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No ghosts at Terlingua Chili Cook-off

For years I had heard tales about the wild, “return to the old West” adventures enjoyed by friends (mostly men) attending the annual Terlingua chili cook-off.  Held in the legendary Terlingua Ghost Town in remote southwest Texas, the annual… (more)
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A Camping Trip at Sunset Crater National Monument

With the heat upon us in Phoenix, we were ready to go up north for at least a weekend. Our favorite spot to camp in Arizona is Sunset Crater National Monument. Fitting this year, with the National Parks’ 100 year… (more)
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My mother has done everything for me. So I gave her the shoes off my feet.

I don’t know if it is learned or inherited behavior. But both my mother and I are passionate about shoes. And it is one of the many things we shared when I was growing up. I went to visit my… (more)
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Timely guide helps plan National Park visits

Just in time for the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary, and to help families plan their spring/summer trips, there’s a new guide available. The 8th edition of the National Geographic Guide to National Parks of the United States has everything… (more)
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Insider’s California Getaway: Lake Arrowhead

The final leg of the journey from Los Angeles to Lake Arrowhead should be, as the cliché would have it, a walk in the park:  Once off the sea level freeways and interstates (a little over an hour), there’s… (more)
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A Visit to Long Island’s North Fork

 Eastern Long Island’s best kept secret may not be hidden for much longer. The North Fork with its thriving wineries, burgeoning culinary scene, nostalgic farm stands and countryside landscape is becoming all the rage for many vacationers. In contrast… (more)
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Travel tools for your favorite road warrior—or yourself

I am just barely 5 feet. I would gladly trade extra leg for a comfortable airline pillow. Not that anyone has offered me more legroom, but Cabeau has recently come up with a modern solution to travel pillows. Travelers… (more)
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An Interview with Ashley Blaylock, Founder of ChicaBrava Surf Camp

When Houston native Ashley Blaylock moved to Nicaragua in 2003, she was an anomaly: a surfing girl. Local surfers watched in amazement as she zoomed by on the waves, then grudgingly gave her respect and admiration. “Ay, chica brava!” they’d… (more)
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Sun Protective Gear For Water Sports

When I was considering going on my recent trip ChicaBrava Surf Camp in Nicaragua, the strong sun gave me pause. While I love warmth and sunshine, my pale, cancer-prone skin is not so drawn to equatorial lands. I hated to… (more)
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Wascana Centre; Regina’s Emerald Jewel

“The people who once said that `Regina is a town that should not have been’ should see it now!”  My colleague, a long time resident of the area, made this remark when I asked her to describe the attributes… (more)
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Life Cycles: Getting Back on Two Wheels

A bicycle adventure seven months away had a certain allure. The interest factor quadrupled with an itinerary in wine country at harvest. The plan: sign up, purchase bicycles, bike, and go! Along the path, the joys and pains of cycling… (more)
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Awaken and Center Yourself in NY

Awaken and center yourself via a yoga retreat, pursuit of learning paths or trekking a mountain trail in New York. Across the state, centers for yoga and relaxation are designed to tone, calm, and renew your spirit. At… (more)
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Hunt and Gather with your Mate in Texas

If you seek the thrill of a hunt and rugged play in the wilds with professional guides, teamed with gourmet cooking instruction and luxurious digs, you’ll jump at this creative retreat. Classically-trained chef Georgia Pellegrini, 21st Century hunter and… (more)
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Perfect Packable and Crushable Travel Hat by Jeanne Simmons

On a recent trip to the Galapagos, I ignored good advice and didn’t pack a hat. How important could a hat be? I’d packed sunscreen, after all.  But as any sensible traveler knows, when the sun beats down in… (more)
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If You Have A Penchant for Picnics

Do you know July is National Picnic Month?  Not that we’d ever need a reason to pursue this age-old delight. Although many look to their local parks for a classic lunch-on-the-green, five inviting picnic spots may draw you… (more)
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Soulfully Recharge in Africa, Costa Rica and Mexico

Do you dream of a sensational  remedy for the mega-amplified, daily stress of life and work?  Inhale deeply and recharge those overused internal batteries with luxury private guided travel to Latin America and Africa for individuals or… (more)
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81st Annual Laguna Beach Festival of the Arts

Join 140 of Orange County’s most renowned artists at The Festival of Arts, California’s Premier Fine Art Show, June 30 through August 31, 2013. As California’s longest running outdoor fine art show and one of the nation’s most highly acclaimed… (more)
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Got Wanderlust?

 Would you choose Vermont, Colorado, California or B.C. for a summer extravaganza of music, yoga and adventure? Wanderlust brings together thousands of people from myriad backgrounds in spectacular outdoor settings, all the while cultivating a vibrant community of like-minded… (more)
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Tour Italy by Sea (Kayak, that is…)

Who doesn’t dream of visiting Italy? By land? By sea!  It probably doen’t matter, so long as one can return, time and time again.  And with each return visit comes a chance to view this sublime country in… (more)
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Two-Wheeling in Thompson-Okanagan Wine Country

If you are attracted to two-wheeled exploration and sips of Pinot at select countryside settings, look north.  On a guided winery cycling excursion in British   Columbia’s Thompson Okanagan wine country, you’ll pedal with purpose.  The West… (more)
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Sublime Family Bonding in the Dominican Republic

The 2012 Family Travel Conferences report that family travel is increased and more influential than ever. They predict families will take more frequent, shorter vacations in 2013. With vacations and multigenerational reunions on travelers’ minds this year, Sublime Samaná Hotel… (more)
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Nature at 25 MPH

