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Arkansas’ White River

Arkansas’ White River

Above: Morning mist obscures anglers on the White River, Arkansas. The late-morning mist is burning off the White River, letting the people in the flat-bottomed boats see where to cast their baited hooks for brown and rainbow trout. The view for 360 degrees is the […]

Cruise ship Wind Spirit

Uh-oh, there’s trouble in paradise. Barely half an hour into the pool-deck barbecue dinner, while there is still lobster tail on the grill, lots of meat left on the roast pig and jumbo shrimp in the ice bowl, it has begun to rain on the […]


If ever there was a place that made humans earn the right to live amid the natural beauty, it is Newfoundland. Even in late June, a chill wind can blow dense sea fog onto the coast, and thick gray skies hide the sun. Laundry whips […]

Yosemite National Park

Built to attract wealthy visitors to Yosemite, The Ahwanee hotel lavishes guests with elegance and eye-popping panoramas. This is what it’s like to be wealthy, the hotel architect wanted you to know. Wealthy, and with a 2,425-foot-tall waterfall in the back yard. End Bag, the […]

Chile’s Lakes Region

The thick clouds drift in from the Pacific, skidding against the cold skies above the eternally snow-capped Andes. It rains 260 days a year here, greening the valleys of Chile’s Lakes region and the lower slopes of the mountains. “The rain is kind of our […]

The Boomers contemplate life

If time gets tight when she’s delivering a speech, Dr. Mary S. Furlong can hurry through the PowerPoint and speak over the chuckles after her one-liners. Speeding up is easy, because she has studied her topic for 23 years. But when she answers questions from […]