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Grass Seeds Academy – March 2011

Posted by deborahmclaren on March 27, 2011

The Mighty Bow

The Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association (MBOTMA) sponsors numerous events around the state each year. We enjoy the Bluegrass Winter Festival held in Plymouth (suburb of Minneapolis) each March. Besides the hundreds of diverse acoustic musicians and bands, everywhere jams, dancing and general pleasantry there is a youth program, the Grass Seeds Academy, that offers kids a chance to learn  jamming etiquette, ensemble playing, how to play back-up and take a lead break on their instrument, plus singing lead and harmony vocals. The kids have a lot of fun, but they work hard too. They learn from gifted musicians that dedicate their time to the kids – taking ocassional breaks to perform on stage themselves. And finally they perform with their self-created bands on Sunday afternoon.


Gettin started

This year’s faculty was The High 48’s, winners of the 2009 Rockygrass band competition.  Anthony Ihrig on banjo and resophonic guitar, Rich Casey on bass, Chad Johnson on mandolin and Eric Christopher returned for a fourth year of teaching fiddle – and some mandolin. Mark Kreitzer joined them to teach guitar. The perennial favorite, Chuck Millar was back to teach fiddle and a  little bit of everything else, too. New this year is Ryan Kimm, teaching guitar, resophonic guitar, and bass. He is an experienced teacher and the kids  loved his youthful energy and enthusiasm. Catie Jo Pidel, a former GS student plays in Ruby Magpie with Ryan and was also along as an enthusiastic teacher this year. Sandi Pidel, the Grass Seeds Coordinator, can be reached at 763-784-5286 or email

Little Dude, Big Bass, Joyous Noise!

The main goal of Grass Seeds is to get young people playing their instruments and loving traditional music.

Grass Seeds Academy

GSII is a new off-shoot this year of extra talented youth from 14-18. This group will work on more difficult arrangements and advanced techniques like improvisation. They will really focus in on what it takes to be part of a performing group.

The High 24s playing their version of Shenandoah Valley Breakdown

The GSII playing Wagon Wheel. Bob would be proud.

A lovely time was had by all.

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New Zealand! Need your tips to “go local!”

Posted by deborahmclaren on March 20, 2011

We’re heading to New Zealand in April. Looking for sustainable, locally-owned businesses (accommodations, cafes, art galleries, etc), organizations and events. Tips for such places appreciated. Please send directly to me at Deborah AT


North Island

South Island
Christchurch – Picking up car in Christchurch to drive to Queenstown,
considering a stop in between
Milford Sound

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Virtual Volunteer

Posted by deborahmclaren on March 15, 2011

Great resource from Ron Mader &


Virtual Volunteer.

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Update on Twin Cities Bike-Sharing Program

Posted by deborahmclaren on March 1, 2011

Minneapolis bike-sharing program prepares to expand into St. Paul
By Frederick Melo
Updated: 03/01/2011 09:32:01 AM CST

Minneapolis resident Claire Bootsma sat on a ‘Nice Ride’ bike as it was parked at the rack on Nicollet Ave. at Grant Street in Minneapolis July 1, 2010. (Pioneer Press, file)

The Nice Ride Minnesota bicycle-sharing program has moved a step closer to expanding from Minneapolis into St. Paul. Although specific rental locations haven’t been identified, nearly $2 million in new federal funding and foundation support will allow the program to grow from 65 sites to more than 100 this spring.

“I think in total we’ll probably add 50 more stations this year,” said Bill Dossett, executive director of the Minneapolis-based nonprofit. “You will see stations in St. Paul, but I don’t know how many yet, and I don’t know where.”

He said an official decision is about two weeks away. Eight of the stations will be in North Minneapolis.

As for the potential location of the St. Paul sites, here’s a clue: A chunk of the new funding has come from Macalester College and the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative, a coalition of foundations that aims to protect the University Avenue neighborhoods around the future light-rail route being built from downtown St. Paul to downtown Minneapolis.

A series of public meetings hosted by Nice Ride Minnesota last fall generated more than 800 suggested sites.

