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Buena Ventura- Land of Good Fortune

May 5th, 2022

By Linda Ballou, NABBW’s Adventure Travel Associate Ventura is a beach town with a laid-back vibe that is the gateway to some great adventures. About an hour north of Los Angeles spectacular day trips in the Channel Islands National Park are waiting for you.  Turn up at the Island Packer dock in Ventura Harbor at about 9 AM with a lunch in your backpack and leave your worries behind. After an hour-long cruise across the channel, passengers are dropped off at Scorpion Anchorage and admonished to be back by 4 PM, or plan on spending the night on the island. Some choose to do exactly that,... Read More

Our April Armchair Trip: Napa Valley, San Francisco & The Pacific Highway

April 9th, 2022

OUR APRIL ARMCHAIR TRIP: NAPA VALLEY, SAN FRANCISCO & THE PACIFIC HIGHWAY By Carolee Duckworth, NABBW’s Independent Travel Associate We’re ready to take off again on our April Armchair Trip, traveling in our minds. So, sit back, set loose your imaginings, and let’s be off on our April trip. First, we’ll drive our rented convertible (fire red or royal blue) across the Golden Gate Bridge and up through California redwood country to Napa Valley, for three days of vineyard visits and wine-tastings, hearty pioneer eating and soul-soothing hot springs. Next, we’ll make the... Read More

OUR MARCH ARMCHAIR TRIP: Blues, Soul, Rock & Jazz: Memphis to New Orleans “Riding on the City of New Orleans”

March 10th, 2022

OUR MARCH ARMCHAIR TRIP: Blues, Soul, Rock & Jazz: Memphis to New Orleans “Riding on the City of New Orleans” By Carolee Duckworth, NABBW’s Independent Travel Associate So, let’s head back to that cozy chair for another amazing Armchair Trip. Again, we will be traveling in our minds, but this is a trip that we certainly will want to take for real someday. Open your “imaginings” and join me on our March trip to where music “calls out from every door” and wooden trolleys make their lazy way up and down the waterfront and through the city. WHERE TO THIS TIME? It’s... Read More

As the World Struggles It’s Way Into the New Normal, Here Are Linda Ballou’s Travel Tips for 2022

March 3rd, 2022

By Linda Ballou, NABBW’s Adventure Travel Associate The only thing certain about travel in 2022 is that it is uncertain. People are chomping at the bit to travel again but need to remain flexible. Flight schedules are still in a state of flux, car rentals are at historical highs, and Covid-19 guidelines in various countries are changing by the hour. Travel expert, Peter Greenberg, suggests that you contact your travel agent, or better yet, the concierge at a hotel in the area you are planning to visit, to get up-to-date information about Covid-19 requirements. Even the World Health Organization... Read More

Carolee Duckworth Continues on a Southerly Route for Our Awesome February Armchair Trip

February 2nd, 2022

By Carolee Duckworth, NABBW’s Independent Travel Associate OUR FEBRUARY ARMCHAIR TRIP: Southern Beauties…Charleston & Savannah (with Jekyll) Let’s head back to our comfy armchair for another amazing Armchair Trip. For now, we will travel again in our minds! But we may come back in person someday… Where to This Time? Since it’s February, it’s still cold up North. But the temps are mild enough down south. So, let’s choose a place where Spring comes early, and it never gets all that cold anyway… We’re off this time to the Coastal Beauties: Charleston... Read More

Phyllis Stoller Suspects We Boomers Are Actually Safer From Covid If We’re Traveling Outside the US Than We Are at Home

January 13th, 2022

By Phyllis Stoller, NABBW’s Group Travel Associate You might be safer overseas than in the US or Canada. I just returned from 3 trips: one to Paris, one to Tuscany and London and an October one to Dubai/Abu Dhabi and Oman. Here is what I witnessed and what made me relax about Covid. And I am ready to take more groups to Europe beginning in May and to Mexico in a few weeks. Overseas masking is mandatory. In airports, on flights and in most places you as a tourist will visit.  Masking on a flight also means you no longer catch the cold of the guy in row whatever. Nor do you get snored... Read More

Our January Armchair Trip: Miami South Beach & Down the Keys to Key West

December 27th, 2021

By Carolee Duckworth, NABBW’s Independent Travel Associate Oh baby, it’s cold outside! Clearly winter is upon us. The world has turned drab and neutral, a dull pallet of brown and gray. Not a dot of color in sight looking out our windows. Oh, how we miss fuchsia and yellow and purple. And how can we possibly live for the next few months without green!? And another thing… We’ve been cut off from travel for two years now by this pandemic. That’s long enough! We come up with trip ideas, and even make reservations. Then we hear the latest bad news and cancel everything yet again. The... Read More

Linda Ballou Shares Why Winter Is A Perfect Time to Enjoy a “Wild Time” on the Central Coast of California

December 16th, 2021

By Linda Ballou, NABBW’s Adventure Travel Associate Winter on the Central Coasts means fewer tourists and plentiful wildlife. Birds and marine mammals gather there in chaotic profusion from December to February. Every year, hundreds of birders flock to the sleepy fishing town of Morro Bay on California’s Central Coast to take part in the Audubon Birding Fest. The Pacific’s saltwater mixed with the freshwater of streams flowing in the largest estuary on the west coast resulting in a nutrient-rich brew for thousands of birds. The charm of the rust-colored, reed-choked estuary is... Read More

Road Trip!! Linda Ballou Says Now’s the Time to Cool Your Jets on the Southern Oregon Coast

September 13th, 2021

By Linda Ballou, NABBW’s Adventure Travel Associate  Steaming temps in the inland valleys of Southern Oregon are sending smart travelers to the coast to cool off. The Redwood Hwy (199),  out of Grants Pass is a snaking road that takes you to Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, the northern most redwood forest in California. It traces the rugged Smith River Corridor sheathed in towering sugar pines and deposits you in Hiouchi. Hot Tip #1: If you can snag a room at the budget Hiouchi Motel, next to the Hiouchi Café you will be in perfect position to explore the ancient redwood groves. The... Read More

Linda Ballou Wonders Whether She Was ‘Blissfully Sinking’ or ‘Gloriously Synching’ into River Time, During Her Recent Rogue River Raft Trip. Either Way, She Relished Every Moment.

July 19th, 2021

By Linda Ballou, NABBW’s Adventure Travel Associate  Every bend of the river beckons—every pool may bring better luck. Life should be like that. — Zane Grey The Rogue River is a vital artery in southwestern Oregon that flows 215 miles from Crater Lake to Gold Beach on the coast. Rainie Falls is the take out point for rafters to the 40 mile stretch of the wild and scenic corridor on the infamous Rogue. We skirted this big drop into a gaping hole, the only Class 4 rapid we encountered on the 4-day rafting adventure, by taking a side channel. We listened for the low rumble of rapids ahead... Read More