Glacier Laguna Torre Trail: In the Argentine Patagonia almost at the end of the world, in a town of 300 inhabitants called Chalten, you can visit glaciers in places that have very little human presence. The walk lasts about 6 hours from the village and you have to take everything to camp, since there is no support there.
To move there you have to take a plane to Buenos Aires (about 9 hours), another plane from Buenos Aires to Calafate (three hours more to the south). And finally in a vehicle (about four hours more) until chalten. All an adventure and an authentic Glacier at The End of the World
View of Torre Hill and Torre Glacier ( Cerro Torre & Glaciar Laguna Torre ) You can not see the birth of the Glacier because it is more than 30 km from this place. Hiking on the glacier is forbidden. There is no presence of park rangers and control authorities. It is a very aggressive and rugged place,
US History of Tourism – The Lindbergh Line – First Coast to Coast Flight – Transcontinental Air Transport – TAT – Ford Tri-Motor
US History of Tourism: Transcontinental Air Transport – TAT
US History of Tourism, first coast to coast flight: Transcontinental Air Transport (TAT) was an airline founded in 1928 by Clement Melville Keys that merged in 1930 with Western Air Express to form what became TWA.
The Transcontinental Air Transportairline was like “The Lindbergh Line” and the idea began in the months after the 1927 transatlantic flight of Charles Lindbergh. The main sponsors of this commercial airline were:
Commander William Robertson
They set out to unite the coasts of the Atlantic and the Pacific, between the cities of New York and Los Angeles
TAT investors were: The Curtiss companies, the Wright Aeronautical Corporation, the Atchison Railroad, Topeka and Santa Fe plus five investment banks. In the spring of 1928, the group formed Transcontinental Air Transport, Inc., with Clement Melville Keys (Curtiss) as chairman and a board of directors composed of representatives of major investors.
Charles Lindbergh Chairman of TAT Technical Committee
Charles Lindbergh became Chairman of the TATTechnical Committee. The Lindbergh Technical team designed the air route to follow. They chose 10 cities spaced between the coasts: Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis, Ind .; St. Louis, Mo .; Kansas City, Kan .; Wichita, Kan .; Waynoka, Okla .; Clovis, NM; Albuquerque, NM; Winslow, Ariz .; and Glendale, California.
Transcontinental Air Transport bought or rented sites for airports. Pilots and mechanics were also hired, coordinated airline and rail schedules. They also directed the construction of runways, airport terminals and weather stations.
TAT tested the schedules of the stops between June 20 and July 6, 1929. Several pracytical trips and training with teams and personnel were made. Before the first client traveled, almost 50,000 test miles were recorded. Also transported 261 passengers through the different sections of the TAT route to make sure everything was ready.
US History of Tourism: Ford Trimotor 5-AT
The plane chosen by Lindbergh was the Ford TriMotor. According to Lindbergh, the Ford had more power and better maintenance than any other aviom. The Ford Tri-Motor was popularly dubbed the “Tin Goose”. Its corrugated metal fuselage looked like a tin washboard, and his body seemed to crawl on the ground like the belly of a goose.
Having three engines made flying on that plane safer than on other planes of that time. If one or maybe two engines stop running in flight, the TriMotor could land safely with only one of the two engines. The plane’s cabin could accommodate a maximum of 10 passengers. The plane had been built to transport more people but Transcontinental Air Transport dismantled six seats to leave the place for a kitchen.
A very narrow corridor ran through the center of the passenger cabin. Next to each seat was a window covered with velvet curtains. Each passenger had their own reading lamp and also an electric lighter with an ashtray. The seats were adjustable to three positions and resembled more common splinters than the current asintos of an airplane. The Ford TriMotor had a top speed of 110 miles per hour.
First Coast to Coast Flight: Inauguration Day in NYC
On July 7, 1929, transcontinental travel began. He initially offered a 48-hour coast-to-coast travel (night trains and day planes on several flights). The first Passengers had to board, first, a night train to take them to the airport in Columbus, Ohio (today is John Glenn International Airport), 850 miles away.
At the NYC Pennsylvania station, a Ford Tri-Motor called City of New Yorkwas in the hall. He was taken for the occasion and was Christening by Amelia Earhart. After the speeches, passengers boarded The Airway Limited on Platform 15, and the train departed to Columbus at 6:05 pm
First Day: New York to Waynoka
Because The city’s Union Station was located in the city center, TAT built its own train station and terminal at the Columbus airport. Thus, the transfer from train to plane was faster and more comfortable for passengers. It was a cloudy day with light rain that fell in Columbus on July 8, 1929. Passengers who arrived at the new Columbus Penn train station walked down a gangway to the Ford Tri-Motors aircraft.
