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Rundown for the Week of February 7, 2003

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Verse from the Ranch

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Several of our guests are local Utahans that have done important work for the celebration of the West. Hal Cannon, the winner of the Will Rogers lifetime achievement award, is a dedicated folklorist and cowboy. While cowboy poetry and music started in the trail drives of the 1860s as a way to avoid confrontation among cowboys with free time on their hands, the Annual Elko Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, NV, draws more than 8,000 people form all over the country to dance and listen to music. Hal brought along couple of cowboys who performed at this year’s festival: Colin Sweeten, a rancher from Idaho, and Brenn Hill, one of the great up-and-coming cowboy singers.

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  Click to view: Pictures from the Savvy Traveler live show in Salt Lake City.
  Click to listen: Song from cowboy poet / singer Brenn Hill

Links:

  • Elko Poetry Gathering
  • www.cowboypoetry.com/: Online portal for cowboy poetry
  • Photo: Scott Winterton

    Sports and Travel panel discussion with Chris Waddell, Picabo Street and Devon Harris

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    People travel for many reasons -- and some people travel for their jobs. Savvy Traveler host Diana Nyad talks with some of the great athletes of our time about their experiences spanning the globe in pursuit of sport: Olympic gold medal winner Picabo Street, Paralympic champion Chris Waddell and Devon Harris, a founding member of the Jamaican bobsled team. Sure everyone has lots of sports-related questions about injuries and trophies...but we’re a travel show. Diana talks to the athletes about how sports have opened up the world of travel to them.

    Related Media:
      Click to view: Pictures from the Savvy Traveler live show in Salt Lake City.

    Links:

  • ski.mountainzone.com: Video interview with Picabo Street from Dec. 2001
  • skiing.about.com: Article - Picabo Street Preps for Olympic Glory
  • www.olympic-usa.org: Biography of Chris Waddell and olympic diary entries
  • www.4-life.com:Interview and background info. - Devon Harris
  • Photo: Scott Winterton

    Utah State Geography Bee Winner: Derek Wells

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    Think you’re pretty good at geography? Well, prepare to be beaten senseless with knowledge by an 11-year-old named Derek Wells, the winner of the Utah State Geography Bee. He’s the youngest winner ever of a national geography bee. Savvy Traveler host Diana Nyad and the audience at the Jewett Center at Westminster College in Salt Lake City try to match wits with Derek.

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      Click to view: Pictures from the Savvy Traveler live show in Salt Lake City.

    Links:

  • Nataional Geographic Geography Bee: National and state winners for 2002
  • Sound Travels: Burma (Myanmar) - Temple Bells

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    Our reporters bring the best sounds from around the world. Aaron Zimm recorded bells at a temple in Myanmar, aka Burma. The bells hang outside under golden spires called payas. The payas are beautiful, resembling fingers reaching toward something unknown, something unseen. So, close your eyes, pick up a bamboo mallet and strike one of these enormous iron bells yourself…

    Links:
  • U.S. Department of State: Consular Information Sheet , Burma (Myanmar)
  • Traveler's Aid: Iraqnophobia - Travel in the Shadow of War

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    Are travelers really worried about war? Since we’re on the verge of impending war, what should travelers do? Our Travel-Expert-in-Residence, Rudy Maxa, give us some perspective on what might happen if war is declared.

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    Links:
  • Travelers Toolbox: The Savvy Travelers list of recommended Web resources with a special section on travel warnings.
  • Deal of the Week: Ski Salt Lake

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    Our Travel-Expert-in-Residence, Rudy Maxa, is back with his deal of the week: cheap tickets for skiing around Salt Lake City.

    Well, the Winter Olympics weren't held here for nothing, kids. There’s great skiing around Salt Lake City, and staying in mountainside resorts is lovely -- but they can be expensive. So, how can you enjoy the snow without watching your savings melt?

    • Stay in town and either drive the 20 or 30 minutes to the slopes, or take a ski bus.
    • Stay at any of dozens of in-town, or close-to-town, hotels and motels. How? The Salt Lake folks have put together a $40-a-day "Ski Salt Lake" ski lift ticket that you can get at downtown hotels and use at Alta, Brighton, Snowbird and Solitude. That'll save you on average about 15% a day on retail ski lift passes.

      So, how you find out which hotels offer the lift-ticket deal? Check out www.visitsaltlake.com/ski. Do some research, and you can find deals like:

    • Marriott City Center's weekend ski package. Check in Thurs, Fri or Sat and pay only $79 a night per couple, including breakfast.
    • Best Western Executive Inn, about 10 miles from resorts, will give you a room and rental car with unlimited miles for $120 a night. Or, if you don't need the car, take the ski bus from the Best Western -- forget the car -- and pay $100 a night per couple.
    • Click on "Accommodations" and then "specials," and you'll find, for example: the Wyndham Hotel downtown offers a room for $149, including a ski lift pass each day for two people -- that's about a 40% savings off retail, and all you have to do is book on line 3 days in advance of your stay.

    Links:
  • Ski Salt Lake Superpass
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