I guess I sort of remember what it was like to travel before the internet. I definitely remember having to buy a phone card for long road trips, and carrying around a sheet of paper with important names and numbers on it. Once when I was about 19 I landed my mom, my sister and me in a weird industrial neighborhood in a rental car in Chicago. Folding paper maps have never been my jam.
I admit it -- I'm super happy to have a smart phone, and to be able to research destinations online. It's awesome. So as mon petit ami and I prepare for a spring adventure to Paris, I am reflecting on just how heavily I rely on the web for my travel plans. There’s some great stuff out there, for sure. I do a lot of research before I go anywhere. It helps me relax and alleviate anxieties I might have about going somewhere new. I thought it might be useful for me to divulge some of the travel planning tools I use.
During the colder months, some folks like to read about tropical climates and warm days. I have a tendency to want to read about places that are even colder than where I am.
Enter my obsession over books about Antarctica. I don't know that I'll ever get to visit there, but I do love to read about it, both in fiction and nonfiction. While there is a vast body of literature about Antarctic explorers such as Amundsen, Shackleton, and Scott, my reading about the cold continent tends to be about modern folks--scientists and other curious types--who have recorded their time there and are often studying the (few) animals that live there, along with other studies including climate change, the earth's history, and even the possibilities of life on Mars.
The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Author Series presents Paula Mitchell, author of Exploring Colorado Wineries on Monday, February 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch.
Mitchell will focus this presentation on wine fundamentals and organizing your Colorado wine tour, and will help you increase your wine knowledge and gain confidence in pairing wine with your favorite foods. Discover the incredible spectrum of Colorado's 125 wineries and tasting rooms. Sharpen your understanding of the "Five S's" of wine tasting. Expand your wine tasting vocabulary through the Wine Aroma Wheel. Learn the fine art of tasting room exploration. She'll make you want to start exploring!
Living in Colorado, many of us enjoy being connected to the outdoors, whether we hike, ski, rock climb, or enjoy a beautiful day in a city park. When you just can't get outside, or when you want to have a virtual adventure, checking out winners of the National Outdoor Book Awards might satisfy your need for nature.
The National Outdoor Book Awards have been around since 1997, and are given out every November. The Awards are sponsored by the National Outdoor Book Foundation, the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education, and Idaho State University. They recognize excellence in outdoor writing and publishing in a number of categories, including Outdoor Literature, Natural History Literature, History/Biography, Design & Artistic Merit, Classic, Children's, Nature & Environment, Instructional, and Guidebooks.
Do your weekend plans include a Fresh City Life My Branch program? They will after reading about the offerings over the next few days!
Wanting to explore, but don't want to go very far from home? We have 2 travel programs to take you away:
Explore Siberia on Saturday, February 25 at 2 p.m. at the Ross-University Hills Branch: This slide show will give you a tour through this remote land, including architecture, ruins, the countryside, and the Lake Baikal region. Presented by Margaret Donaven, retired DPS teacher with a passion for travel and photography.
Want to learn how to Secure Your Retirement? How about how to Travel Like a Flight Attendant? Just want to make something with your hands? Join us this week!
Fresh City Life My Branch has a diversity of offerings for you this week! Come to one class, come to them all!
Wednesday, February 8 at 6 p.m. at Ross-Cherry Creek, learn all about Securing Your Retirement. Understand the role that Social Security benefits can and should play in your overall retirement plan, and examine the changing landscape of retirement today. Leave with a list of ways you can plan for, and achieve, your retirement goals!
Want to travel to Guatemala, create a craft, or learn about how nutrition can affect AD/HD? Join us for a Fresh City Life My Branch program this weekend!
Start your weekend off at Bear Valley on Friday, September 23 at 2:00 p.m. with a virtual trip to Guatemala by Chicken Bus. Local librarian Anna Winkel recounts her time in Guatemala in 2008-9 and will share slides and stories covering the old capital city of Antigua, the shores of Lago Atitlan, and the mountains of Alta Verapaz.
Join Fresh City Life My Branch this weekend: learn to meditate, travel to Guatemala, create a magnet, or learn to preserve your garden's vegetables to enjoy all winter!
All these events are happening on Saturday, September 17 at 2:00 p.m. How will you decide?
Needing a way to quiet your body, mind, and thoughts? Be introduced to Taoist Meditation at the Ross Cherry Creek Branch. Be introduced to the basic methods of sitting, quieting the mind, focusing the breath, and finding stillness. Basic theory of Taoist meditation and the concepts of Jing, Qi, and Shen, and the three treasures of the human body will also be explored.