How to Find Evel Knievel’s Jump Site

To those of us of a certain age, Evel Knievel was a part of our childhood; a daredevil who gained fame by performing jumps on his motorcycle over objects in increasingly longer distances; audacious stunts that were televised live. In the mid 1970s, Evel Knievel’s media events were must-see TV for kids of the time (I imagine that they were for lots of adults, too, but since I was a kid, that was my perspective).

After seemingly having run out of things to jump his chopper over, Evel was looking for something grand, something that would outdo all of the things he had jumped before, and he found it near Twin Falls, Idaho, the 400-foot deep chasm of the Snake River Canyon. In the ten years leading up to this spectacle, Knievel had powered his motorcycle over a variety of challenges including a pits of rattlesnakes, lines of cars, beer trucks, Greyhound busses, and even the fountains at Caesars Palace. [Wikipedia]

On September 8, 1974, Knievel attempted his jump over the Snake River Canyon Continue reading How to Find Evel Knievel’s Jump Site

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One Year of the Selfie Traveler

When I started this blog last August, I wasn’t sure exactly how it would play out. Rattling around in my head were more than dozen or so ideas of possible topics, and my plan was to write about and post those once a week or so. After that, I figured I’d come up with more topics.

I haven’t quite managed to keep up the once-a-week pace, but this post represents 37 posts within the first 52 weeks, so it’s pretty danged close! Additionally, I have a collection of partial posts that I’m still working on and additional topics that I can finalize in the coming weeks to keep the content coming.

Although Europe was the focus of my original posts, I haven’t been back to Europe since I began this blog. On the other hand, I have been on trips to Cuba and to Hong Kong and Thailand within the past year; I’ve already blogged about Cuba once, and I have more posts coming up from my experiences in both areas.

My most important purpose in sharing these posts is to provide accurate information related to the topics I write about in well-written form, accompanied by photos which enhance the text …along with an occasional selfie or two!

In the coming year, I hope that I might also expand my content to YouTube, where I envision a channel that will show you how to put together travel arrangements on your own, with particular focus on how to use the transportation systems in the various places.

It has been a fun year, and I look forward to sharing so much more in the coming years. Thanks for reading and following.

Happy travels!

Daniel Stober
August 15, 2018

Why No One Rides Amtrak at SLC

The first time I ever visited Salt Lake City, I rode Amtrak. It was Spring Break in 1984, and my dad was working in Utah, so we rode the train from California. It was cheaper than flying, and it seemed like a good way to have an adventure!

Now, fast forward to to the present: I’ve lived in Utah for nearly 25 years, and I’ve taken a trip on Amtrak only one other time. Why is that?

Well, there are a few reasons that come to mind: Continue reading Why No One Rides Amtrak at SLC

Budapest

Back when I was in college, I never imagined that I would ever be able to visit places such as Berlin, Prague, and Krakow because they were located in the Eastern bloc and ruled by authoritarian governments. Back then, the division of Europe into free and communist spheres of influences was very real.

But history happens and the world changes. The Wall fell in 1989. Suddenly, places that I once had thought would be forever inaccessible were opened up. Many of them now are even a part of the European Union. Continue reading Budapest

When in Rome, Don’t Stand in Line

A lot of bucket lists include a visit to Rome. With great food, awesome history, and incomparable sites, the Eternal City rarely disappoints. The Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, and Pantheon do wonders to help people to forget about that long flight. However, at a couple of the most popular attractions in and around the Italian capital, visitors who have not planned ahead often face waits that seem even longer than that transatlantic flight was. Continue reading When in Rome, Don’t Stand in Line

Puerto Rico: Familiar but Foreign

Are you looking for someplace to visit that seems like an international trip, yet does not require a passport? Look no further than America’s tropical paradise in the Caribbean, the island of Puerto Rico.

In Puerto Rico, they speak Spanish and sell gas by the liter, but they use the US dollar and your US cell phone plan works just fine. The island territory is Continue reading Puerto Rico: Familiar but Foreign

Observations on Hong Kong Disneyland

There are six Disney theme park resorts around the world. Two are in the United States:  the original in Anaheim, California, and the mega-sized Disney World near Orlando, Florida. Outside North America, you’ll find one in Europe, outside of  Paris, and then three in Asia: Tokyo, Hong Kong, and the newest one, opened in 2016, in Shanghai.

My bucket list includes a trip to every one of them. In January, I visited my fourth of the six, Hong Kong Disneyland.

By comparison, Hong Kong Disneyland is smaller Continue reading Observations on Hong Kong Disneyland

SLC Airport Hacks

The Salt Lake City airport is my home airport. In the last twenty years, I’ve learned a few tricks that make my trips through the airport a little quicker and easier. In this post, I’d like to share six hacks that will make it easier for you the next time you catch a flight at SLC airport.

Although the airport is in the midst of a $3 billion reconstruction Continue reading SLC Airport Hacks

St John: On Your Own

The US Virgin Islands are comprised three major islands in addition to over fifty smaller islands and cays, but if you’re on a cruise headed for the US Virgin Islands, chances are you’ll be stopping on St Thomas. St Thomas is one of the most popular ports of call for ships on Eastern Caribbean itineraries with ample options for shopping, some great beaches, and good infrastructure, including two different dock areas for cruise ships. Of the two other major islands, there are a few cruises that stop at St Croix, but none at all that call on St John.

That’s probably a good thing. St John remains a mostly unspoiled island, but it’s well worth the effort to visit. Over half of the island is protected as a National Park — remember, this is US territory, so it’s same National Park Service that manages Yosemite, Yellowstone, and Continue reading St John: On Your Own