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National Park Travel & Photography Radio Party

NATIONAL PARK TRAVEL & PHOTOGRAPHY RADIO PARTY From Yosemite and the Great Smoky Mountains to the Everglades and Saguaro National Park, this Big Blend Radio Party is all about national parks, trav

Reflections from My Walk Across America

REFLECTIONS FROM MY WALK ACROSS AMERICA By Jim Ostdick, author of ‘Palomino Nation: My 2016 Crazyass Walk Across America’ More than a year has passed since I completed my coast to coast w

Plein Air Painting

PLEIN AIR PAINTING By Victoria Chick, contemporary figurative artist and early 19th & 20th century print collector Oil paint in tubes, portable easels, and the invention of the railroad – the

Classical Pianist Hunter Noack in Haleakala National Park

CLASSICAL PIANIST HUNTER NOACK IN HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK Hunter Noack, an acclaimed young pianist, known for his expressive performances of Liszt and other demanding pieces of the classical and moder
Putting the Back in Community

Putting the 'I' Back in Community Pt. 1

After years of working in the tourism and travel industry in five countries (USA, England, Kenya, South Africa and Mexico), we have seen that the benefits of this industry far outweigh any of the nega

What’s Really, Really Important in a Family Vacation?

WHAT’S REALLY, REALLY IMPORTANT IN A FAMILY VACATION? Using the Choice Ladder to Plan a Vacation By Sarah Elliston   “I want to go to Paris.”  “But going to France takes two days.”

19th Century Art Around the World

19TH CENTURY ART AROUND THE WORLD By Victoria Chick, contemporary figurative artist and early 19th & 20th century print collector The 19th Century was a worldwide period of change. It was the f