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I Didn't
Know That!

Since we're on the subject of Fathers, I thought I would share some of these "Dad Facts" and Father's Day trivia with you.


It is said the fist Father's Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910.  

Mrs. Sonora Smart Dodd,  of Spokane, Washington, is credited with starting Father's Day after hearing a sermon on Mother's Day while attending church with her father.

Dodd wanted to honor her father, William Jackson Smart, a Civil War veteran who raised six children after his wife died during childbirth.


However, some say Father's Day is not a modern invention.
It was first celebrated by a Babylonian youth named Elmesu, who carved a Father's Day card out of clay, around 4,000 years ago.   
His special card was to wish his father good health and long life.

In Thailand, the king's birthday also serves as National Father's Day. 
The celebration includes fireworks, speeches, and acts of charity and honor-the most distinct being the donation of blood and the liberation of captive animals.

In 1950, after a Washington Post music critic gave Harry Truman's daughter Margaret's concert a negative review, the president came out swinging: "Some day I hope to meet you," he wrote.

"When that happens you'll need a new nose, a lot of beefsteak for black eyes, and perhaps a supporter below!"


Best selling author, Kurt Vonnegut was (for a short time) Geraldo Rivera's father-in-law.   

Rivera's marriage to Edith Vonnegut ended in 1974 because of his womanizing.  


Her ever-protective father was quoted as saying, "If I see Gerry again, I'll spit in his face."   

Vonnegut also included an unflattering character named Jerry Rivers (a chauffeur) in a few of his books.


Tennis great Andre Agassi's father represented Iran in the 1948 and 1952 Olympics as a boxer.

In 2001, Yuri Usachev, cosmonaut and commander of the International Space Station, received a talking picture frame from his 12-year-old daughter while in orbit.   

The gift was made possible by RadioShack, which filmed the presentation of the gift for a TV commercial.


The only father-daughter collaboration to hit the top spot on the Billboard pop music chart was the 1967 hit single "Something Stupid" by Frank & Nancy Sinatra. 

The Stevie Wonder song "Isn't She Lovely" is about his newborn daughter, Aisha.  

If you listen closely, you can hear Aisha crying during the song. 

Dick Hoyt has pushed and pulled his son Rick, who has cerebral palsy, through hundreds of marathons and triathlons.   

Rick cannot speak, but using a custom-designed computer he has been able to communicate.

They ran their first five-mile race together when Rick was in high school.  

When they were done, Rick sent his father this message: "Dad, when we were running, it felt like I wasn't disabled anymore!" 
Roses are the official flower for Father's Day. A red rose is worn in the lapel if your father is living, a white rose if he is deceased.
Männertag, celebrated 40 days after Easter, is Germany's twist on Father's Day.  

Instead of breakfast in bed, in some parts of the country, men pile wagons high with beer and set off on long, boozy jaunts through town.  
While Mother's Day is the busiest day of the year for phone calls, Father's Day is the busiest day of the year for collect phone calls!  

And, finally  . . .  Canada's national symbol, the beaver, is one of the few male creatures in the animal kingdom that sticks around after mating to help raise the kids.  
In rare cases, biologists have even spotted male beavers taking on the role of a single dad.   

Travel Tips 

Normally, I tell you to pack light, and suggest there are things you don't need to bring on your trip.
This time, I'm going to tell you about some things you should bring.

Bring a freshly laundered pillow case from home.

You can put the not-so-clean airline pillow inside it, and even use it in your hotel room if your worried about the cleanliness of the hotel linens.


I've even used it to cover the headrest of the airline seat.  After all, you never know whose head was there before yours!
If you're a wine lover, pack a wine stopper in case you don't finish that delicious  bottle you found.  
Also, pack a corkscrew.  While it's easy to find good wine, it's not always easy to find a corkscrew.

And there's nothing worse than not being able to get into that bottle of wine when you want to!
Bring a nightlight so you don't stub your toe in dark, unfamiliar hotel rooms.

Print and bring along a chart to remind you of foreign exchange rates.

Bring your own blanket (and disinfecting wipes, too).
"I hate to say it, but tray tables are rarely cleaned, so wipe them off before you use them," says a former US Airways flight attendant.  
"And steer clear of the blankets and pillows. They're only washed when they look dirty."
Pour rubbing alcohol into a small spray bottle so you can disinfect on the go.

