Readers of The Augusta Chronicle traveled across the globe again this summer. From the mountain peaks of Europe to the Hollywood hills, they covered a lot of ground. Readers who included their newspapers in a snapshot, earned the chance to see their vacation photos in print. We've received more than 60 photos since Memorial Day. Today we present some of the best.
Because of the popularity of our readers' summer vacation photos, The Chronicle will print submissions year-round. We've already received enough entries to print one a week for the rest of the year, but we will continue to accept new photos, which will be evaluated alongside those previously submitted. Mail your entry to: Vacation Photos, Newsroom, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Be sure to include your name, address and daytime and evening phone numbers. Photos must include the newspaper and cannot be returned. For more information, call Elizabeth Adams at 823-3348 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ernest and Maria Vega of Hephzibah traveled to Belgium and neighboring countries in July. The most extraordinary thing they saw was the Atomium, a remnant of the 1958 World's Fair in Brussels. Inside they took an elevator ride to the 92nd floor to get a view of the city. They came down via escalators inside the tubes that connect the structure's spheres.
The Augusta West Dancers traveled to Las Vegas for a dance competition in July. Shown with a Folies Bergere showgirl at the Tropicana Hotel are Sarah Robson (from left), Caitlyn Cota, Caroline Taylor (kneeling), Ashley Taylor and Brooke Durand.
Tom and Vickie Youngblood of Hephzibah traveled to Toulouse, France, for their daughter Shari's wedding. This photo was taken at St. Martin du-Canigou, a Benedictine abbey 3,555 feet above sea level. "It's a 45-minute hike from the village below, but well worth the physical exertion," Mrs. Youngblood said. The couple also visited several areas in the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean.
Frank and Brenda Lee of Clarks Hill, S.C., took a land, sea and air tour of Alaska in July. The temperature was 34 degrees on July 11 when their cruise ship, the Ocean Princess, sailed into Glacier Bay. The best thing about the trip was how beautiful and vast Alaska is and learning more about its native people and its heritage, Mr. Lee said. The couple visited Fairbanks, Anchorage, Seward, Juneau, Ketchikan, Alaska, and Vancouver, British Columbia.
Sam and Aline Crouch of Edgefield, S.C., visited North and South Dakota with an Elderhostel tour July 9-15. With 42 people from all over the United States, they traveled through the Black Hills; the Badlands; Pierre, S.D.; and Bismarck, N.D. The most unusual thing they ate was buffalo stew. "It was good," they said.
Bill Foster of Impact Safety Systems of Augusta spent a week as an instructor at the Texas A&M Industrial Fire School. His son Joseph was a student. While in Texas, they visited the George Bush Library and Museum in College Station. Their favorite place to eat was the Country Inn in Snook, where every steak was listed in pounds instead of ounces.
The Augusta Mall Santa sent us this picture from the North Pole, where he says he is spending the summer getting ready for the upcoming holiday season. "I did take a couple of days off and went salmon fishing along the Kenai River in Soldotna, Alaska," he said. "See all of you in November."
Lisa Timblin of Augusta biked and hiked in the Bavarian Alps during her monthlong vacation in Germany. She climbed the Alpspitz, which at 8,700 feet high, is just 1,000 feet short of Germany's highest mountain, the Zugspitze, seen over her shoulder in this photo.
Brandon Cooper, 15, of Martinez vacationed in Hollywood, Calif., with his dad, Ronnie Cooper, in July. Brandon participated in a TV show on the Nickelodeon Network. He and his dad also visited Universal Studios, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Malibu Beach and the Santa Monica Pier.
Chuck Cochran Jr. and his cousins, Jordan Cochran, 3 (left), and Tucker Cochran, 5 (right), visited the Grand Canyon with their parents Chuck and Shelia Cochran of Allendale, S.C., and Marc and Stephanie Cochran of Sycamore, S.C. The two families toured 13 states and Juarez, Mexico, via a motorhome from June 24 to July 7.
Lewis Roberts (from left) and Clara Roberts of Warrenton, Ga., and Georgia C. Hobbs and Countess P. Wilkerson of Thomson traveled to Ghana, West Africa, July 24-Aug. 4. In addition to enjoying the mountains, beaches, national parks and museums, they participated in the Emancipation Day festivities.
Beverly Barksdale of Augusta vacationed on the Hawaiian island of Maui in June. She stayed at the Embassy Suites Resort in Kaanapali and visited Kihei, Wailea, Molokai and rode on the Hana Highway, a road with 617 curves and 56 bridges.
Emily Doumar (left) of Appling and Ann Louisa Brewton of Augusta vacationed in Roussillon, France, in June. Their families rented a farmhouse built in the 1600s. The Provence estate had vineyards and orchards with cherry, apricot and olive trees. The biggest challenge was communicating with their hosts, who spoke no English, and ordering food in the restaurants of the small French village. "Sometimes we had no idea what we'd be eating," said Pam James Doumar, Emily's mother.