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Gadling's 13 stranger than strange sites for Friday the 13th

Gadling's 13 stranger than strange sites for Friday the 13th Nov 13th, 2009 at 5:30PM: Happy Friday the 13th! Tributed to being an unlucky day thanks to wives tales, religion and mythology, this is a day when people might think about altering their travel plans. The thought is, why push your luck? Franklin D. Roosevelt was one such person. He never traveled on the 13th. He even died on April 12, 1945. That, my friends, was on a Thursday. That is kind of strange, no? In honor of a...

Put your Paws Up for the holidays this year

Put your Paws Up for the holidays this year Oct 20th, 2009 at 1:00PM: While the rest of the world is trekking out to Rockefeller Center to see the tree or hanging around Times Square while waiting for the ball's big drop, head the other way. "The Last Best Christmas Vacation" package from the Paws Up resort in Montana pulls together everything you'd want in a traditional winter holiday celebration ... along with the luxurious touch that you'd expect at a remote,...

Drag out summer after Labor Day: 12 ideas

Drag out summer after Labor Day: 12 ideas Aug 25th, 2009 at 10:30AM: So what if it's almost the end of August, kids are heading back to school in droves, and Labor Day is almost here? There are ways to drag out that summer feeling with easy-going, inexpensive travel. Pick places that you haven't been to before to heighten a sense of adventure -- something that summers are made for. Here are 12 ideas to get you started into dragging out summer--at least until the...

Put your "Paws Up" and relax in Montana

Put your Aug 9th, 2009 at 4:00PM: The Resort at Paws Up is among the most unique in the country, occupying 60 square miles along the Blackfoot River in Montana. The property boasts 10 villas of more than 3,000 square feet, not to mention smaller houses and canvas suites (i.e., luxury tents). This unusual destination, which offers a variety of outdoor experiences, is offering a few deals to the fall ... as if you needed even more...

Delta's checked baggage fee to go up: A flawed, unfair practice

Delta's checked baggage fee to go up: A flawed, unfair practice Jul 23rd, 2009 at 12:00PM: While browsing Wallet Pop, I found out that Delta is increasing its checked baggage fee as of August 4. If you don't check your baggage on-line before you arrive at the airport, you'll have to pay $20 for that first bag instead of $15. Okay, people. Okay Delta, who I'm not too pleased with already, enough is enough. Here's why I think that's nonsense, and I'm a person who paid $55 total for...

Northeastern Montana: More than land to blast through

Northeastern Montana: More than land to blast through Jul 17th, 2009 at 1:30PM: I've driven through northeastern Montana twice. The second time was last summer. Each time my husband, kids and I have blasted through on our way to elsewhere--once to East Glacier and once to Billings. With the miles it takes to get that far from central Ohio, putting the pedal to the metal is a tendency. As we pass each town separated by wide expanses of scenery topped by endless sky, "That...

Great American Road Trip: Ghost towns of Montana: Bannack

Great American Road Trip: Ghost towns of Montana: Bannack Jul 13th, 2009 at 10:30AM: Not far from Dillon, Montana is the turn off for Bannack. If you happen to be on I-15, take the trip up State Highway 278. We almost didn't because of the feeling that we had to be at our destination sooner than later. Instead of paying attention to that feeling, we followed the notion that if we didn't go to Bannack now, then when? Bannack is one of Montana's ghost towns with a rough and tumble...

Great American Road Trip 2009: The fly and drive combo New Mexico to Montana and back

Great American Road Trip 2009: The fly and drive combo New Mexico to Montana and back Jul 8th, 2009 at 10:00AM: For the past seven summers, ever since we moved back from India, we've embarked on a Great American Road Trip. The first was the mega version that put 10,000 miles on a new Ford Taurus station wagon in three months. Mind you, this was in 2003 with a 10 year-old and a 1 ½ year old-and without video games, computers or a DVD player. This year's version is a fly drive combo. Three months for...

Happy 4th of July thanks to 7000 dominos

Jul 4th, 2009 at 9:00AM: I was looking for YouTube footage of the 4th of July parade in Hannibal, Missouri, one of my most memorable 4th of July's ever, when I came across this marvelous effort that worked. Flippy Cat didn't set up the dominoes, but he makes a comment about them. Very cool. Here are two other top 4th of July's. Sitting in the car in the cemetery in Philipsburg, Montana with my husband and two...

Yo-Yo travel to day hike ventures on the Continental Divide

Yo-Yo travel to day hike ventures on the Continental Divide Jun 10th, 2009 at 2:30PM: For National Trails Day this past weekend, I hoofed it around Manhattan making my own trail between 2nd Avenue and the Hudson River and back, criss-crossing streets that had trees that depended upon which park I happened to pass. People watching was more my past-time than communing with nature. For a few days late nod to National Trails Day, I've become engrossed in the hiking trails to be found...

