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 »

Alabama’s Seaport City

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by Patricia Strutz
January 31, 2014

  Mobile is steeped in antebellum architecture and celebrates its rich history with the country’s oldest Carnival celebration   Six flags have flown over Mobile, Alabama, including those from Spain, France, Great Britain, the United States, the Alabama Republic (when it seceded from the Union... 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 »

New Campground in Death Valley National Park

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December 30, 2013

  Furnace Creek Resort in Death Valley National Park has added 26 full-hookup RV sites and created the new 35-site Fiddlers’ Campground adjacent to its golf course. Located at The Ranch at Furnace Creek, both facilities are within easy reach of the Borax Museum and visitor center. All resort amenities... Read more »

Walla Walla: Funny Name, Serious Adventure

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by Carl Calvert
December 4, 2013

  Stroll down the streets of this charming town in southeastern Washington and savor its antique shops, wine-tasting rooms and cafés   Walla Walla is certainly one of the most unusually named towns in the United States. The name Walla Walla comes from the Walla Walla tribe, originally located... 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 »

Where the Wild Things Are

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by RG Coleman
November 1, 2013

  Thousands of free-spirited people descend upon Nevada’s Black Rock Desert for Burning Man, a colorful week-long event where art and self-expression is celebrated   Fold in one part art festival, two parts party and a generous helping of community spirit. Stir, and bake on high for a week... Read more »

Highs and Lows of the Great Smoky Mountains

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by James Richardson
October 31, 2013

  Discover miles and miles of old-growth forest, waterfalls, scenic overlooks and elevation changes in Tennessee and North Carolina’s world-renowned national park With more than 9 million visitors annually, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park can still boast of being the most-visited national... Read more »

Land Between the Lakes

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by Pamela Selbert
October 28, 2013

  This National Recreation Area in Kentucky and Tennessee offers an outdoor playground of trails, wildlife and first-rate campgrounds   Ruggedly beautiful “Land Between the Lakes” (LBL) in western Kentucky and Tennessee is a boot-shaped limestone ridge between rocky shores lapped by the... Read more »

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