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A Replica Of Fort Clatsop - Lewis & Clark National Monument, Astoria, Oregon

Oregon: Fort Clatsop – Lewis & Clark National Monument

Back in September 1803, US President Thomas Jefferson decided he ought to find out more about the territory he had just acquired for the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase. He commissioned Merriweather Lewis and William Clark to go and explore and in November 1805 after a gruelling trip they sighted the Pacific Ocean and set-up shop at Fort Clatsop near Astoria, Oregon
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Book Review – Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing

This book captures a remarkable story of bravery, grit and determination. In August 1914 the 28 man crew of the British Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1914–16) left England under Shackleton’s leadership aboard the Endurance. Things did not turn out as planned and the tale becomes not one of achievement and success in the traditional sense but an incredible journey into the unknown and a battle for their lives.
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The North Head Lighthouse In Cape Disappointment State Park

Washington: Cape Disappointment State Park

Cape Disappointment is home to a wide selection of trails, whether you're looking for elevation gain or a paved outing. The most-frequently photographed lighthouse is North Head, with a precarious position on a steep bluff above the crashing waves.
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Inferno Cone At Craters Of The Moon National Monument

Idaho: Craters of the Moon National Monument

Located along US 20 between the small towns of Arco and Carey in Idaho, Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve is a vast ocean of lava flows with scattered islands of cinder cones and sagebrush. We decided to stop and explore this barren and unwelcoming landscape during our road trip from Oregon to Minnesota.
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Book Review: Blood River by Tim Butcher – Following in the footsteps of Henry Stanley

In 1874 the journalist and explorer Henry Morton Stanley navigated the River Congo for the first time (as a foreign explorer). It was King Leopold of Belgium who expressed the most interest in his adventures as he was looking to build an empire. Hence the Belgium Congo was born! Tim Butcher, who also worked for the Daily Telegraph decided to follow in Stanley's footsteps - not a simple task as the country is as dangerous as it was in Stanley's time.
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Idaho: Arco and Experimental Breeder Reactor #1 (EBR-1)

The eastern reaches of Idaho, north of Idaho Falls are pretty bleak and remote which makes it an ideal place to site dangerous things such as nuclear reactors. Experimental Breeder Reactor I, the world's first breeder reactor, is a decommissioned research reactor and U.S. National Historic Landmark located near Arco, Idaho
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Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur

With half a day in Malaysia's capital city, we had to choose carefully what to do. Top of my list was the iconic Petronas Towers, but we also got time to explore the shopping malls and markets.
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Montana, Missoula – Veera’s Donuts (Review)

There are a growing number of options for vegans in Bend, Oregon. We recently decided to celebrate the breaking of the COVID-19 lockdown in Oregon and head to a new restaurant, Deeply Rooted, that had opened its doors amidst the craziness on the pandemic. It was a great opportunity for us to support a local business.
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The Mighty Gullfoss Waterfalls Along Iceland's Golden Circle

Iceland: Two day itinerary

Iceland is a land of volcanoes, geysers, glaciers and powerful rivers, all of which have carved the physical and cultural evolution of this Northern land. It is a fabulous place to stop over for a few days on the way to or from Europe to North America - or just make the trip in its own right!
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A Dredger Used For Pulling The Dirt Up From The Ponds So They Could Be Sifted For Gold - Sumpter Valley Dredge State Heritage Area, Oregon

Oregon: Sumpter – a former gold rush town

Tucked away in the trees and nestled in Oregon's Elkhorn Mountain Range, located at 4.424 feet lies the historic gold mining town of Sumpter, with a year-round population of approximately 191. A far cry from its heyday when gold was being mined and the population was near 3500.
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