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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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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Spomeniks

Spomenik – Tjentište (photo credit Jan Kempenaers) Scattered throughout the magnificent landscapes of the former Yugoslavia, massive concrete monuments stand in ghostly homage to a nation’s suffering and resistance. More than a million citizens – 6.3% of the population – were killed in the Nazi invasion and occupation of WWII. Most died fighting back or

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