By Tom Stienestra At a campsite last month, I saw a campfire ring where a picnic table had been uprooted, turned on its side and set in the pit, and then partially burned as if it were firewood. As spring takes hold, the “Idiot Alert” has been sounded at parks, trails and lakes as more [...]
Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park are offering annual entrance passes granting free admission to military service members and their families. The annual passes will become available on Saturday, Armed Forces Day, to active duty service members and their dependents. More than 2,000 national parks, wildlife refuges, national forests, and other public lands [...]
By Lesley Carlin Q: Every time I see a family with small children boarding an overnight flight from, say, San Francisco to Boston, I wonder what the heck they’re thinking. Why would anyone take the red-eye with little kids? Adults have enough trouble sleeping — there’s no way a toddler would be able to. And [...]
By Beth J. Harpaz Michael Wigge left Berlin without a penny and traveled 25,000 miles to Antarctica, hitchhiking, bartering and working his way by ship, plane, car and foot, from Europe to Canada and the U.S. and then through Latin America. A series about his project, “How to Travel the World for Free,” is airing [...]
World traveler Rick Powers will recount more of his adventures in a presentation from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, March 27, at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St. Powers will show pictures and tell of his travels in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. All are welcome to attend this free event. Sign up by [...]
By Samantha Bomkamp Haven’t booked your holiday flight yet? Smart move. The cheapest fares for Thanksgiving and Christmas aren’t going to the travelers who booked months in advance. Experts say they’ll go to those who can take advantage of some last-minute deals. In previous years, the rule was nearly always the same: Travelers who booked [...]
By Lesley Carlin Q: Thanks to a new job requiring business travel, I have elite status with a hotel chain’s loyalty program. I’ve been getting gifts in my room — a basket of fruit, chocolates and, on a couple of occasions, half-bottles of wine. I have two questions. First, am I supposed to tip or [...]
I’ve always been intrigued by trains. My grandmother is pictured next a train in the earliest known entry of my family album.
“This is my mother & father and me & Bud & sis. We used to live in N.M. That is the reason I like the West,” she wrote on the back of the photo.
My young grandmother stands in a white coat next to the train with her family, all in black. Such a mystery, that family. I never knew them. How does one satisfy the urge to unravel such mysteries? Perhaps by walking in their footsteps, or in this case, riding a similar railway.