The plan was for two Tri-Motors to take off at the same time and move together across the continent. The Ford Tri-Motor chosen were the so-called City of Columbus and the City of Wichita.
The list of passengers who boarded that day the Ford Tri-Motor aircraft were (2)
The passengers on the City of Columbus Plane:
Colonel Edgar S. Correll (President, Stutz Motor Company, IN)
Paul Henderson. Jr. (Colonel Henderson’s son)
Stay Brainerd (Associated Newspapers. NYC)
S.W. Higgins (Dennison Manufacturing Company, MA)
U. Grant Border (U.S. Border & Sons. NYC)
J.W. Brennan, (Central Traffic Manager. TAT)
Daniel M. Shafer (Chief of Passenger Transportation. Pennsylvania Railroad)
Albert A Garthwaite. (Vice President. Lee Tire Company. PA)
The passengers on the City of Wichita Plane :
Charles Tice (Fox Movietone News and Equipment)
Carl Larsen (Fox Movietone News and Equipment)
William Chaplin (Associated Press. NYC)
Miss M.A. Salomon (Chamber of Commerce. Brooklyn. NY)
Mn. John T. Litch (Boston. MA)
E.E. Greiner (Springfield. OH) William James Bryant (Nation’s Business. D.C.)
Mn. George P. Putnam (NYC) Mn. F.C. Kenney (Indianapolis. IN)
After the two Ford Tri-Motor departed, Mr. T.B. Clement, the General Traffic Manager of Transcontinental Air Transport , hosted a breakfast in the TAT hangar. Important guests that attended the start of the inaugural flights and the celebration breakfast included
Henry Ford. ( Chairman of Ford Motor Company)
Eckel Ford (Henry Ford’s son);
William B. Mayo (Chief Engineer of Ford Motor Company);
Harvey Firestone (Firestone Tire Company).
Early in the morning , at the Columbus Airport (3), the passengers board a Ford Trimotor plane and fly to Waynoka – Oklahoma. The plane had to stop 4 times to refuel before arriving in Oklahoma. There they boarded another night train on the Santa Fe Railroad for a trip to Clovis, New Mexico. On the train they spent the night and arrived at the next airport.
Around noon, the TAT flight stops in St. Louis, where pilots who had flown from Columbus were replaced by a new flight crew. TAT limited the flight time of its pilots to no more than five hours in the air in a single day. A TAT pilot earned more than $ 12,000 a year, more than double the salaries that most pilots earned at that time.
St. Louis to Kansas City: Lunch on Board
In the stage of St. Louis to Kansas City the passengers were served lunch. Ford trimotor stabilized, the service on board served some aluminum trays with napkin and tablecloth. The food was chicken, cheese and egg salad sandwiches, a pickle and salt. A piece of cake, an apple and a banana were also served. To accompany the meals the option was milk or coffee.
In Kansas City there was another technical stop, where any nervous passenger had the option of making a train connection. From Kansas City, the air route followed the Santa Fe rail route to the next stop in Wichita. Leaving Wichita, the trip to Waynoka was only 117 flight miles.
Landing in Waynoka
At Landing in Waynoka, TAT passengers are driven by car to the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe train station. There at dinner will be the Harvey House restaurant. The food was five stars;
Blue knitted oysters
Prairie Chicken with Redcurrant Jam
Pickled lamb tongue.
At 8 pm, TAT service personnel accompanied passengers to a special railroad car (The Missionary) bound for Clovis. The train left Waynoka at 11 p.m. through western Oklahoma and northern Texas. He stopped in the cities of Woodward, Shattuck, Canadian, Miami and Amarillo. In Clovis, passengers had breakfast in other Harvey House, when they arrived at the City
Second Day: Clovis to Los Angeles
First Coast to Coast Flight: From the Clovis train station, a car drove passengers to the Clovis terminal “Portair” five miles west of the city. The departure of the plane was scheduled for 8:10 AM. The plane took off and reached the height of 8,000 feet. Passengers expect a trip with three stopovers to refuel before reaching their final destination. The name of Ford Tri-Motor is “City of Wichita,”
Albuquerque was the first stop on the second day of flight. After the stopover, a light lunch was served and the service was withdrawn before arriving at the Continental Division. The most dangerous part of the trip, the flight from Albuquerque to Kingman through Winslow, was also the most picturesque.
