Beyond Mount Rushmore

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article and photos by Scott Simianer
June 24, 2014

    Experience the American West in a land of timbered mountains and sandstone badlands, canyons and gulches, and miles of breathtaking scenery in the Black Hills of South Dakota   An oasis on the Great Plains, the Black Hills region of South Dakota is a beautifully diverse land that... Read more »

Heart of North Idaho

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by Lisa Densmore
June 4, 2014

  Dozens of lakes, miles of forest and numerous trails surround Coeur d’Alene, the Panhandle’s outdoor playground   Strolling down Sherman Avenue, in the heart of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, it’s impossible to miss Mudgy, the moose statue. Towering conifer forests surrounding Coeur d’Alene... Read more »

The Other Alabama

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by Jim Brightly
May 2, 2014

  In the shadow of Mount Whitney, a range of Southern-sounding hills rises up on the eastern slope of California’s Sierra Nevada   Just west of Lone Pine, California, and U.S. Route 395, a string of rocky outcroppings known as the Alabama Hills offers the adventurous RVer a landscape that’s... Read more »

Crowley’s Ridge Parkway

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by Pamela Selbert
March 31, 2014

  A Scenic Drive Runs Along the Spine of this Crescent-Shaped Rise that Juts Abruptly from the Table-Flat Mississippi River Delta Lands of Arkansas and Missouri   The St. Francis River, thickly lined with overhanging trees clear to the water on both sides, swings a wide, milk-chocolate arc... 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 »

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 »

Plains, GA: Frozen in Time, Forever Friendly and Peaceful

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by Carl Calvert
February 3, 2014

  The slow-paced Southern town of Plains, Georgia, boasts hard-working, friendly people, among them the 39th President of the United States who still teaches Sunday school at the Baptist church   Little has changed in Plains, Georgia, with a population of 693, in the last half-century or so... 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 »

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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