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Friday, June 18, 2021

Victoria's Secret Seeks To Self-Destruct

Above, Megan Rapinoe. Getty Images.

Rush's Undeniable Truths of Life #24: Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women access to the mainstream of society.

Nothing like trying to destroy your own brand to be woke or whatever one wants to call it.

From Breitbart:

So Victoria’s Secret, a decades-old brand premised on sexy fun, is looking to deliberately destroy itself by appointing — lol — the humorless and brittle Megan Rapinoe as its new spokeswoman.

The humorless and brittle Rapinoe will not be alone in what can only be a Producers-style conspiracy to sabotage Victoria’s Secret from within. Among others, joining Rapinoe will be Valentina Sampaio, a male model who identifies as a woman, and plus-size model Paloma Elsesser.

Maybe this means Victoria's Secret will begin carrying L.L. Bean overalls?

To read more, go here

Mesa Verde National Park Offers J&J Vaccinations

Above, Mesa Verde National Park's Spruce Tree House. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Yesterday, visitors to Mesa Verde National Park in southwest Colorado were given the opportunity to receive the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in a former hospital building in the park. They're calling it a "nod to history".

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine only requires one shot.

According to The Journal:

Anyone visiting Mesa Verde National Park on Thursday was treated to some of America’s best-preserved ancestral Puebloan archaeological sites and could receive a shot in the arm for the coronavirus.

The goal of “Shot in the Park” was to give visitors and staff members convenient access to a vaccine, the one-shot Johnson & Johnson. Shots were given from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Spruce Tree Terrace at Chapin Mesa. No appointment was necessary, and the vaccine was free. A park entrance fee was required.

The public clinic was organized in partnership with the Montezuma County Health Department, Aramark and the national park.

The vaccination clinic was held in the building that previously housed the Aileen Nusbaum Hospital.

Having the clinic at the old hospital site “is a wonderful nod to park history,” said Laurie Smith, assistant chief of interpretation and visitor services.

To read more, go here.

Visitors Are Overcrowding National Parks Like Yellowstone and Yosemite

Above, Yosemite's Bridalveil Fall. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Sometimes, like in this instance, I have to wonder where people's common sense went to.

I understand wanting to get out into the Great Outdoors, but people should know that everyone including their dog Spot will heading out to national parks in droves. Who can enjoy themselves with thousands of others crowding viewpoints, trails, restaurants, lodges, campgrounds, visitor centers, parking lots and other facilities and features? And that doesn't include long lines at park gates of people waiting to get in. It makes no sense to me. Who wants to be packed in like sardines in misery?

According to CBS News:

Having sat at home for much of 2020 because of the pandemic, Americans are heading out in droves to national parks like Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, and Yosemite National Park in California.

Overcrowding in recent weeks has prompted park officials to launch online reservation systems at places like Maine's Acadia National Park, Montana's Glacier National Park, Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park and Zion Natural Park in Utah. In locations without reservation systems, parkgoers say they've discovering few to no parking spaces, 4-hour wait times to enter and increased litter along park trails. 

It is my preference to visit national parks during the off-season to avoid crowds anyway. But that's during normal years. But this is much worse.

To read more, go here

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Dinner With Lincoln

Above, President Abraham Lincoln's final resting place. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

This evening, over dinner, I watched the 2012 Steven Spielberg movie, Lincoln, starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field. I usually manage to get around to it at least once a year.

Above, the Lincoln Home in Springfield, Illinois. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

It has to be one of the best Abraham Lincoln movies Hollywood has produced.

It reminded me of my trip to Illinois four years after its release where I visited the Abraham Lincoln Library & Museum, the Lincoln home and Lincoln's tomb in Sprinfield. That visit to Springfield was capped off by watching the 2016 election returns in my motorhome at the Double J RV Park just outside of Springfield.

Above, a Cabinet Room meeting at the Lincon Museum. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

If one is interested in the life of President Lincoln, I would heartily recommend a visit to Springfield and bring the kids if you have any. It is well worth the trek there.

Above, yours truly at the Lincoln Tomb. 


Couple's Hawaii Vacation Turns Into Nightmare

Above, a view of Diamond Head from Waikiki Beach. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

A Virginia couple decided to take a vacation trip to Hawaii and all was going well until they landed in Maui.

There, they received a shock from the officials at the airport.