In the late afternoon, the TAT Ford Tri-Motor approaches through the Cajon Pass between the San Bernardino and San Gabriel Mountains in California. Approaching Glendale Airport, their final destination, the plane slid over Pasadena, north of Los Angeles. Also about Hollywood and movie studios.
Coast to Coast Travel: Inauguration Day in Los Angeles
The same day at Grand Central Air Terminal near Los Angeles, two Ford Tri-Motor were christened. The TAT Tri-Motors were the Ciry of Los Angeles and the City of Philadelphia. Mary Pidcford christened the City of Los Angeles, and Gloria Swanson christened the Ciry of Philadelphia.
A huge crowd of approximately 30,000 turned out for the christening and viewed the historic beginning of transcontinental service to the east.
Charles Lindbergh piloted the City of Los Angeles on its inaugural travel to the east. (2)
Mrs. R.K. Rochester Charles Walker (Fox News, Los Angeles)
Miss Velva Darling (Los Angeles)
John B. Austin (President. Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles)
Turner Wills (Los Angeles)
Charles Lindbergh that day flew the plane “City of Los Angeles” to Winslow, Arizona. From there, the next day on July 9, Charles Lindbergh flew the City of Philadelphia, back to Los Angeles. With the return flight, traveled Amelia Earhart and his wife Anne Morrow Lindbergh.
A curiosity: Upon arrival in Los Angeles (Glendale) there was a second christening of the Ford Trimotor City of Philadelphia. Again Gloria Swanson, movie star, christening for the second time the City of Philadelphia. Some 20,000 people attended the second christening of the plane that had just completed the first voyage of the transcontinental passenger airline.
During the first month of TAT ( Lindbergh Line) operations, 153 passengers traveled the entire route. Also 280 passengers made shorter trips between intermediate points. TAT reported that its passenger transport capacity index was 37 percent. 99.4 percent of scheduled miles were completed. The planes flew 113,240 of the planned 113,957 miles. The number of passengers and miles traveled increased during the following months.
Two Air Crash in Five Months
On September 3, 1929, a Ford Tri-Motor 5-AT-21B NC 9647 “City of San Francisco”, westbound TAT flight crashed into Mt. Taylor in New Mexico. “All passengers and crew aboard died. The Associated Press said it was the first plane crash on a regular commercial land route. The September accident was the first of three serious accidents for TAT in the next five months. It was the first disaster of a commercial airline.
On January 19, 1930TAT Flight Number 7, Ford Tri-Motor 5-AT-C crashed north of Oceanside, California. The plane encountered rain, low clouds, fog, and possibly engine problems, Flying from the races at Agua Caliente, near Tijuana, Mexico to Los Angeles.
The left wing struck the ground, slamming the aircraft into the ground, which subsequently caught fire. The pilots and all 14 passengers aboard died in the crash. Charles Lindbergh, as chairman of TAT technical committee, was involved in the investigation.
TAT & Western Air Express
After the first accident many of the Transcontinental Air Transport passengers chose the train. TAT began offering more services on board, but they had no effect. The fall of the stock market in October 1929 plus the second accident, put Transcontinental Air Transport on the verge of Bankruptcy
The government offered airlines long-term mail contracts in exchange for buying larger and safer airplanes for passenger transport.Transcontinental Air Transport, which did not carry mail, merged with Western Air Express, which already had a contract with the government. The merger was announced on October 25, 1930. The company that later became TWA stopped operating its train service. From that moment on, the entire route began to fly with only one night stop in Kansas City..
Ford Tri-Motor Today
At present there are almost 18 Ford Trimotor among those that are in operation, restoration and exhibition in museums. We will deal with this later in another note.
Tips of First Coast to Coast Flight: US History of Tourism – TAT
The one-way fare from New York to Los Angeles was $ 352. It would be worth about $ 5,000 in 2019
The trip lasted 48 hours – Train & Ford Trimotor
The height of the flight was 8,000 feet.
People made fun of the airline abbreviation (TAT) interpreting it as “Take A Train”
Tags: The Lindbergh Line – First Coast to Coast Flight – Transcontinental Air Transport – TAT – US History of Tourism – Ford Tri-Motor – Charles Lindbergh – Amelia Earhart – City of Los Angeles – City of Wichita – City of New York
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About 68% of American households, and 85 million families, own a pet. These data are from a survey of the American Pet Products Association(1) . In 2018, $ 62 billion was spent on pets, including more than $ 6.2 billion on services such as accommodation and grooming. Another survey from the same organization says that 37 percent of pet owners take their animals on their trips, compared to 19 percent about 10 years ago. Source: U.S. Travel Association (2).
