Aerospace Cowboys

New Mexico has been on the cutting edge of the space age ever since there was such a thing as the space age. Here is a look back at our visit to New Mexico’s Spaceport America ten years ago….
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Here is a look back at our visit to New Mexico’s Spaceport America ten years ago. 

New Mexico has been on the cutting edge of the space age ever since there was such a thing as the space age.

Because of the wide open spaces, experimental rocket launches, missile testing and the world’s first atomic explosion have taken place out among the cacti and roadrunners.

We saw the questionable side of science, with a dash of real rocketry, in Roswell, but the real heavy lifting of scientific discovery has been elsewhere in The Land of Enchantment.

To hit these hot spots we made a base camp in the town of Truth or Consequences and, like any normal people, we asked about the name.

Back in 1950 the town was called Hot Springs. When the radio show “Truth or Consequences” offered to air the show from any town willing to change their name, this little burg jumped at the chance.

Next thing they knew the show’s host, Ralph Edwards, is in town and the whole world, or at least the American radio listening public,
is aware of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.

Edwards took to the place like a duck to water and visited during Fiesta for the next fifty years. The townfolk named a park after him, where they still hold Fiesta every May.

A short drive over the mountains took us to White Sands, which is famous for two things — The White Sands Missile Range and White Sands National Monument.

The missile range is top secret. There is a museum open to the public but the rest is off limits, no matter how gypsy a GypsyNester has gone.

White Sands National Monument

Back in 1945 the army started bringing captured German V-2 rocket parts to this forty-mile-wide and one hundred-mile-long facility. By later that year missiles were flying.

That same summer, just north of White Sands, the world’s first atomic explosion was detonated at the Trinity test site. Needless to say, that radioactive landmark is also off limits to the public.

The space between these two super secret scientific spots is filled with white sand. Hence the name. White Sands National Monument is a blinding alien landscape with giant shifting dunes of pure white gypsum sand.

Upwind of the site a unique dry lake bed forms a never ending supply of the snowy mineral that blows across the barren landscape.
Normally the gypsum would dissolve in the rain, but rain nearly never falls in this desert, so the giant sandbox continues to grow and grow.

See more photos from White Sands National Monument

Most of the wildlife — lizards, mice, rabbits and foxes — that inhabit this peculiar environment have adapted, becoming white to blend in with the surrounding sand for protection.

However, according to one of the park signs, these little guys still end up as tasty little dishes of fast food. Call us wacky, but that seems like the sign might be just a tad disturbing to the kiddies.

Good thing ours are all grown up.

The last of the high tech sites in the area was the one we made the trip to see. Spaceport America is the world’s first spaceport built specifically for commercial use.

The brainchild of Stanford University’s Dr. Burton Lee, the project became a reality after Congress and New Mexico State University got involved.

Soon after that, Governor Bill Richardson and Sir Richard Branson announced that Virgin Galactic would make New Mexico its world headquarters. In 2006 the state formed the New Mexico Space Authority and passed the necessary laws to open the world’s first commercial spaceport.

We contacted Dr. Jerry D. Brown of Spaceport Tours to set up a visit to this real life slice of the future. The good doctor, a NASA veteran, has secured exclusive rights to show people around the facility.

A dusty van ride across the desert brought us to the gate where we were issued our visitor passes and hardhats. It was all very official and highly secured.

A little farther and we found ourselves standing in the middle of a huge windswept stretch of blacktop. Enormous earthmovers, dump trucks, bulldozers and cement mixers line the edges and roared around us as they labored away.

It is still just a construction site, but work is nearly complete on the ginormous two mile long runway, hangers and terminal that Virgin Galactic will be using for their sub-orbital tourist space flight excursions.

This is no regular airport runway. It must be perfectly smooth, so specifications are meticulously met down to the tiniest fraction of an inch.

The mothership “Eve” will take off from here, carrying the VSS Enterprise with six passengers to nearly 50,000 feet where it will disconnect and fly into space.

After a few weightless minutes, Enterprise will return to Earth and land on this same strip. All for a paltry ticket price of $200,000.

While it will be at least a year before any of Virgin’s over three hundred prepaid customers get their rides into space, there have already been numerous launches from the spaceport.

These take place at several nearby
vertical launch sites, where Up Aerospace uses traditional rockets to blast satellites out into space.

