7 Things You Didn’t Know About Yosemite National Park

Situated within driving distance of both Los Angeles and San Francisco, Yosemite National Park has inspired superlatives for decades. Early American visitors running the gamut from mid-1800s explorers to naturalist John Muir found plenty to love there. As home to stunning waterfalls, sheer granite cliffs and abundant meadows tucked within the High Sierra, Yosemite still

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GoTraveler Reflections

Why do we travel? The utterly pragmatic 21st century arguments in its favor are precious and few. Traveler bottom-lines are hardly improved, and there’s never much to show for all the time and effort invested. We are, after all, no longer nomadic hunters and gatherers. Nor are we merchant adventurers seeking exotic goods for Renaissance

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The Places In Between

I feel an impatience – a familiar restless desire to live even for a little while outside the geometry of civilization and its confining angles, cylinders, boxes and gridlines. To breathe living air un-pumped through ducts and vents, and feel the rushing breeze over loud tumbling water that’s never seen the inside of pipes. To

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Devils Tower

Two summers ago, I hiked around the base of an iconic multicultural landmark in the northeastern corner of Wyoming. Skirting shattered rock that surrounded the monolith like ancient ruins, I met no devil in any guise whatsoever; no storied Lakota maidens scrambling to the summit in desperate evasion of grizzlies; and my only encounters of

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Nameworthy

The ongoing argument regarding the hierarchy of form vs. function is, in this case, reduced to absolute superfluity. The Tufted Coquette – a hummingbird whose name is not only delightful and perfect, but easily could have been lifted from a Lou Reed lyric. Somewhat rare, small populations have nonetheless been found in Brazil, Venezuela, Trinidad

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