Beer travel for Memorial Day: 10 options and more

Beer travel for Memorial Day: 10 options and more May 20th, 2009 at 2:30PM: Head to any state and you'll find a favorite local beer with quite the following. At HalogenLife, Kyle Anderson has come up with a favorite 10 beers in 10 states list to add perfection to a Memorial Day weekend trip. The list doesn't mean you should drink and drive your way across America. Instead, use it as a guide to the best beers whether you're beaching it, going on a picnic, or throwing a...

Five reasons to stay on hiking trails: One can save your life.

Five reasons to stay on hiking trails: One can save your life. May 7th, 2009 at 11:30AM: As spring beckons people to outdoor endeavors, it doesn't hurt to do a run-down of what is the best outdoor behavior to stay safe and not damage nature in the process of enjoying it. Here are five reasons for staying on a trail when hiking. They are not in any order of importance except for the last one. That one is the most important. After Pat Quackenbush, the naturalist at Hocking Hills State...

Three important American artists and their museums

Three important American artists and their museums Apr 30th, 2009 at 9:30AM: Tom's post about the exhibit in Paris of Andy Warhol's work reminded me of the wonderful Warhol experience I had this past fall at the Wexner Center and my interest in going to the Warhol Museum on Pittsburgh. Museums dedicated primarily to the work of one artist is a way to really see what made a particular artist tick and why his or her work is important to the art scene and culture. If you...

Pirates vs cruise ship: Travel fibs I've told my mother and a poll

Pirates vs cruise ship: Travel fibs I've told my mother and a poll Apr 27th, 2009 at 8:30AM: I don't plan to tell my mother lies when I travel. I actually think what I'm saying is accurate information, but I have one of those mothers who sees disaster looming at many corners so I try to sideswipe her fears with a "That won't happen." The latest fib has to do with the pirates that attacked the MSC Melody cruise ship on Saturday. See, just last month I insisted that pirates would not...

Visit Yellowstone Offseason

Visit Yellowstone Offseason Apr 23rd, 2009 at 8:00AM: Yellowstone National Park is one of the most popular destinations in the U.S., welcoming nearly 3 million visitors per year. Most of those come during the summer months, when the weather is consistently beautiful, and the travel season is in full swing. But this article suggests that we should go now, to beat the crowds, and enjoy springtime in the Northern Rockies, where no matter what time of...

Visit Yellowstone this summer minus the crowds

Visit Yellowstone this summer minus the crowds Apr 12th, 2009 at 10:30AM: According to tourism officials, advance bookings at Yellowstone National Park are down 13% this year which means that this summer would be a great time to put gas into a vehicle and head west. Gas prices are half of what they were last year and lodging is not particularly expensive anyway. With less crowds waiting for Old Faithful or the other geysers to do their shows or seeking out wildlife...

Great American road trip: Choteau, Montana, Letterman's hangout is a gem of a town

Great American road trip: Choteau, Montana, Letterman's hangout is a gem of a town Mar 25th, 2009 at 9:30AM: Choteau, Montana where David Letterman married last week at the county courthouse is a gem of a town--the type of off-the beaten-track that beckons people who might be passing through to pull into a parking lot and stay awhile. When we were on our Great American Road Trip to Montana and back last summer, we pulled into the parking lot of the Old Trail Museum for just "45 minutes" and stuck around...

Tragedy changes downtown Bozeman, Montana: A tourism blow

Tragedy changes downtown Bozeman, Montana: A tourism blow Mar 19th, 2009 at 5:30PM: Each year we've gone through the outskirts of Bozeman, Montana on our way to Butte from Billings. Each year, before we head for Montana, we say we'll go to Bozeman, at least for a day. It's been touted as being a western town success story. Boutique type stores, galleries, and eateries are housed in wonderfully restored buildings that capture the flavor of when the west boomed as the railroad was...

Other funny names of places: How about Intercourse?

Other funny names of places: How about Intercourse? Jan 24th, 2009 at 10:00AM: It's great to have belly laughs. The article in the New York Times that Jeremy wrote about yesterday had me chortling out loud and reminded me about why Monty Python is so darned funny. I thought Intercourse, Pennsylvania was bad, but the list of funny names in England was impressive. For some reason, Titty Ho caught me the most. As I was reading the NY Times article, I kept thinking of Life of...

Weird things in the woods

Weird things in the woods Jan 21st, 2009 at 10:00AM: The website for hunters www.ifish.net has a page devoted to weird things hunters have found in the woods. Browsing the comments where people describe what they've found on their outings reminded me of the cow bone in our freezer. I think it's a cow bone. My son saw it on the side of the road in Montana between Anaconda and Philipsburg. He popped out of the car to get it while we were waiting at...

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