Nice Ride, which is based out of the Midtown Bike Center along the Midtown Greenway in South Minneapolis, currently maintains 65 bicycle stations where commuters can rent bikes for short trips, mostly.

Organizers say surveys show 20 percent of the 100,000 trips taken between the program’s launch last June and November would otherwise have been taken by car.”We’re excited to see the success of the first year,” said Hilary Reeves, a spokeswoman for Transit for Livable Communities.

On Monday, Transit for Livable Communities, a St. Paul-based nonprofit organization, announced Nice Ride will receive $1 million from the Federal Highway Administration to fund the program’s expansion. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota will add $500,000 as part of a challenge pledge, and the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative will put in $250,000.

Macalester College is contributing $30,000 through its High Winds Fund, which aims to improve aesthetics and security on its campus.

In total, Transit for Livable Communities announced it will award federal highway funding of $1.17 million to three capital projects. The city of Fridley will receive $110,000 to add sidewalks and bike lanes from the Northstar commuter rail station and communities to the south.

The city of Minneapolis will receive $62,000 to improve pedestrian safety on Franklin Avenue in the Seward neighborhood.

Frederick Melo can be reached at 651-228-2172.


More information about Nice Ride Minnesota is available at its website:

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Quirky places to stay in Minnesota

Posted by deborahmclaren on February 12, 2011

I’ve been around the world and stayed in a lot of funky places – tree houses in Thailand, a palace in India, a boat hotel in Amsterdam – so I decided to seek out the unusual in Minnesota and the upper Midwest. Here’s some things I’ve found so far (although I haven’t stayed at all of them).

Northern Rail Train Car

There are several train inns. The Northern Rail Train Car Suites is in Two Harbors, on the North Shore of Lake Superior. It’s set on 60 forested acres just off Highway 61 (near Betty’s Pies). The rooms are housed in actual train boxcars and connected by a charming enclosed platform. The depot-style main building includes check-in, lending library and the continental breakfast area. You can rent a partial car (Porter room) or a full car. Rates vary with the seasons but are between $100 and $200 per night.

Main Lodge at MapleLag Resort

My all-time favorite place to stay in Minnesota is MapleLag Resort on the White Earth Indian Reservation (western Minnesota). It’s in the middle of a great forest and is very Scandinavian-Minnesota-like. There are lots of cabins, including some 100 year old log cabins that were relocated there and several train cars that have been renovated into cute little guest houses. Rates include skiing, equipment, a giant hot tub (seriously-it can easily accommodate 20!), and great food. There’s a huge lodge with several fire places, libraries, seating areas, beautiful stained glass windows collected from around the world, and their homemade cookies are always available.

The Switch Yard at MapleLag Resort

The Whistle Stop

Out on the west central prairie you can find The Whistle Stop in New York Mills that offers authentic train cars built at the turn of the century: dining and railroad executive cars. Cars rent from about $125 to $200 a night. There’s a cottage, Victorian Inn and tea room as well. New York Mills has an amazing little Regional Cultural Center and is home of the quirky “Great American Think-Off.

The Dreamcatcher at Ludlow's Resort - like a bird's nest!

Amphibacar at Ludlow's Resort

At Ludlow’s Resort on Lake Vermilion, the entire resort is on a Northwoods island. And they don’t have cookie-cutter cabins. Their cottages have been hand-crafted and continually improved over seven decades — and three generations of the Ludlow family. There are 20 cabins tucked away beneath the birch and pine and all are different. The Dreamcatcher, designed by SALA Architects, is unlike anything else in Minnesota. This fantastic four-story treehouse provides views of the lake and makes you feel like an Eagle in the top of the trees. They also have an Amphibacar (Northwoods 007?)! Ludlow’s is rated one of Minnesota’s top resorts. They charge by the week – starting at about $2500 and up in the summer peak season. In the spring and fall you can rent a cabin for about $250 per night (no week-long rental is required in the off season).

