Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Haines, Alaska: Gateway to Alaskan Adventures

September 5th, 2017

By Linda Ballou, NABBW’s Adventure Travel Associate I have been migrating from Los Angles to Haines, the prettiest little town in Southeast Alaska, for the last 40 years. Like the arctic tern in its epic 25,000- mile round trip journey and the salmon’s primordial yearning to return to the clear waters of its birth, I come home. When snow-frosted peaks of the Coastal Range that hug the tiny berg and Port Seward come into view, I mist over.  Alaska is to me austere, rugged and moody, yet thrilling in its unrelenting beauty. Haines, population 2500, was once a homely pioneer town; now Main... Read More

Single Boomer Women: Now’s the Time to Make New Friends, See New Places. (Especially as you plan ahead for the year-end holidays!)

August 15th, 2017

By Phyllis Stoller, NABBW’s Group Travel Associate Boomer women are different. We were born into the post WWII era when things began to change for women. Our mothers went to work, we got college degrees and became nurses, teachers, lawyers, architects, doctors and accountants. Fast forward to today and we are living longer than our mothers and grandmothers. We’re healthier and more active. And many of us are single – either still, or again.  The oft-repeated mantra of our early years – “You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby,” has proven true.  In so many ways... Read More

Riding in the Hoof Prints of Isabella Bird at the Sylvan Dale Ranch

July 26th, 2017

By Linda Ballou, NABBW’s Adventure Travel Associate Fired by the rapturous descriptions of Estes Park and surrounds by Isabella Bird, a plucky Englishwoman who rode 800 miles solo in the Rockies in 1873, I headed to Colorado to breathe in the beauty of the region for myself. Isabella, like many people suffering from England’s damp, came to Colorado for “the pure dry air.” With religious fervor, she waxed poetic in her travel memoir Lady of the Rockies about the granite faces of the peaks flushing crimson at day’s end. Her first stay in Colorado was with the Alexanders, squatters... Read More

Lose your Heart at the Laramie River Ranch

July 9th, 2017

By Linda Ballou, NABBW’s Adventure Travel Associate Krista Burleigh, leading my ride, dreamed of owning a ranch and spending her life sharing her love of the outdoors and horses with her guests. She and husband Bill, roamed the West to find the perfect spot. They picked the Laramie River Ranch for its isolation and endless miles of trails that fan from the ranch and offer a variety of terrain and great footing for the horses. I have sampled many dude ranches and the LLR offers an unrivaled, rustic, authentic western experience on the back of well-trained, fit horses. From a distance the sage-covered... Read More

Sammy’s Broken Leg (Oh No!) and The Amazing Cast That Fixed it

May 18th, 2017

Title: Sammy’s Broken Leg (Oh No!) and the Amazing Cast That Fixed It Author: Judith Wolf Mandell Reviewed by: Anne Holmes For the NABBW “Sammy’s Broken Leg” is an amazing book! Perfect gift for a grandchild who’s broken a bone – or is about to experience some other sort of potentially scary medical procedure. I recall my mother having to hold a wriggling, screaming four-year old – me – in her lap as my sister and I were being prepped for T&A surgery back in the mid-50s. No one could convince me they weren’t trying to kill me with the... Read More

Now’s the Time to Enjoy Traveling to Mexico’s Non-Beach Locales

May 16th, 2017

By Phyllis Stoller, NABBW’s Group Travel Associate If you’ve previously traveled to Mexico for the beaches, you’ve missed out on a lot of the pleasures of this country, which is an inexpensive trip from the US that’s both a real destination – and not too far away. No doubt that’s why the Tourism Authority in Mexico has been successfully promoting Mexico’s colonial and historic sites in recent years. And why so many more Americans have begun visiting Mexico’s non-beach locales. The Rivera Maya, Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta and Cancun are great trips,... Read More

Aloha Rx

May 1st, 2017

By Linda Ballou, NABBW’s Adventure Travel Associate   Floating face up in the Watsu pool at the Kalani Ocean Retreat that is tucked into a remote corner of the Big Island in Hawaii, I drifted in a state of embryonic innocence. Sylvie, my provider, massaged my spine gently and rotated my limbs to release joint tension. This was the first of many experiences on my quest for an Aloha fix that would include traditional lomi-lomi massage; interviewing Kumu Dane Silva, a respected native Hawaiian healer; a swim in a hot pond used for centuries by the ancestors to cleanse body, mind, and spirit;... Read More

Europe: Chained by History: What Force Can Break the Chain?

March 16th, 2017

Title: Europe: Chained by History: What Force Can Break the Chain? (Available in both paperback and Kindle formats) Author: Larry J. Hilton Reviewed for the NABBW by: Anne Holmes I didn’t enjoy learning about history until I was in high school, and took a course called Allied Arts, taught by a trio of teachers with areas of expertise in Literature, Music, History and Art. When they wove these threads (and with them, religion, politics and economics) into the fabric of their class, history suddenly began to make sense. I discovered that it’s actually a human story – not just a... Read More

Lessons from Zachary: Turning Disability into Possibility

March 15th, 2017

Title: Lessons from Zachary: Turning Disability into Possibility Available in both paperback and Kindle formats Author: Sandy Scott Reviewed for the NABBW by: Anne Holmes I was so delighted to learn about the existence of this book! For multiple personal reasons: First, we are all living in today’s world, which has sadly become rude enough that we’ve actually elected president a man who is so ill-mannered that during his campaign he actually called attention to and publicly ridiculed a handicapped New York Times reporter, who was simply and capably covering the campaign. I believe... Read More

Rock On, Morro Bay!

February 10th, 2017

By Linda Ballou, NABBW’s Adventure Travel Associate 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 salt water mixed with the fresh water of streams flowing in the largest estuary on the west coast result in a nutrient-rich brew for thousands of birds. The charm of the rust-colored, reed-choked estuary is subtle, but upon closer inspection you will find its beauty undeniable. During the birding fest that takes place on Martin Luther King weekend, there are 140 different... Read More