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Porthole Landing in the Dominican Republic

Porthole Landing in the Dominican Republic

    Visibility is restricted on airplanes. Looking out through a small porthole, flyers can see parts of their plane, but mostly see clouds. Sometimes the clouds are white as your grandfather's hair while other times they are puffed up like a boxer's bruised...

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Airports I Have Known Newark, New Jersey

Airports I Have Known Newark, New Jersey

    Before you get somewhere you have to go somewhere. The collection of airports this trip will be those in Albuquerque; Denver; Newark, Houston and Santo Domingo. With checking in, security, eating, waiting, layovers, flight time, twenty hours will go by...

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Tumbling Tumbleweed looking for home

Tumbling Tumbleweed looking for home

    " Tumbling Tumbleweeds" is a Roy Rodgers cowboy song, sung around the campfire with fellow cowhands on a starry night, with a crackling fire, when the herd is quiet and coyotes are howling harmony.  The song's lyrics are plaintive as the western...

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Mother Road Route 66 through New Mexico

Mother Road Route 66 through New Mexico

    Route 66 is the most famous United States highway that joined others to became the U.S. Interstate Highway system that linked our 50 states, made remote places accessible, let restless spirits roam to where they belonged, spawned a history of music,...

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Cumbres Toltec Railroad Back to yesteryear

Cumbres Toltec Railroad Back to yesteryear

    Highway 285 winds it's way through Espanola, Ojo Caliente, Tres Piedras, Antonito, and eventually Alamosa, Colorado. Another way to see this high country is riding a narrow gauge railroad that runs from Antonito, Colorado to Chama, New Mexico and back....

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Flight Tracker Tokyo to Minnesota

Flight Tracker Tokyo to Minnesota

    On the back of the airplane seat, directly in front of me, is an entertainment console with music, movies, and diversions.. If I hit a flight tracker button on the console, I can see the path of our current flight in midair, the wind speed, plane speed,...

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Escalator Selfie Haneda Airport, Japan

Escalator Selfie Haneda Airport, Japan

    This tunnel is well lit. Some tunnels are rabbit holes, some filled with pack rat vaults. Some tunnels are underground, dark and womb like, leading to gold and silver leprechaun caches. Some tunnels are constructed with giant boring machines, go under...

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Tokyo Train Narita Airport to Haneda Airport - Japan

Tokyo Train Narita Airport to Haneda Airport - Japan

    There were trains for getting around before there were planes. You have to walk before you can fly. The first trains were big, lumbering, uncomfortable, dark, and were powered by men shoveling coal into fireboxes to heat water and using the created steam...

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Marinduque to Manilla return boat ride

Marinduque to Manilla return boat ride

    The nautical miles click by and Marinduque disappears. The Philippines move into memories, that funky place where facts get forgotten, emotions get heightened, truth gets obscured, and we turn experiences into what we want them to be instead of what they...

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Jeepneys transportation specials

Jeepneys transportation specials

    The most common vehicles on Marinduque are bikes, tricycles with a cab, tribikes with a cab, motorcycles, and jeepneys. Jeepneys are the most colorful and most used on narrow winding mountain roads that take a traveler three or four hours to go around an...

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Search and Rescue Sikorski Utility Helicopter

Search and Rescue Sikorski Utility Helicopter

    Outside Hanger One at the Pima Aircraft Museum, in a dirt field, helicopters, prehistoric looking birds with rotating wings, are on display. This Sikorski Utility helicopter was used at U.S. Coast Guard search and rescue stations in the seventies. On...

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