The "Grotto" room at the Park Street In

The Park Street Inn in Park Rapids gets a mention for their “Grotto,” which they describe as garden-level (basement) room that boasts a huge water-jet tub, a king-size bed, air conditioning, and a private bath with a waterfall sink. The grotto is completed with plants and a large stone waterfall. I have stayed there in the middle of the winter and didn’t get to see the upstairs. It truly reminded me of a place where the Flintstone’s might vacation. Rates vary from $95 to $135 for the rooms and include breakfast.

Tree House Retreat, Long Prairie, MN

Tree House Retreat

The LaVoie Tree House in Long Prairie is a hexagon shaped cabin in a tree! Set among 16 acres of wooded land owned by the LaVoie family, they built this unique guesthouse themselves. I have no idea how much it costs. I know about it through Nancy Leasman who owns the nearby Leatherwood Vinegary. By the way, if you like wineries you will be pleasantly surprised to learn that vinegar can also be as variable and tasty as wines. Leatherwood is one of the only locally-owned vinegaries in the US. You can stop in for a tasting.

Thayer's Historic and Haunted Inn!

Okay, let’s get really quirkly! Thayer’s Historic Bed n’ Breakfast in Annandale is haunted! The owner, Sharon Gammells has been an internationally known psychic for over 45 years. Sharon claims that “yes, we have ghosts, yes they visit, but, remember I live here so, NO the ghosts aren’t mean, and they are not scary, and they are not stuck, and they are not creepy.” Apparently a “Miss Lily” spirit from room 306 actually helps out during some of their paranormal classes. There are also ghost kitties.

A 2 Night Paranormal Package is $387 and includes breakfast and a one hour Psychic Reading. Most rooms are about $100 a night and if you participate in one of their scheduled Murder Mystery Dinners add another $50 per person.

Jail House Inn, Preston, MN

The Jail House Inn, originally the The Old Fillmore County Jail and Carriage House, is a National Historic Place in Preston, MN. It was built in the 1870s. The “cells” start at a very reasonable $69 and the Sheriff’s Master Bedroom and other rooms can run up to $150. It’s near the fabulous Root River – great for tubing. The Root River bike trail runs close by.

"Cell" room at the Jail House Inn

I’ll continue to find quirky little treasures and post them here. Wherever you go – snuggle in and sleep tight!

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Gourmet chocolate, bone jewelry, vegan clothes and other cool ideas for Valentine’s Day

Posted by deborahmclaren on February 5, 2011

According to new economic predictions, Americans will spend more on Valentine’s Day this year. Amazing amounts really – almost $2.7 million! It would probably be more if Valentine’s Day was on a weekend, this year it falls on a Monday.  Think of all the sweet things we can do for our loved ones and communities if we buy-local or take a local/stay-cation! I’ve got some great ideas, but first look at the statistics:

“Consumers will be spending 5.7 percent more than last year on romantic getaways for Valentine’s Day in 2011, significantly improving upon 2009′s flat spending results, according to industry research firm IBIS World.”

Valentine's Day Spending
“Travel is the third most popular spend category for Valentine’s Day, with $2.16 billion in projected spend for 11.6 percent of the total.” And, according to another survey by the National Retail Federation, this is the first Valentine’s Day since 2008 where couples plan to spend more on each other than the year before. This year, couples will spend an average of $68.98 on their spouse or significant other.
First let’s look at greeting cards. Hand made cards are more romantic and personal than bought ones. Creating beautiful home made Valentine’s Day cards is easy. If you’re not crafty you can use a photo or even bake a giant cookie. Love notes are treasured forever. If you’re not a poet, tuck in a “coupon” that your love can redeem now or later (massage, picnic and wine under the stars, a romantic weekend getaway, cuddly movie night, whatever makes you happy). If a home made card is not your thing, find a local artist. is a great place to find cards and other gifts that are made by real people, often in your own area. Here’s a lovely example of a hand crafted card that says I love you in 14 languages!

I Love You Card by riricreations in Richmond, VA ( has lots of other crafts, jewelry, etc. Check out this cute Little Wood Valentine Monster by Little Wood People in Buffalo, NY.

