Lush Landscapes & Steaming Lattes

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by Irene Middleman Thomas
September 5, 2013

  From bustling Seattle a short ferry ride gets you to the San Juans, where each island has its own charm and the pace is slower It’s a misty, gray morning in my hometown in Colorado and I’m actually glad — because it feels like Seattle. I’d just spent six days in the gloriously green, vibrant... Read more »

Trail of the Ancients

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article and photos by Alan Rider
September 5, 2013

  This National Scenic Byway in Utah and Colorado offers new mysteries of a vanished civilization at every turn In an age where scientists have been able to explain the workings of everything from the smallest subatomic particles to the movements of distant galaxies, I’m happy to report there’s... Read more »

In Search of Mayberry: Step back In Time to Mount Airy, North Carolina, Birthplace of Actor Andy Griffith

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by Lisa Halvorsen
August 8, 2013

  “Whoop, whoop.”A short blast of the siren pierces the air as a police car pulls into Wally’s Service Station on South Main. It coasts past me slowly, rolling to a stop in front of an adjacent brick courthouse. Curious, I watch from a short distance as the sheriff escorts his suspects inside.It... Read more »

Exploring Historic Route 66: Part IV

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Pamela Selbert
July 5, 2013

After two adventurous days in and around Flagstaff, Arizona, we bade farewell to the smiling Route 66 chainsaw-sculpture bear at Woody Mountain Campground and headed west toward Williams. This fourth and final stretch of the Mother Road would take us, over the next 10 days, to the end of the line at... Read more »

Exploring New York’s Adirondacks

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Jack Ballard
July 3, 2013

Long before Europeans settled this region, Native Americans inhabited the Adirondacks, finding sustenance from the area’s wildlife, plants and other resources. The term “Adirondack” is from an Iroquois word meaning “bark eater.” This label was insultingly flung by the Iroquois in the direction... Read more »

A Day In Louisville: Southern Breakfast, Bourbon Tasting and Horse Racing

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Nicholas Upton
June 20, 2013

Louisville, Ky., is well known for two things: bourbon and horse racing, but the city of 250,000 has barrels full of other attractions. Visitors could easily find a week’s worth of entertainment in town.   Any seasoned southern traveler knows that a day that starts with a southern breakfast is... Read more »

Fishing in Florida

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Patricia Strutz
June 20, 2013

Florida’s tagline is the “Fishing Capital of the World.” The city of Stuart, population 15,000, must be its headquarters. Blessed with an abundance of water — the Atlantic Ocean and the St. Lucie and Indian rivers — the area offers world-class fishing and miles of sandy beaches. Yet, with a... Read more »

A Day in San Diego: West Mex, Snorkeling and Bonfires

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Nicholas Upton, Digital Editor
May 16, 2013

In many ways, San Diego lives up to its nickname of America’s Finest City.  The metropolis of 1.3 million holds so many natural and cultural attractions that just about anyone can have a fine time.  The No. 1 attraction is, of course, the beach. You could spend a week wandering up and down the... Read more »

Whiskeytown Recreation Area: A Hidden Treasure

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Len Cousineau
May 8, 2013

Within Northern California’s Klamath Mountains sits an area of such overwhelming natural beauty that professional en plein air artists can apply each year to spend up to four weeks rendering on canvas the gorgeous landscapes within Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. Fewer than 30 such artist-in-residence... Read more »

The Scenic Route: Avast, Mateys!

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Alan Rider
April 19, 2013

Though we didn’t exactly plan it this way, it seems our travels along The Scenic Route over the past few months have taken us from one pirate hotspot to another.  Both North Carolina’s Outer Banks (home to none other than the legendary Blackbeard himself) and Louisiana’s Great River... Read more »

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