outdoor recreation

Birding in the Lone Star State

by Mary Jo Manzanares on October 14, 2016

Thanks to its incredible diversity of more than 540 bird species, Texas is widely considered to be America’s birding capital. The variety is further enriched by the convergence of three major migratory paths and an amazing range of habitat types. From well-known birding sites to off-the-beaten-path local hotspots, grab your binoculars and prepare to experience […]

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8 Natural Wonders in Minnesota

by Anthony Manzanares on August 19, 2016

Minnesota’s natural wonders range from moments of quiet awe to outsize thrills. While crowds fill the parking lots at the nation’s best-known national parks, a growing number of travelers in the know are discovering why Minnesota is one of the best places in the country to enjoy an outdoor vacation. Here are eight Natural Wonders […]

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The San Francisco Guide to Pokemon Go

by Anthony Manzanares on July 27, 2016

  Pikachu – where are you? It seems that the Pokemon franchise, dating back to the 1990s, is back and in full force with its newest game, Pokemon Go.  Is the game a chance for exercise and exploration, or one more reason to be glued to your devices, I’ll leave that for you to decide. […]

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Fresh Air Vacation in the Adirondack Mountains

by Christina Uticone on May 16, 2011

When people think of “New York” they usually think New York City, but there is so much more to the Empire State. I’m an Upstate New York girl myself—born and raised in the Finger Lakes—so I’m always anxious to introduce people to the less urban areas of the state, and one of my favorites is […]

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Finger Lakes, New York: Wine, Outdoor Recreation & More

by Mary Jo Manzanares on April 4, 2011

Stone Bridge at Watkins Glen State Park, Watkins Glen Finger Lakes NY

Located in Upstate New York, the Finger Lakes are linear shaped lakes that look just like. . . well, the fingers of a hand. There are 11 lakes, so that would be two hands plus an extra finger, and they all combine to provide an attractive recreation area for anyone trying to escape the …

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