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Lava Beds NM — barely in California

  • Tom Dell
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  • July 15, 2018
  • Welcome to Lava Beds National Monument! If you enjoy volcanic geology or exploring lava caves, this is the place for you.  It’s here in California – but barely.  In fact, it’s just about as far as you can go from California’s major population centers without leaving the Golden State.  To find a motel room or […]

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    Nebraska’s Carhenge — folk art masterpiece

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  • July 8, 2018
  • Carhenge isn’t the end of the world . . . but you can see it from there. Our destination is a wildly offbeat sculpture just outside of Alliance, Nebraska – a highly unlikely spot for one of America’s most remarkable displays of folk art.  There, 3 miles north of Alliance in flat farm country are 38 vintage […]

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    A great Benefit Street in Rhode Island

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  • July 1, 2018
  • Welcome to Benefit Street – the most impressive neighborhood of colonial homes in America. You’ll find it in the heart of Providence – just off Intertstate 95 and a few blocks up the hill from the Rhode Island State House. This is a short post.  In it I’ll tell you about a great opportunity to […]

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    Golden aspens glitter along the San Juan Skyway

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  • June 25, 2018
  • If the San Juan Skyway with its golden aspens isn’t the scenic apex of the Rocky Mountains, it’ll do until something more majestic comes along.  Picture this:  Peaks soaring above 14,000 feet, the deepest blue skies you’ll see anywhere, aspens reflecting in crystal-clear lakes and wrapping their golden glory around entire ranges, and roads that […]

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    Steaming to Hannibal with Mark Twain

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  • June 16, 2018
  • This week, Road Trips with Tom steams down the mighty Mississippi to everybody’s favorite river town – Hannibal, Missouri. We’ll join Huckleberry Finn, Becky Thatcher and Tom Sawyer, and learn how a rather ordinary river port became a legend that draws visitors from all over the Midwest.  Actually, it’s not hard when one of your […]

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    Red Rock Canyon is a great Vegas bet

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  • June 10, 2018
  • Welcome to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area just outside Las Vegas. National conservation area?  What’s that?   I read the definition on the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s web site and concluded it’s just some bureaucratic ball-bouncing with nomenclature. More relevant for this post is “when is a national park NOT a national park?” That […]

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    Harpers Ferry, WV — a history lesson you’ll love

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  • June 2, 2018
  • Welcome to Harpers Ferry National Historic Park. Last week I dragged my readers to dreary, downbeat Little Bighorn Battlefield, which isn’t at all worth the long distances visitors must drive to get there or the $20 per car entry fee.  (Custer isn’t the only one who lost out at Little Bighorn!) I’ll make it up […]

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