Recently, I re-watched Schitt's Creek on Netflix. The series was about a family who bought a town for their son's birthday and when they ran out of money, they moved to this town. It started me thinking how many towns there are in the US for sale and there are many. The one above is in Pray, MT. Just a little north of Yellowstone National Park. This 5-acre community includes a 4-unit mobile home park, a post office, a shuttered general store and an office building and it's all yours for $1.4 million.
There were so many that I can only list a couple of them, but here is another great one in AZ. Cleator, AZ is a genuine Ghost Town and you can even change have naming rights! There is still a popular bar "The Cleator Yacht Club", plus a General Store. Also included are existing structures, mining rights and the land. All yours for $999,999.
How About Spreading A Little Love this Valentines Day at your local Senior Center!
I think we should all take the time to make some Valentine's cards and take them to Assisted Living Senior Centers and long term care facilities. Show a little love at a time when there are no visitors allowed. In fact, bring them to me and I will take charge of distributing them in the Las Vegas area. I need them by Feb 12th.
Also, St. Jude is requesting Virtual Valentines to be sent as well. Head to the St. Jude Website (www.stjude.org) to create your own virtual Valentine's Day card-there are 6 designs to choose from all inspired by artwork created by patients at St. Jude. There is no limit to how many you can create. The hospital staff will distribute them to patients spending the holiday there.
Slovenia has a new 167 Walking Trail around the Julian Alps
The Juliana Trail, a 167-mile loop around the Julian Alps, aims to draw visitors to lesser-traveled parts of Triglav National Park. No tents or dehydrated food here. Instead, farmers produce pungent cheese and potent schnapps, cattle and sheep graze freely, and historic ruins emerge from the forest.
The beginner-friendly route is broken into 16 recommended stages, relatively flat stretches between villages that average 10 miles each. And after each day on the trail, you’ll spend the night in civilization — from resort towns like Bled, on the shores of the famous glacial lake, to tiny settlements like Grahovo ob Bači (population 112). Travelers can start and stop at any point, but the whole route usually takes 10 to 16 days.
The Sava Dolinka River (Stages 1–3)
Begin in the ski town of Kranjska Gora, just five miles from the Italian border, where the Hotel Kotnik is home to the oldest (and best) pizzeria in the province, Pizzeria Pino. Order the Pino, topped with eggplant and prosciutto and cooked in a stone oven. Hiking along grassy riverbanks to the town of Mojstrana, intrepid trekkers can take a detour to summit Triglav, Slovenia’s highest peak at 9,396 feet. Later, you'll spend a night in the town of Begunje, where the newly renovated guesthouse Apartments Grad Kamen is an ideal base for exploring the surrounding forests. Grad Kamen, a thousand-year-old castle just above the inn, is a highlight.
The Lakes (Stages 4–7)
Slovenia’s lakes are among its top tourist attractions, and for good reason — these are some of the most stunning (and photographed) bodies of water in the world. Under the cliffs below Bled Castle, a stone’s throw from the mirror-like Lake Bled, Vila Prešeren is a perfect spot to spend the night. Its outstanding restaurant serves delicate dishes and Slovenian wines with outdoor seating on the lakefront; you can even book a private dinner on the hotel’s traditional pletna boat. The nearby Park Café holds the distinction of having created Bled cream cake, Slovenia’s informal national dessert, in the 1950s. The next day, wind through Vintgar Gorge, where elevated walkways cling to cliffsides above the emerald Radovna River, and stop at the famous Vodnik Viewpoint to behold Lake Bohinj before visiting dairy farms along the Bohinj cheese trail.
Baška Grapa Valley (Stages 8–10)
The sloping hillsides above the Bača River are home to isolated villages untouched by tourism. A series of abandoned WWII bunkers along the Vrh Bače pass were my favorite sites on the trail; bring a flashlight to explore this eerie labyrinth winding deep into the mountains. Afterward, in the village of Podbrdo, you can dig into freshly caught river trout at Brunarica Slap, a log-cabin restaurant above the water. The next day, you’ll hike to Most-na-Soči, where I stayed at Penzion Šterk. Its charming A-frame bungalows offer privacy and a glamping feel, plus sublime views of the Bača and Soča rivers.
