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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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Cleared for takeoff — over the Alaska Range


View of Glaciers in Alaska Range
Kantishna Air Taxi mostly flies visitors around the mountain, said our pilot Andy Young. “A plane in Alaska is like a car anywhere else,” he explained. “It is how we get around. There just aren’t any roads in a lot of the state.” more
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Bushwhacking through the Willows in Denali National Park


Bushwhacking through Willows in Denali National Park
What people also don’t realize is that hiking here is far different than hiking in Yosemite or Yellowstone or most other places. There are no defined trails, and no trail signs. You either need to be experienced in the backcountry and know how to use a compass and map or be fortunate enough to be hiking with someone like Brian McCormick who has been guiding visitors for years. more
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Camp Denali: fascinating tales from three generations


Morton (Woody) Wood, a founder of Camp Denali
Wood showed us a film after dinner of the building of “Camp” as they call it—hauling logs with a World War II surplus jeep, sawing huge trees with hand saws, giving climbers who successfully summited the largest mountain in North America (20,320 feet!) a free spaghetti dinner. more
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A “moderate/strenuous” hike on the Denali permafrost


On the Camp Ridge trail above Camp Denali
They said the views from the ridge at the top of the Tiga Trail are spectacular. We ask can we do a “moderate-slash-strenuous” hike (translation: slower). Everyone laughs and the six of us in our family—three nursing bad knees—head off with the naturalists more
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Two weeks in Alaska: Day One on the road to Camp Denali


Grizzly Bear lunching on ground squirrel along road in Denali National Park
We’ve already seen a huge Grizzly munching on a ground squirrel, four Dall sheep, Caribou, a moose and two recently born calves, a red fox …and we’d only been in Denali National Park a few hours. more
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In Virginia, a Tattoo is not what you might think


Cello player at Virginia Arts Festival
Traditionally a tattoo is a ceremonial military performance. The Virginia Arts Festival’s International Tattoo is a huge tribute to this tradition. more
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The Wild Side of Puerto Rico: Extreme Sports for Exploring Extreme Terrain


‘Snuba’ is not a typo, it’s one of the fastest growing aquatic activities that combines the best of snorkeling and scuba diving and allows you to explore coral reefs in the depths of the tropical seas without getting scuba diving certified. more
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Farm to table at the historic Ocean House in Rhode Island


Jane Dane, the mom of three, is a modern day Forager. That means it is her full time job to act as the liaison between local farmers and the chefs at the luxe 49-room Ocean House in Watch Hill, RI which is a designated Relais & Chateau property with a focus on farm to table cuisine. more
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A Spring Skiing Adventure at Heavenly and Kirkwood ski resorts


Heavenly Ski Resort. We both agreed that this ski area had been aptly named. We looked out over the giant span of beautiful Lake Tahoe from the top of the mountain. more
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A flight worth enjoying, honestly!


I’m in my Virgin America extra legroom seat with no one in front of me and plenty of room to stretch on this flight from San Francisco to New York. For once the five-hour plus flight doesn’t seem interminable. more
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