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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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How to get the exclusive Disney backstory


Touring Walt Disney Studios not open to public with Adventures by Disney
At the newly revamped Disney California Adventure in Anaheim you can saunter down Buena Vista Street as it might have been when Walt Disney as a young man with a suitcase, $40 and a big dream in the early 1920s. This being Disney, everything has a back story. more
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Disney’s California parks — smaller and more intimate


Goofy entertains at Buena Vista Street at California Adventure
This is a good time to visit Disneyland. Not only has the Disneyland Hotel been completely renovated (love the new water playground!) but Disney just unveiled the new Cars Land, based on the movie “Cars,” evening water spectacular and other entertainment at the grand reopening of California Adventure. more
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What’s new at Disneyland in California? Lots!


Families waiting hours for new attractions at Cars Land at Disney California Adventure
Ready to race? Radiator Springs Racers is one of the most elaborate attractions ever created for a Disney theme park as the “Cars” gang gathers to get us ready for the big race. more
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Leaving Alaska with salmon and great memories


Moon the dog on the Rum Runner
Juneau, the state capitol and only accessible by plane or boat, gets over 950,000 tourists annually, the vast number on big cruise ships. They are missing a lot, spending just a few hours here. more
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Up close (but not too close) and personal with a glacier


Getting close but not too close to the Dawes Glacier
I understand why the Native Tlingits called glaciers “white thunder.” We see harbor seals lounging on chunks of blue ice in the water. The glacier looks like blue cotton candy with chocolate sprinkles. more
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Kayaking on the Salt Chuck — eagles and bears!


Black bear munching on grass near Salt Chuck
Mornings like this make you realize why you can’t compare this Alaska cruise with just 60-plus passengers to a giant cruise ship with thousands. Rather than docking in ports, we’ve anchored in a cove here in Southeast Alaska precisely so we can go off for a morning paddle more
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Active or passive — this un-cruise is for you


Humpback going on a dive
“We plan the itinerary so that we can stop like this,” says our captain, Dano Quinn, who has been piloting vessels in Alaska for the last 16 years. more
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Eagles and starfish. Snorkeling in Alaska? You bet


Snorkeling expedition from the Wilderness Discovery
Did I mention this father and child are Bald Eagles and we are listening to their conversation from kayaks in spectacular Saginaw Bay on Kuiu Island in Southeast Alaska? more
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Thar they blow! Humpbacks galore on the Inside Passage


We spot dozens of Humpback Whales like this one on the Inside Passage
We are cruising around Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska aboard the InnerSea Discoveries Wilderness Discoverer when we spy humpback whales. So cool! Two are off the bow of the ship! more
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Heading off on an “un-cruise” in Southeast Alaska


Kayaking near Dry Pass on the Inside Passage in Southeast Alaska
This morning kayaking near the entrance to the Dry Pass, we see giant red sea stars, anemones and the biggest clams I’ve ever see – Gasper Clams (so-called because they squirt water out of their shells). We learn make these clams make for great bear snacks. more
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