Category: US

Yellowstone National Park, a World Treasure

As an earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale rumbled the East Coast, we were standing in awe of shooting geysers, hot springs, fumaroles and mud pots in Yellowstone National Park – the most active geothermal region in the world. Daily tremors are quite common in the park, according to Larry Crowe, our Xanterra Parks […]

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The Personal Umbrella Policy: Protection for a Very Rainy Day

Umbrella policies used to be only for the rich and famous, but that’s not the case anymore. In fact, personal umbrellas are a standard purchase for most middle-class insurance buyers who have a realistic understanding of their risks in a litigious economy. Umbrella policies are a smart way to get a lot of coverage at […]

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Category: US

Become a Patriot at Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg. 1775-1776. British soldiers in red jackets (a few on horseback) mill about the city. Some locals resent the soldiers, while others welcome them. Tensions are high. Tempers flare. Voices shout. There is talk of revolution and rebellion in the Capitol. Everyone at the Governor’s Palace, even the servants, are nervous. In the public […]

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Category: Asia & Africa, World

Hong Kong: Pearl of the Orient

Hong Kong, “Asia’s World City,” is where East greets West, where culture melds into commerce and carries both globally. Hong Kong is also called the Pearl of the Orient, a natural jewel extending an invitation to explore a world of treasures and wonder. Hong Kong is just a little smaller than New York City – […]

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Category: Carolinas

Thrilling Adventures at the USNWC

Paddle the U.S. National Whitewater Center near Charlotte and your raft may bump into those of families savoring a weekend thrill or youths enjoying a church outing. And, depending on the time of year, rafters may also share the turbulent whitewater with kayakers windmilling their boats along and ducking under hanging gates as they train […]

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Category: Carolinas

Zip-Sliding Away

Experience the beauty of the Carolinas by taking a zipline tour through the mountains, ample forests, gorgeous beaches or even city skylines. Here’s a look at some of the zipline tours available in the Carolinas: NORTH CAROLINA Just minutes from downtown, Asheville Zipline Canopy Adventures is an urban zipline with 10 zips up to 1,200 […]

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What’s on your mind? A landmark study quantifies distracted driving

When David Strayer’s children were younger, they would, as children do, sometimes make faces at passing drivers on family trips. One time, as he began to tell them that it wasn’t a good idea to distract a driver, as he usually did, he realized that the other driver didn’t even notice. “The person was on […]

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Category: Caribbean, World

Bermuda’s Dramatic History Unfolds Across its Tiny Turf

  For an island some 22 miles long and scarcely a mile wide, Bermuda makes a mighty splash in the story of Britain and its sizeable stake in the Western Atlantic. Marking its 400th birthday in 2009 – it was in July 1609 that the Sea Venture, flagship of a seven-ship fleet sailing to Virginia’s […]

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