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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


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


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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Nature and history highlighted on boat tour

Nature and history  highlighted on boat tour

The vibrant waters that lap Amelia Island are teeming with wildlife. Take a boat tour and one will likely meet the locals that inhabit the sea and shore, but that’s not all. In the company of a knowledgeable guide, visitors are introduced to Amelia Island and Cumberland Island’s fascinating history and how the two came […]

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Walking in Memphis

World-famous Beale Street is one of Memphis’ top attractions. Photos by John Hewitt

As we began our initial descent to land at the Memphis airport, the sky was clear and the sun was beaming down on the mighty Mississippi River and the fertile lands along her banks. In the distance, I saw a large angular structure glistening by the river and squinted to try to determine what it […]

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Near-perfect family destination just three hours away

One of many indoor entertainment options

It’s probably as close to perfection for a family-friendly destination as is possible—Wilderness at the Smokies in Sevierville, Tenn., truly does have something for everyone. On the drive up, I intentionally did not discuss with my 7-year-old godson all the options available at Wilderness just to make the drive a bit quieter. I knew he […]

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