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[Winter Park, FL – May 28/29, 2018] A work conference the week of Memorial Day brought me to Orlando, FL – amusement park capital of the world. The conference started on Tuesday afternoon, May 29th and ended on Friday morning, June 1. This schedule left me some free time before and after to explore. I decided to travel on Monday afternoon to avoid having to take a red-eye (overnight) flight, which meant… Read More

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[Grand Teton National Park, WY] For our final day in Grand Teton (and on this trip), we had booked a 2-hour floating trip on the Snake River. We met in the hotel lobby at 8:20 am and got on a bus, which took us to Pacific Creek landing. There, our group of about 40 people boarded two WWII pontoon rafts. These were used in WWI in Europe, when all the bridges were… Read More

[Istanbul, Turkey] We vowed to not let the New Year’s Eve celebrations detract from sightseeing, and so we took the first day of 2013 by the horn and made the most of our time in Sultanahmet. We started off with the Istanbul Archaeology Museum. I heard this museum housed the sarcophagus of Alexander the Great. While there is a sarcophagus named Alexander at the museum, it didn’t, in fact, belong to Alexander… Read More