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Old 03-25-2016, 07:47 AM   #2781
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Wow...they still do that? Last I saw it was over 55 years ago, outside Adelaide, South Australia.
When we lived in NY back in the early '00's they used those foggers trying to control for West Nile. They were driving around at 5:30 AM and there were warnings for news delivery people and early morning joggers to "be careful".
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When we lived in NY back in the early '00's they used those foggers trying to control for West Nile. They were driving around at 5:30 AM and there were warnings for news delivery people and early morning joggers to "be careful".
I must lead a sheltered life...I honestly thought foggers had been relegated to antiquity.
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I figured the big resorts and other tourist areas would be addressing the Zika-carrying mosquitoes aggressively (so we can worry about the chemicals instead (just kidding, we're midsixties so the damage is already done from chasing the mosquito trucks on bikes in our formative years).
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Wow...they still do that? Last I saw it was over 55 years ago, outside Adelaide, South Australia.
It happens every year in Winnipeg.

http://www.winnipeg.ca/publicworks/i...ceschedule.stm
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You've got the right idea about taking in The Smokies. But there's nothing I'd rather not do as taking Hwy 61 up to Clarksdale.

That part of Mississippi is like a third world country--completely devoid of industry and jobs. People along Hwy 61 are not just poor, they're some of the poorest counties in the United States. I began traveling down there for work in 1974, and things are no better now than then--except for the few Tunica casinos still in business.

We have the Natchez Trace going through our county. The 50 mph speed limit is strongly enforced, and I seldom travel on the road--boring.

And people in many places in the U.S. are still undergoing hard times, and they're still singing the blues.

Being a music fanatic, I thought it would be interesting to do that route, instead of the I-30/I-40 route, which I've driven too many times... I'm aware of the "economic situation", but except for a stop here and there, it will be mostly a drive-by, just to say I've been there, and a photo-op.
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Dale Hollow is one of the premier lakes in the United States. It's one of those places where you can see 20' below the surface. It's about 45 miles north of Cookeville, TN on the KY/TN brrder. The best area hotel facilities are at a KY State Park lodge.

Renting a houseboat looks like great fun in the Summer on Dale Hollow. There are hundreds of coves on the lake, and you could almost get lost without a good map of the area.

Another great lake is Norris Lake--just north of Knoxville. They have 17 marinas on the lake, some with condos. And some of the marinas have floating houses in the middle of the lake with boats tied up to the front doors.

One can indeed get lost on DH... :-P
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It is a tradeoff. The bad effects of the chemicals versus the bad effects of dengue and zika. We try to close our windows and hold our breath.
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Yes, and if you read up a little more, I think it will add to your appreciation. I should go visit the museum myself, I could bore DW for hours on end with stories of these blues artists!
It was a fun trip. Still so much to learn about the blues, but I certainly have a new appreciation for the genre. We took a couple hours in the Delta Blues Museum. We did not find much to do in Clarksdale, although some people we met at the Inn had taken a city tour and raved about it. We lunched at Ground Zero, which is interesting with tourist trap prices for the food. There seemed to be a few locals mixed in.

Being a music fanatic, I thought it would be interesting to do that route, instead of the I-30/I-40 route, which I've driven too many times... I'm aware of the "economic situation", but except for a stop here and there, it will be mostly a drive-by, just to say I've been there, and a photo-op.

HFWR, I hope you do it. A large percentage of the folks we met were travelling some variation of a Blues Highway RoadTrip and seemed to be having a blast. Many of them were from Europe.

We heard some wonderful music while there - 4 different individuals/groups over a two night span.

Here is a photo of the Gravy Shack where we stayed. Restaurant/bar/music onsite....part of the old Hopson Plantation. Although rustic, the shack was clean.

While we do not plan to re-visit, I recommend the Clarksdale stop to anybody with even a semi-interest in blues.

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The city of PV has been sending around fogging trucks to kill the mosquitoes. This is the first time in 4 years that we have seen that.
They do that North of Chicago every year, we close our windows when we hear the truck coming.
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Cades Cove in the Smokies for the next few days for camping and hiking.
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We are in our last week in Vietnam. Just booked a three day Halong Bay cruise. Leave tomorrow AM. Surprised us but the cruise was right and the price was right. Hanoi is wonderful. Vietnam is booming.
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One of the memorials in Brussels to those killed in the terror attacks 2 weeks ago. This was outside the Brussels stock exchange on the weekend.

There are heavily armed soldiers on most street corners in the centre of Brussels, including near most government buildings. Also a lot on the scene in all the main train stations. Much less so in Antwerp.

Never really gave me pause except when standing in really large crowds in the train stations. Outside of the city centre, you'd never even know...
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We are in our last week in Vietnam. Just booked a three day Halong Bay cruise. Leave tomorrow AM. Surprised us but the cruise was right and the price was right. Hanoi is wonderful. Vietnam is booming.
Loved Vietnam. It was easily our favorite out of a six country South East Asia trip.
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Still planning out 2016/17 travel but this is the rough agenda . . .

Portugal - 25 days
Northern Spain - 18 days
Ireland - 65 days (w/ a month in Dublin to hide from Schengen)
Paris - 35 days
Zimbabwe
Botswana
Namibia
South Africa - About 30 days for these 4 African countries
Australia - 4-6 weeks
New Zealand - 60 days
Hawaii - 30 days
New York City - 180 90 days
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Wow, that's way more than half a year.

Thought my travel budget was too high ...
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Still planning out 2016/17 travel but this is the rough agenda . . .

Portugal - 25 days
Northern Spain - 18 days
Ireland - 65 days (w/ a month in Dublin to hide from Schengen)
Paris - 35 days
Zimbabwe
Botswana
Namibia
South Africa - About 30 days for these 4 African countries
Australia - 4-6 weeks
New Zealand - 60 days
Hawaii - 30 days
New York City - 180 days
I am going to persuade my wife to retire and travel the world like this.
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6 months alone in NYC, if it's Manhattan, could be pretty pricey.
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6 months alone in NYC, if it's Manhattan, could be pretty pricey.
Whoops, make that 90 days in NYC.

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Wow, that's way more than half a year.

Thought my travel budget was too high ...
That schedule takes us from when we leave NY this May until we come back again sometime late next March.

Our travel budget pretty much is the budget . . . no car, no mortgage (or rent), no utility bill, internet, etc.
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I am going to persuade my wife to retire and travel the world like this.
We're enjoying it.

This is actually a slower pace than we've done in the past. This year we're trying out month-long breaks (Dublin, Paris, maybe Sydney, NYC) in between active travel itineraries.

We'll see how it goes.

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I am going to persuade my wife to retire and travel the world like this.
While you do what?

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