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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 22, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Glacier Park visitors set record in 1970 An all Unic visitation record was established at Glacier National Park this year with over a million visits recorded for the second time in the hiio'.ory cf the park. Travel for Ilia year totalled 1.241.003 visits lor an increase of IB.17 p;r cent compared with 1969 wh-n 1.031.1 (in> visits were recorded. TI13 1839 year was the previous record year for visits. The majority of the increase was due to the addition of the Chief Mountain visitations as official travel hi Glacier. This included 1R7.H02 visits thL year. The largest one-day public use in 1970 occurred on Sunday, July 5 when 16,303 visits were recorded. This was short of the all time record day set on Sunday, July 2, 1967 when 1(5,542 visits were recorded. A special travel study was conducted during early August to determine the origin of Park visitors and othci' statistics. Visitors originating in Montana lead the list with California coming in second and these from Alberta third. Frldoy, January 77, 1971 - THE IETHBRIDGF HERAID - IS Almond trees blossom in January on Portugal's Algarve suncoast Early basketballers , One cf the early professional basketball teams was the Buffalo Germans, who started out in 1895 as 14-year-old members Of the Buffalo, N.Y., YMCA and played together for 44 seasons, winning 792 games out of 878. The moving finger writes in Arabic en Portugal's southern Algarve coast for this was the scene of the first foothold of the Mows when they overran the whole of the Iberian Peninsula back in the Seventh Century. It was also their last stronghold when they were finally driven back across the sea again to the sands of Morocco five hundred years later. Today in the Algarve there are many relics to remind us of the Moorish invasion, notably the brilliant white blocklike, thick-walled houses and the Moslem-domed village churches spread all along the one hundred miles of coastline which stretches from Europe's south-western tip. Cape St. Vincent, to the Spanish border in the cast. But the most astounding relic cf the Moors is the miracle of almond blossoms in January. Legend has it that in those early days of Moorish occupation, a young and handsome king fell in love with a beautiful maiden from the north and brought her to the Algarve coast to live. During the winter months however, she pined for the sight of the snows of her native land. According to the ston, her ardent lover fulfilled her wish by ordering his entire, domain planted in almond trees to bloom late in January. The slopes and the valley became carpeted in snowy, ptnk-tlnged blossoms which so enchanted the gentle maiden that they lived in happiness for the rest of their lives. Truth or legend, the fact remains that almond fees do bloom in January in the Algarve, making it cne of the most beautiful and alluring winter resorts to be developed in recent years. It is said that, come December 22, spring begins and the whole area ccijovs balmy temperatures all through the ensuing months. Never, or very rarely, does the mercury fall below 60 degrees. Fig and Carob trees - another Moorish legacy - break out in new green leaves. Beanstalks and narcissi, daisies and cowslips sprinkle the fields with their pastel tinted beauty. Winter never comes. All along this spectacular coastline, modern hotels have sprung up offering luxury accommodation for sun-hungry tourists who bid to escape the rigors of winter in their native land. Set along the top of low cliffs they overlook the golden sand beaches and the deep blue waters of the Atlantic. Perhaps the queen of the Algarve beaches is Praia da Rocha, whose very name says "Beach of Bocks", describing to a T the picturesque sands and their scattering of huge, fantastically shaped rock formations that turn the whole scene into a fairyland forming archways, caves, grottoes and weird shapes that almost defy description. But this is no! all the Algarve has to offer. From your clifflop hotel you can watch fishing fleets moving to and from their Atlantic f i s li i n g grounds. There are castles to explore; quaint marketplaces in beautifully kept villages; stalactite caves and even Roman ruins to r a m b 1 e through. Then there's the ancient town of Louie where brilliant white chimney stacks point upward, to the azure blue skies and where, in almond blossom time, the annual March' Gras festival is held. Colorful, Deflowered floats parade the streets. There is folk dancing and singing and celebrations that last for several days. Fly CP Air from Toronto or Montreal to Lisbon, then link up with a 45 minute flight to Faro, or take a motorcoach, or drive yourself from Lisbon airport via the picturesque coast road to Die Algarve. Famed Irish tourist hotel is purchased by consortium GALWAY - Ashford Castle at: Cong, Co. Mayo, one of the most famous fishing and tourist hotels in Ireland, has been sold to an Irish consortium headed by the Irish-American multi-millionaire, Jchn A. Mul-cahy, who was host to President K'j;on during the president's recent stay in Ireland. The price paid for the 40-room hotel, which stands on about 250 acres over-looking Lough Corrib, is believed to have been in the region of �400.000 (a million dollars) - the most expensive hotel sale ever mode in Ireland. The hotel was built original* Iy by Lord Ardilaun, a member cf the Guinness family, in 1860 and took more than 30 years to complete. It incorporates the remains of at least two other buildings, the 13th century De Burgo Castle and the 19th century Ashford House, which has lent to the hotel the odd-turreted effect of the French chateau style. YELLOWSTONE IN WINTER - Thousands of travellers who enjoy seeing the unique and unusual in America are discovering the "Whiteface ,of Yellowstone". Steam from hot pools and geysers rise in the gentle breezes and stop to rest in trees. It appears like pages in a book of fantasyland. Visitors touring Yellowstone by large enclosed snowmobiles have all Ihe comforts of a Sunday a fternoon drive in their own automobile. Yellowstone Park in winter becomes fairy wonderland Yellowstone National Park, the United States' oldest and largest Federal Preserve has opened /or the winter season and is expected to attract more visitors