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Hike Safe cards being offered to support searches, rescues

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

As the summer hiking season gets underway, New Hampshire’s Fish and Game Department is offering Hike Safe cards for people to support search and rescue efforts, and be exempt from liability for repaying such costs. Hike Safe cards may only be bought online for $25 for an individual or $35 for a family. The cards are good through the calendar year. The department has sold nearly 1,400 cards, bringing in …

White Mountains: Raw slopes keep riders stoked

Sunday, May 10, 2015

On a postcard spring Saturday in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, a boisterous band of pilgrims some 2,000 strong is preparing for their own brand of funky and fearless worship. Alone and in groups, they leave Pinkham Notch and trek 3.1 miles up a narrow, mud- and snow-covered trail toward Tuckerman Ravine, the birthplace …

Back from Florida, with the latest credit card tech

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Bud and I love coming home from Florida in the spring. We get to reconnect with friends and family and always enjoy seeing flowers blooming and lawns greening up. This year, though, has been very special. Not only is our new home done (yay!), but we’ve gotten some long-awaited and very important news …

Germany’s Black Forest: Dark woods and mushrooms

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Black Forest gets its name from a canopy of trees so dense that the woods seem dark, pierced only by shafts of sunlight. Mushrooms sprout across the damp forest floor. Red squirrels scamper up the towering trees; …

Essentials for visiting the new Vegas

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Remember when a visit to Las Vegas was all about gambling? Massive, windowless casinos with air-conditioning and free drinks kept guests oblivious to the passage of time while they sat at slot machines and card tables for hours …

Ultralight hiking tips to bring less and go farther

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Too many people picture a long-distance hiker painfully hauling this unwieldy backpack with enough stuff strapped to the outside to make you wonder what could possibly be inside. Don’t let the image of that misguided fogey with his …

Godzilla welcomed in Tokyo – to lure visitors

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Fire-breathing, building-stomping Godzilla was welcomed in part of Tokyo on Thursday as a sign of prosperity, not destruction. The irradiated monster was appointed special resident and tourism ambassador for Shinjuku ward, known for its down-home bars and noodle …

Georgian architecture, hot springs among gems in Bath

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Yes, there really is a natural hot spring beneath the city of Bath, but soaking in the above-ground sights and sounds will leave you plenty relaxed. With its Georgian brick buildings and lush green hills, almost everywhere in …

Don’t just eat that ramen: Go to a museum and learn about it

Sunday, March 29, 2015

There are two kinds of ramen in this world. There’s the packaged staple of dorm-room cuisine, one of the most processed, industrialized foods ever invented. And then there’s the trendy, artisanal, handmade soup that fans line up for …

Airline world’s tiny secret: love of model planes

Sunday, March 22, 2015

In America, businessmen shake hands. In Japan, they bow. But all over the world airline executives engage in a greeting that is all their own: the exchange of model airplanes. When airlines start flying to new cities, make …

Roughing it: Trekking in Nepal offers adventure

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Dawn’s golden light caught the tops of the snowcapped Himalayas and gradually crept downward as the rising sun lit up a sweeping arc of soaring peaks, at once forbidding and starkly beautiful. The stunning vista from the top …

Lights, camera, blossom! Disney films inspire floral fantasy

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Lights, camera . . . blossom! Floral and garden designers are paying homage to Disney and Pixar films at the Philadelphia Flower Show, which opened yesterday with the theme “Celebrate the Movies.” Meticulously landscaped exhibits have been inspired …

Travel Talk: This service provides an easy – and speedy – way to recover lost items

Sunday, March 1, 2015

I wrote my very first Travel Talk column in Dec. 2007. It was about my much-loved cell phone, a dandy of a flip phone, which fell out of my pocket onto my seat on the first leg of a trip to London. We figured it out in the …