Rubbing alcohol can be used for sanitizing hands, spraying and wiping down surfaces before eating, and even for cleaning public toilets before using them.  
Bring your sense of humor.
It weighs nothing and can be a lifesaver if you find yourself confronted with the unexpected!

Watch Out
For These Scams
Norway in a Nutshell


How it works: 

"The "Norway in a Nutshell" tour is heavily promoted to tourists visiting Norway, but if you ask a local if they'd take it they'd laugh because the tour is actually just a collection of public transport tickets sold at a higher price.

Norway isn't generally a country where you have to worry about tourist scams, but if Norway does have anything close to a scam, this would be it!

What you can do:
"The tour takes you on trains, buses, and ferries, but you can book each leg of your journey independently online (all of the websites are available in English) and save a lot of money.    

In fact, if you book your train tickets well in advance, you could end up paying less than half of what the tour package would cost you.   

"Free" WiFi Connections

This could happen anywhere

How it works:

Nobody enjoys paying for WiFi internet access at their hotels.
Which makes the "Free WiFi" hotspot popup even more tempting.

A growing problem, WiFi "skimming" is a new scam that targets you through the promise of free internet access.
Common at hotels and other public places, like coffee shops and bus stations, the scam works by setting up a "free" WiFi hotspot - usually aptly named to get your attention.    

Though the internet connection will be free to access, your data can route through several points, including a scam artist's computer.  
Because the bad guys are hosting the connection, they can see all data you transmit through their WiFi signal - including websites, usernames, and passwords used during your session.

What you can do:
Before you connect to a network, make sure that it's a legitimate network.
Many networks will be secure, and require you to have a password to access.  

Other secure networks will usually have the name of the property or hotel chain in the network ID, and their WiFi network will advertised on printed materials. 

Be sure to ask which is the preferred network at your hotel, and how you can access it once you're there.


The Pipestone Patter
June 2019
Welcome Back Loyal Readers!

Welcome back everyone.  
And, I guess while I'm welcoming you back, I should just go ahead and welcome myself back too!

You see, I took a bit of a sabbatical from writing the  ne wsletters,  but, like a bad penny, it seems like I always turn up. 

Except, in this case, I hope you all will think that's a good thing, not a bad thing!

So here I am, for another month, at least.

It's nice to see you all again.

I'm thinking you all must know what we're going to talk about this month, right?

Of course!  Father's Day.

It's the one official day of the year we take the time to let Dad know how much we love him.  Now, hopefully you do it more  than just ONE day a year, but we still need to be mindful of the "official" day, right?

Here at Pipestone Travel Store, we have so many gift ideas for dear old Dad.  From socks and underwear to shirts and hats, with a few gadgets and wallets and belts thrown in for good measure, we've got you covered.

Why not stop by one of our locations and check out some of our ideas?

Oh, and make sure you read this newsletter all the way to the end - because even though we definitely have great deals for Dads, I think you'll find some great deals for the rest of you, too!

Spotlight On ...  

Father's Day!

Ah, Father's Day.
The day we get to show our Fathers, Husbands and all those other Father-like men in our lives how much we love and appreciate them.
The day we get to shower these men with gifts, and give them the opportunity to "take the day off".
The day when everything is all about them, orchestrated by us.
This is the day on which we honour our Dads, Step Dads, Foster Dads, Husbands, Grandfathers, Uncles - or really, just any man who makes a difference our life.
And what better way to do that than with some love and attention; and, oh yeah, a wonderful gift ? 
Tilley Hats      
Could there possibly be a more iconic gift for Father's Day than the Tilley Hat made famous by Mr. Alex Tilley?

I don't think so either!  

Tilley hats are made in Canada, have a UPF rating of 50+, and they're guaranteed for life.

Not to mention, they're comfortable and good looking.

If you haven't seen a Tilley Hat lately, you will not believe all the styles, colours and varieties available!

Not to mention their socks, underwear and clothing.

Really, you need to come in and see for yourself!

And, by the way, if a Tilley Hat isn't what you're after - you're in luck!  We also carry great hat styles from Sunday Afternoon and Wallaroo. 

If it's a hat you're looking for - we've got you covered!

