Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer

Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer

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Join Lowell Thomas Award winning travel correspondent Tom Wilmer as he shares his travel experiences from across America and around the world.More from Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer »

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Two World-Class LA Museums--LACMA and The Autry

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is the largest encyclopedic art museum west of the Mississippi. Its collections include more than 120,000 objects including Asian, Latin American, and Islamic art dating from prehistoric times to trend-setting contemporary works. Come along and join correspondent, Tom Wilmer for a visit with Michael Govan, LACMA's CEO and Director, and discover why LACMA is one of America's foremost art museums. The Autry National Center is a distinctive museum dedicated to the American West and its history, from prehistoric times through the age of the Wild West and today. Come along and join Jeffry Richardson, the Curator of Western History, Popular Culture, and Firearms, for walking tour highlight of the Autry. The Autry, named in honor of the museum's visionary creator, Western singer and motion picture star, Gene Autry, is conveniently located in Griffith Park, just off Interstate 5. For further information about discovering Los Angeles County and its incredible array of museums. Funding for the Lowell Thomas Award-winning travel podcast is provided by Hawaiian Reforestation Initiative. You may subscribe to this podcast on iTunes Stitcher.com Player.fm UK a"Best Featured Travel Podcast"Podcast.de (Germany)

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Hobie's Peddle Powered Kayaks for fishermen

I've been an avid kayaker for more than 20 years—it was too tempting to resist since my home overlooks Morro Bay just off California's legendary Pacific Coast Highway Route One. I'm frequently asked by friends and tourists about fishing from kayaks, and if there are attachments to hold rod and reel and gear. Hobie Cat Company, based in Laguna Beach, California came up with a purpose built, peddle powered kayak specifically crafted for the fisherman. The game change came about in 1997 with the introduction of their Mirage Drive Peddle powered kayak. Imagine twin penguin fins attached to chain driven peddles, and suddenly the kayak fisherman was hands free. The invention was so dynamic in its torque and thrust that Hobie made a video with one Mirage drive boat towing two standard paddle kayakers while they are trying unsuccessfully to overpower the Mirage. Ingrid from Hobie arranged for me to test drive a Mirage and I was instantly sold. While attending an outdoor writers conference in Big Bear Lake, California, I ran in to Morgan Promnitz from Hobie and he just happened to have a couple craft on hand. I'm correspondent, Tom Wilmer, come along and join Morgan at Big Bear for an overview and highlight of the peddle powered Hobie Mirage. Funding for Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer NPR.ORG Podcast provided by Hawaiian Reforestation Initiative You may subscribe to this podcast on iTunes player.fm (UK a featured "Best Travel Podcast") Stitcher.com or directly on the NPR podcast directory page

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Awesome Michigan Wines at A2 VinBar

One of the many pleasant surprises of my Michigan journey of discovery was to learn that this heartland state produces world-class wines. This was especially surprising as the common sentiment is that Midwest wines are mostly way too sweet, some even fortified with extra sugar, just to please the Midwesterners' palate. Come along and join me at VinBar in the downtown Ann Arbor for a visit with Kate Nordby, the general manager, for an eye opening and extremely palate pleasing Michigan wine tasting experience. Kate talks about superb Michigan Pinot Noir, Cabernet, French-style dry Rose and more award winners. Funding for Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer is provided by Hawaiian Reforestation Initiative Subscribe to this Podcast on iTunes Stitcher.com player.fm (UK- a featured "Best Travel Podcast") podcast.de (Germany)

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A California Coast Hidden Gem, The Inn at Morro Bay