Little Wood Monster by Little Wood People, Buffalo, NY
Valentine Chocolates! With so many locally-made gourmet chocolates these days its easy to find traditional and exciting new recipes – especially organic fair-trade chocolate. I love chocolates that include spicy chilies. The Rogue Chocolatier, in Minneapolis, is the first true artisan chocolate maker to arrive in the Upper Midwest. The Sambirano bar, made with cacao from a single family-owned estate in Madagascar, was a winner of the 2010 Good Food Awards! One man bean-to-bar chocolate making!

Jewels for your valentine? Make sure to find a local artist that makes jewelry and avoid jeweler chains. Looks for artist co-ops, art fairs, and locally-owned clothing stores that sell jewelry.  Albany, NY artist, Corrina Goutos, combines her love for jewelry, sustainable living and veganism in her new line of jewelry: Vegan Bone Jewelry, part of Gilding the Lily, a nation-wide contemporary jewelry design company. She makes all the Jewelry by hand and is committed to employing recycled materials and sustainable found art into every piece she makes.

A rose is a rose! NOT. VeriFlora® is America’s first comprehensive sustainability certification program for the floral and potted plant industries. The VeriFlora® “Certified Sustainably Grown” label is your guarantee that flowers and potted plants have been produced in an environmentally and socially responsible manner and meet the highest standards for freshness and quality. When you choose a VeriFlora® product, you are contributing to a global movement to encourage companies to become sustainable. Already, this has resulted in significant and positive change for farmers, farm workers, and the environment. Organic Bouquet, the largest online provider of eco-friendly and organic floral gifts in the US. They also provide gift baskets, fruit baskets, nut baskets, gourmet chocolates, gourmet cookies, plants, wreaths, organic cotton apparel, organic towels, and organic linens. All of these products are certified eco-friendly and/or provide for environmental benefits through participation in Carbon Offset programs.

Local food co-ops and health food stores often carry organic, locally-grown flowers these days. Hard to find in the northern climates but High Tunnel Greenhouse and Hoop House Greenhouses are changing that. With these new techniques, growing flowers year round without the need for artificial heat is possible.

If you and your love truly love good, healthy food take him/her to a slow foods dinner in your area! Slow Food is an idea, a way of living and a way of eating. It is a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members around the world that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment. Good food is the language of love so delicious slow food is about the sexiest thing you can give! Slow Food promotes the celebration of food as a cornerstone of pleasure, culture and community. Find a local chapter near you by visiting the Slow Food USA website.

Many chefs and restaurants support and promote slow food, organic and locally-grown from farms, gardens and wineries near you. Look for them in your area. California isn’t the only place that produces quality wine these days. Many regions, even cold climates are successfully growing varietals appropriate for their regions. In fact, there are numerous wineries in Minnesota now!

Considering sexy new lingerie or other clothes for your sweetie? Eco-friendly bamboo is the most sustainable of natural fibers. It grows fast, requires little water, needs no pesticides, and can reach a height of 75 feet in two months. Fair Indigo and Maggies Organics are pioneers in the field of sustainable, pesticide-free clothing. Fair Indigo is a company wholly committed to making a difference in the fashion industry by creating eco-friendly and organic clothing that is made in keeping with fair trade principles. After researching cotton and learning that it is grown on 3-5% of the world’s cultivated land, and yet uses nearly 10% of the world’s pesticides and 25% of the world’s insecticides, Maggie’s Organics committed themselves to utilizing organic cotton to tell the real story behind conventional cotton clothing. Your best option is to find locally-owned clothing stores that sell these items or products designed by local artists. Check out Peta’s Shopping Guide to Compassionate Clothing for a list of dozens of cruelty-free, vegan companies.

Red Floral Bamboo Tee from Fair Indigo

A romantic Stay-Cation is a vacation that is spent at one’s home enjoying all that home and one’s home environs have to offer. It’s an alternative to pricey, stressful vacations and is more ecologically friendly as less energy is needed to travel locally. Star-gazing and a walk in the woods are romantic and can be done very close to home. Without going far you can find locally-owned accommodations – inns, B&Bs, home exchanges, etc. Wisconsin leads the nation in production of artisan and farmstead cheeses, thanks to the work of master cheesemakers around the state. On the WI B&B website you can carve out a culinary tour based around these small-batch cheese delights. The Minnesota B&B Association offers chocolate tours along the St. Croix River Valley. If you are an Eskimo you might want to stay cozy at one of Inns North which include 21 hotels, 19 in Nunavut and 2 in the NWT, owned by the aboriginal people of Northern Canada.