The Soča River (Stages 11–16)
This final stretch, which winds through a river valley in the southwest of the park, passes through a series of pivotal WWI battle sites. Historical treasures abound, including Fort Hermann, a 100-year-old cliff-top fortress near the town of Bovec, and Javorca Memorial Church, built by Austro-Hungarian soldiers and surrounded by an amphitheater of Alpine peaks. Try traditional Slvoenian frika, a cheese and potato hash, at Letni Vrt Pr Jakču, near the Tolmin Gorges: a gorge system equally as stunning as Vintgar, but far less visited. Drop your backpack at the Hotel Hvala, in Kobarid. Its restaurant, Topli Val, serves local specialties like venison and Kobariški štrukelj, sweet dumplings with raisins and walnuts. The trail then dips across the border into Italy; you’ll visit the village of Tarvisio before finishing back in Kranjska Gora, having made a full loop around the Julian Alps.
NEW CDC RULING FOR INTERNATIONAL TRAVELERS-GOING TO MEXICO-LISTEN UP!
Last week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a new rule for travelers on flights to the U.S.
Starting January 26, all travelers ages two and older on international flights to the U.S. will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test (NAAT or antigen) taken no more than three calendar days prior to the flight. As an alternative to a negative test result, travelers may provide proof of a positive COVID-19 test taken no more than 90 days prior to the flight and a signed letter from a healthcare provider approving the individual for travel.
The required test results or signed letter may be in paper or electronic format and will be checked at the international airport by airline personnel. Travelers may also be asked to present this information upon arrival in the U.S. To see frequently asked questions about this CDC requirement, click here.
Travelers who test positive for COVID-19 before the international flight will be required to quarantine in the destination until they either 1) receive a negative result from a subsequent COVID-19 test or 2) get a signed letter from a healthcare provider approving them to travel that would be used in conjunction with the positive test result.
SCIENTISTS DISCOVER A PLANET WHERE IT RAINS ROCKS AND ITS OCEANS ARE LITTERALY LAVA-IT'S CALLED K2-141b
Scientists have pinpointed what they say is one of the “most extreme planets” ever discovered on the edges of our solar system. How extreme, you ask? Well, its oceans are made of molten lava to start. Oh, and it also rains rocks and has supersonic winds.
“The study is the first to make predictions about weather conditions on K2-141b that can be detected from hundreds of light-years away with next-generation telescopes such as the James Webb Space Telescope,” Giang Nguyen, a PhD student at York University, and lead author of the study, said.
The authors shared, just like Earth’s water cycle causes water to evaporate and rise to the atmosphere to fall as rain again, “so too does the sodium, silicon monoxide, and silicon dioxide on K2-141b.” That means the mineral vapor evaporates and then falls again as rock “rain.”
While this may seem totally wild, it’s actually a process Earth may have gone through, too.
“All rocky planets, including Earth, started off as molten worlds but then rapidly cooled and solidified. Lava planets give us a rare glimpse at this stage of planetary evolution,” Professor Nicolas Cowan, who oversaw the study, said.
Beyond the molten oceans and rocky rainfall, the authors also found that about two-thirds of the planet sits in perpetual daylight. This, the authors explained, is because of the planet’s proximity to its star, which keeps it gravitationally locked in place. And while one side sits in eternal sun, the other sits in total darkness, causing that side to have temperatures below -200 degrees Celsius.
“Our finding likely means that the atmosphere extends a little beyond the shore of the magma ocean, making it easier to spot with space telescopes,” Cowan said.
I really enjoy researching these articles. Sometimes, like today, I get halfway through and lose everything-even though I have saved everything! So one article was based on the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art-if you are a Verizon customer, you can do a virtual tour for free-what a wonderful opportunity. I am not a Verizon customer, so very jealous. Until next time!