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Laughlin, Nevada, a casino community along the banks of the Colorado River, was first settled in the 1940s. Originally, the town was just a small hotel and bar that catered to construction workers for the Davis Dam, which was completed in the early 1950s and formed Lake Mojave about 3 miles north. Today, Laughlin is home to a set of nine casino resorts providing more than 10,000 hotel rooms, restaurants, lounges and theaters, surrounded by rugged desert and an abundance of protected natural resources. Each spring, the Laughlin River Run motorcycle rally and festival draws more than 50,000 bikers for
Underwater Ruins in the Japanese Islands
Sapphire blue waters lick at white sand beaches, beckoning divers to explore their sparkling depths. Below the surface, an underwater wonderland awaits, populated by brilliantly colored tropical fish in every color of the rainbow. Yet the sea conceals other mysteries in the shape of long submerged pyramid like ruins stretching more than 300 miles from Okinawa to the southernmost reaches of the Japanese islands.
Grizzlies, gray wolves, bighorn sheep, mighty buffalo and elk are just a sampling of the wildlife you may see in Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley. Near the northern Gardiner Gate of the park, Lamar Road is the only road open year round. Tours of the valley include summer wildlife tours and winter wolf watching expeditions. Slow down for wandering buffaloes as you pass through the tiny town of Gardiner and enter the park through the majestic Theodore Roosevelt Arch. Several Lamar Valley tours can be booked directly or through your hotel.
Producing nearly 20 percent of the world’s oxygen, the Amazon rainforest has been called “the lungs of the world.” It is the largest tropical rainforest on the planet, covering nearly half of Brazil and bordering eight countries in South America. Planning a camping trip to the region requires a lot of research, as some areas are dangerous and pose health risks, such as typhoid and malaria. It isn’t illegal to explore the Amazon alone, but it is highly unadvisable; the terrain consists of many unmarked trails and paths, and without direction or guidance it is very easy to get lost.
Waterfalls on Skyline Drive in Virginia
Spanning more than 100 miles, Skyline Drive is a scenic driving route that traverses Shenandoah National Park from north to south. Along the way, you can stop and explore dozens of campgrounds, picnic areas, hiking trails and scenic overlooks and waterfalls. Skyline Drive is divided into three districts North, Central and South and each section provides access to waterfalls, many of them in the 50 foot class.
The goal of ecotourism is a simple one, but not always easily attained. Visitors to some of the most remote and untouched places in the world can enjoy the natural splendor and cultural importance of the land without diminishing its integrity through their presence. One of the key aspects of ecotourism is, as the saying goes, taking only photographs and leaving only footprints. With millions of acres of undeveloped parks and preserves, there are few better places for ecotourists than Canada’s Yukon Territory.
Set in the mountains of western North Carolina, the 12,000 acre Linville Gorge Wilderness is part of Pisgah National Forest and sometimes called the “Grand Canyon of the East.” The rugged gorge, formed by the Linville River and bordered by Jonas Ridge and Linville Mountain, provides visitors with scenic views of forested slopes, waterfalls and the namesake river. Recreational opportunities such as rock climbing, hunting, fishing and 39 miles of hiking trails abound in the wilderness area. Although no developed campgrounds are in the Linville Gorge Wilderness, camping is allowed for backpackers, including those hiking the Cabin Trail.
The Long Beach Peninsula, a quiet, tucked away corner of the Pacific Northwest coast, defines the very southwestern finger of the state of Washington. A place of dunes, shore pine copses, spruce rainforests, tidal mudflats, oyster shell middens and little towns, this big sandbar is an excellent place to savor the region many special qualities. Laying down a sleeping bag to spend a night under the stars cheap uggs or, for that matter, parking an RV in a pine fringed slot makes for an especially direct experience with the peninsula.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park covers more than 800 square miles through the scenic forests, rolling valleys and rugged ridges of the Southern Appalachians along the Tennessee and North Carolina borders, with elevations that range from 875 feet to 6,643 feet above sea level. Smoky Mountains, America’s most visited national park, is home to 150 hiking trails and more than 10 major waterfalls, and you can combine both experiences on a short hike along the park’s Laurel Falls Trail, less than 7 miles southwest of Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
On the western edge of the Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness, Marble offers a secluded vacation spot to escape the crowds of nearby ski resort areas. Found 40 miles south of Glenwood Springs along paved Highway 133, the town covers less than a half mile of road in the White River National Forest. No cell phone service reaches the remote area, and communicating with the outside world can be accomplished by stopping at the town’s sole pay phone or by dropping a letter in its only mailbox. Experience a true away from it all camping adventure with a stay at one of two quaint campgrounds that
Cumberland Plateau Hiking Trail in Tennessee
For lovers of the outdoors, there are few better destinations than the Cumberland Plateau. Stretching 450 miles along the western edge of the Appalachian Mountains, the plateau is home to striking scenery, diverse wildlife and more hiking trails than can be explored in a lifetime. The Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park usually referred to simply as the Cumberland Trail bisects the plateau from north to south, providing access to numerous other trails and some of Tennessee’s finest state parks and natural areas.
