Recent Posts by Heidi Siefkas

Why the Everglades Should Be More than A Passing Trip

One of the single best things about the US is the sheer number of protected national parks that offer a close and in-depth look at the massive biodiversity of the country. Perhaps one of the most impressive of these parks is the Everglades, the tropical wetlands in Florida that sprawl over 1.5 million acres. But…
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Stumbling Upon Look Up in Queens New York

A good friend sent me a wonderful surprise from Forest Hills, Queens.  On a sunny, summer day, she went for a walk down Ascan Avenue. Apparently, the neighbors on this street decided to spread positive vibes by painting rocks with uplifting messages and colors. My friend, who has read my books as well as traveled…
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Worldly Cocktails – Pisco Sour Recipe

How can you travel without leaving your home? How can you relive previous adventures without packing a bag? I believe that your sense of taste is a way of exploring the world without needing a passport. Here are some yummy examples from Spain with its tortilla española and Cuba's mojito. Travel to South America with…
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Wining, Dining and Cruising – Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri

Nestled in the Ozark Mountains of south-central Missouri is a world-class boating, golfing, shopping, and fishing mecca. The Lake of the Ozarks—with more miles of coastline than California's ocean beaches—is the Midwest's premier lake resort. Only a couple hours from St. Louis, Jefferson City, and Branson, the "Fun Lake" is known as one of the…
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Putting Safety First On Your Camping Trip

Camping is an affordable way to have a holiday, and in this current pandemic situation where summer staycations are going to become the norm, camping is also the best way to escape from the homes that we have been rooted in for the last few months. If you do decide to go camping, it's important…
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Finding the Upside during Quarantine

After two months of staying at home, losing work, canceling travel, and missing birthdays, graduations, and more, we are all getting a bit frustrated and even depressed. Plus, the news is all doom and gloom with an uncertain timeline as to when the new normal will arrive. However, the only power we have over this…
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Look Up while on Lockdown

With the majority of us sheltering in place and social distancing to help us all combat Covid-19, we are essentially on lockdown. Families and friends are adapting to a new way to virtually gather for a meal or celebrate by creating a drive-by party. The traditional way to instruct in-person is forced to pause. Now,…
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Land of the Rising Sun – Kyoto, Japan

Exploring Japan's cultural and artistic capital of Kyoto is more like walking through an outdoor museum than a bustling city of one and a half million residents. With temples, shrines, castles, and gardens located throughout the city, Kyoto has a calming, Zen-like essence. Perhaps this is why emperors chose Kyoto as their ancient residence. The…
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The Best Things to Do and See in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is a destination that everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime. You're guaranteed to love Vegas so much that you will want to return and enjoy this incredible city all over again. When you think of Las Vegas, you probably picture neon signs and casinos. Both of these things are ingrained…
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