WSET reported:

BEDFORD COUNTY Va. (WSET) — A couple from Goode is trying to urge others to be careful when flying.

Their summer anniversary trip turned into a nightmare. They're hoping to help others avoid the stress they endured. They say their trip to Hawaii hit major turbulence soon after they landed.

Ruth Garretson and her husband were expecting a relaxing anniversary trip to Hawaii. Garretson says it was smooth sailing until they reached Maui.

When they arrived, Garretson says they were informed their CDC-approved, negative COVID tests they got through MedExpress weren't going to cut it. She says they were told their tests had to be through Walgreens or CVS but Garretson says none of that ever came to light in their pre-trip research.

If Hawaii is willing to pull these kinds of stunts on people (maybe there's some kickback money from Walgreens and CVS involved since Hawaii is a liberal state?), I'd say to hell with Hawaii and travel elsewhere. I hope the couple sues.

To read more, go here

AlienFest Schedule Posted



The Roswell UFO Festival is coming up in a few weeks, but they're calling it AlienFest* this year (maybe that's a permanent name change?) and they've posted their schedule of events.

AlienFest will be held in Roswell, New Mexico from July 1 to 3. I attended it three years ago and enjoyed it (beware, expect to do a lot of walking).

They posted:

Did you know every event at the AlienFest is FREE and completely family-friendly! Join us at the Chaves County Courthouse July 1-3 and you may just run into a pelican – or swarm of butterflies. You will definitely run into aliens and possibly see a crashed UFO! Free music every day as well! Make your very own tinfoil hat to prevent the aliens from reading your mind. Take plenty of selfies at the selfie stations. Be sure to post your images on social media and tag them with #Alienfest and #UFOFestival. Pick up your passport and visit local merchants to participate in the fun scavenger hunt where you can win free swag and prizes.

If you stop by our information tent and fill out a short survey, you will receive a FREE event pin.

Lastly, don’t forget to get some amazing merchandise to commemorate this fun event!

If you're looking for something to do, since G-FEST (the annual Godzilla convention) has been canceled again this year, thanks to the pandemic and Illinois government's response to it, you ought to check out AlienFest.

To read more, go here.

*Frankly, I think they should stick with Roswell UFO Festival as it is perfectly self-explanatory and "AlienFest" may lead some people to think this has something to do with illegal immigration.

RV Rentals: Don't Waste Your Money

Above, the Ely, Nevada KOA Kampground. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

With the pandemic that started last year, RV sales and rentals have skyrocked as people feel they are a safer way to travel (and I agree) than flying and taking cruises.

But there is a downside to RV renting and ABC27 says "not to waste your money."

The only time my family rented an RV was back in the 1970s when we rented a travel trailer and took it to Mesa Verde National Park. But costs weren't as much then as they are now.

ABC27 begins their article with:

The camper and RV craze that began last summer during the pandemic is showing no signs of letting up. But while it appears a great way to travel, there are some downsides to know if you are thinking of renting one.

The vacation rage of 2020 is now the hot trend again in ’21, renting an RV, motorhome, or camper. Money Magazine says it started because they were virus friendly, since you drive across the country with your own bedroom and kitchen. But money says many people last year ended up surprised at the total cost.

To see what those costs are, go here

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Biden Administration Creating "Radical American" Snitch Program




His Fraudulency wants to use Gestapo tactics of Nazi Germany in asking people to snitch on friends, family members or co-workers who may be "radicalized threats". 

What's their definition of "radicalized threats"? 

From Breitbart:

President Joe Biden’s administration announced their plans to create ways for Americans to report radicalized friends and family to the government, in an effort to fight domestic terrorism.

In a conversation with reporters, one senior administration official explained the importance of stopping politically fueled violence before it started.

“We will work to improve public awareness of federal resources to address concerning or threatening behavior before violence occurs,” the official said.

The official cited the Department of Homeland Security’s “If you see something say something” campaign to help stop radical Islamic terror as a domestic possibility.

The Nazis of Germany did the same thing before and during World War II.

From The Irish Times (highlights mine): 

It’s been estimated that only 15 per cent of Gestapo cases started because of surveillance operations. A far greater number began following a tip-off from a member of the public. Every allegation, no matter how trivial, was investigated with meticulous and time-consuming thoroughness. It’s been estimated that about 40 per cent of these denunciations were personally motivated. 

