Browsing Tag »Interesting US destinations«

Farm to Table with Flare: Suds and Grub in Seattle, WA

April 20, 2012

Let’s be honest.  I like to eat and drink.  And as I travel around the country looking for interesting places to dine and imbibe, I’m often shocked at how deficient some cities are. Take Little Rock, for example, a pub and grub desert. Or Indianapolis where they just discovered tapas last week. Some cities tout […]

Into the Vortex: Cognitive Laziness in Gold Hill, OR

March 23, 2012

Okay, I kid you not. I’ve been to a place where balls roll uphill, broomsticks stand on end, people grow taller just by taking a few steps, and the earth’s magnetic field causes you to sway slowly in a circle as you stand in one place. It’s the Oregon Vortex in Gold Hill, Oregon and […]

America’s First War on Terror: Sundown at Ft. Bowie, AZ

February 10, 2012

When he found the bodies, George Bascom was furious. Didn’t this prove what he had been saying all along, that the Indian chief and his followers were ruthless killers? They had undoubtedly slain the little boy too, which was why they had been refusing to return him. The four bodies were riddled with lance holes. […]

Deep Reservations: Visiting a Haunted Indian School in Concho, OK

January 13, 2012

The ghosts of children are said to haunt the abandoned hallways of the Concho Indian Boarding School in Concho, Oklahoma.  Paranormalists take their EVP recording devices to the school and pick up the sounds of disembodied voices.  The air grows chilly.  Doors slam.  Objects come flying out of nowhere. The school is actually a complex […]

Astronomical: Evaluating the Cost of the Space Program in Huntsville, AL

December 30, 2011

In all of human history there may be nothing as anti-climactic as a moon rock.  After spending 10 years and $150 billion, the US space program reached its summit by landing a man on the moon and bringing back 50 pounds of rocks. Today, NASA values those rocks at $100,000 per ounce, which makes the […]

Houses of Horror: The Serial Murder Sites of Chicago and Milwaukee

October 27, 2011

A popular trope in horror is the isolated farmhouse, the remote village, where gruesome serial murders take place.  Innocent victims stumble onto the site and are brutally tortured and slain. Shockingly the only thing flawed with this rendition is the setting.  The most notorious serial murders have not taken place in remote, out-of-the-way places, but […]

Of Shrimp and Petroleum: Acadiana One Year After the Oil Spill

October 7, 2011

In the bayous south and west of New Orleans the fallout from the BP oil spill continues to be felt more than a year after the well was capped. Shrimp boats sit idle, not because the fisheries are producing seafood that is unsafe to eat – Gulf Coast seafood was deemed safe for consumption months […]

“Where is Tara?” Atlanta’s Gone with the Wind Legacy

September 23, 2011

Even 70 years later, one of the most common questions asked by tourists visiting Atlanta is “Where is Tara?” Not where is Coca Cola, where is CNN or where is Olympic Park.  They want to see the iconic antebellum home where Scarlett flirted with her beaus and later, having been brought low by the war, […]

Dirty Business: Looking into a Mine Disaster in Beckley, WV

August 4, 2011

At around 3:25pm on April 5, 2010 Rex Mullins and Nick McCroskey were working 1000 feet underground at the Upper Big Branch Mine in Montcoal, West Virginia. Mullins, a 50 year old mining veteran, was working with McCroskey, a 26 year old graduate of Bluefield College, on the shearer of a 100 ton longwall mining […]

Digging Detroit: Ambitious Plans to Grow a City in Decline

June 24, 2011

On Jefferson Avenue near downtown Detroit there’s a restaurant called Dr. Dre’s Open Pit and Bait Shop whose name pretty much says it all.  The City of Detroit is populated mostly by African Americans, 82% of the population is black.  Of those, nearly half are between the ages of 25 and 54, a demographic that […]