October 2016 Newsletter

The Autumn Leaf, a butterfly found in India and some parts of Australia, of the Nymphalid family, the largest family of butterflies. Photo taken in Bali, India and "Autumn Leaf" by Charles Sharp is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

The Autumn Leaf, a butterfly found in India and some parts of Australia, of the Nymphalid family, the largest family of butterflies. Photo taken in Bali, India and "Autumn Leaf" by Charles Sharp is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

First of all, we'd like to announce, Changes in Latitude won the Daily Camera's People's Choice Awards for best travel store: 2016! A HUGE thanks, again, to all who voted for us! It really does mean the world to everyone here at the store.

The season is changing and the weather is cooling off. It's a beautiful time of the year to travel – cooler temperatures in the Northern hemisphere, the leaves changing spectacular colors, and the best sites are less busy as the summer traveling is behind us. It is also a great time to check out some beautiful new fall clothing, like the cozy yet cute sweaters that are so great to throw on to keep out the chill. We have had a lot of lovely new fall clothing come in – so come in and check it out while there is still a good selection.

This fall is also packed with some really interesting shows. Come by on “Wanders' Wednesday” to check out some of these stellar photos and great stories by our wonderful presenters. And just a note, if you were planning on coming to Stan’s exciting Yukon and the Arctic show, it has been moved to Tuesday the 18th, to avoid conflict with the presidential debate.

October's Travel Shows

All shows start at 7:00 PM, are held in the store, and are FREE

October 5th – Tropical Birding: Central Mexico & Panama

This presenter traveled to two tropical destinations for birding; Mismaloya Mexico and Central Panama.  Both locations have abundant bird life and varied terrain.  The Mismaloya area south of Puerto Vallarta features a beautiful bay that has been the set for two movies, a modern resort and a great variety of tropical birds.  The Panama canal zone and Valle de Anton areas of Panama provide incredible bird habitats ranging from hot and humid jungles to the cooler high country.  Of special note is that Panama has more bird species within its small area than all of North America!  Join us for images and stories of tropical birding in both of these great locations!

October 12th – The Shikoku Pilgrimage: 750 miles around Japan

Author of Fighting Monks and Burning Mountains: Misadventures on a Buddhist Pilgrimage, Paul Barach, tells us the true story of a 750 mile hike around Japan, an unprepared office worker, and everything that went wrong along the way. He will be here to show us beautiful photos from his trip, recount his own stories, and fill us in on the fascinating history and culture of Japan.

Tuesday, October 18th – The Yukon and the Arctic

In September, 2015, Stan Havlick and his wife, Margaret, ventured into the heart of the Yukon of Northern Canada. This large and pristine territory of over 186,000 square miles has a population of only 37,000 people of which 27,000 live in Whitehorse, the capitol of the Yukon. Whitehorse is also named the Wilderness City and is the home of the 1,000 mile International Sled Dog Race. Photos and topics discussed will include the magnificent Tombstone Mountain Range, Dawson City with its rich and colorful gold mining history, the tragic “Lost Patrol” of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Vuntut Gwitchin Tribal Village of Old Crow, and the beauty of the Saint Elias Mountains and Kluane National Park. Last, but not least, you will enjoy viewing the wildlife of the Arctic, the semiannual migration of the 100,000 plus caribou, and the importance of the local hunt by the natives for their sustainability in this remote region of Northern Canada. We hope you are able to join us for this extraordinary evening. Stan, who has lived or traveled on all seven continents, will also devote a portion of his program to answering your questions about the wonderful world of travel.

October 26th – No Show

For more information and updates on our travel shows visit www.cil.com/travelshows/

Product of the Month - Exofficio FlyQ Lite Vest  

The perks of a good vest are endless. The problem is finding the perfect one, so let us suggest one of our favorites. Exofficio’s FlyQ Lite Vest features an innovative Travel Pocket System that is fully labelled to keep you organized, including pockets for your IDs, keys, travel documents, touchscreen gadgets, water bottles, and more. This Pocket System not only helps you carry more around, but also ensures your valuables and belongings stay in your pockets, rather than anyone else’s! This rather stylish vest is also water resistant to protect against light precipitation and spills, keeping you dry and comfortable. With a UPF rating of 50+ and extra hidden pockets in the front and the back of the vest, it is easy to see why so many people are taking these on their trips (they especially make airports a breeze, or at least as much of a breeze as air travel can be!).  Available in both Men’s and Women’s in Charcoal and Khaki.

Travel Tip of the Month

This month's travel tip... is how to tip! Tipping customs vary drastically from place to place. In most regions in Europe, it is in an insult to tip. In some parts of Africa, a tip isn't expected, but when one is forthcoming, it is extra appreciated. Always check your guide book's survival section in the back; almost all have a section on tipping. Investigate before you leave, so you're not in a situation where you have the guidebook hidden beneath the table, flipping through it to find out what to do when the bill comes. Plus you look like a pro when you have the local customs down.

Where in the World

Can you guess this location? Email us your answer to adventure@cil.com for a chance to win a Changes in Latitude Gift Certificate!


Hint:  Hint: this religious monument is featured on its resident country's flag

Last Month’s Answer & Winner:  The September photo was of Brandenburg Gate, Berlin. We had a lot of correct answers this month, so thanks to all who participated! The randomly selected winner this month is David C. Congratulations, David, for winning the Changes in Latitude Gift Certificate!   

CIL Local "Faces around the World" Contest

A local Changes in Latitude fan, Jonathan, taking in the view at Raisin Lake, Yosemite.

A local Changes in Latitude fan, Jonathan, taking in the view at Raisin Lake, Yosemite.

Take a picture of yourself wearing a Changes in Latitude hat anywhere in the world and submit it to adventure@cil.com for a chance to win! Each month we will draw a winner from the monthly submissions and YOU can win a Changes in Latitude Large Cube in any color you choose! With your permission, we will add the picture and description to our new website under “CIL Faces Around the World.” Join in the fun