Situated just off the legendary California Coastal Highway One, halfway between LA and San Francisco, is the sleepy seaside town of Morro Bay. One of California's rare true-seaside resorts is the Inn at Morro Bay. Located within Morro Bay State Park, the iconic inn has been hosting guests since 1960 when it originally opened its doors as the Golden Tee Resort and Lodge. The Inn at Morro Bay is just now completing a three-year, multi-million dollar renovation. Join Correspondent, Tom Wilmer as he visits with Kelly Wells, the Inn's Director of Sales and Marketing. Kelly talks about the renovation and lots of cool things to do and see within walking distance—including an 18-hole golf courses (directly across the road), the Natural History Museum, kayaking and more. Funding for the Lowell Thomas award-winning podcast is provided by Hawaiian Reforestation Initiative Subscribe to this travel podcast on iTunes player.fm (UK) Stitcher.com

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Exploring Ann Arbor's Diverse Culinary Scene #3

Come along and join Associate Producer and correspondent, Suzie Rodriguez, reporting from Ann Arbor, Michigan where she continues her exploration of the town's cool, hip and happening restaurant scene. Rodriguez visits with Adam Baru at Mani Osteria. Mezzevino's General Manager, Nikki Leibold and Chef Dexter Dakins. Slurping Turtle's creator and chef, Tadashi Nagura and Manager, Albert Lauzon, and Vinology's General Manager, Vinny Jonna, and Chef Adam Galloway. Click here to learn more about Ann Arbor's diverse culinary scene/ Funding for the NPR.ORG podcast Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer is provided by Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, or: stitcher.com player.fm (UK) podcasts.de (Germany)

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Ann Arbor's Chef Alex Young at Zingerman's Roadhouse

Zingerman's Deli, a super popular hangout in Ann Arbor was such a success that the owners have grown the business model to include ten trendy food venues in and around Ann Arbor—each with a distinctive culinary approach. The Zingerman's model has been such a hit that it was not surprising to the locals when Inc. Magazine proclaimed Zingerman's to be "The Coolest Small Business in America" back in 2003. For a taste of Zingerman's, come along and join Associate Producer and correspondent, Suzie Rodriguez, reporting from Zingerman's Roadhouse in Ann Arbor where she visits with legendary, and revered chef, Alex Young. Funding for the NPRpodcast Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer is provided by Hawaiian Reforestation Initiative You may subscribe to the podcast on: iTunes Stitcher.com player.fm (UK) www.connect.pure.com podcasts.de (Germany)

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Cukinary correspondent discovers Authentic Turkish Cuisine in A2

Join Asociate Producer & Correspondent, Suzie Rodriguez, as she explores the dynamic culinary scene in the heart of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Ann Arbor, Nicknamed A2 or A-Squared by locals, this small city — home to the University of Michigan — makes its way year after year onto national "Best Of" compilations. Last year alone A2 landed on a dozen or more such lists, including being ranked #6 among "Best Cities for Well-Being" by USA Today and Gallup, #13 among the "Top 100 Best Cities to Live" by Livability.com, and #1 among the "10 Most Intelligent College Towns" by Zoomtens.com. Vibrant, youthful and hip, Ann Arbor's cultural attractions includes it array of trend setting international cuisine. And, A2 is Increasingly receiving recognition for its amazing culinary scene. The town has 300 restaurants--about 200 of them nestled into the small downtown area. Add in a wealth of high-energy chefs who thrive on taking chances, a university and townie patronage that seems to encourage and even demand diversity and creativity, and a strong farm-to-table movement in the region, and you wind up with one of the most exciting food destinations I've ever come across. This Midwestern town, with a population of 113,000--about 30,000 more when the university is in session--offers every national cuisine imaginable and dozens of fusion matings you never could imagine. On an average mid-week summer evening, downtown restaurants and sidewalk cafes are jammed with customers—and almost everybody is talking about the food! During my weeklong visit I spoke with six Ann Arbor chefs about their work. I met with Ann Arbor's chef Ayse Uras, owner and chef of Ayse's Turkish Cafe, to explain A2's broad culinary diversity. Ayse's specializes in Turkish home cooking, with dishes such as zucchini stuffed with lamb, moussaka, chicken eggplant kebap, burma (a version of baklava). Turkish wines, beer and spirits take pride of place on a beverage list that also includes selections from Michigan and the west coast. The food was delicious, and I particularly loved the classic red lentil soup topped with sumac, the spicy ground lamb and the basmati rice with spinach. Funding for the Lowell Thomas Award winning Podcast, Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer is also available on iTunes Stitcher.com Pure.com (UK) Podcasts.de (Germany To learn more about Ayse's Turkish Cafe, visit www.aysescafe.com. and http://www.visitannarbor.org/