What's next? Concentration camps?

This seems aimed at those who are opposed to the Biden regime. Notice that none of the left-wing rioters in various cities over the past year have been prosecuted. 

To read more, go here

62nd Anniversary of George Reeves Death

Above, the George Reeves Benedict Canyon home in 2016. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Today marks 62 years since the alleged suicide of Adventures of Superman star George Reeves.

Reeves was found with a gunshot wound to his head in the bedroom of his Benedict Canyon home on June 16, 1959.

Above, George Reeves about 72 hours before his death.

There have been many questions raised over Reeves's death with theories of a hit man or an accident. The were covered in the movie, Hollywoodland (2006).

Still, despite the theories, Reeves is one of the few stars of television's golden age who is still fondly remembered for his work.

Crowds Are Swarming To The National Parks

Above, the South Entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

This should not come as any surprise to regular readers of this blog.

Fox News is reporting that crowds are swarming our national parks after a year of lockdowns.

They start it off with:

There’s an epidemic of post-pandemic visitors at national parks.

Lockdown-weary Americans are flocking to the nation’s most beautiful natural environments en masse — to the degree that it’s causing an overcrowding problem at the parks and in nearby towns. 

"Anywhere you go, there’s going to be a line," Libby Preslock told the Wall Street Journal following a recent visit to Utah’s Arches National Park. Preslock arrived at the park at 9 a.m., only to learn that it was full. Signs recommended eager visitors try back in three to five hours, so she decided to try her luck at Canyonlands, another national park in the area.

There, too, she encountered a wait but was able to enter after an hour. 

The wait times were not a one-off, but part of a recent trend: About 194,000 people visited Arches in April, a 15% increase from the number of visitors in 2019 — and a 100% increase from April 2020, when it was closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Journal reported. 

Canyonlands saw a 30% increase in visitors in April, compared with April 2019. 

According to the Bureau of Land Management, the increase is significantly due to more first-timers checking out the parks.

To read more, go here

Crater Lake National Park Braces For Busy Summer

Above, Crater Lake's Wizard Island is seen through a smoky haze in 2017. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Part of my Great American Eclipse trip of 2017 included a visit to Crater Lake National Park. That was my third visit there. The only thing that kind of spoiled it were the fires near the crater. The smoke from them settled inside the crater. At least this year (so far), there's no fires.

Crater Lake National Park in Oregon is bracing for another busy summer season.

Record numbers showed up last year despite the coronavirus and park officials are expecting much the same this year.

Oregon Live (from The Oregonian) tells readers what to expect.

They begin with:

Crater Lake National Park officials are bracing for possibly record-breaking visitation this summer as COVID restrictions ease and Americans once again head out on vacation.

“All indications are this summer’s visitation is going to be very, very high,” said Superintendent Craig Ackerman.

Last year, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, record numbers of visitors were recorded in July, August and December. Numbers that high could once again spell problems for visitors and result in delays in entering the park and, once in, finding parking near Rim Village.

To read more, go here

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

AOL: The Biggest Problems of Popular RV Brands

Above, my 2015 Winnebago Minnie Winnie 22R at a Payson, Arizona campground. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Planning on buying an RV?

If so, you may want to read an article by AOL on the biggest problems of all (or most) popular RV brands.

Winnebago, which I am an owner of a 2015 Minnie Winnie Class C, doesn't come unscathed in the article. But I must point out that any defects my RV had were minor and covered under warranty. It has been the most reliable vehicle I've ever owned.

The first problem I had was a roof vent cover that "glued" itself shut. It was taken care of under warranty. The next one was a problem with the dash air conditioner (it's a Ford E350 Chassis). It turned out that rodents chewed some of the air conditioner's lines. Next, was another roof vent cover. It became brittle from age and weathering and broke apart. The last was a small tear in the awning fabric from rubbing against a leaning telephone pole I didn't see that got bigger. And that's it.

AOL begins their article with:

As summer nears, you probably think of campfires, s’mores, and RVing — which lets you camp and enjoy the great outdoors without having to sleep in it. Buying a poor-quality RV brand could quickly turn a trip sour, though, and Marshall Wendler, cofounder of Camp Addict, doesn’t like a beginner’s chances: “I don't have any specific input on the worst RV brand. In fact, they are the majority of RV brands out there,” Wendler says. “Throw a dart at the wall.” With advice from Wendler and other RVers who love to talk rigs, here’s what we’ve learned from the experts about brands that you should probably steer clear of if you're looking to buy or rent an RV.

