Calico’s Silver Lining

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by Donna Ikenberry
November 24, 2014

  California’s Old West mining town unearths a mother lode of history and good old-fashioned fun with a narrow-gauge railroad, gold panning and ghost tours Mention the words “ghost town,” and most of us probably think of an old haunted town, one devoid of humans and inhabited by nothing... Read more »

West Texas Oasis

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by Donna Ikenberry
October 28, 2014

  From a distance, you wouldn’t suspect that the rugged peaks and desert flats of the Guadalupe Mountains are a national park filled with grassy meadows, maple and pine forests — and a birder’s paradise  Guadalupe Mountains National Park, designated in September 1972, is many things. It’s... 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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