Monthly Archives: July 2012

Travelers or Freeloaders

Just finished perusing my Fan Page for over an hour. It was amazing that during that time a handful of bloggers were creating the entire news feed with one after the other small silly remarks just to get a LIKE or PAGE View. Has it come to this? Do these people actually travel or are they researching material out of the media and posting it? I’m not assuming all do, but there seems to be a large number of this going on, not to mention the constant questions and remarks that are just edited to assume a different form for the reader to LIKE. When I started, which was a short time ago and am just launching, I promised I would not play this game. And I won’t. But rest assured, whether it cost me sponsors or traffic, I will expose the plagiarism and silly techniques used in order to gain readership / traffic. When I see Travel Bloggers post remarks that have nothing to do with Travel, it seems a bit odd. I’ve even seen bloggers use their families to make the blogs cute to gain LIKES.

Wow, what kind of crap is this. Not to mention the same old story, question, or topic time after time? They may wait two or three months to rehash the same material, but it happens.
Sad, maybe they should get out and do some real traveling in third world countries and I don’t mean staying in a sponsored 4 star hotel, a cruise, or resort.
Grab a backpack and indulge yourself into the country and culture you visit. Stay in a hostel, meet and speak with the locals.
Do you want a party or cultural learning experience.

Kevin

Feel free to issue a rebbutal or comment on my view.

Categories: Solo Travel

Colorado Wildfires

This is just a short post on the current conditions of the Colorado, U.S.A . Wild Fires. As more facts come in I will add them. This is just not a news report but also an advisory for all the Backpackers and Campers who could be affected. I myself in Durango, CO am in the center of approx. eight fires, the closest one to my residence is four miles away, but is contained.
After the evacuation of residents, from 3,000 to 30,000, they began to return on Sunday to homes that had been reduced to ashes and noted by authorities as the worst year for Wildfires in Colorado history.
It was just one of several still burning in the West, where parched conditions and searing heat contributed to the woes facing crews on hundreds of square miles across Utah, Montana, Wyoming and Idaho.

— Utah: Fire commanders say Utah’s largest wildfire has consumed more than 150 square miles and shows no sign of burning itself out. Hundreds of firefighters are trying to hold the Clay Springs fire from advancing on the ranching towns of Scipio and Mills on the edge of Utah’s west desert. The fire has destroyed one summer home and threatens 75 others. The fire was 48 percent contained on Sunday.

— Montana: Crews in eastern Montana strengthened fire lines overnight on a 246-square-mile complex of blazes burning about 10 miles west of Lame Deer. More than 500 firefighters are now at the lightning-caused fires that started Monday and have destroyed more than 30 structures.

— Wyoming: A wind-driven wildfire in a sparsely populated area of southeastern Wyoming exploded from eight square miles to nearly 58 square miles in a single day, and an unknown number of structures have burned. About 200 structures were considered threatened.

— Idaho: Firefighters in eastern Idaho had the 1,038-acre Charlotte fire 80 percent contained Sunday but remained cautious with a forecast of high winds and hot temperatures that could put hundreds of homes at risk.

— Colorado: The last evacuees from the High Park Fire in northern Colorado have been allowed to return home as crews fully contained the blaze. The 136-square-mile fire killed one resident and destroyed 259 houses, a state record until the fire near Colorado Springs.

Has anyone ever endured a natural disaster? Where you home at the time?

We could all sure use a lot of rainfall right now.

Categories: Solo Travel