Travel and Adventure from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Thu, 01 Oct 2020 11:55:58 -0700 Travel and Adventure from Creators Syndicate bd2c07a4fa81259d52304246d87f04c3 A Family Gets Away to Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains for 09/27/2020 Sun, 27 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Candyce H. Stapen</p> <p>We work-weary urbanites found a way to escape to the woods during the pandemic. Yellow birch trees towered over us and ferns feathered the ground along the Upper Jungle Trail at Mountain Lake Lodge in southwest Virginia. Even in the light rain, 3-year-old James happily ran along the grass path, saying "Wow!" and Charlotte, 21 months, joyfully stomped in the puddles. We caught sight of a buck prancing through a not-too-distant clearing. No cars and no people marred our commune with nature. <p>Updated: Sun Sep 27, 2020</p> 55e2d80c4e75433716a2b6eb841eef32 Small Rangeley, Maine, Yields Big Fun for 09/26/2020 Sat, 26 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Victor Block</p> <p>Digging our paddles into the shallow water, my son, Tom, and I steered our canoe around a sharp turn in the river. Suddenly we were face to face &#8212; or more accurately, face to knees &#8212; with a massive creature standing directly in our path. Another day, another moose.<p>Updated: Sat Sep 26, 2020</p> 4cf4575a2daaabe8601b7699481feb56 More Than a Dam Waits in Aswan for 09/20/2020 Sun, 20 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Glenda Winders</p> <p>All I knew about Aswan before I visited Egypt was that it had a dam, and that much is certainly true. But there is so much else there to discover that by the time we left my husband and I had decided it was our favorite Egyptian city.<p>Updated: Sun Sep 20, 2020</p> f42dc93fd7d02985cf9e8a395ac2235a The Ancient World Is Alive in Luxor for 09/19/2020 Sat, 19 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Glenda Winders</p> <p>Luxor, Egypt, bills itself as the world's greatest open-air museum, and everything my husband and I saw during our visit supported this claim. The temples and tombs date back to the heyday of early architecture, about 2755 B.C., and more monuments remain here than anywhere else in the world. Originally called Thebes, the city was once Egypt's capital.<p>Updated: Sat Sep 19, 2020</p> 2f7d9a4041bf3952e419ed3905efc08c T.C. Steele Home Is a Hidden Indiana Gem for 09/13/2020 Sun, 13 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Athena Lucero</p> <p>The shaded wraparound porch at T.C. Steele's home in Brown County, Indiana, looks like a diorama. In the foreground wicker chairs flank the front door; dry, scattered leaves remind me that it's fall; and the pale hues of the woods just beyond look like a watercolor. Now I see why American impressionist painter Theodore Clement Steele, Indiana's most important landscape painter, fell for the scenery and lighting of the southern countryside where he settled and painted at his home until his death in 1926 at the age of 78. <p>Updated: Sun Sep 13, 2020</p> 73695390566c838f8d456910384314d9 Whether to Cruise -- or Not for 09/12/2020 Sat, 12 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Candyce H. Stapen</p> <p>We miss cruising. My husband and I board big and small ships with friends or relatives every year. Sailing gives us interesting ports plus time together and apart without the hosting duties of cooking and cleaning. When Azamara canceled our August 2020 Norway voyage because of COVID-19, we understood. Our spirits sank until we saw their 2021 deals. Then we booked another exciting voyage &#8212; two weeks exploring the Black Sea in April 2021. <p>Updated: Sat Sep 12, 2020</p> b22b6fb24b6cd99e6427679a48d935ac Tapatio -- the Heart of Guadalajara for 09/06/2020 Sun, 06 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Athena Lucero</p> <p>"Tapatio hot sauce was created by a Tapatio," tour guide Gus Melor told me about the product that is a staple in just about every American kitchen, including mine. "'Tapatio' is the nickname for a person from Guadalajara."<p>Updated: Sun Sep 06, 2020</p> 0a97572f44faecab617c9618d57351c3 I Go to the Mountains for 09/05/2020 Sat, 05 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Jim Farber</p> <p>At a time when there is nothing normal about "the new normal," it seems more important than ever to connect with something that represents a physical-spiritual reality greater than ourselves. For me that quest has always led to the towering granite crags, verdant meadows and glistening lakes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. <p>Updated: Sat Sep 05, 2020</p> 81b305b0152159ecdbcc800415b7c2cd Faraway Cultures Combine on St. Martin-Sint Maarten for 08/30/2020 Sun, 30 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Victor Block </p> <p>By day, visitors on one side of the tiny Caribbean island enjoy patisseries and other hard-to-resist sweets at small sidewalk cafes. After the sun sets, they head for restaurants whose cuisine attests to the well-deserved reputation of French chefs as among the best in the world. Close by, the picture is very different. Gambling casinos and go-go night life contrast sharply with inhabitants whom one local observer described as "reserved, rule-driven and well-disciplined." <p>Updated: Sun Aug 30, 2020</p> b03488cdd1e55924889eb01c7e6de969 A Captivating Concoction of Caribbean Cultures for 08/29/2020 Sat, 29 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Fyllis Hockman</p> <p>There I was in my white lab coat examining the 40 different vials and trying to determine which combinations to mix to get the best outcome. I was making perfume at the Tijon Parfumerie and Boutique on the French side of the Caribbean island of St. Martin. The other half &#8212; Sint Maarten &#8212; is the Dutch side, and the two together form the smallest land mass in the whole world to be shared by two different countries (France and the Netherlands). <p>Updated: Sat Aug 29, 2020</p> e88bdbf39cf1a80b9ad5da5139aff6c8 Watch Life Go by on the Nile River in Egypt for 08/23/2020 Sun, 23 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Glenda Winders</p> <p>Historians are divided as to whether Cleopatra really sailed on a barge on the Nile, but if she didn't she really should have. She would have been missing a scenic adventure like no other as well as an understanding of why this river is so crucial.