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Former firefighter Charlie Dowd went missing during a cross-country train trip on Sept. 12

The San Mateo Police announced Thursday it is joining Amtrak in the out-of-state search for missing San Mateo man Charles Dowd.

Charlie Dowd, a 69-year-old retired firefighter and resident of San Mateo, has been missing since boarding an Amtrak Train bound for Chicago on Sept. 12.

Updated information indicates that Dowd likely disappeared from the Amtrak Train on the route between Morgan, Colo. and McCook, Neb.

Amtrak Police are investigating the disappearance, and “continue to be the primary investigating entity in this case,” said the San Mateo Police Department in a news release. San Mateo Police Department has been in regular contact with both the Dowd Family in San Mateo and Amtrak during the course of this investigation.

“The San Mateo Police Department has dedicated two experienced detectives in a support capacity to assist in the ongoing investigation,” said SMPD public information officer, Sgt. David Norris.
Read more: http://sanmateo.patch.com/articles/san-mateo-police-assisting-amtrak-in-search-for-missing-san-mateo-man

Missing Person: Charlie Dowd – Please help us find him (FaceBook page)

Charlie Dowd search continues between Fort Morgan, Colorado and McCook, Nebraska

McCook, Nebraska and Ft. Morgan, Colorado in search of Charlie Dowd

Lincoln, Nebraska residents your help is needed

Missing Person: Charlie Dowd on a travel adventure

Baja Espiritu Santo Sea Kayak Journey – La Paz, Baja

La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico — Want a warm world class outdoor vacation this winter/spring without having to rough it?  Read on.  U.S.-based outfitter Sea Kayak Adventures Inc. is proud to announce the newest addition to their Loreto, Baja repertoire of fully guided luxury camping sea kayak and whale watching tours – paddling, snorkeling and exploring the wild and rugged Island of Espiritu Santo (Holy Spirit Island) off La Paz, the capital city of southern Baja. The island is another jewel in the Sea of Cortez island collection off the southern half of Mexico’s forgotten desert peninsula, in waters teeming with whales, dolphins, colorful fish and seabirds.  The outfitter is world renowned for leading fully catered/guided groups of wanna-be novice kayakers to the turquoise coves and sea caves of uninhabited islands making up the Islands of the Sea of Cortez UNESCO World Heritage Site October through April and into remote gray whale calving lagoons along Baja’s wild west coast February through first week of  March.

“Just three hours by express van service north of Los Cabos (“Cabo”) where celebrities, mega resorts and tequila bars reign supreme, Espiritu Santo Island offers a tranquil, stress-free experience”, says company founder Terry Prichard.  “The accessibility, the history, the wildlife, the spectacular scenery and uncrowded nature of the uninhabited wilderness island makes this experience the polar opposite of the Cabo scene”.  “One could easily combine both La Paz and Cabo areas to visit on the same trip to the Baja peninsula if one wants”, he added.

“Each week we take groups of 12-13 travelers from all walks of life to a very remote part of Baja and we pamper them,” says owner Terry Prichard, a naturalist and veteran Baja guide since 1989.  He describes his guests as “open-minded people, ages 11-79, who enjoy being outdoors, being intimate with nature, but who do not want to be bothered with setting up camp and cooking.  We offer non-kayaking gray whale tours as well as sea kayaking tours. We delight in seeing our guests fall in love with Baja and the prolific marine life each week on our tours.”

Prichard and his crew paddle mostly two-person touring sea kayaks on 5 to 8-day tours departing weekly – note all tour itineraries include hotel nights in La Paz. Unlike its tippy whitewater cousin, a sea kayak is a comfortable and very stable craft, and basic paddling skills easily learned.  No previous kayaking or camping experience is necessary, as basic instruction and certified sea kayak guides are provided. Participants can enjoy naturalist-led hikes and snorkeling while the guides set up camp and prepare gourmet meals.   “Ah – savor margaritas and tapas on the beach as the sun sets, followed by sumptuous dinners crafted from the freshest ingredients. We take care of all the details while tailoring trips to meet everyone’s desires”, Prichard adds.