Willamette Mission State Park set along the banks of Oregon’s scenic Willamette River, less than 12 miles north of the capital city of Salem is full of history. The 1,329 acre park was the site of Oregon’s first Christian mission for Native Americans in 1834, the nation’s largest black cottonwood tree and a ferry that was the first to carry a covered wagon and ox across the Willamette in 1844. The ferry can still be boarded today. Willamette Mission State Park also provides an array of recreational options, including approximately 15 miles of trails for hiking, biking and horseback
Though Colorado’s Hanging Lake spans just 1.5 acres, what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in scenery. Tucked between limestone cliffs and surrounded by a lush natural garden of hanging vegetation, the turquoise waters of Hanging Lake are fed by the trickling cascade of Bridal Veil Falls. The lake was designated a National Natural Landmark in 2011, and you can reach it by following the short but strenuous Hanging Lake Trail, a two hour round trip hike through steep canyons and dense forests.
where you summit a number of mountains over the course of a summer, several years or a lifetime is a popular pastime in Colorado, where more than 50 peaks rise above 14,000 feet in elevation, and nearly 600 more top 13,000 feet. One of the more moderate 13ers at 13,260 feet, James Peak rises from a wilderness by the same name, giving visitors not only peak bagging opportunities on its slopes but trails leading to three other nearby peaks, and lakes, streams and other points of interest. You can pitch a tent in the James Peak Wilderness to
Alpine Loop Camping in Colorado
A visitor to Colorado’s Alpine Triangle will travel 150 miles of paved roads to visit the the towns of Ouray, Lake City and Silverton. The scenery along any route in the area is spectacular, but one of the country’s first backcountry byways, the Alpine Scenic Loop, connects the three with 65 miles of maintained dirt road that slices through some of the most dramatic vistas in the state. You can explore long abandoned mining towns, fish in sparkling waterways or hike scenic side trails along the way. Extend your adventure for days at a time by camping along the way.
While Grand Canyon Caverns lies about 60 miles south of the nearest rim of the Grand Canyon, its extensive network of underground tunnels are said to extend all the way into the canyon. The land above the caverns is a highly utilized camping stop for visitors hiking to Havasupai Falls in the western portion of the canyon, and the caverns themselves provide a constant underground climate where you can escape summer heat or winter cold for a short while. They also are home to the world’s largest underground motel room and a unique theater for those desiring an out of the ordinary adventure.
One of the longest continuously marked footpaths in the world, the Appalachian Trail spans 14 states as it winds its way across the spine of the Appalachian Mountains from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine. The Appalachian Trail stretches about 2,180 miles, and tenting is permitted along most of its length.
Fishing boats sit amid shallow puddles that wouldn even float a toy boat, tied to docks that tower overhead: Such is the Bay of Fundy at low tide, renowned for the most dramatic tidal shifts on the planet. Situated north of Maine border with Canada, the Bay of Fundy stretches 170 miles between the provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. The tides vary by as much as 50 feet every six hours, with as much as a mile between water edge and some boat docks when the tide is at its lowest. You can explore for days along the
10 Most Exciting Adventure Trips
Sitting on the beach and sipping strawberry daiquiris isn’t for everyone some people crave the sort of adventures you can’t get unless you’re willing to travel far from home. We’ve put together a list of the 10 most exciting trips from around the world. Don’t blame us if you get so caught up in the excitement that you never come home.
The Gauley River pumps with 25 miles of heart pounding rapids and is home to six weeks of river rafting fun each autumn, known as the Gauley Fest. Rafters come from around the globe to experience the pounding hydraulics of the Upper Gauley River, with its dangerous, expert only rapids. If your skill level or heart isn’t quite ready for rapids rated Class 5 on the International Scale of River Difficulty, you can take it down a notch to the challenging Class 4 action found on the lower portion of the river.