So this visit was ten years ago and even though in the years since then things have not always gone according to plans, the spaceport has become an active and important launchsite for America’s growing private space flight industry.

Here’s hoping that continues…

David & Veronica, GypsyNester.com

Picture This: The Badlands of South Dakota

The Badlands of South Dakota
Out of nowhere, the South Dakota plains give way to The Badlands – layers of soft shale, clay and limestone that wear away at a rate of about an inch a year leaving stunning silhouettes and fanciful formations…
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Badlands National Monument in South Dakota

After a seemingly endless trek across the windswept northern prairie on our way to Mount Rushmore, the landscape suddenly changed.

On second thought, “suddenly” hardly describes it. Abruptly, immediately, instantaneously the topography dramatically went from flat grassland besieged with billboards to the spectacularly gnarled Badlands.

Wild formations in The Badlands of South Dakota

The Badlands of South Dakota

Out of nowhere the South Dakota plains gave way to layers of soft shale, clay and limestone that wear away at a rate of about an inch a year. The wind blown process leaves behind stunning silhouettes and fanciful formations.

Find out more about the spectacular sites near The Badlands! Click here!

The Badlands of South Dakota

The Lakota Sioux dubbed the region “Mako Sica” or “Bad Land” and early French Trappers concurred, calling it “les mauvaises terres a traverser” meaning “a bad land to cross.”

Wild formations in The Badlands of South Dakota

No one said anything about it being a bad land to LOOK at, so America recognized it as a uniquely beautiful spot and proclaimed it Badlands National Monument in 1929.

The Badlands of South Dakota

However inhospitable or difficult to traverse this place may be, the Badlands certainly provide a most unique spot where one feels
utterly removed from the rest of the planet. We are certain that we weren’t the first to express the thought that this looks like the moon.

The Badlands Loop Road in Badlands National Monument, South Dakota

While most of the park is wilderness and inaccessible by vehicle, The Badlands Loop Road passes through the most mind bending of the formations.

The Badlands Loop Road in Badlands National Monument, South Dakota

Absolutely remarkable — we’d go so far as to describe it as “out of this world.”

David & Veronica, GypsyNester.com

Find out more about the spectacular sites near The Badlands! Click here!

Biking the Monuments of Washington, DC


Here’s a look back at a bicycle tour of Washington, D.C. we took a few years ago…
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Your GypsyNesters ride the National Mall by bike! Check us out!

See more of our adventure at the National Mall in Washington, DC – we even get to bust some myths!

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9 Tips to Support Your Immune System While Traveling

Preparing your body for travel before, during, and after you’ve left is a great way of staying healthy on the road. Follow these simple tips to start any trip feeling healthy, support your immune system while you’re away, and have more fun!
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We are happy to present this collaborative post to offer valuable information to our readers. And remember, by clicking through on the included links to buy these great supplements from Healthycell, not only do you get a fantastic product to help stay healthy, you are helping to support the Gypsynesters in our travels. Thanks!

Achieving a balanced lifestyle is important for everyone, but the combination of new and unfamiliar surroundings and a lack of routine can make it even more difficult during a vacation. Here are 9 essential travel tips to help you maintain your health and keep your immune system strong.

When traveling, we will encounter many new germs, and it won’t be easy to know how our immune system will handle it all. Follow these simple tips below to start any trip feeling healthy, support your immune system while you’re away, and have more fun!

1) Sleep

Make sure to get plenty of sleep before, during, and after trips. Sleep is crucial for supporting the immune system. It’s also essential for the body’s healing process and cell repair. We can’t build and repair cells while we are awake, so our bodies need sleep. If you need help sleeping, try a supplement like REM Sleep by Healthycell – the only sleep supplement to support all four stages of human sleep.

2) Reduce Stress

One of the main goals of traveling is to have fun, producing many happy hormones that provide countless benefits to our health. With this said, we know that traveling also has its own challenges that can put our stress levels to the limit. Stress overloads our immune system, which makes our body less resilient to sickness.

3) Stay Hydrated

Water is necessary for the functioning of the body. It helps to keep our cells hydrated and to flush out toxins. It also helps to keep the digestive system moving. Before your trip, drink plenty of fluids and make a plan for staying hydrated. It also helps to keep your skin hydrated and healthy.

4) Exercise

Staying active helps the lymphatic system to remove toxins from your body. Exercise is also a great way to reduce stress, improve mood and sleep, and boost the immune system.

