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Beth Camp: On the Road

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A travelogue of sorts written while on the road, from two months in Scotland (September-October 2009), and then on to Costa Rica.

We hoped for warmer weather, and we came prepared for rain. But this last month, we've seen no rain at all, and the temperatures have hovered around 70F, a sharp contrast to those snowy days back home. Once we adjusted to that 9 hour time change that flipped morning to night, we discovered so many small differences in ever

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This week, we visited the Casa de Pilatos, so named to honor the house of Pontius Pilate in Jerusalem. Apparently, the first Marquis of Tarifa visited Jerusalem in 1520-ish, and came home impressed by both Moorish and Renaissance ideas. The result is this palace, built upon by successive generations, a fascinating blend of

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Every trip we take, Allen assembles a list of the very best restaurants. He is very methodical, listing the best restaurants in the city and the best restaurants within walking distance. So we set off to find La Bortola, rated 4th highest rating on YELP out of all the restaurants in Seville. Of course, to find this charmin

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Earlier this week, as we walked through the streets of Seville on our way to the impressive Cathedral of Seville, we came upon a library, the Archivo de Indias (Archive of the Indies). Always easily drawn astray by libraries, we admired the fountain in front of the massive building, authorized in the mid 18th Century to

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Just back in our little apartment high above Miami after a shirtsleeves' walk along the waterway and a dog park where we discovered a lovely ceramic chair about 20 feet high: Spanish is spoken everywhere here, making us feel right at home. Most amazing, though, is the weather change -- no coats, no snow, no cold noses. Ins

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Tomorrow morning, January 28th, at 4:30 am, we leave for a nice six-week trip on the road. First Miami Beach, where 60F is far more welcoming than 20F, and then, off to Seville, Spain, for a month with four dear friends. So, I'm reactivating our travel blog, for in our Seville apartment, we'll have reasonable access to int

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I'd like to say we left winter behind as we drove south from Eureka. But we didn't. Intense rain storms with lots of wind led to some adventuresome driving along the Oregon and California coast. We stopped in Sebastapol to visit dear cousins and enjoy an Italian feast at the Union Hotel in Occidental -- Imagine ravioli tha

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Sometimes I forget when winter drags on another month that the snow will melt and that in other places there may be no snow at all.  We're still traveling south, finally past Portland with its unexpected foot of snow dumped overnight, making our way down the Willamette Valley and to the coast, dodging the snow of the Sisk

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Driving toward Portlandalong the Columbia Gorge Day 3-4: Made it from Kennewick to Hood River just barely. Three people pushed our travel-weary Toyota up a mini-hill so we could check-in at Comfort Suites, where we had "the last of two" rooms. Actually, the hotel was nearly empty, but we awoke to news of another

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We woke up at a cozy Super8 in Kennewick, Washington, this Sunday morning with a nasty winter storm ahead and behind. I-84 along the Columbia Gorge has been closed off and on both east and west., and the earliest the sun shines again is Thursday. Driving conditions yesterday down from Spokane were challenging as it began t

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The  hike along famous Maligne Canyon in Jasper National Park begins innocuously enough from a parking lot surrounded by tall pines.  Very quickly as we intrepid hikers follow the path closer to the Maligne River, still cutting down hundreds of feet through limestone, we see stunning views.  The one-way tra

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Just a few blocks from our hotel is the delightful Chinese restaurant, Beijing Beijing, here in Edmonton. To celebrate Allen's birthday, we strolled over to take advantage of their delicious dim sum, a treat we haven't had for many, many years. Imagine a crowded restaurant filled with eager eaters as friendly waitpersons

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When we last visited Edmonton in 1996, the U.S.A. women's soccer team won the World Cup, the sun shone brightly, and we visited Fort Edmonton for the first time, not realizing we would return one day. We're back. The population has doubled from about 800,000 to 1.5 million. Modern freeways mimic what I remember of driving i

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Tromped around just half of Rocky Mountain House Provincial Park yesterday, with its tiny but very helpful museum and archaeological digs, right along the North Saskatchwan River. Serious flooding in 2012 took away the banks on the west side of the river, now fortified with rip rap. View of the North Saskatchewan Rocky

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Yesterday we spent at the Glenbow Museum, several hours of studying exhibits on First Nations peoples (does not include Metis), until we sank down on a nice black leather couch in the lobby and said, "Let's go back to the hotel." I feel like I'm circling around what all these artifacts mean, without truly underst

