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 Bethesda, Maryland

Traveling USA

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Walking tour of Bethesda
Bethesda is a small town in Montgomery County, in the Washington-Arlington metro area. When Vera and I purchased Metro daily passes while visiting Washington, we had to use them to get our money worth. So we decided to take the train and travel from one side of the city to the other. It was a Friday afternoon, my conference was over and we had plenty of time.

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 The Red Rock of Sedona

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By: Zdenko Kahlina

Discovering Arizona: A day trip to the north Arizona and the Red Rock of Sedona.
There is an old saying: “God created the Grand Canyon, but he lives in Sedona.” One trip to Sedona and you know it has to be true!

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 Apache trail

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By: Zdenko Kahlina

Exploring Arizona – Scenic drive on Apache Trail
This world-famous trail was used by Apache Indians as a short-cut through the mountains to reach early Salt River settlers. The trail twists through the back of the Superstition Mountains from Apache Junction to Roosevelt Lake and the town of Globe.

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 Murphys

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By: Zdenko Kahlina

Murphys, Queen of the Sierra Foothills
I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered small town of Murphys in the Sierra foothills – Gold Country. This trip makes a wonderful weekend trip for many from Sacramento or San Francisco area. We went there in August of 2012 to visit our daughter Sanja and her boyfriend James, who lives there. But we came from far, far away…

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 Exploring Southern Utah

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By: Zdenko Kahlina

The Santa Clara Loop near St. George
While visiting St. George with our rented car during the stay in Las Vegas last summer, Vera and I decided to explore surrounding area as we heard about some interesting sites near by. We wanted to taste the Southern Utah in only few hours that we had available, because we were returning to Vegas before the end of the day.

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 SAN DIEGO GUIDE – Part 2.

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Source: Local Wally’s Guide to San Diego

SAN DIEGO GUIDE TO ESSENTIAL ATTRACTIONS!
San Diego, the second-largest city in California, is a first-class place for a holiday. The city is spread out, and having a car is pretty essential. A week’s rental of an economy-size vehicle from San Diego airport with almost any company will costs you about $250.00 a week, including total damage excess waiver. Or, you may try Old Town Trolley Tours a hop-on, hop-off open-sided bus service linking tourist areas, with insightful commentary.

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 SAN DIEGO GUIDE – Part 1.

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By Zdenko Kahlina

A tour of laid back San Diego
San Diego, the second-largest city in California, is a first-class place for a holiday. The city is spread out, and having a car is pretty essential. A week’s rental of an economy-size vehicle from San Diego airport with almost any company will costs you about $250.00 a week, including total damage excess waiver. Or, you may try Old Town Trolley Tours a hop-on, hop-off open-sided bus service linking tourist areas, with insightful commentary.

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 Why Try America?

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Source: Zablogreb, By Cody

Why Try America?
Even though I’ve expatriated myself to Croatia, I am still an American. And despite my frequent negativity about the US, there are lot of things I love and miss about my native land. Much of this is tainted by Diasporic nostalgia and aging.

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 Gas Stations of the 1920’s

Retrospective

Source: Internet

USA Gas Stations in the early 1920’s
When Service Stations were Service Stations and did more then just pump gas And Car Dealers did more then Just Sell Cars.

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 Route 66

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Source: Westworld, by: David Lamb

The Mystique of Route 66
Since I discovered U.S. Route 66 as a teenage hitchhiker, I’ve travelled it by Greyhound bus and tractor-trailer, by RV and Corvette and, once, by bicycle. Recently, when I wanted to return for another look, I headed straight for my favourite section, in Arizona, stretching from Winslow west to Topock on the California border. The last 250 kilometres of that route constitute one of the longest surviving stretches of the original 3,862-km highway.

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 Vegas by bike

Top rides

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Bicycling in Las Vegas
Ah, Las Vegas… the city where dreams come true. Admittedly when I was thinking of Vegas my first thoughts were of slot machines, hot weather, desert, exotic clubs and empty bank accounts. Cycling definitely wasn’t first on my mind.

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 Vegas City Center

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Source: SkyScraperCity portal, by user: Geomorph

Las Vegas – Walking down the City Center in Las Vegas
CityCenter Las Vegas, photographed in December 2010. This thread focuses exclusively on one 67-acre property, a large new hotel and casino and condo and retail complex on The Strip that opened about a year ago. Despite its name, this property is nowhere near the actual downtown of the city and is entirely owned by one corporation with a major investor.