5) Use Immune Boosting Vitamins

A good foundation starts with a multivitamin that provides a wide range of essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals for optimal immune health. Healthycell has you covered with their Bioactive Multi and Vegan Essentials multivitamin formulas.

In addition to a quality multivitamin, a targeted immune supplement is also a great idea to take before you travel and while you are away.

Ten immune-boosting ingredients support the immune system, backed by research: Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Zinc, Echinacea, Elderberry, Aronia Berry Extract, Beta-Glucan, Citrus Pectin, Vitamin E, and Vitamin B-6.

Healthycell’s Immune Super Boost supplement is perfect for those looking to reduce the number of supplements they carry around. With Immune Super Boost, you get all ten of these science-backed nutrients in one easy-to-take gel pack.

6) Get Sunlight and Fresh Air

Getting enough sunlight and fresh air is another way to support your body’s immune system. Vitamin D from the sun is actually a hormone, and it does not only help with our immune system but also helps with mood, sleep, and the health of our bones and teeth. Spending some time outside can be a great way to help the body and mind to relax and reduce stress and anxiety.

7) Focus on Positive Thoughts

Your thoughts and feelings can have a significant impact on your immune system. Take time to focus on positive thoughts and feelings, and make time for self-care. Keep your brain active. Too much of anything isn’t good, so it’s also important to keep your brain busy while traveling. Even if your goal is to pursue mindless distractions, making conscious decisions and using your brain are healthy parts of maintaining your physical form. If you’re looking for nutrients to help with cognitive performance, check out Healthycell’s Focus + Recall formula.

8) Focus on Gut Health

Probiotics are foods that help keep the naturally occurring bacteria in your gut, where they can help keep the immune system strong and functioning correctly. They can also help support digestive health. It is important only to take a quality probiotic from a reliable source. Kefir and yogurt are great probiotic foods.

9) Eat Immune Boosting Foods

Food eaten on the go can be more complicated than food eaten at home. There are many immune-boosting foods to include in your diet. Eating ample protein, vegetables, good fats, fermented foods, and spicy foods can help boost immunity. It’s also important to limit processed foods and sugar, which can weaken the immune system.

Plan to Travel Healthy

Preparing your body for travel before, during, and after you’ve left is a great way of staying healthy on the road. The tips outlined in this article are our recommendations based on this goal. With that said, please remember that this article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

We are happy to present this collaborative post to offer valuable information to our readers. And remember, by clicking through on the included links to buy these great supplements from Healthycell, not only do you get a fantastic product to help stay healthy, you are helping to support the Gypsynesters in our travels. Thanks!

We’re Off to See the Wizz Air

Now that the pandemic restrictions are beginning to be lifted in many places and we are fully vaccinated, it just might be time to dust off the old Bucket List. For us that means thinking about finally seeing Romania, where Veronica has family roots, and Scotland, where we both have ancestry… CONTINUE READING >> 

Now that the pandemic restrictions are beginning to be lifted in many places and we are fully vaccinated, it just might be time to dust off the old Bucket List. For us that means thinking about finally seeing Romania, where Veronica has family roots, and Scotland, where we both have ancestry.

I know, it seems odd that we haven’t been to either of these places yet, but for some reason we haven’t managed to use our brains, hearts, or courage get there yet. But we won’t need to follow the Yellow Brick Road because Wizz Air has flights to several cities in both places.

Beginning with Scotland, we can easily fly to Glasgow, Aberdeen, or Edinburgh from the over one hundred and sixty cities in forty-four countries that Wizz serves. This way we can explore our James and Stewart family trees without spending the royal fortune.

Oh, did I forget to mention that Veronica is a descendant of Mary, Queen of Scots? It’s true, though we are not certain just how distant a relative, and we absolutely missed out on any inheritance. Still, maybe we can investigate while we visit the queen’s old home at Linlithgow Palace just outside of Edinburgh.

There should be plenty of secrets hidden away within the walls that have stood for seven centuries. Also, Mary’s father was King James the fifth and her son James the sixth, so now we have tied both of our names to the castle. Wonder if they will welcome us in as long-lost relatives?

No visit to Scotland is complete without a stop at Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands. Who knows, perhaps we could get the first clear photo of Nessie. It could be even more unusual than a cowardly lion, tin man, or a talking scarecrow. Now that might be worth a fortune!

