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The major sights of the world are nice to tic off. Things like the skyline of Manhattan, the view over Florence; the Parthenon; the Taj Mahal; St Peters at the Vatican; Tower Bridge in London; the view out over DC as you land at Reagan National; the palaces of Schoenbrunn, Heidelberg, Chapaultepec; family theme parks like Epcot or Disneyland; adult theme parks like Las Vegas; world class galleries and museums like the Tate, the Rijksmuseum, the Alte and Neue Pinakotheks, the British Museum, the Smithsonian museums; the view from the south rim of the Grand Canyon or the entrance to Yosemite Valley; the blast of steam from the geyser of Old Faithful; the sight of the Eiger or the Matterhorn.

I have been lucky enough to see these things and many others, and even though a tip/picture or two from these 'main' attractions will creep in from time to time, the main focus will be devoted to 'lesser' wonders - not necessarily any less spectacular, just lower on the scale of 'must see'. Whether it is a relatively unknown Greek island - say Kithinos; a Slovenian Peak not appearing on their flag (which for those unaware, is Mt Triglav -though, I have pictures of that too!!); a German wine town not on the Rhine or Mosel; a trail along a railway in Austria or any number of other views of natural beauty that is the western US. these are the things that I hope to concentrate on in my pages.

If you should see the occasional Corgi make her appearance, be assured that she is having as much fun as I.

For some unique travel experiences, you can virtually raft through the Grand Canyon or the Santa Elena Canyon in Big Bend National Park. You can virtually pass through the Panama Canal or wander along the first mountain railway ever built. You can experience alpine battlefields of World War I fought atop Krn Peak in Slovenia or 'kayak' among the tidewater glaciers of Glacier Bay National Park. How about exploring a sea barrier island in Georgia (Cumberland Island) or poking through 19th Century American experiments in communalistic living predating the 20th Century International Communistic experience (Bishop Hill, Amana, Bethel, Aurora, Nauvoo, Harmony, Economy, Ephrata). There is always the odd mountain to climb - Slovenia, the Unicorn in Mount Rainier National Park, Mount Hood, Mount St Helens, South Sister near Bend, Oregon, Great Basin National Park, Elko, Leavenworth, New Hampshire, Lone Pine, Kings Canyon National Park, Sequoia National Park, Yosemite National Park, Bridgeport, Big Pine, Independence, Lee Vining, Mammoth Lakes or Bishop - to mention a few. Plenty of other options await as well.

Maybe you just want to watch the Corgis sing? Have as much fun exploring as I did in creating!

Recent offerings include a trip to Scotland, South Africa (with a little overlap into Lesotho) and a quick eye clinic trip to India, but also include several offerings from wanderings amongst battlefields from the American Civil War. Check out the travelogues below.

One can never get enough mushrooms, either ... the edible types, that is ;-]

Newer pages include a pilgrimage to Turkey in the footsteps of Paul and last year to Istanbul, Beograd and more Slovene wanders and climbs.

For tripping with a theme - Mormon historical sites - both Latter Day Saint (Utah) and other Mormon branches: Kirtland, Independence, Nauvoo, Lamoni, Orderville, Manti, Pipe Springs, Colorado City.

For United States presidents, try: Jefferson and Monroe, Hayes, Garfield, McKinley, Harding, Coolidge, Hoover, and Truman.

Recently, I took part in several health clinics in Vietnam. Vietnam has a special meaning for Americans of my generation. I missed out on being eligible for a draft that might have sent me off to see the World before I may have been ready. That said, I appreciated the country that I encountered and the people that I met. The people there and the many Vietnamese that have come to America in lieu of the People's Paradise have made me aware of the continuing complications we encounter in the World. I would say 'thank you' but Vietnamese don't ;-]

Read more at the Vietnam page travellogues.

Another recent trip took me through northeastern France, eastern Belgium and the Lycian coast of Turkey. Turkey was filled with natural and ancient wonders and I was warmed by the many gracious people whom I met in my travels that made those experiences that much more memorable. There are a lot of tourists you can run into in parts of Turkey, but the country is large. You can see spectacular ruins, eat and stay at very nice seaside villages and still be "lost" in a good sense. I have posted many sights now in France and a few in Belgium and will not bore you with all of the hyperlinks - you can find them easily enough on my travel map if you are interested.

If you have not guessed, I am interested in history and travel allows the past to mean more. I just read a story of the death of the last member of those men who served in the WWI Royal Air Force in Britain. The focus of his life in his recent years had been to try and remind people of the sacrifices made no going on a hundred years ago during World War One. Movies like "Saving Private Ryan" also bring light to the fact that World War Two is quickly moving from memory to history, as well. It would be nice to say that by learning more about history we can learn from our past mistakes to make a better tomorrow. It might be a little naive and trite to use that old cliche, too, but all we can do is try. What better example can be found at Orval where the Trappists have erected a new monastery next to the ruins of their old destroyed one so that the mission they concieve as their lives' purpose can continue. The fact that they make some pretty good beer is just another reason to venture off the main track into the Ardennes Forests of southeastern Belgium. Don't be afraid. You won't be alone.

And, of course, there is the odd local hike to spots of beauty that leave me more than satisfied!

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  • goodfish's Profile Photo
    May 5, 2015 at 9:14 AM

    Good heavens, Mark, I need to spend some time with your pages! Am packing to leave for Belgium/Germany/VT Euromeet next week but will do some reading when I get home. Looks like you have some GREAT stuff here!

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    Apr 28, 2015 at 5:18 AM

    What a beautiful and contented looking dog. I like your idea of visiting the less frequented places. Often popular places are so overwhelmed with visitors a lot of their atmosphere is lost. Happy travels, Irene

  • girladventure's Profile Photo
    Jan 7, 2015 at 7:34 PM

    Wow it has been so long since I've logged in here. Just stopping by to say hi! Hope all is well! - Shella

  • Minceta's Profile Photo
    Dec 9, 2014 at 4:37 AM

    Greetings from Belgrade! What's new in your life?

  • davidjo's Profile Photo
    Nov 23, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Interesting profile

    • mtncorg's Profile Photo
      Nov 23, 2014 at 8:29 PM

      maybe I will even update it one of these days ;-\

  • Odiseya's Profile Photo
    Nov 23, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    Dear Mark, thank you for visiting my pages about Cetinje and Sarajevo. I am glad you liked!

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    Oct 29, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    So, Lorraine and I have just booked a 21 day thingy in Canada/Alaska. Actually, she organized it all. However, the trade off is that I get to do two weeks where I want to go. Glacier NP seems like a place I should spend some time at but I'm also thinking of heading over your way (roughly speaking) and I thought I'd contact you for some ideas about where I should aim for. I'm looking at doing a week in a timeshare somewhere.
    Hope this finds you and the dog well thought I imagine the corgi is getting a little aged by now.
    Cheers from down under, Ian

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    Jul 8, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Happy Birthday, WOOF!

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    Jul 8, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    happy birthday to you happy birthday to you happy birthday happy birthday happy birthday to you

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    Jul 7, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Happy Birthday and many happy returns of the date. Hope you enjoy and have a great Birthday.

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