A Glittering Nugget in Gold Country

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by Dave G. Houser
March 28, 2014

  History Comes to Life in the 19th-Century Mining Town of Columbia, Where the Sights and Smells of the Old West Can Still Be Experienced   I’m feeling silly, having paid good money to slosh a pile of wet gravel about in a pie tin with the idea of striking it rich. My eyes are straining as... Read more »

Spring Flings

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by Kathy Cabrera
March 3, 2014

  Ten top RV Spots Sure to Delight Everyone in the Family   For many of us, spring represents getting our RVs out of storage, shaking off the sleet and snow, and saying goodbye to thermal underwear and heavy winter coats. Spring break may be the only week we can get away as a family and enjoy... Read more »

Tablets for Travel

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by E. Don Smith
February 3, 2014

  With the versatility of a smartphone and the power of a laptop, tablets and apps can open up a whole new world of traveling     Twenty-five years ago, you could earn your geek badge by simply owning a desktop computer. A few years after that, it took a laptop computer to be a certified computer... Read more »

NOT for the Birds

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article by Alan Rider
February 3, 2014

  A tandem paragliding flight may require a leap of faith, but it’s the closest you’ll ever come to soaring like an eagle   Running off the edge of a 300-foot cliff is not something I do everyday, which explains why my response sounds a little less than confident — OK, a lot less than... Read more »

Unique Trailers

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by Bob Ashley
December 31, 2013

  Fun and Very Lightweight, These Unusual Trailers are Easy to Store and Still Protect You from the Elements.   Recreational vehicles come in all shapes and sizes. The evidence is the number of travel trailers and pop-up-type towables and automotive tents that are unique to their particular... Read more »

Arizona’s Great Abyss

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by Pamela Selbert
December 30, 2013

  The Grand Canyon, One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, is a Colorful Landscape of Beautifully Preserved Ancient Rocks Layered in History    On each of our previous visits to the Grand Canyon — there have been half a dozen over the years — our first glimpse into the mighty abyss... Read more »

On a Mission in San Antonio

(Opposite page, from left) The Mitchell Lake Audubon Center, located about 10 miles south of San Antonio, offers up many interesting creatures, including this roseate skimmer. Wildebeest mom and calf at the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch, located northeast of downtown San Antonio and next door to Natural Bridge Cavern. At Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch, we drove through several times to feed animals like this Damaraland zebra, which seemed to laugh at the thought of food being served from our pickup.

by Donna Ikenberry
December 30, 2013

  There’s more to this Texas city than the Alamo, with its historic buildings, a wildlife ranch, caverns, and the restaurant- and shop-lined River Walk that winds under bridges   San Antonio. Mention the city and you’ll probably think of the Alamo and four other 18th-century missions found... Read more »

Camping in Vintage Style

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by Mary Zalmanek
December 30, 2013

  Restoring Retro Trailers Went from a Hobby to a Business for this Couple in Colorado   When Richard and Vicky Nash married, it was a match made in trailer heaven. Richard is a custom homebuilder and classic car buff. Vicky is passionate about midcentury travel collectibles. When she read... Read more »

The Readers Have Spoken

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December 18, 2013

  Twenty-Seven Favorites Chosen from an Array of RV Products and Services   RVers are a savvy bunch. To travel the country in a truck and trailer, whether for a week, a year or a lifetime takes more than just a map and agenda. It requires knowledge of both the tow rig and your home on wheels;... Read more »

California’s Castle on the Hill

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by Gary Wescott
December 3, 2013

  “The Ranch,” as newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst called it, is open for public tours and showcases a considerable collection of art and antiques   It was 1850 when George Hearst arrived in California. Like many, he had gold fever, but he also had a degree in mining. Making his... Read more »

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