Do some research – there are lots of other organizations and indie businesses that offer staycation specials. The Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis offers stay-cation programs that promote 2 for 1 concerts – you can give your sweetie a whole season of beautiful music!

Here’s wishing you a beautiful Valentine’s Day! – Travel Momma

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75 songs to rock you around the world!

Posted by deborahmclaren on February 1, 2011

There are songs etched permanently in my mind that conjur up images of places I’ve been. For example, listening to Sham the Sham and the Pharoah’s singing “Wooly Bully” while sitting in the back of a pickup truck driving through rice paddies on Bali. It’s not a song about traveling, but it is a travel song to me.

Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs

There are other songs that create visuals of places I’ve never seen like Roxy Music’s “and your destination, you don’t know it… Avalon.” So just for fun, I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite songs – trying to keep with the “travel” theme! These are in no particular order and I got most of the links from YouTube. Some were contributed by friends. I hope you enjoy the list! – Travel Momma

1 Roam – The B52s
Roam if you want to, roam around the world.

2. Take Me Home, Country Roads – John Denver
And drivin down that road I get a feelin that I should have been home yesterday, yesterday!

Israel Kamakawiwoʻole

3 Take Me Home, Country Road (take 2: Israel “Iz” Kamakawiwo’ole
Country Road take me home to the place I belong, West Makaha, Mount Makaha, country road take me home.

4 Born to Be Wild – Steppenwolf
Get your motor runnin’… Head out on the highway… looking for adventure, or whatever comes my way!

5 Leaving on a Jet Plane – Peter Paul & Mary (or other artists)
I’m leaving on a jet-plane, don’t know when I’ll be back again.

6 Singapore – Tom Waits
We sail tonight for Singapore, we’re all as mad as hatters here…
(animated you tube video – cool)

7 I’ve Been Everywhere- Johnny Cash
Crossed the desert’s bare, man.
I’ve breathed the mountain air, man.
Of travel I’ve had my share, man.
I’ve been everywhere.

8 Magic Carpet Ride- Steppenwolf
Why don’t you come with me little girl
On a magic carpet ride?

9 Over the Rainbow – Judy Garland
Someday I’ll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far
Behind me.

The Return of Roger Miller

10 King of the Road – Roger Miller
I’m a man of means by no means: King of the road.

11 You Aint Going No Where – Bob Dylan (need a link!)
Pick up your money
And pack up your tent
You ain’t goin’ nowhere.

The Beatles

12 Back in the USSR – Beatles
(Awesomely starts with airplane noise)
Flew in from Miami Beach, BOAC —
Didn’t get to bed last night.
On the way the paper bag was on my knee
Man, I had a dreadful flight!

13 Proud Mary – Ike and Tina Turner
I cleaned a lot of plates in Memphis.
And I pumped a lot of tane down in New Orleans.
Rolling down the river…

Tracy Chapman - Fast Car

14 Fast Car – Tracy Chapman
You got a fast car,
But is it fast enough so you can fly away?

Runnin Down A Dream

15 Runnin’ Down a Dream- Tom Petty
Workin’ on a mystery, goin’ wherever it leads,
Runnin’ down a dre

16 Life Is a Highway- Rascal Flatts (and that other dude)
Life is a highway
I wanna ride it all night long.

17 Riding With the King – B.B. King & Eric Clapton
He’s on a mission of mercy to the new frontier,
He’s gonna check us all on out of here.
Up to that mansion on a hill
Where you can get your prescription filled.

Route 66

18 Route 66 (I like Asleep at the Wheel‘s version)
If you ever plan to motor west,
travel my way, take the highway that is best.
Get your kicks on Route sixty-six.

