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July 2014

A Sculpture Garden Begs the Question: Are They for Real?

As you wander around the plush 42-acres of Grounds for Sculpture, the brainchild of internationally renowned sculptor and philanthropist J. Seward Johnson, his whimsical figures big and small are so lifelike, visitors soon find themselves straining their eyes and coming close to answer the question: Are they for real?


Beat the Heat in Family-Friendly Big Bear, California

An absolute must see is the Big Bear Alpine Zoo, formerly known as Moonridge Animal Park. It is the only true alpine zoo in the country. The animals here are only high mountain species. Yes, they have grizzly bears -- even a three-legged bear named Hucklebeary.

Compulsive Traveler

Ten Great Things to Do in Wisconsin’s Fox Cities

The History Museum at the Castle has an excellent hands-on Houdini exhibit that shares some of the great magician’s secrets. The Hearthstone House, which had the best of everything, was the first home in the world to be lit by hydro-electricity.

June 2014
Compulsive Traveler

Top Ten Tips for Visiting Boston

Follow the 2.5-mile trail to 16 historically significant sites including museums, meeting houses, churches and cemeteries. Stops include Paul Revere’s house, Faneuil Hall, Old North Church, Bunker Hill and the USS Constitution, also known as Old Ironsides.

May 2014
The Tenacious Traveler

So Much to Dig Into in the Outer Banks

The most famous attraction on Roanoke Island is the Lost Colony, a something-for-everyone drama that entertains with special effects, daring action, comedy, music and dance. It relates the true story of the disappearance –  no one knows where or why –  of the 116 men, women and children who settled in the New World in 1587.

Passport Perspectives

Simplifying Currency Challenges in Vietnam

One U.S. dollar equals 21,277 dong. There are lots of zeros printed on the currency and to make it convenient for our comprehension, the first thing we did was to lop off three of them.


A Surprise Adventure Riding the Mexican Rails

I gave up. If five Mexicans could sleep on one narrow cot, the two of us could manage as well. After all, we wanted to experience the true essence of the country, and believe me, the essence on that hot, humid, sleeper was overpowering.

April 2014

Adventure In Oz, Australian Style

Then, for no discernible reason, the train stopped. And until you have stopped in the vastness of the Outback, you don't know the meaning of the phrase, "in the middle of nowhere." We sat, watching the time grow later, wondering how we were going to make that flight.

Health, Wellness & the Good Life

A Great Fall/spring Getaway in the Great Smokies

The byways in Great Smoky Mountain National Park are languid and serene. Within a day's drive of much of the East Coast, it's no surprise this is the most visited of our national parks, yet at times it can feel as if you are discovering it alone. 

Compulsive Traveler

Ten Must-do Things in China

Walking along the Bund, the riverfront walkway offers a glimpse of the old Shanghai with its 1920s-style buildings while across the river the skyline has a space-age quality. The Shanghai Museum is one of the best in China showcasing 5,000 years of history.

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