<p>Updated: Sun Aug 23, 2020</p> d0d84346735697714a49aeee58980f86 For a Cultural Awakening, Come to Cairo for 08/22/2020 Sat, 22 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Glenda Winders</p> <p>Cairo takes the "city of contrasts" concept to a whole new level, which my husband and I first discovered as we taxied from the airport to our hotel. Heavily ornate apartment buildings share the neighborhood with those much less well kept, and all of them have laundry hanging from their balconies. Across the street homeless people take shelter under above-ground tombs in the City of the Dead. Hungry stray dogs turn up everywhere.<p>Updated: Sat Aug 22, 2020</p> fe4ce9faa519e22447935465e6a5fd59 Door County's White Gull Inn: A Fish Creek Delight for 08/16/2020 Sun, 16 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Brian E. Clark</p> <p>Northern Door County's charming White Gull Inn is on Main Street in Fish Creek but not on the main drag &#8212; a key distinction. Rather, it's tucked away on a quiet road in an idyllic location bordered by parks that provide a restful space to view the inviting waters of Green Bay.<p>Updated: Sun Aug 16, 2020</p> 1ed743e7e04a2a8c588961af9a3e4774 Combine Adventure With Fall Foliage Peeping This Year for 08/15/2020 Sat, 15 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Victor Block</p> <p>Dan and Mary Stroudt ooh and aah at the multicolored scenery below the hot-air balloon in which they're riding. The journey is very different for Mark and Marylee Sutherland as they help to paddle a rubber raft along a stretch of whitewater in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Betsy Goodman and Tom Cross are traveling at a slower pace, strolling across a glass-bottom observation deck.<p>Updated: Sat Aug 15, 2020</p> 8925b0e8ddcf9d733f1ff48ec6951fed Hold Your Breath: You're in Utah's National Parks for 08/09/2020 Sun, 09 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Fyllis Hockman</p> <p>Driving along a winding, narrow cliff, a 1,300-foot drop on the driver's side, I clung to my heart with the rest of me halfway out the passenger-side window. <p>Updated: Sun Aug 09, 2020</p> d6ee0ea046cde5df7817b1e916f51f7e Lake Superior's Apostle Islands: A Schoolhouse for Sailors for 08/08/2020 Sat, 08 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>By Brian E. Clark</p> <p>It's about a dozen miles as the crow flies from the village of Bayfield, Wisconsin, to Stockton Island in the southwest section of Lake Superior. But on a recent three-day sailing trip in this extraordinary corner of North America, my buddy Dave Cushman and I were taking the long route as we tacked back and forth on our 33-foot vessel, the Breeze, with Capt. Mike Simon of Superior Charters.</p> <p>By the time we reached Presque Isle Bay &#8212; our anchorage for the night &#8212; we'd logged more than 25 miles, zigzagging past Basswood, Hermit and Madeline islands. In the process, Cushman and I had netted bushels of valuable sailing experience that will allow us to charter our own sailboat later on. <p>Updated: Sat Aug 08, 2020</p> 4282dc5e9114f1886b23ef17fb5c3cf9 Birds, Bees, Flowers and Frittatas at the Silver Star Inn for 08/02/2020 Sun, 02 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Brian E. Clark</p> <p>A charm of ruby-throated hummingbirds buzzed at four feeders as photographer Tish Lafferty and I ate brunch on the front porch of the rustic Silver Star B&B Inn near Spring Green, Wisconsin.<p>Updated: Sun Aug 02, 2020</p> f89ed213f8998f4926f3a439f0a84487 Tips on How to Book Your Own Local Tours for 08/01/2020 Sat, 01 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Candyce H. Stapen</p> <p>I knew we were in trouble when our local tour guide drove silently for the first five minutes of our ride from Dubrovnik along Croatia's coast. When I asked him if he would tell us about our destination, Cavtat and the Konavle Valley, he turned around, shrugged his shoulders and said, "I'm from Bulgaria. I don't know anything about the area." And he didn't, even though the company we used listed Dobromir as a "driver-guide."<p>Updated: Sat Aug 01, 2020</p> 1476a44f76fe263a7839ef7a3c33f6c9 Traveling in the Time of Pandemic for 07/26/2020 Sun, 26 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Fyllis Hockman</p> <p>"So I'm planning on flying up to Portland, Maine, next week," I told my friend. Dead silence. Clear disapproval. I understood that. We're still in the midst of our much-misunderstood pandemic, and I was doing something crazy: getting on an airplane.<p>Updated: Sun Jul 26, 2020</p> 427bbb101ca1c1451d9040b850d25090 Explore the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California for 07/25/2020 Sat, 25 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Kitty Morse</p> <p>This past January, before the pandemic took hold, my friend Danielle and I took off on a drive along Southern California's iconic Highway 1 to Long Beach and the Queen Mary. We set out from Oceanside along what is known as Pacific Coast Highway, the picturesque road that hugs the beaches of Orange County along the way. For a while we felt like extras in a Beach Boys movie. <p>Updated: Sat Jul 25, 2020</p>