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Stopping to Smell the Wild Roses: A Nature Walk Around Alaska’s Byers Lake

Byers Lake (pictured above) is the kind of place you imagine when you think of the Alaska wilderness. It’s tranquil, pristine and beautiful. It’s not one of Alaska’s most spectacular sights — it’s no Yannert icefield, Glacier Bay National Park or even Mendenhall Glacier — but it’s quiet beauty is spectacular in its own way.

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Miss the Winter Olympics? Just a Little? Take a Tour of the Utah Olympic Park

Remember when the Winter Olympics was going on and it was all anyone was talking about? You know, Lindsay Vonn, figure skating, USA vs. Canada hockey, the mystery of curling and all that. But once all of the medals have been collected and the closing ceremonies, everyone seems to forget all about the Winter Olympics […]

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Ghost Stories: Rufford Abbey Is One of England’s Most Haunted Places

England has lots of haunted places — whenever you're getting a tour of an old building, just ask if there have been any ghost sightings. You'll almost always get to hear about some spooky tale. When I asked that of Parks Development Officer Linda Hardy the beautifully crumbling Rufford Abbey, a Cistercian monastery turned country […]

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Photographer’s Special: Rufford Abbey is Fun to Photograph

Rufford Abbey, a crumbling monastery-turned-country-house, ended up being one of my favorite attractions in Nottinghamshire, and possibly in all of England. It used to be within what was officially considered Sherwood Forest (home of the Major Oak), but as the forest's land has been divided up it's now its own Rufford Abbey Country Park. It's […]

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Yes, The Major Oak in Sherwood Forest is Pretty Major

Legend has it that the Major Oak in Sherwood Forest was a hiding spot for Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men. The Major Oak has a major reputation to live up to, and I'm pleased to report that it did. That's a good thing, because Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve's 400,000 visitors per […]

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Yo, Guidos and Guidettes: Vacation Packages for Jersey Shore Fans

Oh Jersey Shore. I hated the first episode, but then my friend Caitlin insisted I give this MTV reality show another chance. So I did and I soon became completely obsessed with this group of 20-somethings who proudly called themselves Guidos and Guidettes (pictured above) as they lived it up in MTV's beach house in […]

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Academy Awards Edition: Top Five Things to Do in Los Angeles

Tonight, all eyes will be on Los Angeles, or at least on the Kodak Theatre, where the 82nd Academy Awards (aka Oscar Night) will be held. LA is a unique and, at times surreal, city that everyone should visit at least once. Here are five things you must do on your first trip to Los […]

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