19 Should I Stay or Should I Go – The Clash
Well come on and let me know
Should I Stay or should I go?

20 Come Away with me – Norah Jones
Come away with me and we’ll kiss, On a mountaintop.

21 The Long and Winding Road – The Beatles
And still they lead me back,
To the long, winding road.

Greatest Hits Vol 2

22 When I Paint My Masterpiece -Bob Dylan, The Band (where’s the links Bob?)
Oh, the streets of Rome are filled with rubble.
Ancient footprints are everywhere.
You can almost think that you’re seein’ double
On a cold, dark night on the Spanish Stairs.

23 Like A Rolling Stone – Bob Dylan (need link)
How does it feel
To be without a home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone?

Talking Heads

24 Road to Nowhere – Talking Heads
Well we know where we’re going
But we don’t know where we’ve been.

25 Highway to Hell- AC/DC
I’m on the highway to hell
No stop signs, speed limit
Nobody’s gonna slow me down!

26 We Gotta Get Out Of This Place – The Animals (this has to be one of the first music videos!)
We gotta get out of this place
If its the last thing we ever do.

Woody Guthrie

27 Goin’ Down The Road Feeling Bad – Woody Guthrie
I’m a-blowin’ down this old dusty road, Lord, Lord,
An’ I ain’t a-gonna be treated this a-way.

28 Another Traveling Song – Bright Eyes
Well I’m changing all my strings.
I’m gonna write another traveling song.

Holiday in Spain - Counting Crows

29 Holiday in Spain – Counting Crows
I may take a holiday in Spain
Leave my wings behind me.

30 Every Day is a Winding Road – Sheryl Crow
Jump in, let’s go, Lay back, enjoy the show
Everybody gets high, everybody gets low,
These are the days when anything goes.

31 Thunder Road – Bruce Springsteen
Oh oh come take my hand
Riding out tonight to case the promised land.

John Hiatt

32 Drive South – John Hiatt
Come on baby, drive south with the one you love.

33 On the Road Again – Willie Nelson
Like a band of gypsies we go down the highway.

34 City of New Orleans – Steve Goodman
Good night, America, how are you?
Don’t you know me I’m your native son.

Crosby, Still & Nash

35 Southern Cross – CS&N (Jimmy Buffet did it too)
When you see the Southern Cross for the first time
You understand now why you came this way.

36 Where the Streets Have No Name – U2
And when I go there, I’ll go there with you…

37 The Travel Song – Pilate
When I come home, please say that you’ll be there.

Crosby, Stills and Nash

38 Marrakesh Express – Crosby and Nash
Wouldn’t you know we’re riding on the Marrakesh Express,
they’re taking me to Marrakesh.
All on board the train!

Paul Simon

39 Graceland – Paul Simon
Maybe I’ve a reason to believe
We all will be received
In Graceland.

40 Fly Away – Lenny Kravitz
Let’s go and see the stars,
The Milky Way or even Mars.

41 Learning to Fly – Tom Petty
I’m learning to fly, but I ain’t got no wings,
Coming down is the hardest thing.

Up From Below

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes

42 Home – Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeroes
Home is wherever I’m with you!

43 Beautiful – India.Arie
I wanna go to a place where I am suspended in ecstasy!

44 Wild World – Cat Stevens
Oh, baby, baby, it’s a wild world,
It’s hard to get by just upon a smile.

Gogol Bordello

45 Wonderlust King – Gogol Bordello
I traveled the world
Looking for lovers of the ultimate beauty.

Old Crow Medicine Show

46 Wagon Wheel – Old Crow Medicine Show
Rock me, mama, like the wind and the rain
Rock me, mama, like a south-bound train
Hey, mama rock me.

47 Will.I.Am – The Traveling Song
See I been travelin, been travelin forever,
But now that I found a home it feels like I’m in heaven.

48 Lonesome Road – Frank Sinatra
Look down – look down
That lonesome road
Before you travel on.


49 Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) – Eurythmics
Travel the world and the seven seas,
Everybody’s looking for something.

50 Many Rivers – Jimmy Cliff
Many rivers to cross
But I can`t seem to find my way over.
Wandering I am lost as I travel along.

