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Five Travel Thrills For Daredevil Seniors


More exciting than roller coaster rides at amusement parks, some unique destinations provide real adventure, but are safe enough for even the most nervous senior.

Grand Canyon Skywalk: One of the world's top natural wonders features the horseshoe-shaped Skywalk. It’s a clear glass-bottom platform that extends 70 feet out over the West Rim. You actually walk out over the Canyon on a glass sidewalk.

It offers unrestricted breathtaking scenes of the multicolored sheer cliffs and rock formations that stretch more than 20 miles in all directions, as well as thrilling views nearly a mile directly below to the Colorado River. The Hualapai Native-American tribe, which has lived in the Arizona area for centuries, opened the Skywalk in 2008. It’s described as "walk the path of the eagle".

Visitor numbers are limited on this busy tourist site, so it's best to arrive very early in the morning or at sunset. There are restaurants and other facilities adjacent to the Skywalk. Tickets are $29.95 adults and $22.46 for kids 3 to 11. grandcanyonskywalk.com

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Service Dogs On Flights Must Be Officially Certified PDF Print E-mail


When your faithful friend is trained to help you, airlines require that the dog be licensed. Canine companions must always show proper ID to ride in the passenger section. There are many online information sources to help you qualify for the official certification process.

 
RoadScholar: Experience Beautiful Sierra Nevada By Choo Choo PDF Print E-mail


Train Tracks Across The Sierra: Sacramento To Reno And Return, Program No. 12085RJ. The venture gives senior travelers magnificent mountain views, museum visits, expert lectures and much more. The six-day June 24 to 29 is priced at $1,149, including meals and five nights hotel room. For full info, go to www.roadscholar.org/find-an-adventure/12085/train-tracks-across-the-sierra-sacramento-to-reno-and-return/dates

 
Springtime Brings Blooming Prices From Greedy Gas Companies PDF Print E-mail


You’ve already experienced it recently at the pump, and you can expect it to continue through the warm weather driving season. So, what can you do about it? Not a hell of a lot, especially if you plan to go long distance road trips.

But just maybe for short hops you can make small dents in the robbery machine at the gas station. For instance, trips to the store. If it isn’t too far, make it a hike instead of driving. Or do a bike ride.

Another money-saving idea is car-pooling. Get together with family, friends and neighbors to share the ride and save. Go to busy dining and entertainment events with Uber, Lyft and other on-call services, and save on inflated gas and parking costs.

 
The Marshall Plan: Hope for Those Who Need It PDF Print E-mail


If you’re a history buff, you remember the top American World War 2 general and his humanitarian work after the war. The George C. Marshall Museum in Lexington VA features an exhibit honoring him through June 5.

It marks the 70th anniversary of the Marshall Plan, the U.S. efforts to help nations recover from the devastation of WW2. Among other historical memories, the museum displays 25 original lithographs from a European poster competition with themes of the Marshall Plan.

 
Rome Covers Up Nekkid Statues During Iran Leader Visit PDF Print E-mail


Of course, the respect for Hassan Rouhani’s humanitarian religion is admirable. Iran hasn’t threatened to atom bomb Europe nor stoned a woman to death since last Tuesday. On the Italian capital tour, wooden boards were placed around paintings and sculpture that would have offended the very sensitive, virginal peace-loving president of the nation of nuclear stockpiles. www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/anger-nude-statues-covered-up-7251001

 
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