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November 2002 * 11/24/02

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More images of The Traveler's recent exploration of New Mexico are at our New Mexico Gallery...

On The Road in New Mexico

(an excerpt from The Traveler's New Mexico travelogue)

The license plate says “The Land of Enchantment”.

The problem with such platitudes plastered to hundreds of thousands of license plates is that it loses its meaning. You see it over and over and a little voice says “yeah right, the land of enchantment... ho-hum”

Cynicism is cheap and easy..

But then you find yourself standing high on a ridge top watching the sun and clouds perform miracles of light, color and shadow as the fading evening light brings an end to a near perfect day. The infinite sky, the cool mountain breeze, the air tinged with pine and wood smoke....

And you find yourself enchanted with this land...

Our nearly four hundred mile loop around the southeastern corner of New Mexico takes us through high desert, flat plains, mountain passes, pine trees, hillsides ablaze with the golden glow of autumn, white gypsum sand dunes stretching to the horizon; petroleum towns, ranger towns, air force towns, and a town called Hope that appeared to have little else. We walk through an otherworldly underground cathedral of rock, exquisitely decorated creating an unimagined world.

We have returned to Ruidoso with one day left to explore before going north. We plan to head west to the town of Carrizozo and the Valley of Fire, and south to the Three Rivers Petroglyph Recreation Area... A lot of driving so far, the biggest road trip I’ve had in awhile. My “road dog” instincts have been awakened... The lure of the open road is a powerful one here in the broad expanse of southern New Mexico...

So tonight I wish to report to my fearless readers two things...

Enchantment; yes, as corny as that sounds, I cannot help but think that the license plates have it right – notwithstanding the mild culture shock of running around on a little spit of land called San Francisco too long and then finding yourself in the heart of Bush country... Something I’ll talk about in more detail at a more appropriate time.

Secondly and perhaps most importantly, is gratitude. I am grateful, first of all, that nature is such a wonderful creator of beauty of such rich and remarkable variety... Things unimagined and unseen for millennia I walk through, aided by smooth pathways and theatrically designed lighting... And for that I am grateful for the National Park Service. Some of the best places I have seen on this earth are inside National Parks... It is one of the things, in my mind, that makes this a great country. If I thought it would save a national park, I’d stick a flag in my car window and drive around with it... I am grateful for the opportunity to travel and change my perspective, if only for a brief time.

It won’t last forever... Before I know it I’ll be disenchanted and ungrateful, all wound up about things that hardly matter... But for a few moments tonight, watching the drama of the evening sky play out, smelling the cool, clean air, I am enchanted and grateful.

-- Happy Thanksgiving from The Traveler!

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Welcome to The Traveler for November!

The Traveler always knows when the holiday season season has begun here in San Francisco - Dancing Christmas trees have been spotted! (only in San Francisco...)

As the days grow shorter (for those of us in the northern hemisphere that is!) we at the The Traveler have been busy preparing for the upcoming holiday season.

Whether your looking for the perfect winter getaway (or summer getaway, depending on your hemisphere), going home to be with family and friends, or need to find that perfect gift for all the adventurers on your list, we've got it all here for you.

We've packed this issue with great travel ideas and deals for your holiday travel (plus some ideas to start planning your 2003 adventures); you'll also enjoy our feature article by Regina Malan, a new writer to The Traveler, the Travel Writing Pick-Of-The-Month, and What's New at TouristTravel.com.


Feature Article

The Town With Two Faces - The allure of the majestic Matterhorn and the little town that lives in its shadow.


Travel Writing Pick-Of-The-Month

An uplifting collection to satisfy the wanderlust in those who travel for pleasure or business, as well as those who travel vicariously reading about the adventures of others - Chicken Soup for the Traveler's Soul.


Travel Ideas, Resources, and Bargains

 

Horse Feathers Package Offers- Nature Tours To Guests at New Casa Iguana Hotel - MISMALOYA, PUERTO VALLARTA - The diverse topography and microclimates surrounding Puerto Vallarta, including lush, jungles, pristine beaches, and the flat and dry terrain north of the city, offers visitors some of the world's most exciting nature tours. The package is offered for $398.00 US. through December 23, 2002, and $478.00 U.S. from December 24, 2002 through March 31,2003. To make reservations, guests can call 011 52 (322) 228 01 86, or toll free from the US. at 877-893-7654, or visit www.CasaIguanaHotel.com.

The Magic Of A Small Town Christmas Comes Alive
During A Southern Christmas At Stone Mountain Park -
Stone Mountain Park, GA – November 2002 – A Southern Christmas at Stone Mountain Park will illuminate the sky with over a million lights, including the entire town of Crossroads. The Song of the Trees musical light show returns this year. This spectacular Christmas event brings Southern traditions and hospitality for the entire family to enjoy throughout the park. Find out more about this unique experience.

Christmas in San Francisco - The Pan Pacific Hotel is offering two holiday packages through December 30, 2002; the Shopping Package, starting at $182 with your choice of extras (The Traveler recommends the free parking!); or the Family Package, starting at $261 per night with plenty of extras including gifts for the kids! Get more details at the Pan Pacific website.

The Cities of Europe - Austrian Airlines and IMTC offer "Smart Pack" vacation through March 31, 2003. Three night packages in Berlin, Budapest, Innsbruck, Paris, Prague, Salzburg, or Vienna cover airfare from ten US cities, lodging, and breakfast. Six-night, mutli-city packages also available. Rates start at $499 per person. To get more details, visit their website.

Last Minute Getaways - You can get away this weekend or next to some great destinations, and save money to boot! Check out the latest specials from Site 59.

Send your friends and family a special package this Christmas - Yourself! - For a limited time Amtrak is taking 30% off the lowest available coach fare plus an additional 5% off when you book online. Just purchase your tickets between November 4 and December 13, 2002 and travel November 7 through February 28, 2003. Find out more.

Discover the Power of Nature - Natural Habitat Tours offers worldwide adventures to bring the casual adventurer the thrill of experiencing wildlife in its natural habitat. For more information and to receive a free catalog go to their website.

Madrid is Closer Than You Think - Through March 31, 2003, Petrabax Vacations is offers seven-day/six-night packages to Madrid. Prices start at $599 per person including airfare from New York. (Prices rise to $829 December 15-30.) Get more information at the Petrabax Vacation website.

All the People You Care About. Together. All For Free - Enter the Get Together Sweepstakes from Choice Hotels Canada to win a free trip for ten which includes airfare plus four nights accomodations at any Choice location in Canada, and $500 spending money per person. More details and sweepstakes entry at the Choice Hotels Canada website.

Beat the Queues and Save Money While Visiting London- The brand new leisure pass that lets you experience the best that London has to offer The London Pass

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