The Next Big Trip: Ireland!

Ireland is a place I’ve always wanted to visit.  Partly because I have always been told that I have an Irish heritage – along with half of America!  (More about that later . . . )

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For me, one of the best parts of a trip is the planning stage.  I’m a “learner” by nature and this gives me an excuse to research and learn about somewhere new.  Books, guides, blogs and various travel websites all provide great fodder for research.  This trip began by learning about the weather and the best time to visit Ireland – May through September with August being an optimal time to go.  With our summer travel schedule, we couldn’t do August, but we also didn’t want to be there during the high season for tourists.  We opted for May – the weather would be fair and the tourist levels would be low.  

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Hotel v. VRBO in New York City

IMG_3524Thankfully, as of the writing of this post, I have (finally!) secured our accommodations for our trip to New York on October 22.  Everything else – plane tickets, check; tickets to a show, check; reservation for dinner before the show, check – was done BEFORE we even had a place to stay.  

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So you wanna go to the South of France . . .

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For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to visit the South of France – in particular, the regions of Provence and the French Riviera.  It evokes so many images – fields of lavender, the Mediterranean sea, and stone pathways through ancient cities lined with bougainvillea. The cities are iconic – St. Tropez, Cannes, Arles, Aix-en-Provence, and Nice. The magic of the SOF will delight anyone no matter what your interest: if you’re an art lover you can walk in the steps of Cezanne, Van Gogh and Picasso; if you love French food (and who doesn’t, really?), then you will find the land of mussels and fries, salad Nicoise, and lots of pastries; if you love the outdoors, there are beaches, bike paths, and mountains.

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They Say “Caw” in Boston

Boston is next on the travel agenda.  Over the next few posts I’ll talk about how we arrived at the decision to go to Boston – no science, just happenstance – as well as some ideas of things to do that we’ve been given by friends.  And, of course, pictures!

It’s been a few weeks since I posted – work has been super busy, I’ve written an article for an upcoming CLE, and I’ve actually taken some time to make some art.  Life goes by quickly so enjoy it!

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Packing for Colorado [No Camping]

This is not about packing for a camping trip – that’s for someone else to tackle. [Check out intentionaltravelers.com – they have a great post on packing for a camping trip.  I’m sure there are million others.] My idea of camping includes a condo with a bed, running water, and, most importantly, a coffee machine.

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Avoiding Altitude Sickness

altitude_sickness-273x300Altitude sickness is defined as an “illness caused by ascent to a high altitude and the resulting shortage of oxygen, characterized chiefly by hyperventilation, nausea, exhaustion and cerebral edema.” (so says google) Typically, one suffering from altitude sickness experiences headaches, a loss of appetite, and sleeping difficulties. It’s a serious condition and if it persists the best way to treat it is to descend to a lower altitude.

[Photo Credit: http://www.kiliadventures.com/uncategorized/you-know-altitude-sickness/]

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Where to Stay in Crested Butte

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Your options are numerous when it comes to accommodations in Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte. CB is in the valley, and Mt. CB is at the mountain base where the ski lifts run (more about what to do in CB in a later post). Depending on where you want to set up camp, you may want to pick one over the other.   No matter where you stay though, you have a free shuttle bus that runs between the two towns and a nicely paved path. This year we hiked from our condo in Mt. CB to town and it was about 3 miles.

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How to Get to Crested Butte

Crested Butte isn’t exactly easy to get to, but there a number of ways to find your way to the mountain.  Of course, the usual methods are obvious options – driving or flying.  For some, driving may seem like an unrealistic option due to the distance, but it has a few advantages:

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Going Back to Colorado

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This makes our 11th year to visit Crested Butte, Colorado.  Every year a number of people from Texas (okay, hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people) make their way to Colorado for a short respite from the heat.  There really is no other place like Colorado with its breathtaking beauty, cool air, and endless outdoor fun.

Over the next week I’ll post on the following topics to help you plan your next trip to the Rocky Mountains.  

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Welcome to Navigation Maven!

The inspiration for this blog came from a friend after discussing my most recent trip to the South of France.  In the midst of explaining what we did on our trip, how I organized it, and the planning that went into the trip,  she said “You should start a blog!”  This sounded like an awesome idea to me for several reasons:

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