(Haha - see what I did there?)

Eagle Creek

Well, it doesn't happen very often, but lucky for you - and maybe Dad too - it's happening now!

That's right, everyone.  

There is a huge sale on Eagle Creek's Tarmac Luggage and their wildly popular Pack-It™ System pieces!

Yes!   You read that right!

Right now you can get an incredible

Tarmac Suitcases and various Pack-It™ System pieces!

All the Tarmac Luggage comes with Eagle Creek's  No Matter What™ Warranty, and the pieces are available in either Asphalt Black, Slate Blue or Highland Green.

Just take a look:


International Carry-On
The Tarmac International Carry-On was constructed with extreme durability to handle the rigors of long distance journeys of international explorations. Tough, secure, and innovative technology makes this carry-on a must for your adventure luggage set.
  • Sleeve in the main compartment that can secure up to a 17" laptop and other electronics
  • Key fob Porter Key™ bottle opener is ready to open your much deserved end-of-trip beverage
  • Expansion zipper offers more room for your gear throughout
  • Innovative Coat Keeper™ secures jackets and sweaters to the top of the bag
  • Add-A-Bag strap allows you to attach a companion bag to the front of the Tarmac International Carry-On 
  • Puncture-resistant lockable zippers and Central Lock Points tightly secure the bag from intruders
  • Bi-Tech™ Armor fabrics maximize resistance to the elements and abrasion
  • Over-sized treaded wheels, heavy-duty wheel housings, skid plate, and bumper protection give the carry-on a smooth system to roll on
  • Reflective finger loop zipper pulls easily, even while wearing gloves
  • Compression straps and external lash points securely fasten gear
  • Capacity:     2015 cu in / 33 L
  • Expanded Capacity:     2195 cu in / 36 L
  • 13.75" x 21.5" x 10"
  • 6 lbs 9 oz
Regular Price:  $325.00

Sale Price:  Only $243.75

(You save $81.25!)

Tarmac 26
Fit for the traveling business person and welcomed in any adventurer's home, the Tarmac 26 is loaded with the latest innovations, useful accessories and details to make packing a suitcase simple and efficient.
  • Expansion zipper allows you to maximize your storage space for more carrying capacity
  • Add-A-Bag strap can attach additional pieces of luggage to the front of the Tarmac 26 for added storage
  • Puncture-resistant lockable zippers with a central lock point optimize security
  • Innovative Bi-Tech™ and Bi-Tech™ Armor fabrics offer maximum abrasion and weather-resistance
  • Over-sized treaded wheels with heavy-duty wheel housings can cross most terrain, while the skid plates offer protection from bumps
  • Reflective finger loop zipper pulls are hassle-free for accessing your luggage and can even be used while wearing gloves
  • Secure loose belongings to your luggage with the Innovative Equipment Keeper™ or Coat Keeper™
  • Padded sleeves to keep a laptop or tablet safe during travels
  • Multiple compression straps and external lash points making securing gear simple and effective
  • Key fob Porter Key™ bottle opener is always available to open a bottle after a long day of traveling
  • Capacity:     4700 cu in / 77 L
  • Expanded Capacity:     5125 cu in / 84 L
  • 17.5" x 26" x 13.5"
  • 8 lbs 8 oz

Regular Price:  $395.00

Sale Price:  Only $296.25

(You save $98.75!)

Tarmac 29

Rain, shine, and everything in between, the Tarmac 29 is capable of handling any adverse traveling situation. This upright luggage stands head and shoulders above its competitors as the optimal preforming adventure luggage. With state-of-the-art technology, the Tarmac 29 is the ideal choice for today's travelers.
  • Make the most of your space with the expansion zippers to gain optimal capacity
  • Innovative Coat Keeper™ and compression straps secure coats and other objects to the bag firmly and without worry
  • For additional storage, click another piece of luggage to the Tarmac 29 by using it's Add-A-Bag strap
  • Bi-Tech™ and Bi-Tech™ Armor fabrics make abrasion and weather-resistance worries a thing of the past
  • Over-sized treaded wheels with heavy-duty wheel housings are kept safe by skid plates with bumper protection
  • Reflective finger loop zipper pulls can be used even while wearing gloves
  • Puncture-resistant #10 lockable zippers and Central Lock Point maintain the overall security of your luggage
  • Padded sleeves for laptops and multiple other electronics
  • Compression straps and external lash points keep gear firmly in place
  • Key fob Porter Key™ bottle opener for all the times you need it
  • Capacity:     6470 cu in / 106 L
  • Expanded Capacity:     6985 cu in / 114.5 L
  • 18.5" x 29.5" x 14.5"
  • 10 lbs 8 oz

Regular Price:  $415.00

Sale Price:  Only $311.25

(You save $103.75!)