  Go higher, faster and zip over water in Pine Mountain, Georgia, sixty minutes southwest of Atlanta and thirty minutes north of Columbus.   Effective March 1st, , there are now two challenging approaches to get your adrenaline pumping.… (more)
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Spring On and Off the Slopes in Colorado

With heavy doses of snowfall coating the state’s mountains, and more snowy months ahead, embrace the best of Colorado this spring.  Days filled with powder, sunshine, music, enticing food, festivals, races, rail jams and fireworks shows are sure to… (more)
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Artisan Bread and Serenity, Now

Whether you go for the meditation, yoga, hot springs, the artisan bread, acclaimed vegetarian cuisine, or celebrity retreat leaders, you will find it in Big Sur. This remote and oldest Zen Monastery in the U.S., twenty-five miles southeast of San… (more)
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Eureka! Spring Break in the Ozarks

Point your mouse to Eureka Springs for a March diversion with your lover, friends or extended family. This quaint Victorian village of 2,000 tucked away in the Arkansas Ozarks is a fresh respite from the ordinary and certain cure for… (more)
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Howlers and Sloths and Poison Dart Frogs, Oh My!

If you seek extraordinary wildlife encounters in Costa Rica and welcome a volunteer opportunity in a wildlife rescue center, it’s here. During a half-day visit at the Asis Wild Animal Rescue Center guests roll up their sleeves and participate in… (more)
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To St Lucia for a Body Holiday!

Consider this stimulating combo: the blue Caribbean and a former Olympian as your personal trainer!   St. Lucia’s Well Fit Retreats is a mini-version of an Olympic training camp. Returning this spring, from March 18-22 and March… (more)
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Top 10 for Thermal Bliss

Ease into the steaming hot waters. Soak away the stresses of everyday life. For centuries people have flocked to known thermal hot spots for the reported health benefits of their healing waters.Hot springs are formed by naturally heated groundwater that… (more)
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Grateful in Galápagos

With much anticipation, we began our journey into another world.  Each individual who enters Galápagos must secure a Visiting Entry Card ($100). SICGAL screening at mainland airports mitigates the arrival of alien organisms through checkpoints. The Galápagos National Park,… (more)
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Babes in B.C.

Helicopters and majestic mountains are no longer strictly for males thanks to these opportunities for female-only heli-hiking in British Columbia. Women of all ages and stages will embrace the breathtaking beauty of Canada’s Columbia Mountains in August 2013. The focus… (more)
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Guests in Galápagos

Herman Melville called them the Enchanted Isles. Charles Darwin, on a five year expedition from England aboard the HMS Beagle, found inspiration in Galápagos for his theory of Natural Selection. Six hundred miles from the coast of Ecuador in the… (more)
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Inhabit the Hobbit’s World

Journey back to Middle Earth in luxury while exploring the filming sites of JRR Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings saga on this 11-day luxury tour of New Zealand. Middle Earth Exclusive  With the release of the Peter… (more)
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The Call of Maui’s Wild Side

It’s about a sunrise over a volcano, popcorn octopus, and a rain forest. After being away for years, this is a second visit to Maui to explore its natural splendors. It’s 2:45 a.m. We’re on our way to the Haleakala… (more)
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Congaree National Park Welcomes Visitors to the Wild Side

Standing on a boardwalk above a shallow stream, I watched as a water moccasin undulated toward me. Ballet like and graceful, it swam silently through the water toward a second snake sunny itself directly below me. At this moment I… (more)
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B.C. Beckons

British Columbia’s diversity is a magnet for travel lovers and adventurers.  A captivating collection of fresh opportunities await from the coast to the Rockies. Vancouver Island: Victoria’s Beloved Oak Bay Beach Hotel Debuts Its Second Act: The grand… (more)
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Sun Salutation and Meditation Aboard a Tall Ship

If you seek the exhilaration of free daily yoga and meditation aboard a tall ship along the coasts of Costa Rica and Nicaragua, the opportunity is here. Departing February 24, 2013, Star Clippers will spotlight a yoga-themed cruise on the… (more)
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Welcome to the Jungle!

Adventure in the Riviera Maya For several thousand years the Mayan culture thrived in the jungle region of the Yucatan Peninsula of what’s now the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. By the way, Quintana Roo is not a Tom Selleck… (more)
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Innovative Routes in 2013 Entice Cyclists of All Levels

A Pacific Northwest-based active travel company specializing in two-wheel tours in North America, Hawaii (the Big Island) and New Zealand  announces new tours for 2013. Latest opportunities include a celebrity coach-led training tour in January… (more)
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Camp Getaway

Six months ago, when I first Googled ‘Camp Getaway’ and discovered Patti Londre’s brainchild, I knew that I would have to hone my powers of persuasion in order to convince my Los Angeles-based best friend to participate in the adventure.… (more)
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Bucket List Adventure: Sonoma is the place for life list overachievers

An hour north of San Francisco, Sonoma sits at the confluence of several bucket list adventures. For fans of director Alfred Hitchcock, it harbors the setting where scenes from his 1963 horror classic, “The Birds,” were filmed at Bodega and… (more)
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Rich Civil War History and a Thriving Downtown Beckons Tourists to Frederick

With its blend of chic downtown stores, Federal period architecture, a vibrant art scene and plenty of restaurants to choose from, it’s easy to overlook Frederick’s connection to the Civil War. But if you look closely, you’ll find it’s everywhere… (more)