Moving on from our Scottish heritage, we can stop off in Paris for a visit with our daughter and her family before moving on to Romania. It is easy to travel from there to Bucharest, or any other of the eleven cities Wizz Air flies to in Romania, to explore Veronica’s ties to this unique and picturesque land.

Hopefully none of those relatives was Dracula, but we still can’t miss making the short trip up into the mountains from Bucharest to check out his famous home, Bran Castle. Well, home might be stretching things a bit.

Turns out that Dracula, or more accurately Vlad the Impaler who the character was loosely based on, likely never set foot in the castle. The legend mostly developed over the past fifty years or so as a way to attract tourists to the area. Still, it is a very cool castle so we won’t want to miss it.

More modern history awaits in the capital city of Bucharest, such as the Palace of the Parliament which was finished just over twenty years ago. Another landmark, The Arch of Triumph, is less that one hundred years old and looks very much like its namesake in France. That may be one of the reasons Bucharest has been sometimes called “The Little Paris.”

Some older historic buildings can still be found in the old city center known as Lipscani. The word meant trader, and dating back to the Middle Ages, when this was the main business area in town with merchandise from all across Europe.

Of course, these are just where we would ask the wizard to send us if we could, your adventure may be different. But with all of the fantastic destinations Wizz Air serves you will never doubt that you’re not in Kansas anymore.

So, let’s get back to traveling! No need to ask for a heart, or courage, or a brain, just wish for low fares from the Wizz.

David & Veronica, GypsyNester.com

Go Ahead Punk…Make My (Father’s) Day

Whenever Father’s Day would roll around when I was a youngster, the inevitable question arose, “Why isn’t there a kid’s day?”

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David WritesWhenever Father’s Day would roll around when I was a youngster, the inevitable question arose, “Why isn’t there a kid’s day?”

Every parent ever to draw a breath gave the same reply, “Everyday is kid’s day.”

Thinking back, there was a lot of truth to that statement. We did celebrate kid’s day nearly everyday, and I certainly don’t remember going out of my way to make my father’s days resplendent on any regular basis.

Unless you count the time my brothers and I decided to dig a tunnel under the next door neighbor’s house to get to our friend’s basement. We figured some water would soften up the soil, so we let the hose run for the better part of a day while we dug.

Shockingly, we didn’t make it all the way to Craig’s basement, but we did manage to accomplish a two-for-one parent conniption.

My mom’s day was made by an entire house full of mud-tracked carpets after I walked through every room, crying, naked and dripping, searching for her so I could tattle on my brothers.

I had to rat them out because once it became obvious that we weren’t going to accomplish our original goal, a new one was quickly established. Throw the stripped down youngest kid — that’s me — headfirst into the muck-filled pit.

As for my father’s day, we managed to ruin any remaining remnant of grass that might have once existed in our backyard. As a bonus, he got to be the “wait ’til your father gets home” guy. Every dad loves that.

That was just one of the never-ending escapades that occurred in that yard, none of which were designed to make my father’s day.

There was the time we decided to build, and of course fly, an airplane. We watched it drop like a rock after pushing it out of a tree. I still remember being totally shocked that it didn’t soar off into the sky. The only thing my oldest brother landed was a bruised ego, a broken arm and a trip to the emergency room.

There were more biblical style floods whenever we decided to build a submarine, make a fishing hole or form a river. Assorted fires were set for smoke signals, “camping” or just plain pyromania.

Untold wars unfolded on that little patch of ground. We fought and re-fought every battle from Gettysburg to Iwo Jima within the confines of a fenced-in plot. These required foxholes, forts and some drastic destruction, often resulting in real casualties. In fact, that’s how we knew when it was time to quit, when someone got really hurt. Off to the hospital kind of hurt.

Now that makes a father’s day.

Luckily our kids didn’t fulfill every parent’s curse of “One day I hope you have kids just as bad as you.” Ours were exceedingly tame by comparison — only one broken bone and only a handful of frantic trips to the emergency ward.

I guess having girls first meant that we could expect more kitchen catastrophes than total outdoor devastation. They were much more likely to dress up their little brother in some outrageous outfit than to drop him head first into a bottomless mud pit.

Our backyard was never flooded, blood-soaked, set aflame or crash-landed upon.