Websites such as Burkert’s or BringFido.com specialize in identifying pet-friendly hotels.
The travel industry is a big business. In the USA Travel expenses reached $ 898 billion in 2018. And an important part of travel spending is not only for people, but also for their pets. When pet owners travel by road or plane they have only two options:
Take your pet with them to any place.
Another person takes over, rented or not.
These options are not only for tourism or pleasure trips but also for business or other reasons.
How Many People Travel with Pets?: The pet transport business is becoming more prosperous. In the International Pet and Animal Transportation Association (3), all the companies that are responsible for the transfer of pets are associated. Many of these companies offer products to meet demand.
Travel Pet Infography
Pet friendly companies include airlines that offer cabin travel options for $ 125 each way for dogs and small cats. Snakes, pheasants, pigs and monkeys are not allowed.
There is also the option to send pets in the cargo hold. Prices can vary from $ 60 to $ 500 depending on the route. Annually more than 2 million pets and other live animals are transported by air only in the United States. And they are more than 4 million globally. According to data from the International Association of Pet and Animal Transportation (4) , only United transported 138,000 animals (2017 figures).
Where do I Take my Pet when I Travel?
If you do not take your dog on a trip with you, you have to resort to some pet complex. To be a pet friendly place, you have to meet at least three conditions
Is there anyone on site 24/7 with physical presence? Not only with a remote camera
How long do dogs have to play? Or what is your entertainment policy ?. They don’t have to be locked in a cage all day
Do you have emergency procedures? Which are?
If a pet is aggressive, fights or bites, what is the procedure to resolve that situation?
Do you have a policy to maintain order?
The Pet Friendly Awards
LA Travel Magazine (5)awards several prizes per year – see LA Travel Magazine 2019 Awards (6) – in more than 20 categories. They also have two categories for pets. The categories and winners are:
BEST PET RESORT D Pet Hotels Los Angeles (Encino) (7)
BEST PET-FRIENDLY HOTEL La Quinta Resort & Club – Palm Springs California (8)
La Quinta Resort & Club, which is a Waldorf Astoria property, can bring two dogs up to 75 pounds each. And also a $ 100 cleaning fee is paid. Hotels like La Quinta and Red Roof Inn, accept pets free of charge. But the trend also reaches up to luxury hotels like the W and the Marriott. These hotels have incredible services for pets: pet rooms, pet sitters, pet walks.
The magazine editor (LA Travel Magazine) says she publishes at least one “Pet Friendly” article every month. Readers love edo. “Millennials tend to get married later. They have money and often spend it on their pets, says the magazine editor
And how do you travel with pets?: Room Service for Dogs
A detail to keep in mind: many hotels allow pets, but they are not really dog friendly. The Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach, California (9) really is, according to the editor of LA Travel. This hotel has no additional charge, regardless of size, weight or race. The hotel is steps away from Huntington Dog Beach, an unrestricted dog beach. The hotel has a pet menu. It also has its own Room service for dogs.
Pet ride in a Ferrari
The D Pet hotels in Los Angeles (7)Encino offer accommodation, nursery, toilet and even services of Pet Chauffeur and Pet Boutique.
For your dog you can choose between:
Standard suite (4 ‘x 9’, dog bed and TV tuned to Animal Planet.
Uber Suite (12 ‘x 22’; a queen bed and 42 “TV.)
sensational suite (12 ‘x 12’ with double bed and 32 “TV)
D-Chauffeur will pick up your dog for your hotel stay, either in a normal vehicle or in a Ferrari, Lamborghini Gallardo, Bentley, Porsche or Rolls Royce. D-Boutique will sell your dog (if you have your own credit card) food, treats, raincoats and aromatherapy candles. The facility has a 5000 square foot dog park for supervised games. Hotel staff is watching 24 hours a day.
Hotels, Airlines, trains and any transport company know that the owner of a pet will be very loyal to an airline or hotel that treats them well. They will talk with their friends, they will come back and stay longer. And also recommend the best services.
Travel & Dining with Dogs
The state of New York converted the Dining with Dogs (10)project into law. This law allows any restaurant in the state to open its outdoor space to dogs. In early 2015, a similar law entered into force in California. Also Tennessee, Maryland and Florida are among the states that have eased restaurant restrictions regarding the admission of pets. .