51 One Road to Freedom – Ben Harper (need link)
With so many roads to travel
There’s just one can set you free.

52 Rollin’ – Luscious Jackson (link?)
i travel light, i travel low
because i got no place to go.

53 Harem Holiday – Elvis Presley
Gonna travel, gonna travel wild and free.
I’m gonna pack my bags because this great big world is calling me.

54 The Wanderer – Dion
Oh yeah, I’m the type of guy that likes to roam around
I’m never in one place, I roam from town to town.

55 Airplane – Indigo Girls
Up in the airplane, nearer my God to thee
I start making a deal, inspired by gravity.

The Streets

56 The Escapist – The Streets
I’m not full of fear cause I’m not really here.

57 I Travel – Simple Minds
I travel round, decadence and pleasure towns.

58 Radar Love – Golden Earring
I’ve been driving all night, my hands wet on the wheel!

58 The Happy Wanderer (an old scouting song)
Oh May I go a wanderin’
until the day I die.

Flight of the Conchords

59 Bowie – Flight of the Conchords
What’s a rock musician doing out in space man?
(The Bus Driver Song by FOTC was also suggested but there’s no good video of it)

JJ Cale - Call Me the Breeze

60 They Call Me the Breeze – JJ Cale
They call me the breeze, I keep blowing down the road.

Leon Russell and the Shelter People

61 Stranger in a Strange Land – Leon Russell
Stop racing toward oblivion.

61 Flying Song – Colin Hay
Spread your wings across the sky.

62 Flying – The Beatles
No words – part of the Magical Mystery Tour album.

and speaking of…
63 The Magical Mystery Tour – Beatles
Roll up, and that’s an invitation!

64 The Walking Song – Rufus Wainwright (a song by his late mother Kate McGarrigle)
Wouldn’t it be nice to walk together
Baring our souls while wearing out the leather
We could talk shop, harmonize a song
Wouldn’t it be nice to walk along

65 Around the World – Daft Punk
Not a lot of lyrics here

66 Drive – R.E.M.
What if I ride, what if you walk?
What if you rock around the clock?

67 All Down the Line – Rolling Stones
I need a shot of salvation baby, once in a while.
Hear that whistle blowing, hear it for a thousand miles.

Vashti Bunyan

68 Train Song – Vashti Bunyan (Fiest also covers this song)
Traveling north to find you… don’t even know what I’ll say when I find you.

69 Train Song – Tom Waits
I’ve come 10,000 miles away, and I ain’t got nothing to show.

Martin Sexton

70 Freedom of the Road – Martin Sexton
Now I’ve had enough of this freedom of the road.

71 Sweet Baby James – James Taylor
…with 10 miles behind me and 10,000 more to go…

72 Highway Song – James Taylor
If you love me when I’m here, you can miss me when I’m gone.

73 Travelin Man – Ricky Nelson
I’m a traveling man, and I’ve made a lot of stops…

74 Carefree Highway – Gordon Lightfoot
Carefree highway, got to see you my old friend.

75 Outer Limits – The Iguanas (Iggy Pop on drums)
There are no words…

Compiled by Deborah McLaren. Thanks to Rob Ramer, Andy Fisher, Katie Stearns, Winona LaDuke, Kent Scheer, Kimberly Nightengale, Debra Lach, Diane Hammons, Mark Sherman, Kelly Ramer, Georgia Duncan, Barbara McGrath, Gaye Brown, WanderWoman, Maximillian G. Olmsted and Matthew Chrastek for their suggestions. Of course – thanks to all the musicans – writers, singers & players – who make this list so fun! Happy Trails!

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“Unconference” 2011 Responsible Tourism Week: Feb 14-18

Posted by deborahmclaren on January 18, 2011

2011 Responsible Tourism Week: Feb 14-18

Fall in love with responsible tourism. The dates are set for our next Responsible Tourism Week. Our unconventional, online unconference takes place Feb 14-18, 2011. Details:

Background: Responsible Tourism Week is a fun mash-up exploring down to earth applications of noble concepts including responsible tourism, the local travel movement and ecotourism with practical and inexpensive Web 2.0 technologies. Take a peak at what we accomplished this year via the Planeta Wiki and on Slideshare.

