Travel and Adventure from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Mon, 06 Jul 2020 16:16:16 -0700 Travel and Adventure from Creators Syndicate 6e7fbb3a31399c41deb0ba28ee05ecc4 Columbus, Indiana, Is a World-Class Outdoor Museum for 07/05/2020 Sun, 05 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Athena Lucero</p> <p>Travel experts agree that road trips will be the way pandemic-era adventurers will return to discovering the world. And if there's a destination ripe for these times, it's Columbus, Indiana, aka the "Athens of the Prairie." The unassuming Midwestern town is a mecca of modernist architecture and public art, a "natural" outdoor museum &#8212; and just what is needed while we are social distancing.<p>Updated: Sun Jul 05, 2020</p> acc6fbadcc614c68907d84e5a2f505a5 From Alan Freed to President Garfield in Cleveland's Lakeview Cemetery for 07/04/2020 Sat, 04 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Steve Bergsman</p> <p>The Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame is located in Cleveland mostly because of a man who wasn't a singer or a musician. His name was Alan Freed, and he was a disc jockey who in the early 1950s had a late-night show on Cleveland radio station WJW playing rhythm and blues music. It was a show oriented to teenagers that used a lot of jive talk that included a relatively new phrase for most white teens: rock 'n' roll. <p>Updated: Sat Jul 04, 2020</p> 55dcb7a81dcf57ea43f020f53a242fd5 Sailors, Scuba Divers and Hamilton Buffs: St. Croix Is for You for 06/28/2020 Sun, 28 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Brian E. Clark</p> <p>Some 30 feet below the calm waters of the Caribbean off St. Croix &#8212; the largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands &#8212; an 8-foot-long reef shark cruised beside me, less than 3 feet away. Nearby, an even bigger shark swam within a few feet of another diver in my group. These sharks weren't there to nibble on us. Rather, they were tagging along to gobble up striped lionfish &#8212; an invasive species wreaking havoc in the region &#8212; that we were spearing. <p>Updated: Sun Jun 28, 2020</p> 3be617e98236ec1b1de84b3157a3b164 Racist Past Gives Way to Music in Shelby, North Carolina for 06/27/2020 Sat, 27 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Steve Bergsman</p> <p>My wife and I only ended up in Shelby, North Carolina, because we needed a bathroom break. We were driving the local roads west from Charlotte toward the Blue Ridge Mountains, and as we dropped into historic downtown Shelby we decided to stretch our legs and use the facilities at the local coffee shop.<p>Updated: Sat Jun 27, 2020</p> 01114d885eede8614c4df78a4d9e0599 U.S. Highway 395 Leads Back Into California History for 06/21/2020 Sun, 21 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Kitty Morse </p> <p>Even though I am a resident of California I had never driven up historic U.S. Highway 395, which slices through Inyo and Tulare counties. The road is the main link between Southern California and the ski slopes of Lake Tahoe, affording glorious views of towering Mount Whitney, at 14,500 feet the tallest peak in the Sierra Nevada. It was time to see all of this for ourselves.<p>Updated: Sun Jun 21, 2020</p> e1864715c0e10304756533752d9a4bfc A Bucket List Itinerary of Places We'll Never Go for 06/20/2020 Sat, 20 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Victor Block</p> <p>As a travel journalist who has visited and written about close to 80 countries, the current situation is especially frustrating. While my travels are restricted, however, my imagination isn't, and I'm dreaming about trips to places - some real, others not - that are high on my "wish I could see" agenda.<p>Updated: Sat Jun 20, 2020</p> 4fc4f7fd1d45911a392bbf36bb960863 Catalonia's Hidden Gem: the Delta del Ebre for 06/14/2020 Sun, 14 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Kitty Morse </p> <p>"Tierra! Tierra! (Land! Land!)" called out a tipsy passenger as the jetty we had left a couple of hours earlier came back into view. We were on the return leg of our excursion to Mirador de la Badia, the famed oyster beds of L'Ampolla. <span class="column--highlighted-text">His companions joined in the cheer, leaning this way and that to the thump of the waves. Was it because we had all imbibed a little too much champagne during the oyster-tasting?</span> <p>Updated: Sun Jun 14, 2020</p> 91e88858970320b9fd164ea926ec0d8e Sigal Music Museum Is a Jewel of a Surprise for 06/13/2020 Sat, 13 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Bonnie and Bill Neely</p> <p>Bryann Burgess, known widely for her special talent as a singer, pianist and speaker, was visiting us recently, so we decided to take the opportunity to visit the Sigal Music Museum in Greenville, South Carolina. The museum, which opened in 2015, was formerly known as the Carolina Music Museum but has been renamed the Sigal Music Museum thanks to the gift of the 600-instrument Marlowe A. Sigal Collection. What an amazing and delightful surprise this jewel turned out to be! With the largest collection of keyboard instruments in the United States, it is second only to the world's largest in Brussels, Belgium.