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From all your travels what would you suggest as your top three experiences?

From all your travels what would you suggest as your top three experiences?

Old Jun 26th, 2002, 08:12 AM
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Sarah
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Ok Beth how will you and your husband be able to adopt me

gc not fair but great image
 
Old Jun 26th, 2002, 08:26 AM
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Very hard to pick just three...maybe these but I'll probably change my mind in an hour.

1. New Year's Eve 1999, Lamai Beach, Koh Samui, Thailand
2. My first trip to NYC on my 40th birthday (St. Patrick's Day!), especially drinks at Windows on the World.
3. Angkor Wat, Cambodia

but what about Kauai, Cappodocia, Athens, Venice, hiking the Samaria Gorge in Crete, camel trekking and snorkeling in Dahab, Egypt? Impossible to pick three!
 
Old Jun 26th, 2002, 08:27 AM
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O.K., not sure if it should be #3, but another great experience was in Maui 3 weeks ago. The first night at our condo, we were out on the lanai watching the stars, and we saw the ISS. Now we track the ISS frequently here at home, but there was so much less light pollution there in Maui, and we had not checked to see if the ISS would be flying over. It was just a surprise, and sort of a good omen for a great vacation. I would also have to add in that same trip, that me surfing for the first time was a big WOW. When I look at my "Oh wow" experiences, it is not usually just being in an exotic local, it is more about learning something new, or being with someone who is really interesting. What is it for the rest of you that makes that "Oh wow" moment?
 
Old Jun 26th, 2002, 08:51 AM
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nance what is ISS?

Julie count your forunates, you have had some great experiences
 
Old Jun 26th, 2002, 08:57 AM
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#1- Marrying my lovely wife on a hill above the beach on St. Thomas
#2-Joining in on the sunset celebration at Mallory Square in Key West
#3-Visiting Hong Kong for the first time and seeing the magnificient harbor at night
 
Old Jun 26th, 2002, 09:12 AM
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Waking up to the sound and sight of scarlet macaws in the almond trees outside our bungalow at Lapa Rios, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica, with howler monkeys contributing their own eerie calls.

Overnight mule ride to the floor of the Grand Canyon and staying at Phantom Ranch -- riding over the suspension bridge and watching the colors of the canyon change from dawn to midday to dusk.

Hiking to the top of Sulphur Mountain in the Canadian Rockies with my mom shortly after she recovered from a brain tumor and aneurysm that caused her to lose sight in one eye, hearing in one year, and caused facial paralysis. Her stamina, drive, endurance, determination, and zest for life were (and are) an inspiration to me. Watching this formerly un-outdoorsy, unathletic woman in her early 50s hike up a mountain for the first time in her life (on a trip to the Canadian Rockies that she had always dreamed of taking but had put off until she lay in a hospital bed and realized that life may be shorter than one thinks) changed my life. Reaching the summit with her, only months after she had two debilitating brain surgeries, was one of the most exhilerating and joyful experiences I have ever had, and one of the most special we have shared as a mother and daughter. Since then she has hiked the Grand Canyon, kayaked in the Maritime Provinces of Canada, camped in the woods of West Virginia, biked all over North Carolina and Virginia, and hiked the NaPali cost of Kauai. What a woman!
 
Old Jun 26th, 2002, 09:13 AM
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Sorry about that Sarah, ISS stands for International Space Station.
 
Old Jun 26th, 2002, 09:15 AM
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Sarah, International Space Station
 
Old Jun 26th, 2002, 09:15 AM
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Great responses, fun to read. I love the one about the snowball fight in the summer, now there's a great travel memory!

1. Walking around the Isle de la Cite in Paris on a gorgeous spring day with my hubby. It was a long awaited trip and I had to pinch myself to believe I was finally in that beautiful city.

2. First trip to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite. Felt like I'd conquered Everest or something.

3. Seeing my favorite Shakespeare play performed at the Globe Theater in London.
 
Old Jun 26th, 2002, 09:16 AM
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Ok now you must splain for I know nothing about this. Was this some floating craft you saw or some staionary place on Maui? I feel the need for sound effects here, you remember the antena sound from my favorite martian?
 
Old Jun 26th, 2002, 09:17 AM
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lass post from Sarah was for Nance and xx
 
Old Jun 26th, 2002, 09:21 AM
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Sarah you really don't know what the International Space Station is or are you pulling our legs? Remember Mir space station? Now, think International Space Station.....maybe a trip to nasa's web site is in order. Click on the iss icon. http://www.nasa.gov/
 
Old Jun 26th, 2002, 09:25 AM
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I really don't know and since Sarah is not my real name and you can't see me I don't mind saying so.
 
Old Jun 26th, 2002, 09:26 AM
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The ISS is an orbiting lab for US and other astronauts to live and conduct experiments. That is where the space shuttle docks when it goes up. You can see it pass overhead when it is passing through your area. It looks like a shooting star, only it does not go out as fast. You can see it go all away across the sky on a good night.
 
Old Jun 26th, 2002, 09:27 AM
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Ok I went to the web link. How did you know from a distance what you were looking at nance?
 
Old Jun 26th, 2002, 09:29 AM
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Interesting Nance, Know what you are talking about just not the proper name. I will have to keep my eyes peeled next time I am in a place WHERE YOU CAN ACTUALLY SEE STARS
 
Old Jun 26th, 2002, 09:31 AM
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The space station orbits the earth so it's easy to spot. It's not like a plane and much slower than a shooting star. If you go to the mountains you can see lots of satellites orbiting the earth.
 
Old Jun 26th, 2002, 09:32 AM
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Sarah, you can also go to a web site called Heavons Above, and you put where you live into the website, and it will tell you exactly when you can see the ISS in your area. It will also tell you where you can see tons of other satellites. It gives you the date, the time, the altitude and how to spot them. It is fun and interesting to watch them. ISS is one of the brightest next to the Iridium satellites.
 
Old Jun 26th, 2002, 09:32 AM
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I would be hard-pressed to list the top three experiences, so I will try to come up with three times when I thought to myself - "now this is something you don't get to do everyday."

* I was visiting the Vietnam Memorial in Washington one rainy morning, first thing for some photography, and met one of South Vietnam's most famous generals, along with his friend who was a CBS cameraman. I talked with them for an hour and was invited to photograph a demonstration they were having later.

* Standing on top of the Great Wall of China, one of the Earth's truly mystical sites; it was a misty morning, just after a rain, and you could see the wall circling round and round the hills as it faded off into the distance.

* Visiting the Jungfraujoch in Switzerland. The ride up and the time spent on the glacier were exhilerating. I have never missed $75 less.

* Honorable mention - The Scavi Tour at the Vatican. Seeing ancient tombs and the site of St. Peter's grave with only three other visitors and a guide.
 
Old Jun 26th, 2002, 09:33 AM
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Oh bummer Sarah, you live where stars are largely unseen? Well, you'll have a hard time seeing the space station or the satellites from there!
 

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