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Photographs of the Total Eclipse of the Sun

“Wooowww” is all I could manage to mutter in astonishment — like a little boy full of wonder who has discovered something new and awesome. I cannot explain just how spectacular was this event. No photograph — not even the best of those of professional photographs or astronomers with expensive equipment over the years — can remotely do justice and properly translate just how remarkable was witnessing a total eclipse of the sun live and in person. This celestial phenomenon — which…

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Everything You Do Not Want to Know About Trying to View a Total Solar Eclipse

Where I am based is fewer than 150 miles from the path of totality of the solar eclipse; so I decided to drive to a location and witness it — even if I did not have a pair of solar eclipse glasses.

In other words, nobody could have been more ill-prepared to participate in this event than me. I suppose it was because I did not really want to fuss about it; or perhaps I had other more important things on my mind. I would also say that I do not always have the best of luck; but people who found out about my…

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Drinking Incredible Water on Athabasca Glacier

Other than climbing on Exit Glacier in Alaska, I have not actually been on a glacier — so when I found out that not only can I access Athabasca Glacier in the Rocky Mountains of Canada and stand on it but also drink the water fresh off of the glacier, I could not resist.

I paid for the tickets in advance to save money. If you pay for the tickets at least 48 hours in advance, you can save…

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The Annual Gilroy Garlic Festival Stinks — and That is a Good Thing

I remember driving alone south on United States Highway 101 into Gilroy from the Silicon Valley area — and that familiar pungent odor of my favorite bulb welcomed by my olfactory sense confirmed that I was nearing the self-proclaimed garlic capital of the world long before I reached its borders.

I paid the entrance fee and studied the festive atmosphere, complete with loud music, booths with vendors selling their garlic-laced wares, and plenty of people. I typically eschew crowds, but bizarrely I did not mind them this time — perhaps it was…

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Air Traffic Control: Behind the Scenes at Atlanta A80 Terminal Radar Approach Control Facility

“Hi!” was the enthusiastic greeting by a man garbed in jeans and a T-shirt as he turned around away from the monitors and noticed that there were visitors in the darkened round room where approximately a dozen other people were quietly working away…

…but do not be fooled: working as an air traffic controller for the Federal Aviation Administration of the Department of Transportation of the United States is far removed from being a relaxing job. In fact, the profession is one of the most stressful, with its…

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This Snack Should Be in the United States. I Really Enjoyed It.

After spending my first night at the Hilton Garden Inn Calgary Airport hotel and on my way to my first day of exploring in the Rocky Mountains of Canada, I stopped off at the Chinook Centre to pick up a few snacks and some water…

…and among the snacks which I wanted to try while I was in Canada that are not readily available in the United States was…

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A Canadian Hummingbird — Just Because

I forgot to include this neglected avian buddy in two separate articles: this one pertaining to Mount Robson Lodge at which I arguably had the best view from a room I had ever seen during my years of travels; and this one which listed some of my new animal friends from the Rocky Mountains in Canada.

Because I neglected this poor little guy twice, I…

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The Best View From a Room I Have Ever Seen?

How often do you experience what is arguably one of the best views and one of the worst views from a room which you have ever seen during the same trip?

Well, that phenomenon happened during my recent trip to the Rocky Mountains of Canada, as this hotel room was a candidate for one of the worst views I have ever experienced from a hotel room at any time during my years of travel…

…but I booked lodging as a customer for the first time using…

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I Saved $40 at Booking.com at This Place?!?

As a customer for the first time at Booking.com, I received $40.00 back on my credit card statement shortly after I successfully completed my stay with which I spent a minimum of $80.00 or more on lodging…

…but where exactly did I stay?!?

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Lake Louise

No traffic light exists at the intersection of Lake Louise Drive and Village Road — rather, traffic from all four directions is required to stop at this intersection…

…but on days during which traffic can potentially be a problem, someone is assigned to the intersection to manually direct traffic.

Several vehicles were lined up in front of me in the right lane — including a minivan, which was directly in front of me.

Once the minivan arrived at the…

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