Pack-It Original™ Starter Set

The Pack-It Original™ Starter Set will help you organize the contents of your bag so you can travel with the assurance that you know where everything is. This folder fits in most carry-on and helps compress 8-12 dress shirts or slacks, minimizing wrinkles. Use Cubes to roll and compartmentalize clothing.

  • Washable
  • Roll and compress sweaters, pants, shirts; use smaller sizes for undergarments, socks, scarves, ties, belts, and electronic cords
  • Mesh top for visibility and breathability
  • Quick-grab handle
  • Two-way zippered opening for maximum compression
  • Helpful folding instruction board included
  • Minimize wrinkles
  • The Set Includes:
    • Pack-It™ Folder Medium
    • Pack-It™ Medium Cube
    • Pack-It™ Small Cube

Pack-It Specter™ Starter Set

These ultra-light packing organizers organize and compress the contents of your travel bag. The medium-size Folder fits in most carry-on bags and helps compress 8-12 dress shirts or slacks, minimizing wrinkles. Use the Cubes to roll and compartmentalize clothing. Finally, everything you need is right where you want it.
  • Washable
  • Fits in a carry-on sized bag
  • Quick-grab handle
  • Comes with a helpful folding instruction board
  • The Set Includes:
    • Pack-It™ Folder Medium
    • Pack-It™ Medium Cube
    • Pack-It™ Small Cube

Pack-It Original™ Cube  Set

Eagle Creek's Pack-It Original™ Cubes help you stay organized, while using every square inch of packing space. This set includes has 3 different sized Cubes for clothing compression, accessory organization, and quick TSA security checks. With 101 uses, what are you waiting for? Everything is right where you want it.

  • Washable
  • Quick-grab handle
  • Roll and compress sweaters, pants, and shirts; use smaller sizes for undergarments, socks, scarves, ties, belts, and electronic chords
  • Two-way zippered opening for maximum compression
  • Mesh top for visibility and breathability
  • The Set Includes:
    • Pack-It Original™ Medium Cube
    • Pack-It Original™ Small Cube
    • Pack-It Original™ X-Small Cube

Now, I've shown you the "sets", which are a great deal as they bundle individual pieces into a cost effective set, but you should know that ALL the Pack-It™ System pieces are also included in this sale.

Pieces like individual  Folders , Cubes , Toiletry Kits , etc. are 
all also

What a great deal, right?

If you haven't tried the Pack-It™ System yet, this is your perfect opportunity to find out why so many people love them.

The pieces are all Guaranteed for Life, and come in various colours and sizes.

But, you need to hurry in to one of the stores before this amazing sale is over!


Now, here's the fine print:
  • The sale is in effect beginning right now until June 15, or while supplies last
  • All Sales are Final
  • There are no limits to quantities purchased
  • Items can be purchased either in-store or on-line, as long as the on-line order is placed on or before the June 15th deadline

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Wallaroo Hats    

After reading about the great sale on Tarmac Luggage and  Pack-It™ System pieces, you might be wondering how we can "top" that offer.

Well, guess what?  We can!

We have negotiated an incredible deal with the wonderful people at Wa llaroo Hat Company - and our customers are  going to come out the winners!

We have a bunch of brand new styles of hats we brought in - just so you can protect yourself from the sun, look great, and save money!

And who among us doesn't want to do all those things?

This amazing promotion allows you to purchase an authentic Wallaroo Hat for the low, low price  of only

But guess what, my Loyal Newsletter Reader?

It gets even better!

Because we love and appreciate all of you out there in e-mail land, we want you to have the opportunity to shop this sale first!

Starting on Tuesday, June 4th, you will have 3 days to come into the stores and get first dibs on these hats - before the sale opens to the general public on June 7.

