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Smokejumper base features parachute corps

MISSOULA, Mont. – Fighting wildland fires is grimy, exhausting, dangerous and impressive. When smokejumpers do the work, parachuting in to wage the initial attack on fires in remote, rugged places,...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Hiking Shi Shi

SHI SHI BEACH, Wash. First there’s a drive through windy seaside and tree-lined roads. Then there’s a peek at the farthest northwest point in the lower 48 states. Finally, after a two-mile hike...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Into the Outback

SYDNEY – Australia has thousands of miles of roads crisscrossing the country’s vast Outback. But most travelers miss out on the beautiful sites dotted across the land by flying from one city to the...

DATE: Aug. 3, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

The endless quest for better boarding

DALLAS – Getting people on and off an airplane quickly is so complicated that even an astrophysicist couldn’t figure it out. Jason Steffen, a research fellow at Northwestern University, normally...

DATE: Aug. 3, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Doctors often on planes to deal with emergencies

Is there a doctor on board? Surprisingly often, there is – in half of in-flight medical emergencies – and sick airline passengers almost always survive, a new study finds. The research is the...

DATE: July 20, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Books keep business travelers sane

Frequent business traveler flier Margaret Bowles disregards in-flight entertainment options and pulls out her Kindle on nearly every flight. Bowles, a lawyer in Winter Park, is now reading Proof of...

DATE: July 20, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Swimming with the sharks

LA JOLLA, Calif. Just beyond the breakers at La Jolla Shores Beach, hundreds of dark figures cruise through the sandy shallows like a scene in a horror movie. In most cases, the sight of one...

DATE: July 20, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Where summer and deals sizzle

PHOENIX – Winter turns the Valley of the Sun into a destination, luring visitors from colder climates around the world to the warmth of the desert. Once the searing heat of summer hits, the...

DATE: July 20, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Legoland Florida expands with World of Chima

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – The world’s largest Lego theme park is expanding again, this time with a water ride, a splash zone and an interactive play area – all welcome activities for vacationing...

DATE: July 6, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

5 freebies: Not everything in Napa Valley will tap your wallet

NAPA, Calif. – Love the lush and lovely Napa Valley but hate how expensive it can be? You’re not the first. In the late 19th century, writer Robert Louis Stevenson moved his honeymoon to the rustic...

DATE: July 6, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Kansas’ Tallgrass Prairie Preserve: Glimpse of yesteryear

David Maciewicz, 24, of Utica, N.Y., was struck by the “vast nothing” of the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve in Strong City, Kan. when he visited last year Maciewicz said he was in awe of the quiet....

DATE: June 29, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

From art to trails, 5 freebies in Helena, Mont.

HELENA, Mont. – Montana’s capital is perfectly positioned as a halfway point between Glacier and Yellowstone national parks, but visitors often decide to extend their stopovers once they get a feel...

DATE: June 29, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

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