To read more, go here.

Gallup Lions Club Rodeo Doesn't Start Tomorrow

Above, from the 2019 Gallup Lions Club Rodeo. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Notice: I just got into contact with the Gallup Lions Club. Seems that some rodeo sites, including theirs, say it's on, but it's not. So disregard the Lions Club posing below, but at least we still have Bloomer's in August (see below).

All indications are that this year's Gallup Lions Club Rodeo will be held starting tomorrow at 7:00 PM at Red Rock Park outside of Gallup, New Mexico. 

Admission: 

General: $15.00

Children 10 & under: $5.00

Seniors (65+): $5.00

The erroneous Lions Club's posting:


Also, the official Gallup government website posted this flyer on the Bloomer Best of the Best Rodeo:

 


According to the Gallup Real True website:

The Bloomer Trailers Best of the Best Rodeo, put on by the City of Gallup, features the best contestants from junior high and high school in eight rodeo categories. This year's event is August 4-7, 2021

Happy 80th Birthday Neal Adams!

Above, Neal Adams and yours truly at the 2012 Comikaze Expo in Los Angeles.

Neal Adams, the comic book artist who many (including me) consider to be the definitive Batman artist, turned 80 today.

Adams recently was released from the hospital after a bout with sepsis. Thankfully, he overcame it and is enjoying his birthday.

It is hard to believe Neal Adams is 80. Then again, it is also hard to believe that I'm 67. But, there you go.

I became aware of Adams's work around 1967 when he started drawing covers for DC's Superman Family of comic books. Then, he started doing some Batman/Superman stories in World's Finest Comics.

Not long after that, he started illustrating stories in Batman and Detective Comics. And, around about that time, he took over the illustrating chores for the Green Lantern/Green Arrow series of stories in the Green Lantern comic book. Adams also illustrated Deadman stories, some included Batman. Those were great reads.

I got to meet Adams at the 2012 Comikaze Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center. I was there as a panelist on Godzilla.

Adams is still very much artistically active and appears at numerous comic book and science-fiction conventions around the country.

A big Happy Birthday to Neal Adams!

UPDATE (06/17/21):

A nice tribute to Neal Adams was posted in an unlikely place: National Review. I am aware that Adams is politically liberal (and decidedly anti-Donald Trump), but he is lauded in the article as the "Reigning King of Comic Books".

To read the article, go here.

RV Storage Ideas

Above, I found this organizer for the bathroom cabinet at Bed Bath & Beyond. Photo by Armand Vaquer.



Storage space in RVs are things that take some creative ideas and planning to fully utilize them and not clutter the inside of the RV. 

I solved one bathroom storage "problem" a few years ago. The cabinet is situated at a corner and the inside is triangular. I found an organizer at Bed Bath & Beyond that fit in just fine. (See accompanying photos.)

Above, the bathroom cabinet is now organized. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Do It Yourself RV has ten RV storage ideas for getting the most out of cabinets and walls and save space at the same time.

They begin with:

RVers are constantly on the lookout for new ways to make the most of what little space they have in their homes-on-wheels. Fortunately, there are plenty of creative problem-solvers out there, meaning motorhome and travel trailer storage ideas aren’t too hard to come by. 

In this article, we will discuss some of our favorite options for storing things in RVs. Hopefully these suggestions will help you solve some storage problems in your rig so you can enjoy a clutter-free camping experience this season. 

To read more, go here

Monday, June 14, 2021

Heat Advisory

Above, The Beast at Enchanted Trails RV Park & Trading Post. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Leaving the high heat of Albuquerque today did not bring any relief from the heat wave the state has been experiencing.

Currently, it is around 100° in Albuquerque and 95° in Jamestown, New Mexico. At least that's according to the National Weather Service. We're under a Heat Advisory. Thank goodness The Beast has air conditioning. The roof and dash air conditioners got a good workout this trip.

The rest of the week looks to be equally as warm with some slight chances of thunderstorms.

