Where was your favorite place you’ve traveled?

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BLESSED TO TRAVEL

I was blessed to have been to a lot of beautiful, interesting and scary places in my travels on my various jobs.

The third Marine Corps division sent me to Vietnam. This was by far the scariest place I have ever been. The weather was unbelievable. Sometimes it would be 100 degrees and rain for 3 months. It was hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys. The corps really thought I liked it there so they sent me back two more times.

I also got to cowboy in Nevada and Montana in some of the most rugged and beautiful country on earth.

I was blessed to commercial fish in the Bering Sea and North Pacific and take in the rugged beauty of Alaska.

One of the most interesting places I traveled to was Sturgis, South Dakota for the annual motorcycle rally. Six figure executives would mingle with outlaw bikers. Amazingly there was very little violence.

I was gifted to visit some very interesting and exotic places.

-CHRIS GUNDERSON


A LEAVENWORTH WEDDING

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My husband Mark and I really love Leavenworth! We were drawn to the beauty and the stillness.

We took a carriage ride through the town, enjoyed great food, met such warm and friendly people and visited the fun shops.

Mark and I were married there at The Wedding Haus December 10th, 2005 and after the ceremony we watched the tree lighting ceremony.  It was absolutely amazing! Some of the locals were dressed in authentic Victorian style clothing.  Everyone who gathered around sang Christmas carols.

Leavenworth has become our special place and we try to go back when possible.  It truly is our happy place!

-REBECCA CHRISTIAN


FAMILY TRAVELS

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In 1972 I went to Portugal, Spain and Morocco on an American Express bus tour with my sister and brother – in- law.

We Landed in Lisbon and when we got off the plane the airport was full of armed soldiers. Scary!

From Lisbon we went to Spain but didn’t stay long. We then went across the Straight of Gibraltar and into Morocco. I rode a camel in Rabat and we went to a small town called Mijas where I rode a donkey through town. We went to Ceuta, Spanish Morocco, and stayed in a jail that had been renovated into a hotel.

We then went to Madrid and ate at the Casa Bauter where Ernest Hemingway was a customer. When we left there we ran into a bunch of traveling troubadours who took my sister and I and danced us to a gazebo in town where we continued to dance for a few hours. It was a wonderful experience. The food was bland but the entertainment was great!

-NILA HAMILTON

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