Beer for Dogs
The Indianapolis Flat 12 Bierwerks brewery(11) allowed dogs in its yard last summer. He also created an alcohol-free beer for dogs made with meat ornaments. California and Florida are the friendliest states with dog food, according to the dogfriendly.com ® website. (12)
By the way, the DogFriendly.com ® website has published pet travel guides worldwide for people with dogs of all sizes and breeds. There are hotel search engines that allow pets. Tourist sites, shops and historical sites, camps, parks. Also strapless parks, beaches, skiing and more. It is a website with a lot of pet friendly information especially in the United States.
Pets Travel by Train
Until 2014 Amtrak(14) not allowed pets (with the exception of service animals) to travel on their trains since the 1970s. He then tested the launch of a pilot program in Illinois. Amtrak decided it was time to try being pet friendly and chose only a few routes. On those routes Amtrak would charge $ 25 for a dog or cat that weighed up to 20 pounds and fit in a carrier under the seat of a pet owner.
According to Amtrak, “about 200 animals have accompanied passengers without a single complaint or incident.” Then the program became permanent a year later. In late 2015, Amtrak announced that pets could also travel with owners on certain routes in the northeast. In February 2016, he announced that pets could travel on most of their long-distance trains for up to seven hours.
Amtrak is now considering transporting larger animals as seasonally checked luggage. This had not been done by Amtrak since 1970.
Towards a Pet Friendly world traveler
We all want to enjoy our pets. We no longer want to leave them at home or in a kennel. That is why years after year more people travel the world (and also at home) with their pets. That is why pet services appear at all times that were previously only reserved to their owners. What we describe today in the blog is just a small sample. We will certainly be expanding it soon. Good luck to you all
More Info: Insurance Information Institute-Pet statistics (13)
Infography U.S. Travel Industry
2019 Los Angeles Travel Readers’ Choice Award Winners: (6)
1 – BEST PET RESORT: D Pet Hotels Los Angeles (Encino)
2 – BEST PET-FRIENDLY HOTE: La Quinta Resort & Club
3 – BEST MUSEUM: The Griffith Observatory
4 – BEST SHOPPING: The Grove
5 – BEST BAR: TomTom, West Hollywood
6 – BEST NIGHTLIFE VENUE: Poppy, West Hollywood
7 – BEST NEW RESTAURANT: Yardbird Southern Bar & Table
8 – BEST OVERALL RESTAURANT: Fig and Olive, Melrose Place
9 – BEST INTERNATIONALLY INSPIRED RESTAURANT: TAO, Hollywood
10 – BEST VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT: Gracias Madre, West Hollywood
11 – BEST CASINO: Pala Casino Resort
12 – BEST CRUISE LINE: Celebrity Cruises
13 – BEST BREWERY: Smog City Brewery
14 – BEST WINERY: Wilson Creek Winery, Temecula
15 – BEST SPA: Aarna Spa, Huntington Beach
16 – BEST GOLF COURSE: Pelican Hill Golf Club, Newport Coast
17 – BEST SEMI-PRIVATE AIR CARRIER: JetSuiteX
18 – BEST INTERNATIONAL AIRLINE: Qantas Airways
19 – BEST DOMESTIC AIRLINE: JetBlue
20 – BEST ATTRACTION: Universal CityWalk
21 – BEST RESORT: The Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel
22 – BEST NEW HOTE: The Mayfair, DTLA
23 – BEST HOTE: The Waldorf Astoria, Beverly Hills
24 – BEST BEACH HOTE: Terranea Resort, Palos Verdes
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Hiking to Cerro Wank – Rio Subterraneo – Cascada Escondida
La Cumbrecita: Before starting a hiking season in El Chalten, visit a friend who lives in the city of Cordoba – Argentina.We went together for a trekking to a mountain village that I especially recommend.
La Cumbrecita – Mountain Village
Remember mountain villages in Germany, Switzerland or France.Founded by a Siemens Manager 90 years ago, and has that charming European center in every corner
The path we went to La Cumbrecitais called Wank Hill – Underground River – Hidden Waterfall.(Cerro Wank – Rio Subterraneo – Cascada Escondida).It is absolutely necessary to do it with a guide, since from the summit on the Wank hill the trails are not signposted.For that we hire a guide at the entrance of the Villa, in a shop called Tekking La Cumbrecita.