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First in Flight: Hang Gliding in Kitty Hawk, NC

August 10, 2012

Death from spinal fracture was the final verdict for Otto Lilienthal.  Displaying a heady mixture of audacity and ingenuity, Lilienthal, a German engineer, had developed a heavier than air glider, flown it several times, tweaked its design and was working on a way to power it when the accident occurred.  He fell from 49 feet […]

Duke of Hazards: Risking Life and Limb in Pigeon Forge, TN

July 27, 2012

Sometimes travel can be a bitch.  On my way to Pigeon Forge I got a flat tire, went the wrong way on a one way highway, watched a 16-wheeler overturn in front of me, and witnessed some haz-mat guys spraying down a field that had been ignited by chemicals.  Oh, by the way, I was […]

Went Down to the Crossroads: A Blues Tour of the Delta

July 13, 2012

Few places in America are as interesting as the Mississippi delta.  Stretching 250 miles from Memphis in the north to Vicksburg in the south, and about 80 miles wide, the delta is a pancake flat alluvial plain bordered by the Mississippi River on the west and the Mississippi hill country on the east.  The majority […]

Facing up to White Nose: Exploring a Cave in Stanton, MO

June 29, 2012

Caves are cool.  Slipping out of a hot, muggy day into the cool environs of a cave is the pre-modern equivalent of air conditioning.  What’s more, caves are a world unto themselves, unique ecosystems akin to tropical reefs or desert floors.  So it’s no wonder human beings have always been fascinated by caves.  But cave […]

Two Presidents, One Day, Sixteen Years: Kansas & Missouri

June 15, 2012

The years 1944-1960 saw the greatest expansion of the American economy we may ever know.  They saw the end of Second World War, the dawn of the nuclear age, and the beginning of the Cold War.  They were among the most challenging and rewarding years in US history, and they were navigated adroitly by two […]

Single Gun Theory: Visiting the Kennedy Assassination Site

June 1, 2012

In the parking lot of the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas, freelance tour guides wrangle tourists onto the grassy knoll and make wild claims about the Kennedy assassination.  “51 people saw two gunmen shoot the president from this spot!” The obvious question.  “And none of them went to the police?” “Some […]

The Peculiar Good Fortune of the Ignorant: Fly Fishing in Colorado

May 18, 2012

Fly Fishing has taught me to respect fish.  In two days of fishing in the mountains outside Denver, Colorado I managed to hook a surprising number of rainbow trout.  Yet during that same time I managed to hook myself no less than nine times and each time it was a delicate, time consuming operation to […]

Walking in the Shoes of Others: Hiking the Bitterroot Mountains

May 4, 2012

“Chuff-chuff-chuff,” came the sound. I stopped dead in my tracks and listened. I had been hiking the trail high in the Bitterroot Mountains of western Montana for well over an hour and seen no other person.  There it was again. “Chuff-chuff-chuff,” like an animal panting. A signboard at the trail head had warned of bears […]

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 […]

Infamous Potatoes: An Economic Disaster Tale in Boise, ID

April 6, 2012

Wandering the streets of Boise, I came across a homeless guy picking through the trash. I was just finishing my lunch, a McDonalds number one value meal, which, if you don’t already know, is a Big Mac, soft drink and fries. Foolishly, I had agreed to super size it, which meant that now I had […]