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Calistoga's Petrified Forest

by Penny Sadler / May 16, 2018 /
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What is a petrified forest? They look like trees, but when you touch them they're cold. Transformed by minerals in sediment, volcanic ash, and groundwater, the trees have become fossilized. No longer wood, these trees tell the story of the climate and ecosystem millions of years ago.


Why and How to Travel with Only a Carry-On

by Penny Sadler / Jun 24, 2017 /
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This story is mainly for the ladies. Sorry, guys. Based on the conversations I’ve had with my customers, it seems women have more trouble than men packing light. Who knows why? My client base is primarily female as well.

Still, there are a few pointers here for men. What about how to choose color? That’s good basic wardrobe advice for anyone. And looking good while you travel? Pure travel packing genius.

Diamond Mills Hotel and Tavern: Saugerties' Luxury Boutique Hotel

by Penny Sadler / Dec 13, 2014 /
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Named best boutique hotel in the Hudson Valley for two years in a row, the Diamond Mills Hotel and Tavern has become the place to stay for discerning travelers and visitors to the Hudson Valley.

Foodie Finds: Churchill's British Pub - Wot!

by Penny Sadler / Nov 16, 2014 /
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I think every big city in the US (and some smaller ones, too) has some version of a British pub. Let's face it, we can really be Anglophiles at heart. We won our independence from the motherland in 1776, but we've never really abandoned our heritage.


Cattle, Cowboys, and Culture at the Fort Worth Stockyards

by Penny Sadler / Feb 20, 2014 /
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In the historic Ft. Worth Stockyards, you can imagine what it must have been like when Fort Worth was truly the place "Where The West Begins." Due to a treaty signed in 1843 between the many indigenous Indian tribes and the Republic of Texas, Ft. Worth became a dividing line - everything east of Ft.

Photography and Lens Tips for Travelers

by Penny Sadler / Aug 16, 2013 /
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I love to travel and undoubtedly one of the most rewarding aspects for me is the opportunity to capture beautiful images that I can then share with my friends and readers. As much as I love photography, cameras and lenses can quickly add a lot of extra weight.

Postcard from the Dallas Arboretum

by Penny Sadler / Dec 10, 2012 /
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Dallas is rapidly growing metropolitan area, adding 3,000 new residents per month. As a long time resident of Dallas, I’ve seen a lot of growth and change over the years.


The Perfect Camera Bag for Travel

by Penny Sadler / Nov 28, 2012 /
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I first saw the Shootsac camera bag at a wedding. A photographer was wearing her Shootsac cross body style. I had no idea it was a camera bag - just thought it looked cool. She gave me a quick show and tell, and I was sold. Had to have one.


Eco Chic Bags for Travel...or Whenever

by Penny Sadler / Jun 08, 2012 /
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Are you looking for a stylish, affordable, and functional bag? Have you ever seriously considered the fashion value of recycled plastic? Haiku bags has solved the problem of what to do with all those empty beverage bottles, and in the process created a colorful, stylish and functional line of bags and accessories.


Postcard from Monahans Sandhills State Park

by Penny Sadler / Jan 30, 2012 /
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On a recent road trip to Ft. Davis I made an unplanned stop off at Monahans Sandhills State Park.