Espiritu Santo Island offers world class paddling in warm, pristinely clear, intensely blue waters and snorkeling in coves teeming with tropical fish, some found nowhere else on earth such as the Sea of Cortez angel fish. Opportunities for sightings of pods of playful dolphins, barking sea lions, leaping manta rays as well as fin and blue whales– the largest mammals on earth– await the patient paddler. With luck, we often see the occasional plankton eating whale shark Guests will explore sheltered turquoise coves, spectacular sea caves and headlands by sea kayak, discover lovely white sand beaches with sublime sunsets and brilliant star-gazing.  Custom tours for families and groups (such as all-women’s trips, yoga trips and families with teens only trips) can be arranged.

“For the active traveler, southern Baja has it all — striking desert scenery, sunny skies, warm water, uninhabited beaches and incredible marine life,” says Prichard of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, adding “our Baja tours continually make lists of the best outdoor adventures available by CNN, National Geographic Traveler Magazine, Outside Magazine, Yahoo.com, etc.  In the winter Baja is usually sunny and dry, in the 70-80’s F (26 C) in daytime and 50-60’s F (21) at night.”

All tours depart from and return to historic La Paz, the capital city of southern Baja, situated 1,000 miles south of the USA border (a 3-day drive), but just a 3-hour drive north of Cabo.  Prices start at $995 per person including airport transfer, taxes, 2 nights’ hotel, meals while kayaking, all sleeping/camping/kayaking gear, instruction and guides (1 guide per 3-4 guests). Alaska Airlines services La Paz on a daily basis from Los Angeles.  The company has operated in Mexico under full permit of the Mexican government since 1993.  The company is the first and only such outfitter to carry out all human waste, and go carbon neutral, and their local guides work actively with researchers to protect endangered sea turtles.  SKA is financially committed to the preservation of the local natural and cultural resources.

To plan your trip today:

All About Travel
6104 Northwest 63
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
info [at] allabout-travel.com
405.384.3880

About All About Travel

Opened in 1978, All About Travel is located in the Oklahoma City area.  We are a
family owned and operated company that has strived to provide our clients with the highest quality of service for more than 30 years.  Our agents can arrange all your travel needs from the individual hotel and/or car reservation to an around the world cruise.  Nothing is out of reach.

We can help plan your honeymoon, your destination wedding or the much needed getaway for two.  Don’t forget about your business, we can handle all the travel needs for your company as well.  Anything from an airline flight and hotel for a meeting or all the planning needed for your next company-wide seminar.  We can arrange hotel space for all attendees and meeting rooms for all purposes.

Our agents travel to many destinations on FAM trips (Familiarization trips) these trips are designed by tour operators and cruise lines to make certain that travel agents are up-to-date on popular destinations and cruise ships.

So the next time you need to, or better yet, want to travel…Let us help, it’s what we do.

Travel Tidbits – The best stargazing spots on Earth

What’s new in Italy in 2012
What doesn’t change about Italy is that it’s always changing… USA Today

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

McDowell Sonoran Preserve, on the edge of Scottsdale, Ariz., makes a brilliant spot for an early-morning hike. (Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times, Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)

Arizona: First-rate journeys in the 48th state
When Arizona sought to become a state, an Indiana senator stood in its way, and President Taft vetoed the first try… LA Times

 

 

 

 

 

The best stargazing spots on Earth
Big Bend National Park in Texas is the latest venue to be named an International Dark Sky Park… USA Today

 

 

 

 

 

Lobby at the new 55-room Nolitan hotel.

Hotel Review: The Nolitan, in New York
The Nolitan’s friendly staff makes for an inviting welcome, and its downtown location makes walking around a pleasure… New York Times

 

 

 

Courtesy Rosewood

Unusual Hotel Amenity: Perfume Butlers
New Fragrance Butler program, wherein a butler bearing a tray of ten fragrances is at your disposal at any time… Conde Nast Traveler

 

 

 

 

 

Journey to the unknown with ‘mystery’ travel
Mystery is one of the great joys of travel… USA Today

 

 

 

To plan your trip today:

All About Travel
6104 Northwest 63
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
info [at] allabout-travel.com
405.384.3880

About All About Travel

Opened in 1978, All About Travel is located in the Oklahoma City area.  We are a family owned and operated company that has strived to provide our clients with the highest quality of service for more than 30 years.  Our agents can arrange all your travel needs from the individual hotel and/or car reservation to an around the world cruise.  Nothing is out of reach.

We can help plan your honeymoon, your destination wedding or the much needed getaway for two.  Don’t forget about your business, we can handle all the travel needs for your company as well.  Anything from an airline flight and hotel for a meeting or all the planning needed for your next company-wide seminar.  We can arrange hotel space for all attendees and meeting rooms for all purposes.