<p>Updated: Sat Jun 13, 2020</p> 973f0bcc8d209637316be7ddc0509efd Vacation Places That Are Hard to Forget for 06/07/2020 Sun, 07 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Gay Courter</p> <p>When I'm not traveling I am either planning the next trip or reminiscing about favorite places. Two categories of adventures linger in my mind: a place where I've encountered a person with whom I've made a visceral connection or somewhere that has stimulated an emotional response. <p>Updated: Sun Jun 07, 2020</p> ed479b457ee84f1d5b1c25d587a7ff74 Take a Transatlantic Cruise on the Queen Mary 2 for 06/06/2020 Sat, 06 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Richard Carroll</p> <p>The Queen Mary 2, a historic Cunarder and the definitive queen of the seas, is sailing through a thick patch of shifting fog and rough sea, creating large, 20-foot swells and generating bulky scraps of churning sea foam. Farther from the ship, a muscular wind riffles the whitecaps into a string of pearl-white beads. <p>Updated: Sat Jun 06, 2020</p> aac51833ae0445772686219c1b250754 Finding Memories Among My Souvenirs for 05/31/2020 Sun, 31 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Victor Block</p> <p>My body is home, but my mind is roaming the globe. I'm stalking endangered mountain gorillas in Uganda, interacting with animals and people in the Amazon, and clinging to the saddle of a camel strolling through the Sahara Desert. <span class="column--highlighted-text">These are among memories that remain alive in souvenirs brought back from the more than 70 countries I've visited, including our own. I've found this to be a good time to relive travel experiences through mementos I've purchased over the years.</span><p>Updated: Sun May 31, 2020</p> c83e3f3b91a2332e53cd80f6c05eca90 Secluded Shores and Bustling Boardwalks in Virginia for 05/30/2020 Sat, 30 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Candyce H. Stapen</p> <p>Two eaglets warmed themselves at the base of a sand dune, a pelican dived into the Atlantic Ocean and plovers hopped along the shore. The critters and I shared tranquil beaches in Virginia's Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and adjacent False Cape State Park, where even in high season seagulls and sandpipers far outnumber sunbathers. The relative solitude rejuvenated me for the second part of my day &#8212; cruising the boardwalk (actually a wide paved path) followed by an indulgent seafood dinner. <p>Updated: Sat May 30, 2020</p> cdf0367949fe5ca51ef50b1307543228 Try Bird-Watching While You're Staying at Home for 05/24/2020 Sun, 24 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Victor Block</p> <p>Joann and Bill Jessen excitedly train their binoculars on a stretch of salt marsh that is alive with the sights and sounds of hawks and falcons that are resting after pursuing songbirds for their dinner. The 24 species of birds that John Beatty spots during the first few minutes of daylight may seem like a lot, but it's no great feat for where he is.<p>Updated: Sun May 24, 2020</p> 9fc59405c247916b01a4a1338a8d1590 Discover South Carolina's Lowcountry Charm for 05/23/2020 Sat, 23 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Bonnie and Bill Neely</p> <p>When it's safe to travel again, we suggest a visit to the "Lowcountry" of the South. The most popular places to go here are Charleston, Beaufort, Hilton Head and Bluffton, and Savannah isn't far away in Georgia. But we narrowed our visit to Beaufort, where my ancestors once lived. <p>Updated: Sat May 23, 2020</p> 0640059ea6974a9a460e3dd282afd964 Wilderness and Wildlife in Alaska's Denali National Park for 05/17/2020 Sun, 17 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Fyllis Hockman</p> <p>Forty pairs of eyes scanned the countryside, looking for movement, any movement. With binoculars and cameras at the ready, we hoped for a bear or a moose but were willing to settle for some Dall sheep high up the mountain. Not a passenger aboard the bus maintained a semblance of composure. We scurried like children from one side to the other, eager to be the first to announce the next sighting. <p>Updated: Sun May 17, 2020</p> 5eeb52e93ad3cbb060f326510b48c075 Virtual Trains Keep You Traveling at Home for 05/16/2020 Sat, 16 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Victor Block</p> <p>You're enjoying an adventure for the senses as you journey through the soaring Alps in Switzerland. You immediately understand why the magnificent view that surrounds you in Colorado inspired the words of "America the Beautiful." You channel Harry Potter during a ride over the towering viaduct that the Hogwarts Express crossed in the popular film series. <p>Updated: Sat May 16, 2020</p> e8672123842fe785a1ce0a1b9f84dbda Time Well Spent in London's Clink Prison for 05/10/2020 Sun, 10 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Sharon Whitley Larsen</p> <p>"What did you do in London?" several friends inquired about my trip there.<p>Updated: Sun May 10, 2020</p> ed4d736d7c051b87a99b45f177bd451f When Normalcy Returns, Celebrate in Boston for 05/09/2020 Sat, 09 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Robert Selwitz</p> <p>Whenever leisure travel again makes sense, Boston should be a prime destination choice. After the present dystopia passes &#8212; taking with it the rampant fear of close contact &#8212; a look at the city where the American Revolution began should be refreshing. <p>Updated: Sat May 09, 2020</p> a8d8e592d319233b4710135cb30f2c8d Explore Mystic Seaport's Ties to the Sea for 05/03/2020 Sun, 03 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Steve Bergsman</p> <p>Walter Cronkite, who was the dean of American television journalism and often referred to as the most trusted man in America, recorded his CBS news show in New York City, but at leisure times he would board his yacht and sail it north into the Long Island Sound, finally docking at the town of Mystic, Connecticut. Cronkite collected scrimshaw (carved bones and tusks of sea creatures) and would often acquire such objets d'art at a gallery in Mystic.<p>Updated: Sun May 03, 2020</p> b547e71e5a77ea37db7fb4f2f3b3ae16 Travel Virtually to Kitchens Around the World for 05/02/2020 Sat, 02 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By Victor Block</p> <p>You'd like to sample some dishes from the places you had planned to visit this year. Or maybe you'd just like to have some new alternatives to the same old dinner recipes you prepare day after day. You dream of dazzling your friends with a choice of gourmet dishes during a party you're planning when things return to normal and they can join you at your table.<p>Updated: Sat May 02, 2020</p>