Jumping Around Greater Palm Springs.

Jumping Around Greater Palm Springs.

Two weeks seems to have come and gone very quickly as we finish packing and make ready to board our flight home tomorrow. It has been an interesting week for us. Staying in a home instead of commercial accommodations has made for more relaxing times in many ways. More...
Squeeze in a bit of golf. And good Mexican food.

Squeeze in a bit of golf. And good Mexican food.

Squeeze in a bit of golf. And good Mexican food. We have been quite busy here in the Greater Palm Springs area. Staying in Indio is different for me but it is a community that has just about everything, and is close to Coachella, Rancho Mirage and Palm Desert A little...
Meanwhile back in Palm Springs proper.

Meanwhile back in Palm Springs proper.

Indio really is a nice city in which to stay during a vacation, particularly at the Palm Gardens gated community, in a house rented right on the golf course, and so well kept by the owners that it is pleasure to come back to every evening. But my first visit here...
Yesterday we spent horsing around.

Yesterday we spent horsing around.

Other than for the Winnipeg shopping centre that was once, and still bears the name of Polo Park, I have never been on Polo Grounds. And I knew nothing about how a Polo match was played other than they carried long funny sticks, rode horses while trying to hit a small...
I should quit drinking red wine, maybe.

I should quit drinking red wine, maybe.

Lots of people own homes in places like Palm Springs, Phoenix, and other US winter havens and get used to living life in a similar manner as they do at home. For us, this is the first time we have rented a full home for a seasonal escape, even though it is only for a...
Gabor Lukacs, Hero or Bum?

Gabor Lukacs, Hero or Bum?

A few years ago Dr. Gabor Lukacs was a math professor at the University of Manitoba. It never became really clear whether he left on his own volition or was pushed with a settlement of some kind. It seemed, at least, he was a thorn in the side of University management...
Old Town La Quinta, Ca…A Very Nice Visit.

Old Town La Quinta, Ca…A Very Nice Visit.

It was a beautiful day in the neighbourhood so we decided it was time to explore the areas around us. Golf fans will know that last week’s PGA tournament took place in nearby La Quinta. But for us the goal was not about golf but to go and take a look at the well...
The Zika Virus Has Arrived At Our Sunspots, And It’s Serious.

The Zika Virus Has Arrived At Our Sunspots, And It’s Serious.

It seemed to come out of nowhere this Zika virus did. A couple of early news bits here and then about a new virus brought to us by mosquitoes, the irritating insect that brought us the Malaria disease that has effected millions, and still is a scourge of nations. Then...
Went To Bed, it was dark. Woke up, it was Palm Springs!

Went To Bed, it was dark. Woke up, it was Palm Springs!

Some days are luckier than others. Some time ago my wife Rae and I decided we would like to try and visit Palm Springs this winter for a couple of weeks in our never ending pursuit to find a region we may want to spend more time when I think of retiring 10-20 years...
A tribute to Gordon McLean, a friend who will travel no more.

A tribute to Gordon McLean, a friend who will travel no more.

Travel is what we see and experience, but it is also much about with whom we share those travel experiences. Gordon Donald McLean passed away on January 20, and his funeral was yesterday. He was a friend and a man who loved to travel. And he was a man who it was a joy...
Dreaming of the big one.

Dreaming of the big one.

As taken from my January 23 cover story in the Winnipeg Free Press travel section. While the only fishing many may be thinking about at this time of the year is through about 3 feet of ice, in fact, it is the time when the many fly-in lodges of Northern Manitoba are...
Infidelity and business travel.

Infidelity and business travel.

I am pleased to welcome fellow Winnipegger and travel blogger Deborah Zanke, with the following guest post. Check her site out at http://tagalongtravel.com/ for other interesting information very different from the kind of information and comments I tend to post....
Tranquility Once there, Chaos en route.

Tranquility Once there, Chaos en route.

Taking children for a sunspot vacation can be one of the most treasured experiences for them and the family But getting there can lead to being forced to endure one of my worst ever in-fight experiences for you and those around you.. A study done by Expedia shows...
Is It Really A Best Rate Guarantee?

Is It Really A Best Rate Guarantee?

As big online travel agencies like Expedia and Trivago marketed what were the lowest prices for hotel room’s available, hotel properties slowly lost more and more of their direct bookings. And some of the OTA’s, as they are called, were even padding their margins to...
More Than A Bumpy Ride When You Fly Off Your Seat!

More Than A Bumpy Ride When You Fly Off Your Seat!

Most will have noted how many people were injured when an Air Canada flight from China went through a period of massive turbulence. It was so severe that many passengers were tossed from their seats, sustaining significant injuries. While, thankfully, these injuries...
Las Vegas Resorts Have Also Discovered Ancillary Fees Pay Well.

Las Vegas Resorts Have Also Discovered Ancillary Fees Pay Well.

Maybe it was bound to happen. Everyone seems to be looking for the irritating extras to add to their bottom line profits. But Las Vegas? Who pays for parking on the massive dessert that is the city of sin? Well one of my favourite properties has jumped into the fray....
Turning Over A New Leaf In the Airline Industry…Maybe!

Turning Over A New Leaf In the Airline Industry…Maybe!

In a big press conferences in various cities across Canada, New Leaf Airline was introduced to us as an ultra-low-cost airline. This would imply that its fares will be even lower than the so called low cost airlines, which Westjet started out as, and often still...