than ever before. It had been closed since,, October 31. Operating daily fdr" park visitors are the enclosed snowmobiles operated by the Yellowstone Park Company - heated, comfortable 12-passenger machines with panoramic vis i o n through thennopane windows or ceiling hatch. Snowmobiling in this oldest national park is a snow adventure unmatched anywhere in the world. It's easier than ever for winter visitors to Yellowstone Park this year. In addition to the West Yellowstone and Gardiner, Montana entrances being used - for the first time the road from Colter Bay in Grand Teton National Park will be plowed, enabling enthusiasts to visit Yellowstone from F1 a g g Ranch near the South entrance to the park. Commercial airlines serve nearby Jackson, Wyoming, Idaho Falls. Idaho, or Bczcman, Montana. Yellowstone Park is a natural attraction for snowmobilers. They skim across a fantastic white world high in the Rocky Mountains past steaming rivers, bubbling mud pots, herds of big game such as elk, bison, and deer and stop to watch Old Faithful put on her most s p e c t a c u lar performances. One and two-passenger snowmobiles can be rented at gale corrununities. Many enthusiasts bring their own machines. Although there are no overnight accommodations inside the park, there are plenty available at Gardiner, West Yellowstone, and Jackson, Wyoming. The crisp, clear air, added to the thermal displays, provides; special wonderland effects., There's far more steam visible J and trees near the thermal | areas become beautiful, icy fig- ] urines. As the sun moves across : the sky, the ice and snow re- j flections glitter in unbelievable hues. Along with this dazzling display and the natural beauty cf the park, the visiting snowmo-biler will find the wildlife more photogenic then ever. Elk, deer, bison, coyotes, and moose come down from their high mountain hideouts to browse near the thermal areas. The warm streams and rivers attract a host of ducks, geese, and even swan. Only the sleeping bears are missing from the summer cast of park favorites. The guided tours to Old Faithful and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone will continue through mid-March. Antarctic beckons hardy, still no tourist haven By J. C. GKAHAIM CP Correspondent AUCKLAND, N.Z. (CP) -The Antarctic has long beckoned as the ultimate way-out spot for "the man who has been everywhere" - at least until space tourism begins. But the day of large - scale Antarctic tourism is still at least a couple of years away. The last region opened to the casual traveller, the last male-only sanctuary, the Antarctic fortress has surrendered slightly in recent years. Both from South America and from New Zealand, small tourist vessels have operated excursion visits to the southern continent. Using vessels moored at the ice edge as floating homes, tourists of both sexes have been able to make brief excursions lo points of historic and scientific interest. But it is a long journey through stormy seas to the southern continent and the nip has appealed only to hardy and determined travellers. Air travel will eventually open up the Antarctic and inaugurate a tourist boom. Already the vast majority of scientific travellers who inhabit the many Antarctic bases go there by air, and so do parliamentarians, newspaper m e n and other visitors invited by the dozen or so governments with bases in the region. And research by New Zealand's international airline. Air New Zealand, showed several years ago that there would lie no major difficulty in operating standard airliners to the Antarctic and back. The ice runway at McMurdo Sound, in the sector south of New Zealand, could take almost any airliner now in service. Air New Zealand's DC-ils could make the 2,400 - mile journey from Cliristchurch, in the South Island of New Zealand, to McMurdo in four to Physically-fit tourist* sample trapliuc life Y-ELLOWKNIFR, N.W.T. i CP) - The Northwest Territories Council Travel Bureau is sponsoring a program fur physically - fit. tourists who can afford $850 each to sample life on n northern trapline. The tourist would live with a skilled trapper for three days, stay overnight on Ihe trapline, and move about, the area by either sr.owshoeing, using dog sled or snowmobile, a tourist spokesman said. "A maximum of two persons would be allowed to accompany a trapper. So far two or three trappers are interested," he said. "The tourist can get as involved as he likes in the trappers work, but he won't be carried around. "At the same time it's not a working trip. The tourist cannot trap or shoot, but lie can purchase ftu*s from the trapper." All that is required is a doctor's certificate of fitness and $850. The spokesman said the tourists begin in Edmonton and are taken lo'trapUncs in the Mackenzie River Delta region. Trapping ui the region is mostly for muskrat, fox and wolf. five hours and still carry enough fuel for a return flight without landing if the weather had deteriorated. The problem is what to do with the tourists once they arrive. A ship moored at the ice edge a few miles from the air strip would be satisfactory as a home for tourists for a visit of a week or so. But it is necessary to provide some accommodation right at the landing site in case of bad weather on arrival. The Antarctic weather is so severe that tourists could not be moved except in good conditions. There is not enough shelter for the number of passengers a DC-8 could cany, and it would need to be able to cater for them for a couple of days if necessary The question also has been solved of what kind - transport to use from the air strip to the ice edge. Tractors can be rough travelling, helicopters are expensive and hovercraft are still unproven for polar travel. Determined to find whether obstacles to tourism were real cr were being dreamed up by scientists and others who do nut relish the idea of their sphere being over-run by tourists, New Zealand's minister of transport, J. B. Gordon, recently went to look himself, accompanied by executives of Air New Zealand. He returned convinced that the time for tourism has still not yet arrived. "It is a wonderful idea, but it is just not on at the moment," he said. The most likely starting time now is set as the 1972-73 south-em summer. But Air New Zealand will push ahead with preparations in the* meantime. 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