Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer

Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer

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Museum of Pacific War & Marine Corps' National Museum

Join correspondent, Tom Wilmer in Fredericksburg, Texas for a visit with the 33rd Commandant of the Marine Corps, Four Star General, Michael Haggee at the National Museum of the Pacific War which is also the home of the Admiral Nimitz Museum. We'll then head over to Quantico, Virginia for a visit with Mike Miller, the Marine Corps' archivist and historian at the National Museum of the Marine Corps and Heritage Center. Funding for Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer provided by Hawaiian Reforestation Initiative Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes Stitcher.com player.com

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Benefits of "Travel Writer's Mindset" with Perry Garfinkel

Join Associate Producer, Laurie McAndish King for a conversation with New York Times contributing travel writer Perry Garfinkel on the Lowell Thomas Award-winning podcast, Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer. What do travel writing and Buddhism have in common? How can a "travel writer's mindset" extend your vacation and make it more enjoyable? Why does a professional travel writer recommend modeling after the masters—and stealing freely? (And what did Perry Garfinkel steal from Woody Allen?) To learn all this and more, join correspondent Laurie McAndish King in Berkeley, California, for a conversation with Perry Garfinkel, longtime New York Times contributor, travel writing teacher, and author of Buddha or Bust: In Search of Truth, Meaning, Happiness, and the Man Who Found Them All and Travel Writing for Profit and Pleasure. Perry will also give us a preview of his upcoming travel writing workshop (August 30 – September 5, 2015) on Martha's Vineyard.

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Armenian Genocide-- a Conversation with Amy Hoogasian

Join correspondent, Tom Wilmer in San Francisco for a conversation with Amy Hoogasian, as she talks about the Armenian Genocide in Turkey, 1915-1918. Her passionate quest for Turkey to acknowledge their genocidal policies and actions against the Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire a century ago was inculcated as a child when her grandparents shared horrific memories of abuse and mass murder at the hands of the Turks. Amy Hoogasian hails from Chicago and has practiced law for twenty years in the areas of immigration, corporate and environmental law. She moved to San Francisco, California, when she was appointed to a distinguished position within the United States government. Subscribe to Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer on NPR.ORG's podcast page or iTunes, Podcasts.de (Germany) Stitcher.com, player.fm, pure.com (UK)Funding for the Lowell Thomas Award-winning travel shos is provided by Hawiian Reforestation Initiative

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International Chardonnay Symposium

Join Correspondent, Tom Wilmer as he explores the world of Chardonnay and The International Chardonnay Symposium, May 28-30, with Winemakers Eric Johnson of Talley Vineyards and Mike Sinor of Sinor La Vallee, along with Wine Director, Robin Puricello of Foremost Wine Bar & Restaurant in San Luis Obispo. You'll hear about the amazing panel discussions, winemaker dinners and two grand tastings coming to Pismo Beach and Avila Beach, California this month. listen to the show on the Lowell Thomas Award-winning Podcast, Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer, produced by NPR affiliate KCBX, with funding provided by Hawaiian Reforestation Initiative.

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Aurora, Nebraska's Captivating Plainsman Museum

Museums can be static attics—dusty archives of our history, or they can be amazingly engaging and dynamic places with interactive, hands-on experiences for kids and adults alike. When I think of really cool museums, I think of places like the Smithsonian and the Air & Space Museum, the Field in Chicago, or the Natural History Museum in LA. But I spend most of my time exploring American heartland towns and villages, rather than urban centers. And I suppose it's my own mental bias, I just don't expect to find incredible museums in small town America. I have been repeatedly blindsided by discovering truly world-class showcases of American life hunkered in little towns far removed from the nearest urban center. When I visited the rural farming community of Aurora, Nebraska, two hours west of Omaha on Interstate 80, it was a pleasant surprise to discover the Plainsman Museum that engagingly chronicles the region's evolution over the past 150 years. Come along and join me for a visit with Museum Director, Megan Sharp. Funding for Journeys of Discovery provided by Hawaiian Reforestation Initiative Subscribe to the Lowell Thomas Award-winning podcast on iTunes or Stitcher.com

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Texas Rose Rustler—"If Dead People Can Grow Roses, Anyone Can"

Mike Shoup, the owner of the Antique Rose Emporium in Independence, Texas has been propagating and selling antique roses since the late 1970s. Some of his most prized and coveted roses were virtually extinct. But he found neglected "survivor" heirloom varieties still growing in old pioneer cemeteries—even though no one had cared for them for decades. Shoup commenced cemetery forays to secure cuttings... and thus was born his knick name, "The Rose Rustler". A bonus of his antique varieties is they are super aromatic. Shoup explained that most hybrid roses are bred for color and appearance, and the aromatics are often greatly diminished. Come along and Join Mike at his Emporium as he shares his passion as a Rosarian, and how to maintain healthy roses, organically, without utilizing pesticides. Listen to Mike Shoup on Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer, the Lowell Thomas Award winning podcast featured on NPR.ORG

