Before the pyramids began to rise along the NIle, before people devised ways to get the stones in place at Stonehenge, before temples of the Maya began to rise in the forests of the Yucatan, a village on an island far up in the North Sea had been ...

 

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Mysterious Scotland: Skara Brae

Before the pyramids began to rise along the NIle, before people devised ways to get the stones in place at Stonehenge, before temples of the Maya began to rise in the forests of the Yucatan, a village on an island far up in the North Sea had been thriving for generations. This is Skara Brae. While they kept no written records and did not build pyramids, the people of Skara Brae did build stone houses well suited to to the climate of the place. They raised families, hunted and fished, grew crops, and traded with folk in other places. People

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Getting Started Snowshoeing – A Perfect Day in the Adirondacks

“It’s just like walking,” they said. Sure, except you’re incinerating 700-1000 calories per hour as your legs and body do a little extra work during each step to lift your feet up, plant them in snow, and lift them again, all while keeping your stance a little wide so that you don’t clank your own snowshoes together and fall over. The good news is that beautiful winter scenery is all around you as a distraction from huffing and puffing; it’s so peaceful and quiet as sounds are muffled by the snow. After a morning of running around Lake Placid on

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Mail Travels: National Postal Museum in Washington DC

When was the last time you received a letter through the mail, one with a stamp and a postmark? It may have been a while, given computerized postage and e mail, but you remember that special card for your birthday, or that holiday card you yourself bought a stamp for and sent, don’t you? How about that post card from a friend traveling in far away place? Letters and postcards, written on real paper, and the stamps that send them on their way, used to be occasions for surprise, for celebration, for thoughtful exchange, for love letters that would be

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The Importance of Getting Lost When You Travel the World

“What do you do when you get lost in a city?” is a question which many travelers are asked. I believe that getting lost is an integral part of traveling, and one of the best ways to really appreciate a new destination. There’s not much to worry about when you get lost. You’ll usually know what city you’re in, and almost definitely which country you’re in. The feeling of being lost applies mostly to being on the wrong street, or not being able to find a certain building. In such a case, chances are you’re pretty close. But sometimes that wrong

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Heritage Trail Challenge in Northern New York State

There were two parts to my recent travel challenge to myself in northern New York State:  Visit one historic site on each of four state-designated heritage trails, and/or  Be able to visit anything during winter storm Stella, which in one day dumped more than three feet of snow onto Lake Placid and the Adirondacks in northern New York, where I was speaking at a conference. What I learned from the experience was that even when every single thing you want to see is closed, and it is uncertain as to whether the right roads are plowed so that you can even

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