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July 24th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Adirondack Life

This place is SO COOL! You can’t fake those smiles.

(Note: Can’t you just imagine yourself here?!)

Compare with the “Lake George” experience as highlighted on The Today Show. (Fake Flyfishing…)

Visit for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy

Which would you choose?

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Day One – Transition

July 16th, 2008 · 1 Comment · News

State Department Business, The Menu of the Day, and a Test-ride up to the Cemetery

Passport problems?  Yeah, tell me about it.  Our first morning in Madrid had the added task of expediting a new passport for my son in addition to the 126 km trip to Sigüenza.  Lucky for us the time difference and unusually hot weather helped wake us up early.  Having flown the red-eye, I’m not counting the previous day at all.  I think we ate ribs at my brother-in-law’s house, but I can’t be sure.

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Riding like Quijote

July 9th, 2008 · No Comments · News

During the Day, but Lounging Like the Doncel at Night

Doncel of Siguenza

I’m not totally hip to the stories, but I’m pretty sure whoever Quijote was, he did some riding.  Having done several visits now to visit the In-laws in Spain, it is safe to say that we have distilled things down to a very comfortable routine.  Here’s is the template:

  1. Pack for heat and bicycling around Sigüenza.
  2. Fly to Madrid.
  3. Head for Sigüenza.
  4. Breakfast, Ride, Lunch, Nap, Walk or Spin, Merienda, Dinner.
  5. Repeat for as long as we are there.
  6. Pack bikes, go to the airport.

We go to Sigüenza because my wife’s family has their country house there.  Sort of like going up to the Camp, kind of like Lyon Mt., but not really.  I’ve been biking for decades (!) and in many places, I declare the quality and variety of bike riding around Sigüenza to be 8 out of 10.  We are riding both on and off-road. The following map is our comfortable range which we can explore by bike doing 3-5 hour day-rides (me Single Speed w/Trail-a-bike).

Siguenza Bike Range

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TourPro Goes Medieval

June 19th, 2007 · 1 Comment · Miscellania

I’ve got a spare moment to post. Wow. Sort of trapped today, kind of nice actually. (Hey, M. I’m collecting dust!) Leaving for Spain in two days. This post will serve as both a notification of my impending absence, and serve as an data dump for the tourism research I will conduct today regarding my destination. I welcome comments.

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Sponsor a New York Traveler

May 21st, 2007 · No Comments · Destination Marketing

Mrs. Mecomber is looking for some gas money.

Seriously, while I still think true value lies in the authenticity of unpaid testimonial, buying travel writers is not something new. But here’s a new medium which most traditional-minded DMO’s are completely ignoring. Most travel writers today are still stuck in the “old media”. Really, who reads magazines anymore? Here’s an opportunity to get blogged by a real traveler.

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Blogging the Destination

March 30th, 2007 · 1 Comment · Destination Marketing

Who says we need “professionals” to do destination marketing? Jens Thraenhart asked the question that most old school tourpro’s (heh, heh) would rather not answer, “The value of DMOs?” As I told Joe, “Until someone comes along and makes us irrelevant.”

New York TravelerNew York Traveler is a great example of “amateur” destination marketing. I only mean amateur in the sense that she doesn’t work for us. Mrs. Mecomber is a genuine Empire State travel blogger. I’m talking real content based on experience and knowledge. Today she points to the Educational Tour Marm and her efforts to plan New York school trip. Oh, then she gives some travel suggestions and plug for the Adirondacks. Yikes, she even lists this place as a resource! I have to admit, I’m much better at talking than making Base Camp the end-all travel resource for the Adirondacks. If anyone has questions about travel in the Adirondacks, shoot me a note anytime!

You see, when travelers start blogging about their travels, giving advice comes almost second-nature. Especially if you specialize in travel and blogging about a particular place. Aggregating experience and knowledge, who is better positioned than an official DMO to do this? We have to silo the conversation, create it, manage it, and revel in it. In my dream world, we would have featured bloggers in every aspect of Adirondack travel and recreation. Each publishing relevant content, participating in their blogosphere niche, helping to create the folksonomy, and ready to respond to inquiries with their expertise. Sort of a virtual DMO crew. All under the guidance of some über TourPro Overlord. Sounds a bit frightful, eh?

I’ll bet there are more than a few places around this state that would love to have a visit and write-up from Mrs. Mecomber. After all, we all know bloggers are easier to deal with than travel writers.

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Barnes Pond – Rambling Around the Sable Highlands

June 27th, 2006 · 1 Comment · Adirondack Life

Back in February, I mentioned the land deal that formed the newest Adirondack recreation area, the Sable Highlands Working Forest. This was exciting since I consider the area involved my backyard. Most people are familiar with Lyon Mountain and adding this great hike to the list of “Forever Wild” is just fantastic. What intrigued me the most was the opening up of other new areas for recreational use.

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