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February Travelogue 2013
Dreaming of Summer                                                                                              02.23.2013

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It’s that point in winter where all you can think about is summer.  You’re tired of being cold and having to shovel snow.  You’re dreaming of flip flops and hiking (though not necessarily together.)

For us, this time of year means we’re getting excited for the summer and a lot of awesome US trips!  
Escape to the West Coast with Yosemite, Crater Lake or the San Juan Islands! Or, discover red rock country in Utah or Arizona.

Always dreamed of exploring the Rockies?  Maybe Yellowstone is calling your name, or Glacier National Park.     

Whatever adventure you’re seeking, it’s time to escape your winter blues and look towards your amazing summer vacation.  Let us help!

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Yosemite
Yosemite

Spend a day hiking, swimming and exploring the subalpine Tuolumne Meadows. Bike to Curry Village and try your hand at rock climbing and rappelling. Discover exactly how big a giant sequoia is around (and how tall too!) on this 6-day California adventure.

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Crater Lake
Crater Lake

Experience all that Crater Lake National Park has to offer -hiking, biking, boating and jaw-dropping views- on ALA’s 6-day Oregon Crater Lake tour.  Raft the famous rapids of the Rogue River. Unwind at the end of your day with a glass of local wine or a regional microbrew.

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San Juan Islands
San Juan Islands

Enjoy a true multisport adventure in Washington’s San Juan Islands!  Hike to the summit of Mount Constitution, the islands’ tallest peak. Bike to a lavender farm where you will engage your senses. Kayak your way around the harbor, keeping an eye out for whales!

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 Back by popular demand! ALA’s Featured Recipe
Yellowstone RiverChico Hot Springs Local Bite: Yellowstone Chicken
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Place rocks in the oven when you start heating it up.  Continue to preheat the rocks for 15 minutes after the oven has heated up.  Combine herbs, oil, salt and pepper.  Arrange poultry on a 9×12″ oven-proof baking dish.  Remove the rocks from the oven with tongs, and place a rock under the thigh of each half of the chicken.  The rock should be snugly tucked between the skin and the meat.  Rub the chicken with the olive oil mixture, drizzling it with what’s left. Bake for 25-30 minutes until the chicken has reached 165 degrees on a meat thermometer.  Serve the chicken with rocks intact (it gives the chicken a nice presentation by making the chicken stand tall on the plate.)*This is one of the great recipes from the Chico Restaurant at Chico Hot Springs Resort in Pray, Montana!  Sitting in our own backyard, Chico is one of our favorites!
**This dish is named after the Yellowstone River, from which Chico gets the rocks they used to make it!  That being said, any rocks will do.  The smoother (and cleaner) the better!
Ingredients

-4 very smooth, round rocks, about 5 inches in diameter        
-2 tablespoons of fresh thyme
-2 tablespoons of fresh rosemary              
-8 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
-1 teaspoon of salt                             
-1 tablespoon of black pepper
-2 whole chickens split in half with the backbone removed 
 

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