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 The Magic Kingdom – Anaheim

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By: Zdenko Kahlina

SHARE Conference in Anaheim
Just like every year, I was once again attending the Information Technology (IT) conference called ‘SHARE’, which was this year held in Anaheim (CA). As usual on my trips, this was opportunity to write a blog about Anaheim and my experiences in this city.

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 San Francisco in a day

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By: Zdenko Kahlina

SF In One Day
Last summer I took the opportunity to visit San Francisco, since I found myself in Calaveras County, just east of the Bay area, where I was visiting our daughter and her boyfriend James in Murphys (read about this visit here). I was traveling with my wife and her cousins, guests from Croatia, so we wanted to give girls a quick tour of San Francisco.

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 Cruisin’ Along Southern California

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By Zdenko Kahlina

Round trip from San Diego to Palm Springs
Several years ago I was spending a week in San Diego on a business trip. During this trip I reserved one weekend to explore southern California and pay visit to Palm Springs and all the places in between. As usual, I didn’t choose the fastest way; instead I drove thru the national forest and some big mountains with twisty roads.

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 Camping free in Hawaii

Homeless in Hawaii

By: Zdenko Kahlina
The Other Side Of Paradise
Driving around Oahu island is really interesting. On the east side there are snorkeling spots, beaches and small towns. On the north shore, there are beautiful beaches and big waves – surfing paradise.

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 The “River of Grass”

Traveling USA

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Florida Everglades stretch for miles…
The “River of Grass” as the Everglades are sometimes named, encompasses the southern tip of Florida. As such, it is the point you must pass through to reach Key Largo and your ride down the Overseas Highway. The Everglades stretch for miles, however.

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 Southernmost point in the States

Traveling USA

By: Zdenko Kahlina

No visit to South Florida is complete without a journey to Key West!
The ride from Miami to Key West took around 4 hours in our rental car, from which 3 hours were crossing the Florida Keys with amazing blue water below the bridges we were riding. We left Miami early in the morning so that we can travel during the day light, because this is very scenic drive.

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 Visiting Florida Keys

Traveling USA

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Wind, rain and dark skies make for lousy weekend
The IBM conference I was attending last week in Miami ended on Friday, and Vera and I made plans for the weekend. We rented a car and traveled south, all the way to Key West. The Florida Keys are the southernmost tropical islands in Florida that you can actually drive to from mainland Florida. Key West, the southernmost Key in the US, sits at the end of the Keys, just 90 miles (144 km) from the coast of Cuba.

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 IBM System z Conference

What’s new in IT technology

By: Zdenko Kahlina

IBM System z Technical University Conference in Miami was a Success!
I recently returned from Miami Beach, Florida, where I was attending the IBM technical conference, a premier System z Enterprise event, featuring zEnterprise, z/OS, z/VM, z/VSE and Linux on System z. The purpose for me was to broaden my knowledge and expertise on System z technology from both hardware and software perspectives, using solutions from IBM.

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 Destination Miami Beach

Traveling USA

By Zdenko Kahlina

Miami has sun, sand, sea, and wave of cultural traditions
I just came back from Miami after having spent 7 full days at the Fontainebleau hotel with my wife. I was attending yet another technical conference. This obligation comes with the type of work I do as a computer specialist. One always has to stay up to date on technical staff if working within Information Technology.

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 IBM Storage Conference

What’s new in IT technology

By Zdenko Kahlina
IBM System Storage Technical University (Formerly known as the IBM System Storage Symposium)

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 Cruising on Highway 101!

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Source: Local Wally’s Guide to San Diego

SAN DIEGO If you’ve been to Maui, then you know about the famous “Road to Hana”.
It’s an all day road trip adventure that takes you to places far away from your resort and leaves you with the feeling that you’ve done something unusual, perhaps more local than your fellow traveler.

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 San Xavier del Bac Mission

Beautiful and calming to the soul

By: Zdenko Kahlina

This attraction is to Tucson what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris, except it’s more ancient. Mission San Xavier del Bac is a historic Spanish Catholic mission located about 10 miles (16 km) south of downtown Tucson, Arizona on the Tohono O’odham San Xavier Indian Reservation.

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 Gunfights at the O.K. Coral

Visiting Tombstone, Arizona

By: Zdenko Kahlina

The Town Too Tough to Die
I continued my stay in Tucson, Arizona, by visiting Tombstone, a city in Cochise County, Arizona, only about one hour of driving to the south east. The day when I arrived there, the temperature was about 80 degrees and sunny. Indeed, very pleasant day especially for early November… Tombstone is great. November is a great time to go.

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