon
Nancy was absolutely glowing on her return from a 2013 road trip to San Ignacio Lagoon on the Pacific side of Mexico 's Baja Penninsula, where she had frolicked with grey whales. Grey whale mothers travel from Alaska to lagoons in Baja and give birth beginning in December, spending four months there as they prepare their babies for the 5,000+ mile trip north. During these months, they enjoy meeting human visitors, swimming up to small boats to show off their babies and play. We have visited the lagoon for 4 years, departing San Diego by van in a group, passing through ever-changing vegetation--some of it Dr. Seuss-esque!
We will present photos and stories of our up-close encounters with the whales and of our connections with the local people --especially those at an eco-lodge where travelers leave a minimal footprint behind. For the last 13 years we have taken small groups to Asia but, for "connection, " nothing beats being with grey whales in this World Heritage/Biosphere protected space. We will also reflect on the broader topic of making connection with self and other beings while traveling.
|Sat Oct 06||Standing in the Heart of Wild Corsica||Aimee Madsen||Standing in the Heart of Wild Corsica
KallistÃ© ... was what the ancient Greeks called Corsica, meaning - " the most beautiful " .
After losing five important figures in her life in less then two and a half years freelance Editorial photographer and Documentary filmmaker Aimee Madsen,
decided to embark upon a trip of self re-discovery.
I knew very little about this island that sits in the Mediterranean. What I came to find there was, what seemed to me, the last Paradise on Earth. Where mountain areas cover nearly forty percent of the islands total area, remain unspoiled. Where I would trek part of the epic GR 20, regarded as Europe 's toughest and most spectacular hiking trail. Where I would get lost, but didn 't care. Where I would take a rattling train ride on what seemed like the only train on the island.
Enchanting Corsica ... where the people are welcoming and where the land is still wildly picturesque and full of surprises. And where I did find myself again ... but a stronger version. The strongest pull of all though, was pulling me back to Versailles, France. A sweet ending to my big adventure in Corsica.
|Sat Oct 20||RVing Alaska Highway||Bill & Candy Elkjer||Its time to begin planning for your 2019 summer RV trip to Alaska! Discover tips learned over 20 years from 15 round trips from Santa Fe through Canada to Alaska. You will gain information on various routes including the Alaska Highway, Marine Highway (ferry) and the Inside Passage, Cassier Highway, Canadian Rockies, British Columbia 's wine country, Totem Pole and First Nation villages, and Dawson City, Yukon. Camping spots and RV parks (rated on a 1-10 scale), weather, Canadian holidays and suggested travel dates, museums and cultural attractions along the way, restaurants, and wildlife will be discussed. Apprehensive about taking pets, children, food, or alcohol across the border? We 'll cover basic requirements and suggestions for entering Canada and returning to the U.S. Books, maps and helpful publications will also be shared as well as information concerning roads, fuel and repair assistance. And just to whet your appetite for time in Alaska, a few not to be missed Alaska attractions will be mentioned as well.|