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Congratulations to our three lucky winners!

 

1st place: http://community.aarp.org/t5/Reveal-Your-Travel-Secrets/Under-the-Gate/cns-p/1754490: “One of our favorite places in S.F. is the parking lot at Fort Point, beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. Watch the boats, sailboarders, fishermen - or just enjoy the waves and views. We grab a cookie and some bread at Boudin's, then sit in the car and enjoy a bit of the city you won't find anywhere else.”

 

2nd place: http://community.aarp.org/t5/Reveal-Your-Travel-Secrets/Amazing-bats/cns-p/1749055: “There is a bridge in Austin that is home to more than 1.5 million bats. Every night at dusk they fly off to feed. They eat a lot of mosquitoes - several times their body weight - and other flying bugs. You sit on the hillside and watch the sun go down and the bats come out. Starts with a few here and there and before long the sky is black with them. There are volunteers on hand who provide information , both printed and oral. They love to talk about this unusual experience. It is an indelible memory I have of Austin.”

 

3rd place: (http://community.aarp.org/t5/Reveal-Your-Travel-Secrets/Peace-and-Tranquility/cns-p/1755444):  “I used to live in Portland near this hidden treasure. The Grotto in Portland off of Sandy Blvd.  is unique in that it is like stepping back in time within a busy, bustling city to find peace, beauty and tranquility. It is near a hill/mountain within the city which makes it unique in that you can hike the mountain (or drive) and even take the elevator down to street level along the rock wall if you don't wish to walk or drive back down. But parking at street level and just walking among the old growth to the pastoral rock wall and pews to meditate or just 'enjoy the quiet'. You can walk on the trails to various statue placed religious items enjoy the gift shop............all non-denominational. A wonderful place to breathe, get centered and gather the calm!”

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