My father finally gave up on growing a single blade of grass in that backyard of my youth. One day a dump truck filled with sand showed up and turned the whole thing into a giant cat box.

I think it must have been Father’s Day.

David, GypsyNester.com

Fear Conquering & Writing A Will

My biggest concern was to have our affairs in order, in the event of my certain demise. It’s essential for me to be sure that the kids are not burdened when I go down in flames in a hang gliding / bungee jumping / snowboarding / street food eating episode… CONTINUE READING >>

Fear Conquering

If you are an avid reader of our blog, you are most probably aware that in the union of David and I, I am the less fearless. David has always been the adventurer – I am the homebody, the helicopter mom, the worrier.

Selling the nest and heading out into the big, wide world, for me, was stepping outside the box. WAY out of the box. There were scores of box-escaping baby steps I needed to undertake before I could become a bona fide GypsyNester.

My biggest concern was to have our affairs in order, in the event of my certain demise. It was essential for me to be certain that the kids are not burdened if I go down in a hang gliding / bungee jumping / snowboarding / street food eating blaze of glory.

The Spawn will have enough on their plates explaining to their friends how Mommy was gored by a long-horned steer in rodeo clown school. They don’t need estate probate problems to boot.

So David and I hauled our butts to an estate lawyer. It was probably the most inappropriate client meeting ever for this modest, very serious lawyer. J. Biffington Goodmannerlyness, Esq. has a somber job and he is very good at it. J. Biff’s gig is like the prequel to the funeral home director – weighty, uncomfortable subjects are handled in a most serious and solemn way.

Enter the GypsyNesters.

I’m not going to lie, talking about my death – and what happens afterward – is not my favorite topic. When David and I are uncomfortable with ANYTHING, humor is always our first line of defense. Right off the bat, we started in with the tasteless death, taxes and lawyer gags. Bless his heart, poor J. Biff never knew what hit him. To his credit, he held fast to a calm demeanor and strained smile.

J. Biff did his best to keep us fairly focused on the task at hand and in the end was successful. We discovered having J. Biff’s knowledge and experience in person garnered huge advantages over the do-it-yourself-type route. We could ask stupid questions, had a mediator for the inevitable “heavy discussions” and a sounding board for the intricacies of our family dynamic.

First up, assets

Prior to our meeting, we were unaware how blissfully vague a person can be when distributing one’s possessions. We were under the impression that each item had to be separately bequeathed to an heir. Not so.

By forming a Revocable Living Trust we were able to avoid almost all of the end of life legal hurdles. Almost any holding – securities, bank accounts, real estate and even personal items like vehicles or jewelry, may be included. As long as an asset is held in the trust, it is exempt from probate hassles.

When one of us kicks the bucket, the trust continues unchanged. If we croak at the same time, the trust is split three ways between The Spawn. We added a stipulation for The Boy’s remaining college tuition and a stipend for our oldest daughter, The Piglet, for her duties as trustee/executor.

The sixteen boxes we have in storage were are properly marked “For The Boy on his 21st birthday”, “Grandma’s china for Decibel”, etc. The few unmarked knickknacks, pieces of art and photo albums are left for them to fight over. What’s a good funeral without a scuffle or two? It’ll keep their minds off of our death (am I the most considerate mother, or what?).

Next, Uhhhhh… the dreaded Living Will

Having gone through the “pull the plug” process twice in my family, once with a Living Will and once without – I am a HUGE proponent of the advance planning option. Making grave medical decisions under duress is not a burden I want to dump on my offspring.

By this time, J. Biff was catching on to us and allowing himself to crack a timid smile or two at our inelegant comments. David, when asked about life support, self-confidently said, “First time I poop my pants – pull the plug.” I’m more willing to give adult diapers a shot and J. Biff gently ran me through some end-of-life scenarios.

It was decided that middle-daughter, Decibel, be in charge of medical decisions. She is our toughest kid and would faithfully stick to the program. The Piglet would second-guess herself for the rest of her life and The Boy was too young for the weight of that kind of task. J. Biff suggested we put our Living Will in an online hospital database so Decibel wouldn’t have to jump through any more hoops than necessary. What a great invention! We enrolled with enthusiasm.

Two weeks later, J. Biff handed over a large notebook containing copies of all the necessary papers. Entitled “Estate Planning Portfolio” (aren’t WE the hoity-toity ones?), the binder also houses many other handy-dandy items such as:

–Lists of locations — so The Piglet can find the sixteen boxes, our safe deposit box, tax records and the like.

