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Taking the Waters at the Greenbrier

Editor’s note: Marsha B. Wassel visited the Greenbrier in West Virginia in May. She gives a review and some background on the curative waters of the area. by Marsha B. Wassel History of the Springs There is a history of seeking wellness high in West Virginia’s Allegheny Mountains, where mineral springs flow deep in the Earth, before breaking through the surface. The surrounding forests were home to Shawnee Indians who were the first to value the curative properties of the ...
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Should I Take My Kids to a Developing Country?

By Adria Carey Perez Planning a summer vacation and asking, “Should I take my kids to a developing country?” The short answer is: yes, but… Last summer, we decided to go to Colombia. Not to a resort or with a tour group, but on a two-week, meandering road trip covering cities, beaches, and jungles. With our three kids, ages 4, 6, 9. Was it difficult? Yes. There were times during the trip when my husband and I looked at each ...
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Nayarit, Mexico: El Panadero de Sayulita

El Panadero de Sayulita: A Musical Vignette from the Jungles of Nayarit, Mexico By Tommy Alexander The song brings me back to a rough coastal road near Sayulita, Mexico — barefoot and wild-haired, walking into town from the highway in the warm, fresh darkness. The way wound through lush tropical forest peppered with occasional shops and houses. As we strolled, we were lulled by the slow, gentle rhythm of crashing waves, only occasionally disturbed by the roar and rush of a passing ...
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Short Fiction: Pamplona

Editor’s note: We continue our series of short fiction this month with a contribution about a desire to run with the bulls. The path is a bit beaten, but I’d class this as “adventure.” Pamplona By Kyle Owens Phillip poured himself a cup of coffee and went over to the other side of the room, sitting down on the window sill. He felt a light breeze flow through the opened casement windows as he sipped his coffee before he sat the ...
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A Guide to Vancouver (Part 2)

Editor’s note: In Gregg LaMarsh’s first installment, he shared some tips, tricks, and experiences for a February trip to Vancouver Island, Canada’s surf capital. In Part 2 of this telling, he heads over to the mainland to explore the city of Vancouver, across the Strait of Georgia from Nanaimo, and sums up his trip overall. A Guide to Vancouver (Part 2) By Gregg LaMarsh   Rock Royalty There is a Jimi Hendrix connection to Vancouver. As a child, he was ...
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A Guide to Vancouver Island, Canada’s Surf Capital (Part 1)

Editor’s Note: Gregg LaMarsh took a February trip to Vancouver Island, Canada. The idea of a Canadian winter didn’t stop him from exploring Canada’s surf capital. What follows is the first part of a quirky two-part series on his trip, with tips, suggestions, and reports based on his recent ramblings around Vancouver Island’s West Coast. Reading this piece is an adventure in itself. By Gregg LaMarsh What follows is lengthy. It may serve as a sort of trip-report-plus-tips-list based upon ...
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My Favorite Fishing Villages

By Adria Carey Perez Why visit a fishing village? A combination of history, character, and amazing seafood. Here are my Top Five Fishing Villages to Visit:   Rock, Cornwall, UK I don’t know how many of you are watching Poldark (and if you’re not, you should be), but the show has put Cornwall on the European tourist map. I was lucky to find it before its newest fame, but I venture to say that if the English couldn’t change Cornwall ...
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Three Items You Need on a Boat with Kids

By Adria Carey Perez Windblown hair, sun-kissed cheeks, open ocean swimming, and fresh fish for dinner are the dreamy side of the boating coin; the other side is full of, “get away from that edge!” and sun poisoning and the joy of being confined in a small space with your family for a whole day with no escape, unless you have the swimming prowess of Diana Nyad. With the hope of a day out on the boat with kids landing ...