Our agents travel to many destinations on FAM trips (Familiarization trips) these trips are designed by tour operators and cruise lines to make certain that travel agents are up-to-date on popular destinations and cruise ships.

So the next time you need to, or better yet, want to travel…Let us help, it’s what we do.

Travel Tidbits – Cruise lines update old ships with new tricks

Delta: All Shuttle flights now have in-flight Wi-Fi
Delta Air Lines says installed in-flight Wi-Fi on all of its Delta Shuttle aircraft… USA Today

 

 

 

 

Celebrity Announces a Second Ship for the U.K. in 2013
Such has been the success of Celebrity Cruises’ summer season out of Southampton on Celebrity Eclipse that the line has said it will base a second ship in the U.K. in 2013… CruiseCritic.com

 

 

 

Las Vegas: Circus Circus is more animated than ever
Now it’s time to shine a little bit of light on the other end of the Las Vegas Strip… LA Times

 

 

 

Fire away at new Las Vegas gun range
Part gun range, part ultra-lounge, Machine Gun Vegas invites visitors to grab the automatic weapon of their choice and get in touch with their inner gangster or SEAL Team Six commando… MSN.com

 

 

 

Cruise lines update old ships with new tricks
Even nearly new cruise ships have to play catch-up with ever-changing technology and multiple choices available on the newest generation of ships. Here’s the lowdown on what’s coming to many classic ships… Globe and Mail

 

 

 

8 exciting new cruise ports to explore
Wallace Immen reports on this year’s top new cruise destinations… Globe and Mail

 

 

 

To plan your trip today:
All About Travel
6104 Northwest 63
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
info [at] allabout-travel.com
415.384.3880

About All About Travel

Opened in 1978, All About Travel is located in the Oklahoma City area.  We are a family owned and operated company that has strived to provide our clients with the highest quality of service for more than 30 years.  Our agents can arrange all your travel needs from the individual hotel and/or car reservation to an around the world cruise.  Nothing is out of reach.

We can help plan your honeymoon, your destination wedding or the much needed getaway for two.  Don’t forget about your business, we can handle all the travel needs for your company as well.  Anything from an airline flight and hotel for a meeting or all the planning needed for your next company-wide seminar.  We can arrange hotel space for all attendees and meeting rooms for all purposes.

Our agents travel to many destinations on FAM trips (Familiarization trips) these trips are designed by tour operators and cruise lines to make certain that travel agents are up-to-date on popular destinations and cruise ships.

So the next time you need to, or better yet, want to travel…Let us help, it’s what we do.

Travel Tidbits – Exploring Florida’s newest theme parks

 

City chic ... the German Historical Museum. Photo: Getty Images

Lure of the bleak city
It’s impossible not to warm to Berlin — even when there’s a chill in the air… Sydney Morning Herald

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miracles set in stone
The wonders of Ethiopia… Sydney Morning Herald

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laid-back fantasy towns for every style
20 low-key, low-stress “Fantasy Towns” … USA Today

 

 

 

 

36 Hours: New Orleans
The days leading up to Mardi Gras, Feb. 21 this year, fuse into one long celebration, as the city begins to fill up with floats, and anticipation rules… New York Times

 

 

 

Exploring Florida’s newest theme parks
Kids are in love with Lego and Harry Potter… Globe and Mail

 

 

 

 

 

Let your dog take you cross-country skiing
Glide down winter trails with the help of your dog… Globe and Mail

 

 

 

 

 

To plan your trip today:
All About Travel
6104 Northwest 63
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
info [at] allabout-travel.com
415.384.3880

Travel Tidbits – Groupon deal leaves bus passengers stranded

Best Western launches Facebook hotel booking
As of today, travelers can now book a room at any of Best Western’s 4,000 hotels in 100 countries without ever leaving Facebook… USA Today

 

 

 

 

10 great places to see spring wildflowers

Bob Gibbons - Spectacular summer alpine flowers including Paintbrush, Lupins (lupines) and Western Pasque Flowers, on Mount Rainier National Park, Wash

When winter subsides, Mother Nature celebrates with wildflowers. And often the blooms appear in stunning settings, says Bob Gibbons , author of Wildflower Wonders: … USA Today

 

 

 

 

 