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Yesterday we spent several hours exploring just a small part of Calgary's Heritage Park, Canada's largest living history museum. Our first and major stop, a small Hudson's Bay Company post and a nearby First Nations encampment. The fort was rather small, contained behind a high log fence, with a small trading post to the i

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Rockies at Kootenay National Park We left Radium Hot Springs this morning, stopping for a leisure soak at the hot springs before winding our way through the Kootenay National Park and our first real view of the Canadian Rockies. Just about 330 miles from Spokane, and we are in the midst of real wilderness, rolling hills to

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On the Kootenai, near Bonners Ferry IDby Steven A. Wolfe (Flickr)  Finished packing about 12:30 pm, and after a quick lunch at that old standby, Subway, hit the road for Canada, a leisurely drive east and north, past murky skies clouded over with smoggy smoke from wildfires everywhere.  Today we have television, smart

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Yesterday we took the ferry over to Bolivar Island. Reminded me of the last time I took a ferry from mainland Mexico to Baja, a large, hulking ferry that listed to one side all the way across the Sea of Cortez. I felt transported back to the 1930's in our tiny cabin with quaint fixtures, in case we wanted to rest. The bunk

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Yesterday, we walked our feet off after quite an exciting bus ride up to the Pleasure Pier on 25th Street and Seawall where we peeked through the gates at the rides (closed for the day). Pleasure Pier, Galveston (Camp 2015) We walked to the ShyKatz Deli for lunch (a most delicious vegetable soup), and then over to the M

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Today we went to lunch at the Tortuga, a sprawling Mexican restaurant, right on Seawall Boulevard, just about a block from our tiny condo.  Someone else cooked! A delicious avocado stuffed with shrimp, fish, broiled vegetables with three kinds of salsa met our appetite delightfully. Even at 1pm, we hit happy hour! A nice

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My husband has the most efficient way to pack. When we travel for say a month-long journey, he methodically gathers up 7 pairs of shirts, shorts, socks and 2 pairs of pants. Just whatever's on top. Then a few basics (books, maps, Sudoko). Maybe a snack for the plane. He's done. I typically add a few more things to his suitc

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We're 8 days away from leaving for that month-long trip to Galveston. Suitcases are open and empty. My packing list is ready to begin checking off, and I still haven't decided if I'm taking my sewing machine as a carry-on. Southwest says I can. Yippee! One suitcase = how many books? how many sewing projects? Today's inspi

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We had been driving east through the Canadian Rockies, a very long day, when we finally came to the first sign of a settlement, a lovely bed and breakfast near a small lake. The owner invited us to sit in the hot tub late that night for the Merry Dancers were expected. Northern Lights by James Medcalf (Flickr 2012) The

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It's official. This February, we're going to Galveston, Texas, for a month. Booked plane. Booked condo on the beach. Then someone said, "You're going where? Galveston?"  I know nothing of Galveston Island, but as I look forward to about 4 months before flowers sprout, and it hit 10 degrees this last week here in

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Back in the day, just a few years ago, we threw our tent into the car trunk with assorted gear, dug out my Eagle Pass, and drove south.  Once at the North Pines site, we set up that tent for a week in Yosemite Valley, mid-summer. I remember those lovely days of hiking, cooking dinner with our Coleman stove, and then sitti

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A friend asked me to share my favorite Thanksgiving memory, so this journey into the past brought memories of a Thanksgiving feast from early in the 1970's. A motley crew of some 18 hungry souls had gathered as my sister and I prepared our fabulous dinner. The first course -- lutefisk. I should explain that my sister's se

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Just for fun, here are some photos from this late summer visit to the Corbin Art Center here in Spokane for a small exhibit, "Art in Bloom," that paired quilts with flower arrangements.  In 1912, formal gardens were added to this historic home, originally built in 1898. First a friend and I wandered through the

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Not so long ago, a blood moon rose in this autumn sky, portent of the end of days and happenstance, a statistical anomaly for those who number nights  and measure the cosmos with light years. Instead the pull of gravity, brings us to this moment, woman's moon, a dreaming moon rising and falling in the night, a perfect ro

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I cried when I landed here, at York Factory, This is my home; this my husband. I shall write letters, and all will be well. We walked up the hill from the boat, leaving behind that wretched small room smelling of sickness and the sea, careful to stay on the wooden path,  clouds of mosquitoes surround us, the air

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