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Photographs of Unique Highway Signs in Colorado — With Complete Sentences?

As Interstate 70 winds through the Rocky Mountains heading west from Denver in Colorado, it experiences drastic changes in elevation — at one point exceeding 11,000 feet above sea level. Combine that with a winter snowstorm and you have a recipe for a trucker’s nightmare.

Last month in December 2020, I arrived in snowy Denver and proceeded west on Interstate 70 towards Utah. As one of the aforementioned snowstorms greeted me as I entered the higher elevations of the interstate, I soon noticed some highway signs I had never seen before.

The signs specifically…

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My Wish Came True: This Snack DID Arrive in the United States — Or Did It?

Almost 3.5 years ago — on Sunday, August 13, 2017, to be exact — I wrote this article on a snack which I enjoyed so much that I wished it was available for purchase in the United States; and since that article was written, that snack had officially been discontinued and is no longer manufactured anymore…

…but the good news is that…

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My First Stay at a SpringHill Suites Hotel Property — and The Verdict Is…

Located in Tennessee almost 20 miles northeast of Chattanooga, the SpringHill Suites Chattanooga North/Ooltewah is a hotel property with a surprisingly upscale ambiance at which to stay — which I needed during my escape from the electric power outage which was caused by Tropical Storm Zeta in the area where I am based.

SpringHill Suites is a select brand of Marriott International, Incorporated; and it is a hotel property which is “a little extra, a lot less ordinary: Style and space, beautifully priced.” You can earn Marriott Bonvoy points with every stay.


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My First Stay at a Rodeway Inn Hotel Property — and The Verdict Is…

I needed a place to stay for the night prior to going to Bryce Canyon National Park early the next morning; and not too many lodging options are available nearby — so after doing some research, I decided that the best option would be to stay at the Rodeway Inn Bryce Canyon hotel property for the night because of both cost and convenience.

The huge…

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My First Stay at a Candlewood Suites Hotel Property — and The Verdict Is…

During a recent trip with which I had already experienced being screened at an airport security checkpoint and my first airplane flight — I paid for a basic economy fare — and my first experience renting a car during the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic, I found myself in Grand Junction in Colorado, where I had the opportunity to be a guest at a Candlewood Suites hotel property for the first time.

Candlewood Suites is a brand of InterContinental Hotels Group; and it is a casual extended stay hotel property “where you’ll always feel at home, at your best and really productive while on the road.” You can earn IHG Rewards Club points with every stay.

I stayed at the Candlewood Suites Grand Junction Nw hotel property. I parked the car I rented outside directly across from the entrance — which was rather convenient, especially as the ambient temperature was cold outside — and walked in.

The photograph above shows the front desk in the lobby of the hotel property at which guests check in and check out for their stays. Notice that…

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My First Car Rental Experience During the Pandemic

The airplane on which I was a passenger had just landed at Denver International Airport on what became a snowy day; and I had already experienced both being screened at an airport security checkpoint and my first airplane flight — I paid for a basic economy fare — during the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic.


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My Experiences of Passing Through Airport Security Checkpoints During a Pandemic

When I arrived at the airport to travel from Atlanta to Denver as a passenger on an airplane operated by Delta Air Lines for my first flight since the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic began, I had to first go through the security checkpoint like every other passenger — but how different will the process be from what I expected in the past?

The queue seemed to be really long when I arrived at the main security checkpoint — but then…

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My First Pandemic Flight — With a Basic Economy Fare

I cannot remember the last year in which I did not travel as a passenger aboard an airplane, and the year 2020 almost became the first year in which I did not travel by airplane in years.


The reason was not because of the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic itself. Rather, the reason was because of how human beings and society in general have responded to it — as well as the uncertainty with how the reaction has been handled — including but not limited to…

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Rocky Mountains of Canada: Itinerary and Master Guide [Work In Progress]

Some of the most majestic scenery in the world is found in the Rocky Mountains of Canada, which straddles the border between the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia — as well as some indigenous animals who became my new friends.

A total of seven days were spent in the Rocky Mountains of Canada — or, if you prefer, the Canadian Rockies — and I was there when…

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