Category: Travel

Beach Walks: Top Ten

Walking on the beach can be romantic or exhilarating. There are so many fantastic American beaches to walk on it’s difficult to choose just ten. My criteria were pretty simple: the beach had to be on an ocean, not a lake, the beach had to be near stores or a town square and, most assuredly, …

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Get Outside This Summer With a Trip to a National Park

The National Parks offer some of the greatest opportunities in the United States to experience the extremes in raw terrain, flora, and fauna, that the country has to offer. There are 60 national parks spanning 28 states, from the volcanoes of Hawaii to the seaside mountains of Maine and the glaciers of Alaska. Take the …

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The Best Little Beach Towns in the United States: Ogunquit, Maine

The United States is full of wonderful beach towns, hidden and well-known. While every beach town has a different flavor, they’re all united by their beautiful beaches. Ogunquit, Maine is a small town located on Maine’s southern coast. Only 75 miles north of Boston, it’s easily accessible from many major cities in the United States …

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Discovering Hemingway’s Cuba

I fell in love with Cuba, or at least the idea of Hemingway’s Cuba, in my mid teens. I read an article about the writer and delighted in the romance of a bygone age, salsa and adventure preserved in time. Maybe the idea of vintage cars made the historic more tangible. I determined that one …

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Honor the Dead with Bon Odori

For many, summer is a time for freewheeling fun, without the typical responsibilities of an academic year or simply maintaining one’s own comfort in the winter. But for the Japanese, summer is a time to reflect on those who have gone before us with gratitude and appreciation. One of Japan’s biggest festivals happens in mid-summer …

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Happy Trails

Happy National Trails Day! National Trails Day, celebrated on the first Saturday of June, is a time to appreciate the natural beauty of our trails, and a time for people and businesses to clean up and advocate to protect our trails. Many of America’s best trails reside in the National Parks and protected lands. If …

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Adventures in Los Angeles: Hiking at Bear Creek

Bear Creek is one of my favorite spots in San Gabriel Canyon. There are two trails, Lower Bear Creek Trail and Upper Bear Creek Trail. As of the fall of 2006, the Upper Bear Creek Trail was still closed for major reconstruction. I hiked this trail twice in the spring of 2006, and once in …

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Adventure in the Grand Canyon: Rim to River to Rim Hike

Usually when I drive between California and Minnesota, I am on a tight schedule and don’t have any time for sightseeing. I normally make the trip in two long days, with an overnight stop in Denver to see my son. However this time I had about 10 days to make the trip from Minnesota to …

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Big Sur Beaches Have Character

What does it mean for a beach to have character? To me, it means the beach has more to offer than just a long stretch of white sand. It has interesting things to see and do, like driftwood that may have traveled from across the sea, tide pools teeming with squiggly life, granite outcrops that …

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Dream Trek: Siskiyou Wilderness 5-Day Inn-to-Inn Hike

Imagine a 5-day guided hiking trip through one of the most biologically diverse mountain ranges in the United States. This multi-day trail hike through the Rogue River-Siskiyou mountain range is so unique that it is scheduled just once in May of 2008. While on the 40-mile trail trek, hikers will literally “walk through” incredibly diverse …

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