–Life insurance information

–Detailed instructions for incorporating banks accounts and insurance companies into our trust

–Forms for the donation of organs

Best among these is the “Directions for the Trustee”. This document is obviously lovingly put together and is in checklist form. #1 is “If you are alone, telephone a friend who can spend the next few hours with you. Shock and trauma can take unexpected forms.” How unlawyerly.

The remainder of the checklist will help The Piglet deal with caring for family members, funeral arrangements, important papers and all of the other matters she wants to avoid discussing with her living, breathing parents.

The most beneficial part of this process is knowing that The Piglet will have sweet, compassionate J. Biffington Goodmannerlyness at the ready.

He’ll know just how to act when she starts wisecracking away her grief.

Veronica, GypsyNester.com

Your Turn: Got any stories about writing a will? Let us know below!

Getting Back to Traveling

We’ve done it! Since we are now both fully vaccinated, we are ready to get back to something resembling our life before this contemptable mess of a pandemic began. That means we can finally hit the road again…
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We’ve done it! Since we are now both fully vaccinated, we are ready to get back to something resembling our life before this contemptable mess of a pandemic began. That means we can finally hit the road again (I can almost hear Willie Nelson singing now).

We aren’t quite ready to jump right back to where we were over a year ago, but we did start by seeing our grand daughter for the first time ever. Just in time for her first birthday. Oh, and also our kids.

For those who didn’t know yet, our first grandchild was born last May in Paris, yes, that Paris. The one in France. So needless to say, we have not been able to fly over to see her, but now her parents have managed to bring her to come see us!

Even though it wasn’t really a trip for us, it sure felt like one. We rented a big house nearby so all of our kids and their spouses could come, and we all hung out for a glorious few weeks walking on the beach, eating good food, and basking in the magnificent normalcy of being able to visit face to face.

We even managed to fly everyone to Kanas for a few days to see both great grandfathers.

It all felt so great, but pulling off the trip was not without some hoops to jump through since everything has not quite fully returned to normal. Flights were crazy full because people are flying again, but the airlines have not yet resumed many of the flights they cancelled at the height of the pandemic. Here’s hoping that changes soon.

Also, tests were still required for our overseas visitors before they could both leave and return to France. This certainly made for some tense moments waiting for the results. A positive test would have cancelled the whole thing, or meant that they could not return home.

The good news is that didn’t happen and we had perhaps our best visit ever. Everyone felt the joy of being able to be together again. So now that experience has us happily planning for more travel in the future.

Our initial ideas are also involving visiting family and friends since it has been so long since we could, but we are also starting to think about some other journeys later this year.

That got us thinking about our favorite active travel company, Backroads. We have biked and hiked across France and Cuba with them in the past, and now they are opening up some great new adventures all around the world.

Or, if we aren’t quite ready for that level of globe-trotting yet, they also have some amazing itineraries closer to home, right here in North America.

Backroads’ founder and President, Tom Hale, put it this way: “The second half of 2021 is shaping up to be a very good time to travel. Demand for our Dolce Tempo trips, national park trips and anything in North America is so high that we’ve scheduled departures into late fall to keep up with the interest. I love traveling in shoulder season because there are often fewer crowds, which gives us even more space to explore actively.”

These Dolce Tempo trips include hiking, biking, and kayaking in Alaska, Maine, California, the American Southwest, and Canada. Of course, there are more far-flung destinations as well, and it is all done at an easy-going pace that allows for getting to know each region.

Hale describes it like this: “I simply can’t imagine a better way to immerse yourself in the life of a region, to explore hidden corners and appreciate nuances while enjoying the benefits and enormous satisfaction of traveling under your own power. These are experiences you cannot have behind the wheel of a car, or on a train or a tour bus. Active travel is, at its heart, a way of connecting more authentically with the world. Sure, Backroads provides amazing leaders, superb accommodations and meals, and opportunities you could never arrange on your own. But all of our comprehensive planning and support is aimed at something far simpler: bringing you the immediate, highly personal satisfaction of discovering a new world on your own terms.”

So as the world struggles to return to normalcy, we are happily studying the possibilities of new adventures… and loving every minute of it!

David & Veronica, GypsyNester.com