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Big Bear CA--Helicopter Flightseeing

When most people think of Southern California, the first thing that comes to mind is sprawling LA--and not 10,000 foot-tall mountains and ski resorts. But less than a two and half hour drive from the heart of Hollywood, you will find Big Bear California. The village and the base of the Big Bear ski slopes are 7,000 feet above sea level. Far from just a wintertime experience--Big Bear is a happening year round destination for SoCal natives and tourists from around the world. During the summer months, hiking, biking and lake activities are all consuming. If it's your first time at Big Bear, a highly recommended, fun introductory activity, that will give you a true birds-eye perspective of the pine-forested mountaintop realm is to sign up for a sightseeing helicopter flight. Flights start at just $35 for a seven-minute airborne adventure—And trust me, the experience is so dramatic and thrilling it will feel like you were an hour in the air. We took to the skies with Helicopter Big Bear's chief pilot, Roy Harding. Come along for a conversation with Roy about his operation. It's the only airborne flightseeing company in town. Funding for the NPR.ORG Podcast, Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer is provided by Hawaiian Reforestation Initiative

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Ann Arbor--Exploring Nature, Botanical Gardens & the Observatory

The Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan provides innovative educational programs, highlighting the region's flora and fauna. Set on 50 acres of natural landscape in the midst of an urban environment, the center offers engaging hands-on educational opportunities for school groups, and all of the citizens of Ann Arbor. We'll visit with Kathy Evans, the Education Director, and Sara Gilmore, the Raptor Specialist at the Leslie Science and Nature Center. We'll then meet up with Joseph Mooney at the university of Michigan's Nichols Arboretum and Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Afterwards we'll stop in at the Bentley Historical Library. The Bentley is the repository and research facility for the University of Michigan's historical records, archival photographs and more. The Bentley is also the home of the legendary Detroit Observatory. When the observatory opened way back in 1854 it was the first in the state of Michigan, and the observatory building remains as the second oldest structure on campus. The centerpiece at the observatory is the 1852 German-made meridian telescope--one of the world's most sophisticated and advanced instruments in the day. The telescope is still used and remains in pristine condition. Funding for Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer is provided by Hawaii Reforestation Initiative You may subscribe to the Journeys podcasts on more than ten podcast host sites worldwide, including: iTunes http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/kcbx-fm-audio-log-podcast/id174891800 https://player.fm/series/journeys-of-discovery-with-tom-wilmer (UK) a featured "Best Travel Podcast" on Player.fm http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/national-public-radio/kcbxfm-audiolog-podcast http://connect.pure.com/fr/content/podcast/406032-journeys-of-discovery-with-tom-wilmer (France)

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University of Michigan's Museum of Art—a Conversation with Joseph Rosa

A highlight of a sojourn on the campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor was a most compelling, thought provoking, and revealing conversation with Joseph Rosa, the Director of the University's Museum of Art. Art museums are sometimes stuffy and static repositories, but the University of Michigan's Museum of Art is a dynamic and vibrantly-alive place. It engages and involves virtually every academic discipline, from dance and music, to medicine, the sciences, architecture and more. Additionally there's an intrinsic mission to engage, captivate and involve the general public, from kids in strollers, to octogenarians. Join correspondent, Tom Wilmer for a fascinating conversation with Joseph Rosa, and Suzanne Kocsis, Communications manager at the University of Michigan Museum of Art. Funding for the Lowell Thomas Award-winning NPR podcast is provided by Hawaii Reforestation Initiative. Subscribe to the Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer podcast on: iTunes player.fm (UK) connect.pure.com (France) stitcher.com podcast.de (Germany)

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