Away From Home: December 03, 20120

Four of us women who had been wanting to travel to Peru got together, made the plans and spent eight days traveling around the Peru with a Peruvian tour guide. We especially enjoyed climbing Macchu Pichu, which is shown in the picture.

  • Who: Linda Hamann, Fargo
  • What: Macchu Pichu, Peru
  • When: Sept. 24
  • Distance from Fargo: 4,435 miles

Away From Home: November 18, 2012

The Dordogne Valley between Bordeaux and Rocamadour is a beautiful area of hills and valleys, old villages and charming castles. The area is well-known for pate de foie gras, walnuts and truffles. I took this picture when we stopped to see a flock of geese.

  • Who: Ann Anderson, Moorhead
  • What: Dordogne Valley, France
  • When: Sept. 30
  • Distance from Fargo: 4,390 miles

Away From Home: October 28, 2012

This campsite is about 40 miles north of Elkford, British Columbia, in the majestic Canadian Rockies. The night we camped here, there was a severe thunderstorm that knocked out power to 20,000 homes and toppled many trees in the area. Our 47-square-foot tent “home” kept us dry and warm.

  • Who: Joe Stickler, Valley City, N.D.
  • What: Near Elk River Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada
  • When: July 20
  • Distance from Fargo: 840 miles

Away From Home: October 21, 2012

The six-hour guided Tundra Tour takes visitors into Denali, one of the last intact ecosystems in the world. The spectacular fall color is from birch, dwarf willows, mosses, berry bushes, wildflowers and lichen. Grizzly bears, Dall sheep and raptors were also spotted. Braided rivers are another feature of this amazing area. We were above the tree line, at about 3,500 feet.

  • Who: Bonnie Kavanaugh, Fargo
  • What: Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska
  • When: Aug. 30
  • Distance from Fargo: 2,945 miles

Away From Home: October 14, 2012

We spent one week in the Cinque Terre region of Italy, which consists of five vilalges built on the mountainous coast of the Ligurian Sea. The photo was taken while hiking on one of the coastal foot paths near Manarola. Transportation between the five villages was by traink boat or on foot.

  • Who: Howard Anderson and Patricia Hinze, Moorhead
  • What: Manarola, Italy
  • When: May
  • Distance from Fargo: 4,117 miles

Away From Home: October 07, 2012

The Viking Ship Museum has a collection of five Viking ships that were sunk to block a harbor about 1,000 years ago. The site also includes a period shipbuilding facility using authentic tools and methods.

  • Who: Howard and Carole Schmidt, Moorhead
  • What: Vand, Ving og Vikinger Festival (Water, Wind and Viking Festival) at Viking Ship Museum near Copenhagen, Denmark
  • When: July 29
  • Distance from Fargo: 4,300 miles