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BP Oil Spill: Alabama’s Gulf Shores One Year Later

A year after Alabama’s Gulf Shores was visited by the worst accidental oil spill in U.S. history, locals say the coast is now clear. Case closed?
Story and photos by Lisa Singh
Peering through a pair of MacArthur aviator shades,…

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Family Fun in the OC Without the Mouse

Story and photos by Clint Williams
Orange County in Southern California is a place you don’t know much about and that’s too bad. Los Angeles County to the north has, well, Los Angeles and all the cultural icons associated with…

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Well Traveled – Man Meets Nature at Jasper National Park in the Canadian Rockies

Story and photos by Ken Irving
Two thousand feet above the valley floor, my right foot grips a quarter-inch ledge above nine pitches of exposed vertical rock. My left foot searches the hard grey wall for a blemish, anything to…

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Southern Hodgepodge of Activities and Sites Keep the Ozarks Interesting

Story and photos by Bobby L. Hickman
Whether you want to spend some time with Mother Nature or just drive through the mountains and investigate the view your windshield offers, the Arkansas Ozarks will appeal to many, especially those who…

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The Capital With Kids – Part 2

By Cindy Murphy-Tofig
Vacations with kids can be mellow, like a walk along a nature path. Or they can be packed with one adventure after another.
In Washington, D.C. vacations can be both. And if you have older kids, you…

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The Capital with Kids – Part 1

By Cindy Murphy-Tofig
Summer in Washington D.C. means steam rising from the sidewalks and tourists standing on the wrong side of the Metro escalators (stand on the right, walk on the left).
But it also means that many of the…

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Never Boring in Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Story and photos by Lynn DeBruin
The tiny flashlight was pointed downward as I deftly negotiated the dirt and pebble-strewn path toward the hot springs. But my eyes kept drifting high above the trees, at a mesmerizing sky ablaze with…

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A Scenic Driving Tour of Northern New Mexico

By Hope S. Philbrick
If you fight traffic as part of your daily commute, it may be difficult to imagine that a driving vacation could be stress-free, relaxing, and, yes, even fun. But New Mexico offers all that with its…

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Muscle Shoals, Alabama: Offers Everything for the Music Lover, Plus More

Story and photos by Bobby L. Hickman
Now Muscle Shoals has got the Swampers
And they’ve been known to pick a song or two
Lord they get me off so much
They pick me up when I’m feeling blue
Now…

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Camping Connection – From Natural Disasters to Natural Beauties

By Bill Steiden
A vast, open field at a mile’s elevation in North Carolina, bisected by a tumbling river and surrounded by green peaks.
A languid lake filled with the drowned corpses of a great cypress forest in a lonely…

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