Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer

Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer

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Santa Maria California's Amazing History Revealed

Join Correspondent, Tom Wilmer for an illuminating conversation with Cindy Ransik and Mike Farris with the Santa Maria Valley Historical Society's Museum. We'll discover how Santa Maria was for more than 100 years prime diary country. We'll learn about how the real Zorro was based on two real life Santa Maria Valley characters from the days of Mexican rule. Santa Maria was the birthplace of the frozen-food industry, it has been a Hollywood hotspot since the Silent film era when Cecil B. DeMille filmed the Ten Commandments on the Guadalupe sand dunes. Stars who lived in or got their first gigs on stage in Santa Maria's PCPA include Cathy Bates and Robin Williams, and Silver Screen Star, Jane Russell who was a longtime Santa Maria Resident. We'll learn about the incredible life of Captain Allen Hancock, the specific requisite ingredients in "Santa Maria Style Barbeque", and much more...The historical Society has just published a book chronicling the dairy industry, entitled the Purple Cow, so that's where will start our Valley journey. Listen to the Lowell Thomas Award-winning, Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer travel show featured weekly on NPR's digital media site. Funding for Journeys is provided by Hawaiian Reforestation Initiative. Subscribe to Journeys on iTunes Stitcher.com player.fm (UK) a "Best Featured Travel Podcast podcast.de (Germany)

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Nasa Touchdown at Circle V Ranch Camp

Correspondent, Tom Wilmer went to summer camp at The Circle V Ranch Camp. Founded in 1945 by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Council of Los Angeles, the camp is celebrating its 70th Anniversary. Since 1990, the camp has been tucked in a dreamy canyon just a mile up a winding gravel road just off Highway 145, close to the Lake Cachuma Park entrance in Santa Barbara County. The camp adventure coincided with a special "Lost in Space Week". NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratories scientist, Tom Nolan was a camper at Circle V back in the early 1960s and he was on hand the day of our visit along with seven of his research-associates from JPL, USC, California Science Center, and Huntington High Science Department. The scientists shared their scientific research and exploration of the universe with the campers—who engaged in hands-on-science where they took the controls of remotely operated vehicles to plumb the aquatic depths of the swimming pool...They learned about the Mars rovers and robots, and built and launched their own rockets. Join correspondent, Tom Wilmer for a most memorable day at Circle V's Camp--Space Camp that is. Funding for the Lowell Thomas Award-winning travel show, Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer, featured as a weekly NPR Podcast is funded by Hawaiian Reforestation Initiative. Subscribe to the Journeys podcast on iTunes Stitcher.com player.com (UK) a featured "Best Travel Podcast" podcast.de (Germany)

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Montana—Land of Big Sky Experiencing Culinary Awakening

Montana is Cowboy Country--where cattle are king and a can of beans compliments every campfire dinner. Well...there's a lot more than just beef and legumes in Big Sky Country today. In fact, the whole state seems to be experiencing a culinary awakening. Correspondent, Ginny Prior traveled with a group of journalists, hosted by Montana Tourism, to experience small towns and big eats. Funding for the Lowell Thomas Award-winning travel show, Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer is provided by Hawaiian Reforestation Initiative Subscribe to the Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer NPR podcast on iTunes Stitcher.com player.fm (UK) a Featured "Best Travel Podcast" tunein.com podbay.fm podcast.co.no (Norway) Pure.com

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National Geographic Expeditions' Cuba Expert Christopher P. Baker

Cuba is in the news, and seems to be on the lips of every American traveler. Join correspondent, Tom Wilmer as he interviews travel journalist and Cuba expert Christopher P. Baker, who tells us what sets Cuba apart and why now is the time to visit. Listen to Christopher P. Baker describe how EVERY U.S. citizen can now legally visit Cuba, and why you should travel with his best-selling travel guidebook, Moon Cuba, recently published as an all new and totally up-to-date sixth edition. Funding for the Lowell Thomas Award winning travel show, Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer a featured Podcast on NPR.ORG is provided by Hawaiian Reforestation Initiative Subscribe to this podcast on iTunes player.fm (UK) Featured "Best Travel Podcast" sticher.com podcast.de (Germany)

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Christopher P. Baker Talks Cuba's Classic Cars

National Geographic proclaimed Christopher P. Baker, as "one of the world's leading authorities on Cuba". And it's no wonder, as he has made more than 100 trips to Cuba over the past three decades, including a three month motorcycle sojourn on the island that resulted in the award winning book, "Mi Moto Fidel—Motorcycling Through Castro's Cuba". I have had the honor and pleasure to be in the company of Christopher P. Baker on numerous Caribbean travel assignments over the past 20 years and his stories about Cuba's classic pre-revolution 1950s vintage American cars remain vividly memorable. Baker was so enthralled with the cars that he produced a stunningly beautiful coffee table book, "Cuba Classics: A Celebration of Vintage American Automobiles". Come along and join Christopher P. Baker as he waxes eloquent about Cuba's classic cars. Funding for the Lowell Thomas Award winning travel show Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer a weekly featured Podcast on NPR.ORG, produced by NPR affiliate KCBX, is provided by Hawaiian Reforestation Initiative Subscribe to the Podcast on iTunes Stitcher.com player.fm (UK Featured Best Travel Podcast) podcast.de (Germany)

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Cuba's Iconic Song Guantanamera Explained by Christopher P. Baker

Join Tom Wilmer and Cuba expert and renowned travel journalist Christopher P. Baker, who explains the history and significance of "Guantanamera"--the iconic Cuba song made famous by Pete Seeger in 1963 on his peace album "We Shall Overcome." We'll hear why this beautiful and simple song, with its irresistible rhythm and lyrics, holds such poignant memories for Christopher... and why it represents so much about Cuba that he holds dear. Funding for the Lowell Thomas Award Winning Podcast, Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer, featured on NPR.ORG is provided by Hawaiian Reforestation Initiative Subsribe to the Podcast on iTunes Stitcher.com player.fm (UK-- Featured Best Travel Podcast) podcast.de (Germany)

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Kaua'i Musuem--and the Art of Hula

If you are overdue for a tranquilizing decompression session far from the maddening crowd, Kaua'i is the place. A sojourn to the Garden Isle would be incomplete without a walkabout through the Kaua'i Museum—the island's treasure map and compass that will set you on the right path to discover, understand, and honor Kaua'i's living history. Come along and join Lamea Almedah for a tour of the museum—she also talks story about her love of the dance of Hula and her passionate life as a Hula instructor. Support for the Lowell Thomas Award winning podcast Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer is provided by Hawaiian Reforestation Initiative. Subscribe to the Podcast on iTunes Stitcher.com player.fm (UK-- A featured Best Travel podcast Podcast.de (Germany)

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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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