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Southwest Airlines: Flying Pets Soon To Pay More

With holiday season now in full operation, you may decide to take your pet along to join in on Christmas celebrations far from home. If you do it on SW, it will cost an extra $75 each way. Consider it a bargain, because as of January 2014, the same pet travel service will be $95.

The requirements are that the pet has certified vaccination proof, and rides in a carrier that fits under your airline seat. Additionally, because of the busy December travel season, reservations must be made early. On SW, only six pet carriers are allowed on each flight.

Actually, even the higher SW charge will be cheaper than you’ll pay on some other airlines. They require as much as $125, which could make a pet-toting human passenger on a $99 special ticket feel a bit unsettled.

For more information, go to www.sw.com

Seattle WA: 1944 Postcard With B-17 Bomber PDF Print E-mail

During World War II, the Boeing aircraft plant in Seattle manufactured more than 12,700 of the famed Flying Fortresses for the U.S. Army Air Corps. Movie stars James Stewart and Clark Gable flew B-17s in WWII air combat. For info on visiting the beautiful city, go to www.seattle.gov

Bandera TX: Enjoy A Dude Ranch Experience PDF Print E-mail

Yi ha! There are dude ranches all over the land, and spending time at one can be a great summer senior experience. Among the most historic is Dixie Dude Ranch in Texas, which has lured wannabe cowboys since 1937. Bandera is in Lone Star State hill country, a small community near San Antonio that proudly calls itself the Cowboy Capital of the World. 

Dixie Dude Ranch activities include Western music, games, hikes, riding lessons, overnight trail rides, chuck wagon meals and traditional storytelling by the campfire. There are also modern conveniences, such as comfy air-conditioned cabins, massage therapy and swimming pool.

Viking River Cruise: Would You Return To ‘Nam? PDF Print E-mail

On August 2, 1964, an attack on the Navy destroyer, USS Maddox, started the Vietnam War. It dragged on for nearly a decade, and resulted in the loss of more than 50,000 American lives. Is the passing of 50 years for seniors who served there long enough to forgive, forget and return?

Of course, many even older senior travelers, vets of WWII and Korean War have often returned to former enemy nations Germany, Italy, China and Japan. At this anniversary year of the Vietnam War, maybe the old slogan applies to senior wanderers: Time heals all wounds.

Senior Sentients: Get Off That ¶¥ƒ∂ß Couch! PDF Print E-mail

Recent medical studies (as if you don’t already know) report that inactivity adds to the physical problems of aging. Nicknamed the sitting disease, today’s seniors bring it on by spending too much unhealthy time on the couch.

According to the research, American elders, especially retirees, sprawl more than three hours daily in front of the TV. We’re advised to get up and actively exercise for at least ten continuous minutes during each of those wasted hours. We’re sure the Kardashians and Honey Booboo won’t know when we miss their commercials.

Atlantic City NJ: Enjoy The Summer Food & Wine Festival PDF Print E-mail

The vintage beach town’s Caesars Entertainment presents its annual celebration from Friday, July 25 through Sunday, July 27. Included are gourmet dining, BBQs and blues music under Bally’s Grand Market Tasting Tents, Boardwalk and beachfront events, Rooftop Cocktails at Caesars and many other exciting dining and drinking happenings.

Among the many participating celebrities will be award-winning TV and publishing personality Martha Stewart. Other famed chefs and food experts include Darryl Harmon, Robert Schoell, Deborah Pellegrino, Keith Mitchell, Marcus Samuelsson and Robert Irvine. For more info and tickets: www.acfoodandwine.com


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