Just 125 miles north of Maine’s northern border, Fundy National Park in New Brunswick, Canada, cradles protected forest wilderness. Dramatic tides at the Bay of Fundy surge as much as 33 feet, making the park the site of the most extreme tides in North America. Bring your dog to romp along the tidal pools pressed into the red clay among barnacle strewn boulders, or head inland to explore trails through the forest leading to lakes and waterfalls. For a multi day adventure, pitch a tent or park an RV, knowing your dog is a welcome visitor to the park.
The Grand Canyon, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, slices 277 miles through the forest and high desert of northern Arizona from east to west, revealing mauve and lavender canyon lands yawning a mile deep and up to 18 miles wide. Each year, more than 4 million visitors flock to the Grand Canyon, most visiting the easily accessed lodges and campgrounds in the park’s villages near the canyon’s east and central regions. A trip to the west side of the canyon, however, takes you off the beaten path, down dusty roads and knee jarring trails teetering along sheer
ATVs at Lake Murray State Park in Oklahoma
Built in the 1930s, south central Oklahoma’s Lake Murray State Park was the first state park constructed in the Sooner State and, at 12,500 acres, it also is the largest. Set on the shores of its namesake lake just south of Ardmore, the park is home to a number of water sports activities and many other recreational amenities, including a system of ATV trails and a uggs outlet campground for ATV riders.African Gifts Online
I found an excellent online shop called Africa Imports. They sell all kinds of African merchandise which would make perfect Christmas or Kwanzaa gifts. You can buy fabrics (including kente and mudcloth), clothes, musical instruments, furniture, toys, jewelry and more. The prices are very reasonable and they are based in New Jersey which works out well for people living in the US.
Some of my favorite items are:
. If you’ve traveled anywhere in Africa and you’re like me, you’ll want to indulge your nostalgia with a large flag. You don’t often get a chance to show off your patriotic feelings about countries like Malawi, Zambia or Tanzania. So make an African flag a centre piece in your home, it’s always a good conversation starter.
December 22, 2009 at 1:10 pm
(2) Roxanne says:I am looking for a catalogue that has ethnic home decor like shower curtains (specifically)
December 26, 2009 at 4:53 pm
(3) Jamilah Baldwin says:wow! I found a store called Dupsie I am African American but have been to African several times and I know authentic African clothing when i see them. All their items look authentic. The prices are very reasonable too for authentic African clothing. Usually they are almost times 3 of what they are offering them for. I have saved them in my favorites for all my subsequent African wears. There are many other African gifts on this page, but if you want original stuff, than stick with wood carvings and not stuff from China.
March 3, 2010 at 2:13 pm
(5) John Michael says:Our business is to help the world spot and get authentic stuff in Africa. They have a great collection of functional African gift items for those looking for unique gifts.
Anouk, any info on gift giving practices, dos and donts in Africa cultures. Their products are a bit pricey but totally awesome and justified.I knew it wouldn’t be long before I came around to doing a story on Stephen Webster, one of the best loved and most successful British jewellers of our generation. And this is perfectly justified as the house has just launched a new couture collection of one off pieces that aims to celebrate the best of British history, culture and design. With this in mind, our new couture fine jewellery collection will attempt just that; paying homage to the history, culture, climate, diet and of course the humour and many eccentricities of the ‘nation of shopkeepers’ as once referred to by the very short and even more short sighted Napoleon Bonaparte.”
So you have been warned not to expect twee Tudor roses, nostalgic motifs evoking past glory or kitsch Victoriana. Instead we are presented with Webster’s quirky take on what he makes of the history of our scepter’d isle and earth of majesty. Pheasants, baked pilchards, and thorns are his themes of choice.
The star of the show is the Magnipheasant set. And typical of Webster, there are puns, both linguistic and visual. The pheasant, a long standing symbol of the countryside, is taken out of the realm of wellies, tweed and spaniels and converted into something edgy, hip and achingly beautiful. Not words I would have dreamt of using to describe this fowl before setting eyes on these jewels.
But that is the magic of Stephen Webster. After 38 years in the business, starting at the bench making jewels and working his way up, Webster has the confidence and most importantly, the skill to be able to play, mix it up and make it fun.
Look closely at the Magnipheasant necklace and the colours are of course those of the bird’s iridescent plumage captured in red garnets, pink tourmalines, amethysts, blue topazes, peridots, citrines and black diamonds.
But the true test of a great concept and refined execution lies in the fact that if say Keira Knightley were to step out wearing these jewels, you would think “fabulous jewels”, not “old British bird”.