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“See America” Illustrates America’s National Parks

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In August, the U.S. National Park Service celebrated its 100th year protecting the parks and helping park visitors enjoy the country’s scenic and cultural wonders. Since summer vacations have come and gone for the year, thoughts of trips to those parks made this year may already be fading from memories of those who enjoyed what […]

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“Lassoing the Sun: A Year in America National Parks”

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A to Z. Acadia to Zion, I’ve been to both, and thirty-two of the fifty-seven others in that alphabetical list of U.S. national parks. I’ve never had a year’s paid vacation to visit them. But Mark Woods, author of Lassoing the Sun, did. He was one lucky guy.

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“Booking” U.S. National Parks

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Last January I wrote about the importance of planning your summer visits to U.S. National Parks in the Western U.S. well in advance of your trip. Even though it is still officially winter throughout America, you should act now to make your dreams of a national park vacation come true for one very important reason: […]

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Defining The Big Apple: “New York 101″

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Last week in “Central Park: The Big Apple’s Backyard” we looked at how that big green open space defines New Yorkers’ “play space.” But what objects define the city itself?

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Great Summer “Reads”

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Summer. It’s a great time to kick back and read all of those books that have been sitting, untouched, in big piles around your house or apartment. Although summer arrived over a week ago, like all procrastinating writers, I’m just getting around to publishing this year’s list of suggested summer “reads,” compiled with the help […]

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The “Golden Age” of Air Travel Has Flown Away

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Air travel. Today we love to hate it. But there was a time, still clear in the memory of living Americans, when flying was fun, glamorous, and the the way to travel. The plane that changed the travel game for all of us, even those of quite modest means, was envisioned and constructed by a […]

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“Lately Lily: The Adventures of a Travelling Girl”

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By SHERI RADFORDWhether around the world or around the corner to Grandma’s house, travel can be both scary and exciting for kids. The protagonist in Lately Lily: The Adventures of a Travelling Girl by Micah Player has been everywhere on the globe,…

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2013 Holiday Book Giving Guide

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If you’re having trouble deciding what “stuff” to give as gifts this holiday season, consider not giving “stuff” to anyone. After all, they probably already have too much “stuff” that they really don’t need or use stuffed in closets, drawers, and a three-car garage so overstuffed with “stuff” that they can’t even park a single […]

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Living in Space, Living on Earth

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Seattle-based travel writer and blogger, Pam Mandel, has traveled to Hawaii and plays the ukulele. Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has traveled to the International Space Station and plays the guitar. This past weekend they came to Earth with their string instruments at the legendary San Francisco Bay Area bookstore, Book Passage in Corte Madera. They […]

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“The Telling Room”: Spanish Caves and the World’s Greatest Piece of Cheese

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(This story has been made available to Tales Told From The Road by the news syndication service Repost.us.) The Telling Room (via The Christian Science Monitor) The Telling Room, by Michael Paterniti, Random House, 368 pp. In rural Spain there exist caves dug in the hillsides called bodegas. Each bodega has an entry room, a threshold […]

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Bad Air: Is the Air Travel Experience Getting Worse?

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Is it just me, or is it getting more crowded in here? That’s what I think when I fly in the “Coach” or “Economy” cabin of an airliner these days. As it turns out, I’m not wrong. The “pitch” (which most passengers think of as “legroom”) between the seats in those cabins has decreased by […]

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