Because. let's face it - sooner or later, summer is coming - and once everyone gets a chance to take advantage of this incredible offer, we all know these hats are going to fly out the door!

The hats range in price from $66.00 to $96.00, so at your cost of only $25.00, the savings are substantial!

So, all you have to do is come into one of the stores, ask our extremely helpful Sales Staff which hats are part of the
"Amazing Sale" , try some on and make your choice.

Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy!

Okay, there's just one more small thing.

To show that you're one of our Loyal Newsletter Readers, and therefore eligible to start taking advantage of this sale before anyone else, you need to have a code word.

When you go pay for your hat, all you have to say is:

Come on!  Do it!  It will make us smile - just like you'll be smiling when you walk out the door with your new hat!

Happy shopping everyone!


Now, here's more fine print:
  • This "Amazing Sale" is in effect beginning June 4 and stays in effect while supplies last
  • All Sales are Final
  • There is a limit of 3 hats per customer
  • Hats must be purchased in-store

Tales from the Road    
Happy Father's Day Dad - I Love You!
So, Father's Day is coming up - and it's a very bittersweet holiday for me.

We lost my Dad several years ago, and I miss him a lot.

On one of our first trips, when my Wonderful Husband and I were in Turkey, we were out and about one day.  

On the corner, we saw a bunch of people standing around and talking.  As we got closer, we saw that a woman was handing out baggies of something.

We approached, and she asked us if we wanted some fresh donuts.

"Sure" I said.  "That sounds great".

So she handed my Wonderful Husband and I each a bag of mini donuts.

"Thank you, these look delicious" I told her.  "How much do we owe you?"

"Oh no, nothing, nothing" she insisted.  "I am giving these away."

She had several dozen baggies of donuts there, and who knows how many she had already given away.

"Why are you giving them away?" I questioned.

"Today is the anniversary of my Father's death"  she told me.  "I do this to honour him.  If you look inside the bag, you will see I have placed a small piece of paper in there with his name on it.  That is my Father."

She smiled at me, joyful.  "My Father loved to have people around him.  So every year on this date I hand out his favourite treats.  Then he will always be around people."

I had never heard of anything like this before.  I thought it was a great idea.  What a nice way to honour someone you loved.  And to turn what could be a very sad day into a happy one instead.

I've always remembered that chance meeting, and I have thought about how someday, maybe I could do something like that for my loved ones.

So, Father's Day is coming - and I miss my Dad.

But I decided that instead of being sad, I wanted to do something that would make me smile when I think about him.

So this year, in honour of Father's Day, and my Dad, I am going to make my story about him, and some of our times together.

WARNING:  Patti, if you are reading this at work - STOP right now.  You are going to start crying!  

(That's for my Sister - she told me I have to warn her if I tell any more stories about our Dad)

Handy Gadget 

Now here is a handy-dandy little gadget I'll just bet your Dad would love!
Secrid Wallets
The Secrid Wallet is a product that was recommended to us by a customer, and we fell in love with them!

Secrid Wallets are made in Holland, and they've been around since 1997 when the first "Secrid Bodycard" was released.

Since then, the collection has grown, winning many awards along the way.
With an aluminum core, the wallets protect your cards from bending and breaking, while remaining small enough to fit in any pocket - but even better, they protect your cards from RFID theft.  
Thanks to the patented mechanism and the aluminum casing of the Cardprotector, your cards remain protected even during use. 

By revealing only a portion of the cards, the sensitivity for the radio signal is substantially reduced but sufficient for contact over short distances.

By minimizing the exposure, you remain outside the reach of digital pickpockets, even while using your cards. 
Also, by registering your product online you receive one extra year of warranty on top of the two-year standard warranty! 

These wallets come recommended by several customers, as well as by us at Pip estone.  Why not come on in and check them out? 

There are many styles and colours to choose from. 


Prices range from  $89.95 - $135.95  

Gift Certificates
Can't decide what to get Dad?

Here's an idea - why not let him decide?

A Pipestone Travel Store Gift Certificate makes the perfect gift for that hard-to-buy-for Dad on your list.

After all, what's that old saying?   A happy Dad is never mad!




Well, we made it all the way to the end again.  Thanks for staying with me.

As always, you can send us stories or feedback by sending an e-mail to

See you next month!

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