Travel Photo Gallery – August 18, 2010


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Here are some of the most compelling travel photos and deals submitted by our listeners this week. See Clark’s favorite every week in the Thursday Travel E-Scapes newsletter. (Subscribe.)

Submitted by: Philip D.
Destination: Havasupai, AZ
About this photo:
This photo was taken from our just outside our tent above Havasu Falls, we could actually hear the water running under our feet! What a way to wake up in the morning! A fine beginning of a relaxing, inspiring beautiful family camping trip. And what a bargain too! Just south of the Grand Canyon in Arizona, hidden in the among the vast canyon systems, Indian reservations and national parks is a hidden desert paradise. The cool, radiant, blue green waters of the Havasu Falls, among others, in Havasupai Arizona are a sight to be seen and to swim in! The photos just don’t do it justice. After just a short decent into the canyon, only accessible by foot or mule or helicopter, you arrive at a small farming town with a post, a small inn, general store and blue waterfalls and pools all over! The camping is great, the climate cool, much of the year and only mildly popular. A great cheap trip, if you bring you’re own provisions, or you’ll pay a premium due to the limited access, though bartering is not uncommon. The campgrounds and facilities are clean, the water pristine and the people are friendly. A fantastic place to visit, just don’t tell too many people about it. Ok. Have fun and bring lots of water, or a quality filter bottle if you go in the summer time.
Best deal found: The best deal was the view, as the camping permit was less than 10 bucks. The inn has pretty decent rooms at decent prices, but not all together necessary if you’re an experienced camper. The general store is not cheap by any means, due to logistics, most goods arrive by mule or helo! which by the way is not cheap! on second thought, in relative terms it was kind of a good deal at around $100 for 10min!. Technically, it’s in the Sovereign, Navajo Nation, land so it’s a little bit different, not just the culture but the material norms. I love bartering and trading so it was great, it’s not like the fixed price dogma that so many are guilty of. An added bonus since the tax man is out of the picture. Overall a great adventure destination and a good lesson in real world economics. We loved it! Best, P.A. Dursey

Submitted by: Andrea U.
Destination: Steamboat Springs, Colorado
About this photo: Early morning in downtown Steamboat Springs.
Best deal found:

Submitted by: Gerald B.
Destination: Cambodia
About this photo: Typical method of transportation in Cambodia and Laos. Have seen as many as a family of 6 on one motorcycle. Not safe, but an essential, cheap method of travel for those people.
Best deal found: Wristwatch battery change including labor: $1.03 U.S.

Submitted by: Kathy W.
Destination: Monhegan Island, ME
About this photo:
Monhegan Island is off the coast of Maine. The only way t0 get there is by boat. This is looking back at the dock where we got off the boat.
Best deal found:
We took the Monhegan Boat line from Port Clyde. It’s $32 round trip for adults and $18 for kids. While you can stay for just the day, I would recommend staying over night so that you have plenty of time to hike the island. The island is very rustic and a haven for artist and art lovers! We stay at The Trailing Yew. The price includes breakfast and dinner. It is about $95 per adult and children under 12 are less.

Submitted by: Judith C.
Destination: Washington, DC
About this photo: This is the Korean War Memorial which captured the tedium of the daily war experience through all kinds of weather.
Best deal found:

Submitted by: Penny D.
Destination: Venice, Italy
About this photo: We took a tour of Venice, Rome and Florence. This photo was taken from our gondola. All of our groups gondolas lined up side by side in the main canal and we were serenaded by an accordion player riding in one of the our gondolas.
Best deal found: Our tour guide arranged for us to have a gondola ride at dusk for $25 a person, saving quite a chunk off the normal rate of $120. Being the frugal person that I am, I was going to skip the ride at the full price. I am so glad I didn’t skip the discounted ride! It was fabulous! I sold my photos to my tour-mates after the tour, bringing in $120. More than covering the cost of our ride. The Murano glass purse hangers had caught my eye in Venice, but the price of $12 each made me shy away. I kept looking. On the last day of the tour I found a shop, just outside of Vatican Square that sold them for $4 each. I got one for myself and 3 as gifts. Everyone LOVED them.

Submitted by: Deborah H.
Destination: Oregon
About this photo: This is the Cape Perpetua Shelter and Parapet, which was built by the CCC and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is located on a trail overlooking the Oregon Coast.
Best deal found: We bought an Oregon Coast pass, which entitled us to visit numerous national and state parks along Oregon’s beautiful coastal shore.

Submitted by: John C.
Destination: Geneva, Switzerland
About this photo: View from the top of the Cathedral St-Pierre in Geneva.
Best deal found: A great ‘Roasted Chicken’ restaurant called “Chez Ma Cousine”. Check them out on Trip Advisor. A meal is half-price of any other equivalent restaurant. There is a location about 5 minutes from the Cathedral.

Submitted by: Jeffery W.
Destination: Glacier National Park
About this photo: Taken from a pullout on The Going to the Sun Highway. Saint Mary Lake with Wild Goose Island on the east side of the park. Picture was taken in the early morning.
Best deal found: Camping is a cheap way to save money on any trip.


Submitted by: Maryam E.
Destination: Iran
About this photo: This is Ferdowsi Tomb.  Ferdowsi (or Firdausi) (940–1020) is a highly revered Persian poet. He was the author of the Shâhnâmeh, the national epic of Persian people. According to the Britannica Encyclopedia: The Persians regard Ferdowsi as the greatest of their poets. For nearly a thousand years they have continued to read and to listen to recitations from his masterwork, the Shah-nameh, in which the Persian national epic found its final and enduring form. Though written about 1,000 years ago, this work is as intelligible to the average, modern Iranian as the King James version of the Bible is to a modern English-speaker. The language, based as the poem is on a Pahlavi original, is pure Persian with only the slightest admixture of Arabic
Best deal found:

Submitted by: Leslie V.
Destination: Bull Island, SC
About this photo: Wonderful class one wilderness area near Charleston, SC – deserted beaches, dolphins, alligators, wildlife, absolutely beautiful and remote. This was taken at the south end of the island at Boneyard Beach; as the beach erodes, the forest gradually gets taken over by the ocean, creating fantastic “petrified” trees coming right out of the water.
Best deal found: Coastal Expeditions Bull Island Ferry takes you through twisting estuaries to the island. A naturalist on board tells you all about the area and its wildlife. $30 for adults and $15 for children. You can hike or bicycle around this beautiful wilderness island and beach.

Submitted by: Tim O.
Destination: Alaska
About this photo:
Train from Skagway to White Pass
Best deal found: Booked all my excursions on line, rather than through the cruise line.

Submitted by: Fran B.
Destination: Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Colorado
About this photo: We have been to Colorado many times but love this area of Ouray and Crested Butte. The Black Canyon of the Gunnison is located between these two cities. A very unique place !!
Best deal found: The Hot Springs Inn in Ouray was awesome. You can get a 10% discount coupon online.

Submitted by: James L.
Destination: Atlanta
About this photo: Taken from the Jackson Street Bridge near the MLK center in Atlanta, this was a travel outing inside my very hometown of Atlanta. Sometimes it is nice to take a break right here and explore the parts of the town you live in but have yet to visit and appreciate the beauty of your own backyard.
Best deal found: Jimmie’s cafeteria at 121 Martin Luther King Junior Drive Southwest Atlanta, GA 30303-3559. Yummy southern cooking for lunch downtown.

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