North America

Welcome to Florida's Conch Republic

How the Keys "seceded where others failed."

The Florida Keys attract a cast of irreverent, lively characters and denizens – independent folk who embrace the perks of island living. Perhaps that’s why the Keys became the “Conch Republic” in 1982, succeeding with ...

Back to nature in Tucson's Ventana Canyon

Saguaro cactus and more inspiring desert beauty on this 6.4-mile climb.

The long section of Highway 8 heading from San Diego toward Tucson, Arizona, is mostly flat and dead, with the occasional string of mountains popping up across the landscape. But as I barreled my way ...

Poker refugees in Mexico

I could lose $5000 right now and I wouldn’t feel anything.

“Now, I have a much better understanding of money. I understand that it goes in and it goes out.”

Whiskey in the White House

Follow in Washington's footsteps just a short drive south of D.C.

"George Washington slept here!" And he did, too. Truth be told, he slept there as well. And there. What can I say? The man got around. With four family homes, you’d expect as much. He ...

Where are the trout in California?

Fishing-license revenue often raided by other state agencies

A 2015 fishing license will set you back $47.01, plus a $5.21 ocean fishing stamp. Out-of-state residents will shell out $126.36. Sportsmen active in the politics say the increasing cost of fishing licenses is due ...

Boston's budget-minded spooks

Tour of taxpayer-sponsored military lab marks Vargas staffer junket to Boston

With the boss heading out on a free junket with his wife to the Bavarian Alps, Scott Hinkle, legislative director for Democratic congressman Juan Vargas, took his own gratis spring-break trip to Boston. Hinkle's two-day ...

Secret sauce plus power bait win June Lake contest

Six inches of snow on opening day of trout season

The Eastern Sierra trout opener on April 25 turned out like last year — a predicted record opener, then a spring snowstorm dumped six inches, and seemingly ruined all the big fish hopes and expected ...

Kauai: a hiker's paradise

On the Maha’ulepu trail, an easy 4-mile trek with stunning ocean views.

Known for its unique geography and natural wonders, Kauai is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places I've visited. A hiker’s dream. Truth be told, even if you're not an avid hiker, the island's outdoors ...

Be very very quiet...I’m hunting rabbits

I sent a text to my wife, “Let’s drop everything this weekend, throw the air mattress in the back of the Jeep, and cruise up the Eastern side of the Sierras for an epic adventure.” ...

No sidewalks in northeast Georgia

Finding comfort in the slow pace of small-town Deep South.

This Thanksgiving, I took my usual once- (and sometime twice) a-year drive down south. After ten years of back and forth over myriad routes, specifically those avoiding the highways, I've seen and tasted a lot ...

Lounging in Baja's San Felipe

Discover this chilled-out beach town 5 hours south of San Diego.

Strung like a hammock along the Eastern Baja coast, San Felipe lounges along the sandy beaches of the Sea of Cortez. The town's vibe is as laid back as the lapping of its Caribbean blue–like ...

Big trout predicted for Eastern Sierra opener

Hundreds of San Diegans are getting ready for the Eastern Sierra trout season opener on April 25. The annual six-hour trek up Highway 395 turns out thousands of anglers from Southern California in search of ...

Leave Tiger alone!

What have the demands of modern sport wrought — even in golf?

The “story” at this week’s Masters is Tiger Woods. Can he make the cut? Can he win? Vegas now says 40-1. In the age of “right this minute” media mania, golf pundits question his “chipping ...

True-blue Bahamas

Get a peek of authentic Caribbean life on Grand Bahama Island.

For most of its history, Grand Bahama Island only had a few hundred people and no development. In 1955, a Virginian named Wallace Grove, eyeing the tourism of nearby Cuba, created the planned city of ...

Existential Donkey

Unlike Harsh Toke, Soft Lions, and Prayers — San Diego bands that headlined at this year’s South by Southwest music festival — the Donkeys were one of many bands who made the trek to Austin ...

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