Southwest Life

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

How to eat an elephant

SILVER CITY, N.M. – Like any initially insurmountable task, the best way to ride a bicycle across the entire southern tier of the United States seems to be one stroke at a time. It helps that my 14...

DATE: March 19, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

Zanzibar’s rare monkeys popular among tourists

ZANZIBAR, Tanzania – A group of rare Zanzibar red colobus monkeys crashed recklessly through the trees, squealing as they pulled at each others’ tails and raced across tree limbs that swayed...

DATE: March 19, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

Two months, two wheels, two coasts

Perhaps the best way I have prepared to ride my bicycle across the United States has been to convince myself it’s not a big deal. That everyone can ride an average 60 miles a day. That the 58-day...

DATE: March 5, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

On this trip, you pray for bad weather

KALALOCH, Wash. – The weekend forecast: low 50s with a 79 percent chance of showers for both days. My first thought: perfect.Sunny skies thwarted my last attempt to visit Kalaloch Lodge, which...

DATE: March 5, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

Hanoi: A 21st century explosion

HANOI, Vietnam – Close your eyes in the streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter and you’ll experience two sensations. The first is the earsplitting cacophony of conversation, cars, clamor and chaos. The...

DATE: Feb. 19, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

Bleeding Kansas

LECOMPTON, Kan. – One-hundred and fifty years ago, the nation was on the verge of the Civil War and transfixed by the bloody fighting in Kansas over whether the territory would enter the Union as a...

DATE: Jan. 29, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

Fear being stranded? An air travel primer

NEW YORK – The Northeast blizzard of late December was a reminder that bad weather can disrupt air travel even if the sky above your local airport is a clear blue.Airlines these days are more...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

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