According to the National Weather Service:

Tonight
Mostly clear, with a low around 58. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southeast after midnight.
Tuesday
Sunny, with a high near 96. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northeast in the afternoon.
Tuesday Night
Isolated thunderstorms before midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 61. Northeast wind 5 to 15 mph becoming south after midnight. Little or no precipitation expected.
Wednesday
A slight chance of thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 95. South wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north in the afternoon. Little or no precipitation expected.
Wednesday Night
A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the evening.
Thursday
A slight chance of thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 94. Little or no precipitation expected.
Thursday Night
A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59.
Friday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 93.
Friday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58.
Saturday
A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91.
Saturday Night
A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 60.

 

Almost Was Filled To Capacity

Above, The Beast this morning. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

After a good night's sleep, I got up to find that the Enchanted Trails RV Park was about 90% full. They all must have come in overnight.

Well, who can blame them? The park charges (with a Good Sam discount) $30/night for full hook-ups (water, electric & sewer).

My next-door neighbor (from Texas) left only moments before taking the photo above from their campsite.

Yellowstone Sets Tourism Record For May

Above, formations at Yellowstone's Mammoth Hot Springs. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Now that restrictions are beginning to melt away like fallen snow, people are heading out to enjoy life again.

Last month, Yellowstone National Park saw its busiest May.

From Buckrail:

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park had its busiest May as tourism continued to rebound from the coronavirus pandemic.

The park had over 483,000 recreation visits last month, up 11% from May 2019, park officials said Friday.

So far, Yellowstone is having its busiest year in recent memory. The park recorded over 658,000 visits from January through May, the most since 594,000 visits during that time in 2016.

To read more, go here

Sunday, June 13, 2021

A Stroll In Enchanted Trails RV Park & Trading Post

Above, the office and trading post building. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

A little while ago, I took a stroll around the Enchanted Trails RV Park & Trading Post. It is pretty hot outside. According to the weather app on my phone, it is 100° outside.

It is a nice park just a few miles west of Albuquerque. It has a nice setting with plenty of shade trees. The pool is obviously closed for it is empty.

There's some vintage automobiles and travel trailers on display. To see the interiors of the trailers, all one has to do is ask for the keys in the office. 

Next door to the RV park, is Camping World. It is a short walking distance away. Handy, eh?

Some more photos:

Above, the vintage auto and travel trailer exhibit. A 1974 Silver Streak is at right. Photo by Armand Vaquer.


Above, a 1947 Hudson Super Six. Photo by Armand Vaquer.


Above, the 1947 Hudson with a 1954 VaKaShunette. Photo by Armand Vaquer.


Above, a 1963 Winnebago travel trailer. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

To see slide shows of the exhibit, go here.


Above, next door is the Albuquerque Camping World store. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

For more information on Enchanted Trails RV Park & Trading Post, go here.

Trying Out Enchanted Trails RV Park & Trading Post

Above, The Beast at Enchanted Trails RV Park & Trading Post. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Since I have some business to attend to tomorrow morning in Albuquerque, I arrived in the city today and staying over at the Enchanted Trails RV Park & Trading Post, which is nine miles closer to town than Route 66 RV Resort.

I decided to give this RV park a try. Normally, I stay at Route 66, but their casino security staff annoyed me the last couple of times I was there. I had to tell a couple of them off during one incident. They should learn how to treat regular customers better. The RV Resort staff even shook their heads over their behavior.

Above, looking towards the Enchanted Trails RV Park & Trading Post main building. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Right now, nobody from out-of-state is allowed inside the casino (not even to dine at Thunder Road Steakhouse & Cantina and other restaurants inside). Just citizens of New Mexico are allowed inside. This is the edict of the Laguna Pueblo tribe's (who owns the casino, hotel and RV resort) tribal leaders. 

Mitch Geriminsky (from Arizona) and I were going to dine at Thunder Road, but they would not allow him inside, despite him being with me. So we went into town and ate at Applebee's. Their loss. Smacks of discrimination. 

So far, I like Enchanted Trails.

RV Lifestyle Unwritten Rules

Above, The Beast at the KOA Kampground in Cedar City, Utah. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Traveling in a recreational vehicle and camping is fast-gaining in popularity. Many are new to the "RV lifestyle" and don't yet know there's some rules of etiquette.

Fortunately, RV Life has posted 5 unwritten rules of the RV lifestyle.

