Arizona’s Red Rock Country

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by Emily Fagan
November 26, 2014

  Expect to be enchanted by the chic galleries, stone monoliths and spiritual energy of Sedona, the towering cliff dwellings of Montezuma Castle and the copper-mining community of Jerome, once known as the Wickedest Town in the West   Cresting the hill on the road into Sedona, Arizona, my... Read more »

Colorado Rocky Mountain High

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by Irene Middleman Thomas
March 31, 2014

  The Pikes Peak Region Offers Rugged Adventure, Wild West Towns, Red-Rock Formations, and Top-Flight Dining and Nightlife   If you’re dreaming of a Colorado Rocky Mountain High vacation, the Pikes Peak region, just 60 miles south of Denver, stands tall — very tall — in offering spectacular... Read more »

Texas Hill Country Gem

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by James Richardson
March 4, 2014

  Canyon of the Eagles Resort, nestled in a private nature park, is an idyllic launching point for water-related activities, wildflower viewing, cave exploring and wine tasting   Very few places can compare in scenery with the Texas Hill Country in the springtime, particularly when there has... Read more »

New Mexico’s Enchanted Sunrise

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by Mary Zalmanek
February 26, 2014

    The first week of October, hundreds of colorful balloons illuminate the Albuquerque skyline as thousands of smiling, upturned faces watch   The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is claimed to be the most-photographed event in the world, and for good reason. Here I am at the... Read more »

Arizona’s Mountain of Superstition

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by John Swaim
February 3, 2014

  In this land of legends, numerous hiking trails cross the range with 5,000-foot peaks rising sharply from the desert floor   It’s said that timing is everything, and ours is impeccable. My wife and I arrived at Superstition Mountain, just east of Phoenix, Arizona, on a day following two... 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 »

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