Enjoying our national treasures

Enjoying our national treasures

  Those looking for inexpensive vacation ideas may want to consider perusing www.recreation.gov for more than 60,000 facilities and activities located in every area of our nation. Under the banner of recreation.gov are entities such as the National Park Service, Army Corps of Engineers, Fish and Wildlife Service, the Smithsonian Institute and the National Archives. […]

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New Orleans Revisited: as vibrant as ever!

New Orleans revisited: as vibrant as ever!

I remember my sister frantically calling my father more than a decade ago. At the time, she was studying at Xavier University to become a clinical doctor, and had been told to evacuate New Orleans because Hurricane Katrina was on its way. My dad told her she should think about “waiting the storm out.” That’s […]

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Zimbabwe is indeed a world of wonder

Zimbabwe is indeed a world or wonder

Exploring bush camps and going on safari Second of a two-part series on adventure in Zimbabwe Sometimes the tedium of everyday life beckons us to shake things up, change routine and take on an adventure that’s guaranteed to get the adrenaline pumping. An African safari with accommodations at a bush camp is surely a departure […]

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Safari guides enhance African bush experience

Safari guides enhance African bush experience

First of a two-part series on adventures in Zimbabwe Peter Gava knows how to read the tall golden grass and soft Kalahari sand of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. There are lions here, and Gava knows how to find them. So do Liberty Ibasa and Tracy May. All three are African guides and rangers who […]

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Trip to Phoenix should include museum stops

Trip to Phoenix should include museum stop

  Two days are not enough time to get to know a city. That was certainly the case for me during a swing through Phoenix, the jumping off point for a weeklong trip across Arizona. In those two days, however, I learned a few things—Phoenix has surprises in store for visitors and teased me enough […]

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From tent to vintage travel trailer

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I’ve had a passion for the outdoors all my life. I vaguely recall as a youngster, throwing quilts and blankets over furniture to pretend we were camping in tents. My second date with my now wife of 31 years was a camping excursion. She assured me on our first date that she too loved the […]

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Lake Junaluska, N.C.: A happy place

Lake Junaluska, N.C.: A happy place

Since we first stayed there in the early 2000s, North Carolina’s Lake Junaluska has been my family’s home away from home. Specifically, we stay at the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center, run in partnership with the Southeastern Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church. Approximately nine miles from Maggie Valley, N.C., the retreat is located […]

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Centuries-old ruins still popular tourist attraction

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The volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius on the west coast of Italy was a horrific natural disaster that extinguished a civilization considered one of the most progressive and successful of its time. When the volcano—located five miles from Pompeii—erupted, it spewed gas and ash so deadly that an estimated 2,000 inhabitants died. (The area always […]

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