They begin it with:

With summer in full swing, you’ll likely pass by several motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth wheels, and truck campers on the road. This radical influx of RVers includes solo RVers, couples, and family travelers, from millennials to baby boomers. Among those clusters are novice RVers, those who sought the RV lifestyle as a way to safely vacation during the pandemic, those transitioning from tent camping to glamping, and everyone in between.

And although we like to think that learning something new comes with a bit of research, there are certain things about the RV lifestyle that aren’t clear-cut, written in an “All About RVing” book, or listed among the rules of a campground brochure. These unwritten rules of RVing are learned behaviors after many RVing ventures or shared around the campfire with fellow nomads.

If you are new to RVing, then you should know that there are some lesser-known rules about the RV lifestyle. The following are just a handful of these rather sensical rules. 

To see what they are, go here

Avoiding Dangerous RV Travel Conditions

Above, snow along Interstate 40 in New Mexico. Photo by Armand Vaquer.


Years ago, before the advent of smart phones and the Internet, we had to rely on paper maps, newspaper weather reports and sheer luck while on the road.

Today, there's many resources at our fingertips on avoiding dangerous travel conditions in your RV.

RV Life has an article on how to avoid dangerous conditions.

They begin it with:

Many of us RVers are hitting the road, as full-timers, for an extended vacation, or maybe just for a few quick weekend getaways. But regardless of how we intend to use our motorhome, camper, or fifth wheel, we all need to take time to improve our safety awareness to avoid dangerous travel conditions. 

To read more, go here

TravelAwaits: 7 Famous Volanoes You Can Visit

Above, red-hot lava inside a Kilauea volcano crater on the Big Island of Hawaii. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Over the years, I have visited volcanoes in the United States. Some, like Lassen Peak in Northern California and Crater Lake in Oregon, are national parks.

There are others around the world that people can visit and TravelAwaits lists seven of them, which includes Kilauea on the Big Island of Hawaii at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. I flew over that one in a helicopter in 2016.

They begin with:

Climbing a volcano doesn’t exactly sound like something that would make for a tranquil vacation. If anything, it sounds like a scene from a blockbuster movie, the kind of thing the good guys might do to thwart the villains. But visiting volcanoes is a surprisingly peaceful activity. These unique ecosystems offer visitors the chance to enjoy rare geological phenomena and delicate plant life. They also loom large in more ways than one, shaping the culture and growth of the communities that surround them. They’re even spiritual centers in a way, their mighty power promoting folklore, legends, and theological reflections. If you’ll forgive the pun, visiting volcanoes is a hot travel activity, one that you’re likely never to forget.

Here are seven of the world’s most famous volcanoes that you can visit.

To read more, go here

TravelAwaits: 10 Best Places To Stay In National Parks

Above, the historic Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone National Park. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Camping in my own RV is my preferred way of staying in a national park, but I have stayed at Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks in their lodge cabins.

TravelAwaits has 10 of the best places to stay in national parks. The top place in their readers survey was the Old Faithful Inn at Yellowstone National Park.

They begin with:

Rustic charm in beautiful surroundings — what more could you ask for from national park lodging? How about a location with easy access to nearby attractions, rich history, and perhaps some tasty cuisine? That’s what our Best of National Park Lodging winners promise.

TravelAwaits readers voted in our Best of Travel Awards 2021 to help us determine everything from the best beaches to the best national parks. When you’re trying to decide where to stay for your next national park experience, check out our readers’ top picks below.

Above, the main dining room of the Old Faithful Inn. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

To read more, go here

Saturday, June 12, 2021

May Gun Sales Surge

Above, the firearms department at Cabela's in Albuquerque in 2019. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The huge surge in gun-buying is a two-edged sword.

On one side, it is good that more citizens are joining the ranks of gun owners (the more the merrier). On the other side, it has caused a shortage of some gun models and ammunition. Ammo manufacturers, such as Remington, have ramped up ammunition production with some factories operating 24/7 to try to meet the demand.

May was no different. Gun sales continued to surge last month.

According to The Daily Caller:

Strong gun sales continued in May, with FBI National Instant Criminal Background Check System data showing nearly 1.3 million background checks were conducted pursuant to firearms sales last month. Moreover, the FBI conducted a total of 3.2 million firearm-related background checks of all types – including checks for NICS exempt firearm permits that allow holders to purchase firearms without an additional background check for the next five years. The number of firearm sales checks represents the second-highest May on record, following only the massive firearm-buying surge experienced in May 2020.

To read more, go here

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