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While I do not fly as much as I used to, I have managed to largely stay loyal to United Airlines for many years. I figured that at some point I would attempt to purchase flights with those miles so I wanted to gather them up. After having been largely unsuccessful at planning trips using miles, I started using the miles to buy meals at Newark airport. I have a good amount of miles though, so I would really like to purchase flights.

It all goes downhill from here.

My issue is essentially this – United.com will not allow you to create one reservation with one segment paid with miles and one segment a regular flight purchase. This is what happened when I entered my preferred travel dates and told United.com to “search award travel” and then chose flights that worked for me.

Why. I know from other shopping that the return flight for 2 people doesn’t cost anything near $1,264, so why would I pay for that many miles?

One step earlier in the process, here’s the screen presentation after I’ve chosen one segment.

I have already chosen flights that will cost 25,000 miles. There are NO options available on all of United.com for me to spend less than an additional 25,000 miles for 2 tickets, so why am I not getting a message here, telling me that and allowing me to proceed to search for the return flights as I would normally, while not shopping for award travel? This should not be so complicated.

Let’s fix it!

Here it is. I have greyed out the page and created a pop-up so the situation is incredibly clear.

I could be redirected to the same version of the page I see when I’m looking to purchase flights with actual dollars and not miles.

Is United banking on the fact that this is frustrating and so most people will give up and just buy the flights they want? Come to think of it, I have not heard anyone tell me that any one airline is amazing at this.

If you know of one, let me know! I would genuinely like to hear about it.

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Coopertown Airboats Everglades Tour | In My Travels

by Jamie Sanford on August 1, 2017

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You cannot go to the Everglades without taking an airboat tour. This isn’t an official requirement, but it should be, because it is super fun. We ended up taking the last trip of the day back in February, which was great for lighting and a small crowd. Our wonderful tour was with Coopertown Airboats.

Airboats at the ready!

We didn’t get a chance to check out the wildlife exhibit.

We saw this large alligator before the boat even left the dock.

Beautiful light.

They turn the boat into high gear when you’re out in the more open areas. It is LOUD and windy is an understatement.

Close encounter.

Awkward-looking takeoff.

Great Blue Heron.

No time for checking out the restaurant. Always time for puns though.

(Phone photo) They let me hold a little alligator after the tour! Look at how happy I am.

We made our way to the other side of the highway to enjoy the sunset after the tour.

There are a lot of choices for airboat tours in the Everglades, and I don’t have experience with them all, but I really enjoyed our experience with Coopertown Airboat Tours. I highly recommend checking it out the next time you are in the Florida Everglades.

Happy trails!

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I have 2 previous posts with images from Florida Southern College: Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture at Florida Southern College – William H. Danforth Chapel & Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture at Florida Southern College – Annie Pfeiffer Chapel.

I have been a Frank Lloyd Wright enthusiast for many years. Not only was Frank Lloyd Wright a genius, but his life was entertaining and scandalous, to say the least. This Ken Burns documentary about the life of Frank Lloyd Wright is completely worth the watch time.

I was very excited to take an informal tour of the largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in the world, at Florida Southern College, while visiting Lakeland, Florida, back in February. Here’s my final post with images of the campus.

A network of esplanades was part of the original design and were built in the first phase of construction.

In the high heat of Florida summers, these are surely a welcome addition. These lead to the Polk County Science Building.

The Carter, Walbridge and Hawkins Seminar Buildings are also part of the initial phase of building.

A view of the other side of the Polk County Science Building.

The Roux Library and the water dome were included in the expansion of the original build.

The Watson-Fine Administration building , just to the left of the view in the last image.

I love when the buildings are signed.

A wider view, including the doorway.

If you turn away from the door, you can see the reflecting pool and the angular detail of Frank Lloyd Wright’s design.

A different view of the reflecting pool.

Lastly, a look down a long, partially-covered corridor leading away from the Watson-Fine Administration Building. It’s very reminiscent of the porch at Kentuck Knob, a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house in western Pennsylvania.

Once again, I definitely recommend a tour of the Florida Southern College campus if you are in the Lakeland area. Next time, we will definitely take the official tour so that we can see the insides of the buildings!

Happy trails!

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Part 2! In part 1, I talked about the Annie Pfeiffer Chapel at Florida Southern College. In this post, I’ll look at the William H. Danforth Chapel, one of the later buildings added to the campus, which is the largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in the world. This building was completed in 1955.

The William H. Danforth Chapel is the only use of leaded glass in any of the Frank Lloyd Wright buildings at Florida Southern College.

A closer look at the beautiful windows behind the altar in the church.

The side view. I am most certainly going to go back so I can take the tour and see the insides of these amazing buildings.

You can see here just how close the Danforth Chapel is to the Annie Pfeiffer Chapel.

I have more images from this campus tour to share. Happy trails!

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