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Exploring Morro Bay California

I've lived on the California Central Coast since 1978, with more than 15 years anchored in Morro Bay. I still savor the Bay and Estuary and majestic Morro Rock with the same awe and wonder as the day I first arrived. A bonus of the place is the diversity of things to do and see. Savoring seaside Fish and chips is a definite part of the fabric, as is kayaking, beach walking, watching the pelicans soar, loons calling out, otters poking their curious heads up like periscopes, and seals and lumbering sea lions scooting around the bay. At the far end of town is the Morro Bay State Park. In addition to the State Campground, where many vacationers reserve their campsite months in advance, the State Park is also host to the County owned Morro Bay Golf Course—affectionately dubbed Poor-Man's Pebble beach. One of the Park's lesser known gems is the Natural History Museum, perched on a bay front rock promontory just steps from the golf links, and campground. My friend, Brent Haugen, Director of the Morro Bay Tourism Bureau and I visited with Rouvaishayana the State Park's Manager of the Natural History Museum. We then stopped in for a visit with Mike Samaniego, the Head Golf Pro at the Morro Bay Golf Course and then headed down to the Embarcadero for a visit with the owner of Sub Sea Tours, located in front of Marina Square.In case you're visiting from out of the area, or know someone who's planning a trip to the Central Coast, the Morro Bay Tourism Bureau has just launched their Adventure Pass, good for three days of discounted fees for a myriad of adventures from kayaking, to harbor cruises, wine tasting, yogurt, chocolates, golfing and lots more. Funding for Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer, a weekly podcast on NPR.ORG is provided by Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative Subscribe to this podcast on iTunes

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CABs of Distinction-- Paso Robles Bordeaux-style Wines Showcased

Winemakers from around the Paso Robles AVA will be celebrating and showcasing their Cabernet Sauvignon & Red Bordeaux Varietals at the Cabs of Distinction event this May 2nd at River Oaks Hot Springs, in Paso Robles. Come along and join three of the participating winemakers, Steve Peck from J. Lohr Vineyards, Chateau Margene's Mike Mooney, and Daniel Dauo from Dauo Vineyards, as they share details about the upcoming event, and exactly why the Paso Robles region produces some of the world's finest Bordeaux style wines. We'll also join them for a tasting of their wines at Thomas Hill Organics in downtown Paso. One of the world's premier producers of Bordeaux style wines, the Paso Robles AVA was awarded the prestigious "Winegrowing Region of the Year" in 2013 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

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Coastal Paradise--Morro Bay's Annual Kite Festival

Morro Bay is situated on famed Highway One, half way between LA and San Francisco. It's a bona fide commercial fishing port, and the bay and estuary are popular draws for visitors and locals alike who enjoy kayaking, sailing, or just sitting on the shore watching the sea otters, seals, sea lions, pelicans. In January the Morro Bay Bird Festival attracts avid birders, and those just curious to learn more about the amazing diversity of birds that are spotted here. Actually there's a greater diversity of bird species spotted here than anywhere else on the entire Pacific Coast. It's springtime now, and it's kite-flying season--and the Morro Bay Kite Festival is one of the town's most popular annual events. Come along and join Brent Haugen, the Director of the Morro Bay Tourism Bureau, as we visit with Shaun Farmer the founder of the Morro Bay Kite Festival, and the owner of Farmer's Kites Surreys and More, located on the Embarcadero, directly across the street from the harbor.

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Heartland Shooting Range Grand Island Nebraska

Like it or not, Hunting and hunters, rifles, shotguns, pistols, and bows and arrows have been an integral part of the American fabric since the first settlers came ashore at Plymouth Rock. The culture of the shooting sports, and hunting, remains firmly imbedded in the cultural fabric of the American Heartland. There's a dramatic difference between the urban dweller in Miami, Florida or Phoenix, Arizona who struts their stuff by packing a pistol whenever they head out to grab a bite to eat at the local McDonald's than the folks I know in Nebraska who love to hunt, and even those who don't hunt but simply love to engage in shooting at targets as a competitive sport. I spent some time at the Heartland Public Shooting Park, located on the outskirts of Grand Island, Nebraska to learn a bit more about America's gun culture. And it was a real eye opener. Tim O'Connor, a shooting sport coach at the local Catholic High school, shared his passion for the sport, and most importantly he shared touching examples of just how the competitive shooting sports teach his students critical life lessons, to not only challenge themselves to achieve more, but to work as a team. And by the way, firearms safety is never ending. I'm Tom Wilmer, come along and me at the Heartland Public Shooting Park, located on the outskirts of Grand Island, Nebraska for a visit with Tim O'Connor at the Sporting Clays Range. We'll then visit with Todd McCoy, and the range safety officer at the rifle range. Listen to the show on the Lowell Thomas Award winning travel show, Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer Subsribe to the Podcast on iTunes or Player.fm

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