Southwest Life

Georgia museum dishes out the history of Vidalia onions

VIDALIA, Ga. – They’ve started fistfights and court battles, been romanticized in country songs and counterfeited by bootleggers. Their trademark sweetness has made them a coveted ingredient in...

DATE: July 2, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

Magic in Paris

PARIS – “Parlez-moi d’amour.” Speak to me of love.This is Paris, and the language is love – crazy love – amid the creative folly of a city whose ethereal beauty and bawdy underside spell...

DATE: June 18, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

21st century camping

NEW YORK – These days, camping isn’t just pitching a tent in the wilderness on a long hike, or stopping at a campground far from home on a road trip.Instead, for many leisure travelers, camping...

DATE: June 4, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

Your fill of thrills

ORLANDO, Fla. – Massive swings at Cedar Point, Kings Island, Dollywood and a Six Flags in California, plus coasters at Six Flags themed on the Green Lantern and a new Little Mermaid attraction at...

DATE: May 28, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

New Mexico: It’s neither

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – A pickup rockets down a road winding through the mountains embracing Los Alamos. It skids at a corner, picking up speed before scaling the mountainside with the fluidity and...

DATE: May 14, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

Vacation on the run

NEW ORLEANS – It’s 8 a.m. on a Sunday morning, and I’m in pain in New Orleans. Not morning-after-a-night-in-the-French Quarter type of pain, but knee pain.Together with 15,000 other runners, I’m...

DATE: April 30, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

What we kept after we threw out the dish water

HIGH SPRINGS, Fla. – Eight weeks have passed since I began a coast-to-coast bicycle trip across the southern tier of the United States with 15 other cyclists. Our group has ridden more than 3,000...

DATE: April 30, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

Gifts of adventure emerge unexpectedly

ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. – I only now realize how few expectations I had when I began my two-month bicycle trip across the United States. I knew I would be part of a group of women whose average age...

DATE: April 16, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

A peek at the paddock

MIDWAY, Ky. – As star-struck visitors approached a lush green paddock at Three Chimneys Farm, the stately thoroughbred Big Brown was right on cue. The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner ambled up...

DATE: April 16, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

Real Ireland found on island of Inishmore

KILROANAN, Ireland – “Anchors Aweigh!” chortles the 80-year-old widow next to me when the ferry to Inishmore sails off, followed by “Oh, that was a good one!” when a furious wave hits the boat. The...

DATE: April 2, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

This family just keeps rolling along

KERRVILLE, Texas – This cross-country trip came together as 15 women and two guides individually decided they could make the two-month commitment to bicycle from the Pacific to the Atlantic coast....

DATE: April 2, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

A nuclear family trip

NEW YORK – Peek into a 320-foot blast crater in the Nevada desert or descend a Titan II missile silo in Arizona for a look at two of many “atomic tourism” sites around the world that offer history...

DATE: April 2, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

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