Southwest Life

Is it safe to go in the water this summer?

When Ken Siegfried heard that the U.S. Consulate General in Hamilton, Bermuda, had issued a warning about ongoing dumping of raw sewage off the island’s south coast, he had flashbacks to a visit to...

DATE: April 19, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

Vegas wheel spins to record

LAS VEGAS – Tourists began taking in the view last week from a skyline-changing observation wheel that offers a unique overview of sparkling Las Vegas Strip resorts, wide skies and craggy brown...

DATE: April 5, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

When Death Valley comes to life

FURNACE CREEK, Calif. – The perception of Death Valley is that it’s hot and desolate. The hot part is right, at least in the summer, when Death Valley is one of the hottest places on Earth. Even in...

DATE: April 5, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

The rural, quirky Oklahoma Panhandle

KENTON, Okla. – The Oklahoma Panhandle has never been for the faint of heart. Before becoming a part of Oklahoma Territory, this strip known as No Man’s Land was a haven for outlaws and land...

DATE: March 29, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

When pirates reigned

SAN DIEGO – Well, shiver me timbers, Matey. This looks like real pirate treasure. Indeed, it is. Hundreds of pieces from among 100,000 artifacts – untouched by human hands for almost 270 years –...

DATE: March 29, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

Bliss on the beach

GUIONES, Costa Rica – A vacation to escape the cold led us to Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast, where we went surfing, horseback riding, deep-sea fishing and even visited a dry tropical forest. Our...

DATE: March 15, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

In Calif. wine country, follow an olive oil trail

NAPA, Calif. – Come to California wine country taste the – olive oil? Yes, there’s liquid gold hidden among the vines, part of an olive oil boom in recent years. You can tour an orchard, learn...

DATE: March 15, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

Vacation cooking requires planning

FORT COLLINS – It can be a recipe for disaster: renting a vacation house with friends without talking about meal planning. There are obvious topics, like allergies, budgeting, finicky kids and the...

DATE: March 1, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

Baja’s quiet gem

LORETO, Mexico – Efforts to turn the seaside village of Loreto into a major destination have been going on for years. So far, though, the results have been limited, and that in itself makes it...

DATE: March 1, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

Where heroes worked

DALLAS – From a fairy tale-inspiring castle in the Bavarian Alps to a serene sculpture of Mary and Jesus by Michelangelo tucked away in a Belgian church, sites and works of art across Europe can...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

Behind Olympic facades, a crumbling city

SOCHI, Russia – A shining new $635 million highway on the outskirts of Sochi stands next to a crumbling apartment block with a red “SOS!” banner on its roof. The residents of 5a Akatsy street have...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

Sochi: A city of contrasts

SOCHI, Russia – For visitors to the Winter Olympics, Sochi may feel like a landscape from a dream – familiar and strange at once. Palm trees evoke a tropical seaside resort, but the Black Sea...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

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