Journey Jotters

Bitten by the travel bug

Last weekend, Mr. JJ and I took a Sunday morning trip to the famous Fort Worth Botanic Garden (FWBG). Established in 1934 and one of the oldest significant botanic gardens in Texas, the Botanic Garden is easily accessible from downtown Fort Worth and is a must-see while there. It took us just about an hour to drive to the Garden from our home in North Texas.

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Yesterday I wrote about the cabin we rented for a Christmas getaway to Arkansas last year. We rented the cabin for four nights and were eagerly anticipating the stay, after staying home all years long.

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At the end of 2020, the JJ family took a Christmas getaway with our friends, the T family. After worrying about the pandemic all year long and staying home, we felt it was time to take a break. We decided to venture out of Texas on a road trip but not too far. Our friends found a cabin on Airbnb tucked away on the banks of a lake in Arkansas. The place was large enough to house at least four families if any other friends decided to join us. The photos of the lakefront home and the great reviews made the decision for us. Our friends booked the cabin,,, and we could hardly contain our excitement!

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The JJ family took our first COVID trip to Telluride in May 2021. You can read all the posts from the series here. Although Telluride itself is small, there’s a ton of activities to do here, a variety of experiences to be had, and plenty of attractions to visit. In fact, there is so much here that I felt the need to write a wrap-up post outlining twelve reasons why travelers should visit Telluride.

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(This is a guest post written by my nephew, AussieJJ, who lives in Sydney, Australia. With his parents and sister, AussieJJ enjoys taking short trips across their country, and writing about them. Read his debut post here! Today’s post is the first in the series about their trip to the Blue Mountains.)

It was Christmas of 2020, and we were ready to leave the year behind and have some fun to end the year. We were going to the Blue Mountains, for three nights, with our friends! Yay!

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On our last evening in Mountain Village on our recent Telluride trip, we finally got a chance to ride the Gondola. After being closed during shoulder season for maintenance, the Gondola had opened up the day before for the first time that season. According to informational signs posted on the cars, the Gondola between Mountain Village and Telluride is the first and only free public transportation of its kind in the USA. Its owned and operated by the town of Mountain Village. The majority of the funding is provided by the Mountain Village Owners Association and its members, with additional funding from the town of Mountain Village, the town of Telluride, Telluride Ski and golf, and other grants.

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Yesterday, I wrote about our outdoor morning 4WD adventure on the third day of our Telluride trip here. Our plan that day had been to finish the 4 WD tour in the morning and hike to Bridal Veil Falls in the afternoon. That way, we wouldn’t be constrained by time while on the hike. We were dropped off at Mountain Lodge hotel by one pm. By then, we were famished.

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