Several summers ago, I booked back-to-back long weekends kayaking on two of our nation’s greatest ecosystems: the Chesapeake and Monterey bays. My trip to the Chesapeake Bay started with a staff retreat at the Aspen Wye River Conference Center near Queenstown, Maryland. I spent the afternoon paddling through horseshoe-crab territory with my guide, a wildlife biologist. As he explained how the different flora and fauna depended upon each other, I was geekily fascinated.
For instance, horseshoe crabs are food for sea turtles and sea-turtle eggs are a favorite snack for shorebirds. The eggs provide staying power during the birds’ vast winged migrations from South America to the Arctic.
Ahoy there, chaps! Hmm, I believe “ahoy” might not be the right word for train travel. It’s your old pal the Travelocity Roaming Gnome, and I wanted to let you know that I’m choo-chooing my way around the country on Amtrak for the next few weeks.
Where am I going? Well, that’s all part of the fun! Every two days, I’ll post a clue about my next destination—along with a Polaroid of me looking very handsome—and it’ll be up to you to guess my next destination. Every time you do, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a smashing luxury travel pack, including a $1,500 Amtrak gift card and a $700 Apple gift card.
My only worry is that I might never want to get off the train. I’m having such a splendid time seeing the country from my seat. Do you think Amtrak has any openings for Gnome-sized conductors? I look very good in hats, we already know that.
While I love roughing it in the great outdoors, I’m also passionate about the ways technology can enhance our travel experiences–and, even better, make them greener.
That’s why I reached out to the good folks at Solio to ask if I could use one of their nifty solar-powered phone chargers on my recent hiking/camping adventure to the Grand Canyon. Their chargers were highly rated by CNET and I was officially intrigued. Solio was kind enough to send me the Rocsta and I couldn’t wait to road test it.
I booked a cheap flight, threw my hiking gear in a bag, and was careful to pack my nifty new gadget. Would the mighty sun be able to keep me powered up all weekend?