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Leaping salmon and Kodiak bears, oh my

It’s been said that Durango is a small town made up of people from big towns, each bringing a unique lifestyle, occupation and creativity. They arrive because of the beauty that surrounds us. Rita...

DATE: Oct. 17, 2009 | CATEGORY: Travel

Why does one day less cost me three times more?

Q: My car rental company has more than tripled the rate it charged me, and I don’t know what to do. I had prepaid $390 for the car through Alamo’s Web site. When my flight was canceled, I called...

DATE: Oct. 17, 2009 | CATEGORY: Travel

Desert Wines

ELGIN, Ariz. – Grapes aren’t supposed to grow in the desert. But here in this southern Arizona town, surrounded by endless, rolling green and amber hills, the Callaghan family is de-stemming...

DATE: Oct. 17, 2009 | CATEGORY: Travel

Mystery of the missing bruins locked in heart of S. San Juans

PLATORO – Thirty years ago this fall, the last grizzly bear in Colorado was killed in the South San Juans. Supposedly. On the chance that a big bruin or two had been hiding in the remote wilderness...

DATE: Oct. 11, 2009 | CATEGORY: Travel

Eleven things you must know about Delaware

For many, many years there has been a perception that the GeoQuiz picks on the state of Delaware. This perception is terribly unfounded.Here at GeoQuiz, we absolutely do not pick on Delaware. We...

DATE: Oct. 4, 2009 | CATEGORY: Travel

Air Chapter 11: Five tips on how to survive the bankrupt skies

If I were a bettin’ man, I’d put some money on a big airline filing for bankruptcy protection in the not-too-distant future.My oddsmaker is Robert Herbst, who publishes AirlineFinancials. com....

DATE: Oct. 4, 2009 | CATEGORY: Travel

China turns 60

BEIJING – In a country preparing for the onslaught of swine flu, the People’s Republic of China was not about to cancel its massive 60th anniversary celebrations. They took place as scheduled...

DATE: Oct. 4, 2009 | CATEGORY: Travel

Basque country offers variety of experiences

On a recent trip to the Basque region of northern Spain, Durango travelers enjoyed two very different village experiences.MorellaTurning our backs on the southern seacoast of Spain, we head inland...

DATE: Sept. 19, 2009 | CATEGORY: Travel

Attention riveted on national parks

By Herb FolsomSpecial to the HeraldKen Burns has a six-episode television special on our national parks starting Sept. 27 on PBS. Somehow, he must have been tipped off in regard to this week's...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2009 | CATEGORY: Travel

Can I get a refund for my downgraded airline seat?

Q: We bought two first-class airline tickets to Peru on TACA through Cheaptickets.com. But we soon found out they were economy-class seats.We've asked the airline for a $1,100 refund - the price...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2009 | CATEGORY: Travel

India trip a lifetime experience for author, niece

In my impressionable 20s, an acquaintance told me she went to India with her aunt. She said she went out of the hotel, looked at the street scene, vomited, went back into the hotel and didn't go...

DATE: Sept. 5, 2009 | CATEGORY: Travel

5 secrets for avoiding sky-high phone bills on the road

When it comes to "gotcha" fees, the cellular phone industry makes travel companies look like rank amateurs.Take what happened to P. Morgan Brown when his wife decided to take a spur-of-the-moment...

DATE: Aug. 30, 2009 | CATEGORY: Travel

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