A private lesson from master sand sculptor, Lucinda “Sandy Feet” Wierenga, in South Padre Island, TX First, dig a hole. I was surprised to hear that because we would be building sandcastles, which are above the ground, not below it. Digging a hole seemed counterintuitive. My group of travel writers and I were taking […]
One way to see the world is by work-camping, sometimes called work-kamping. Work-campers tour the country in motorhomes and recreational vehicles, stopping along the way to earn money to supplement their lifestyles. Some jobs pay dollars, and some pay in free campsites and utility hook-ups. Irene and Jimmie Ray of Columbia, MS, have been dedicated […]
Allen Goss has logged more than 5,000 hours of volunteer service at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. His main job is manning an information desk one day a week at Sugarlands Visitor Center near the Gatlinburg entrance. He also helps the staff with special events and programs. We caught up with him one recent afternoon […]
On panoramic photographs of mountain playground Gatlinburg, TN, a rotund structure emerges from the dense leafy backdrop. It’s the Park Vista, a hotel as iconic as the Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City or the Bellagio, with its thrilling dancing fountains, in Las Vegas. You surely heard the hotel was severely damaged during the multi-day wildfires […]
The narrow two-lane road turned from asphalt to gravel, miles off the main highway, and we wondered if we were in the right place. There were no streetlights or billboards, only thick forest, tall grasses and delicate wildflowers. Then we spotted a bright orange sign: Exotic Feline Rescue Center. We had arrived at our destination. […]
The countryside is gorgeous, the eating is divine, and outdoor adventure awaits on water and land in the Highland Lakes Region of Texas. Read my story in Urban Matter Chicago here.
Canyon of the Eagles is a rustic resort and nature park with amenities and cuisine befitting a luxury hotel. That’s what “glamping” is: A glamorous take on the campground lifestyle. Tucked within the picturesque Texas Hill Country is the Highland Lakes region of Burnet County. Canyon of the Eagles sprawls over 940 acres overlooking the […]