Russ Juskalian for The New York Times

A College Town With a Bit of Viking Mayhem
In Lund, not far from Copenhagen, find cobblestone streets lined with centuries-old buildings, hearty Nordic cuisine and scarcely a car in sight… New York Times

 

 

Tackling Maine’s Rugged Side by Bike

Pat Wellenbach/Associated Press

Finding the lush farms, lobster ladies and mirages along the coastal oasis of Acadia National Park in Maine… New York Times

 

 

 

 

 

Groupon deal leaves bus passengers stranded
Some Southern California residents who bought discounted round-trip bus tickets through Groupon and Voice Daily Deals for trips to Las Vegas were left stranded when the buses never showed up, broke down or were hours late… MSN.com

 

 

Charlottetown’s first new hotel in 25 years is a boutique beauty   
Charlottetown’s first new hotel in 25 years opened this summer by paying homage to the capitals history – it set up shop in an old Holman’s department store… Globe and Mail

 

 

 

 

 

To plan your trip today:
All About Travel
6104 Northwest 63
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
info [at] allabout-travel.com
415.384.3880

American Cruise Lines’ Queen of the Mississippi debut in New Orleans

On Wednesday, March 7th, American Cruise Lines announced its brand new 150-passenger paddlewheeler, the Queen of the Mississippi, as it nears completion 10-weeks ahead of schedule.

Last week, at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Maryland the 23-ton, 28 foot-wide paddlewheel that was built special for the new riverboat was lifted and installed.

“This marks an important step in the creation of this authentic riverboat,” said Timothy Beebe, Vice President of American Cruise Lines. “The paddlewheel is one of the most important elements of classic riverboats, and this one isn’t just cosmetic – it’s fully functioning.”

Plans for completion will be in May, with a debut in New Orleans on August 11, 2012.

Complimentary amenities and features of Mississippi River itineraries and aboard Queen of the Mississippi include:

  • Fully-functioning authentic paddlewheel that can be viewed from the Paddlewheel Lounge
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors to private balconies
  • Room Service
  • Wi-Fi in all staterooms
  • Satellite TV and DVD player in all staterooms
  • Gourmet coffee brewers in all staterooms
  • High Tea served in the afternoon
  • Top Deck Café – Hot and cold beverages, snacks, pastries available throughout the day
  • Bottled water and soft drinks
  • Nightly turn-down service

American Cruise Lines says, they will operate the authentic paddlewheeler over the entire Mississippi River System, including the Ohio and Cumberland Rivers. The Queen of the Mississippi will also be able to travel at significantly higher speeds than all other Mississippi riverboats, minimizing night travel and making more itineraries possible with longer visits to the river towns. A number of unique riverboat journeys are planned that take passengers as far north as St. Paul, MN on the Mississippi River and as far east as Pittsburgh, PA on the Ohio River.

To plan your trip today:
All About Travel
6104 Northwest 63
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
info [at] allabout-travel.com
415.384.3880

Travel Tidbits – All About Cambodia

Cambodia’s Sweet Spot    
Coastal Cambodia is ripe for travel right now, still mostly itself, with roads and a few nice hotels. But the clock is ticking until the concrete and crowds arrive… New York Times

 

 


Phnom Penh’s New Expat Hot Spot
Phnom Penh has become a trendy expat hub, and the best new restaurants, shops, and hotels are inspired by Cambodia’s rich history… Conde Nast Traveler

 

 

Cambodia: Scholar-led tours of Angkor temples    
The ancient temple complex in Angkor, Cambodia, represents remnants of the Khmer Empire from the 9th to 15th century… LA Times

 

 

 

 

Getting off the beaten track in Cambodia
Towering majestically over the jungle, and sometimes tangled up in its monstrous roots, the temples of Cambodia’s ancient city of Angkor have inspired awe for centuries… CNN

 

 

 

Road-Tripping in Cambodia – Journeys    
Up ahead lay the decaying remnants of a French hill station where colonists used to while away their weekends when they ruled this Southeast Asian country…New York Times

 

 

 

 

Homage to the new Cambodia
Our pepper-red Eurocopter swung south-east over the expanse of the ancient West Baray reservoir and suddenly I could see the sandstone towers of Angkor Wat , the largest religious building in the world, glowing like a set of giant chess pieces in the Cambodian sunshine…The Telegraph

 

 

To plan your trip today:
All About Travel
6104 Northwest 63
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
info [at] allabout-travel.com
415.384.3880