We are seeking partners and financial sponsors.

Simply put, this online unconference is an excellent way to broaden and deepen our dialogue about sustainable practice and tourism. The event encourages participants to articulate their core values and the way they put noble ideas into practice. It’s an opportunity to introduce new events, tours and research projects as well as an opportunity to summarize recent events. Yes, it’s a high-tech, but we also promote the foam board. For those who can keep track of a hashtag, it’s a new window to the world!

How to participate? You can start now by documenting the stories you’d like to share. In particular we will highlight photos on Flickr, tweets on Twitter, videos on YouTube and recommended blogs and wikis. This year we will start to feature tours using Gowalla and Foursquare. Check out the toolbox!

The talking points for RT 2011will be updated on the wiki. Of special interest in 2011 will be the role of responsible tourism in forests and cities. Join us!


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Black Salt or Kala Namak

Posted by deborahmclaren on January 1, 2011

Several friends have recently been searching for black salt. What the heck is it? Where do you buy it? Why would you want it?

Apparently it is used a lot in Indian cooking. Kala Namak or Black Salt is a special type of Indian mineral salt. When ground into the small crystals or powder, it actually changes color to pink. It has a very distinctive sulfurous mineral taste (like hard boiled egg yolks).

Black Salt or Kala Namak

Its smell is mainly due to sulfur content. Kala namak consists primarily of sodium chloride and trace impurities of sodium sulfate, iron sulfide, and hydrogen sulfide.

Sodium chloride provides kala namak with its salty taste, iron sulphide provides its dark violet hue, and all the sulphur compounds give kala namak its slight bitter taste as well as a highly distinctive smell, with hydrogen sulphide being the most prominent contributor to the smell. Vegan chefs have made this salt popular for adding in eggy flavor to dishes like tofu scrambles. Kala Namak is used in authentic Indian cooking, and popular in mango smoothies.

Indian black salt is not to be confused with Hawaiian black salt, smoked sea salt or “black salt” used in Wiccan ceremonies (for jinx removing). Black rock salts are mined in several parts of the world, including Hawaii, Utah, Bolivia, the Murray-Darling basin of Australia, Peru, and Poland are marketed as Himalayan salt or pink salt. The color results from iron oxide.

Indian black salt comes from the Himalayan Mountains and has been used for centuries in Indian cuisine as cooking and finishing salt. In addition to the supreme taste it also has some exceptional health benefits. In India black salt is recommended for people with high blood pressure and to people who are on low-salt diets, because it is lower in sodium and does not increase sodium content in the blood. It is also know for comforting intestinal gas and heartburn. It is believed to help with indigestion. It is also considered a cooling spice in ayurvedic medicine which uses this salt as a digestive. Great on: yogurt and cheese Exceptional on summer favorites such as cucumbers, watermelon and mangoes.

It’s about $4 dollars per 6 ounces.

More recently, large crystal rocks are also used as Salt lamps. A salt lamp is a lamp carved from a larger salt crystal, often colored, with an incandescent bulb or a candle inside. The lamps give an attractive glow and are suitable for use as nightlights or for ambient mood lighting.

salt lamp

Ayurvedic Properties: It pacifies Vata and increases Pitta and Kapha. It contributes the salty taste and has a heating quality.

In ayurveda, black salt is considered an aid to digestion. Ground with ajwain and lemon juice and eaten, black salt helps balance the digestion. A couple of pinches of black salt and 1/8 tsp. dry-roasted ground cumin can be used to make digestive lassi. Black salt, with lemon and cliantro, is used to make a dressing for spicy fruit salsa or chick-pea salads.

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Local Flavor Travel

Posted by deborahmclaren on November 1, 2010

Please join me on my new Facebook page which celebrates LOCAL food, art, culture, heritage and travel. Please feel free to post about locally-owned businesses, organizations and events! See you THERE!

Buying local is the best investment in our economy!

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