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Paula Froelich  Professional Explorer. Storyteller. Polymath. Former Yahoo Travel EIC; Snapchat πŸ‘»: @karlfro

Getting ready to roll the Dunes in #Oman

It's #Sunday and I'm still mentally in the Snake River Valley 🐍. While the @NYTimes and other places still go on and on about "undiscovered" #wine 🍷 regions in #california or #Washington... the real under the radar gem is #Idaho. The hat Ranch made a fascinating and delicious dry Moscato that I would drink every day if I lived there.
#abroadabroad #travelersnotebook #winetasting #winegram

Huge #thunderstorms raged across #NYC last night - and it was magnificent. At one point I went outside and the sky was a sickly yellow - like monsoon season in #india. Then more lightning β›ˆ so I went inside... this beautiful shot captured by @petehalvorsen

Karl: Friday night and it's the same old shit: what to wear?!

From a time when we admired our world leaders - but also a reminder that crazy awfulness has happened so many times before. And it has been defeated. Eventually. Just as goodness has been. Good and evil are symbiotic. Nothing lasts forever. Patience. What a week, hey?

#solidarity with #Barcelona ... pic courtesy of @parisdeluxearty

The old #volcano cap of Lizard Butte watches over the Snake 🐍River Valley and #Idaho the wine country (yes, Idaho not only has #wine 🍷 they have world class wine... had a bottle of dry moscato from the @hatranchwinery yesterday that wasn't sweet at all and was heavenly)... it's like the Napa Valley of the state.
Actually wanted to come to see the Perseid Meteor Shower 🚿- but because of the wildfires going on here and in neighboring states there was a thick haze. But it cleared up for an hour around midnight and oh! Gorgeous. What an experience. And it does reminds me you that in actuality, most great things (like a meteor shower) are part luck. And somethings shouldn't be taken for granted by just penciling them into your calendar. There was also a #rodeo going in two small towns over so there's that. And you know how much I love ❀️ a rodeo 😘. #abroadabroad #visitidaho #idahocvb #perseids

#Boise #Idaho is such an interesting town. It has such a vibrant art, music and culture scene - as well as one of the most interesting, intellectual and delicious eateries I've been to in a while (@stateandlemp) as well as Freak Alley - a #graffitiart alley - and anyone who knows me knows I love some #graffiti πŸ˜‰.
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Spent the last week in #idaho talking to regular people whom you won't see on @CNN @MSNBC or cable news. What they don't tell you on the news: any farmer across the US hates the farms subsidies (as they go the conglomerate farm businesses, not the regular farmer πŸ‘¨β€πŸŒΎ trying to make it work) ... and they NEED/rely on immigrants - people who will do back breaking work 10 hours a day for $10-11 an hour.
Most Americans are not this loud, obnoxious rowdy gross crowd that get 99 percent of our attention because they're good for ratings.
#abroadabroad #travelersnotebook #farmerslife #farmer

So #Idaho is not only #winecountry - it's also #farm horse 🐴 and #rodeo country. I especially love this guy because if you look at his mouth he's right in the muddle of telling me to mind m own business. Full mr ed. Quarter horses roam the fields waiting to work at roping or barrel racing ... stayed at an @airbnb across the lane from an amazing couple. Both in their late sixties and both still doing the rodeo (he's a roper and she is a multiple award winning barrel racer). I loooove Barbara and Lonnie Wright (pics of then coming up). #abroadabroad #travelersnotebook

The Snake River Valley near Caldwell, #Idaho, is the new, undiscovered Napa Valley. If you love wine 🍷 vineyard hopping and exploring this area is just wonderful. Spent the last two days wine tasting at small, family owned, world class vineyards where I had a dry moscato, a Cabernet franc and a dry rose that beats a lot of what I've tasted in #europe and #California ... a small microclimate and volcanic soil leads to great grapes and even more interesting, while most of the wine world 🌎 has a small percentage of female vintners and winemakers, Idaho has over 17%... "women kick ass here" says Tammy Stowe McClure of @indiancreekwinery (Tammy is also known as the "Wine Warrior" from her days appearing in @american_ninja_warrior_ ... so Tammy literally kicks ass.
#abroadabroad #winetasting #travelersnotebook #visitidaho #idahowine

Sometimes you just have to take a leap of faith. I did one in the desert oasis I found in #oman... a truly fascinating country. A sultanate and absolute monarchy on the Arabian peninsula it has terrain encompassing desert, riverbed oases and long coastlines on the Persian (Arabian) Gulf, Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman. Wahiba Sands is a region of dunes inhabited by Bedouins. The port capital, Muscat, is home to the massive, contemporary Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, and the old waterfront Muttrah quarter, with a labyrinthine souk and busy fish market. It is also said to house the remains of the Queen of Sheba in the desert that borders #Yemen
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