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Chicago’s Biggest Book Fair Is Back July 23-26

Jul 9, 2015
The Newberry Book Fair on July 23-26, Chicago’s biggest annual used book binge, has something for every reader.

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Interacting with rescued marine mammals at Atlantis in the Bahamas

The facility serves as the best marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation center in the Bahamas—the sea lions here were also rescued. Corbett shows us the lab which she proudly says is one of the most medically advanced in the Bahamas — for creatures or people, she jokes -- complete with ultra sounds equipment, digital x-rays, anesthesia machines and more. Experts here have the ability via the internet to consult with experts around the world. more
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Memories of a kayaking adventure off the tip of Cabo

Welcome to Lover’s Beach. No it isn’t so named because of affectionate couples. Apparently Jacques Cousteau so named this spot in Cabo San Lucas after watching the Pacific swells pound the calmer Medano Bay on the other side. He said the Pacific was making love to the Sea of Cortez. more
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Fun and adventure atop the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Climbing to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge clearly isn't just for the rich and famous. On the contrary, For Australian kids, I’m told, it’s become a kind of rite of passage. (You have to be at least 10 to climb.) Hundreds of couples have gotten engaged on the climb. A group of New York City firefighters and police officers climbed the bridge after 9/11, flying an American flag at the top.... more
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Outdoor Destination Site Launches Facebook Contest

To celebrate the launch of OTDestinations.com, which offers travelers over 100 outdoor-focused lodging options including fishing lodges, dude ranches, vacation rentals, glamping yurts, lake cabins and more throughout North America.  there’s a  Facebook Contest . “Like” their Facebook page by more »
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Why Travel Insurance is a Must-Have for your Family Vacation

When you’re planning a family vacation, there are dozens of little details that need your attention. Between booking airfares, sleeping accommodations, and planning what to see, where to go, what to do, what to eat…it hardly seems as if adding one more thing to the “To-Do” list could be worthwhile. But for family travelers, taking a few extra minutes to research and purchase a travel insurance policy that suits your needs can be as important as any other part of booking your trip.... more
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The Long Goodbye – taking the kid to college

One thing I had learned. Like all of those other big parenting moments, it won’t go exactly the way we hope. Parents who expect one picture-perfect memorable moment after another will invariably be disappointed -- just like the time when the kids whined at Disney World, or it rained in Hawaii. I just hope for a minimum of histrionics. more
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A day at Mystic Seaport and Aquarium with two Fresh Air Fund boys

It’s easy to see why Juno the Beluga is a star here at Mystic Aquarium as well as a YouTube sensation— “dancing” to a Mariachi Band. He’s a growing boy, just like Jason and Enesi, the two 12-year-old boys who have left New York’s inner city, courtesy of the Fresh Air Fund to spend a week with us. We wanted to show the boys a place they’d never been and somewhere quintessentially New England, since they are spending 10 days in Connecticut, and what better place than Mystic? more
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History and adventure abound at Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills

So where can you see the guy with the 20-foot long nose? Here’s a hint: Conceived as a tourist gimmick and celebrating its 70th birthday, it’s recognized around the world as a symbol of the United States and democracy. The answer, of course, is Mount Rushmore, which literally will give the kids an in-your-face history lesson they won’t forget. more
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The Fresh Air Fund needs help, get it from the Cayman Islands

With the Fresh Air Fund reporting that 700 needy youngsters still are without a place to go this summer, I can’t help but wonder why other islands and airlines haven’t stepped up to help like this. The Cayman Islands and Cayman Airways are in their 5th year of taking inner-city youngsters to and from the island for a summer outdoors more
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Memories of a hot air balloon adventure in Albuquerque NM

I wasn’t dreaming. We were floating high above Albuquerque, N.M., in a giant, rainbow-colored hot air balloon. We gave each other one of those I-can’t-believe-we’re-here grins that made every argument we’d had on our Southwest road trip fade away. Every vacation should have at least one standout moment like this. more
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