Fall 2008

Features

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Pogge, Drew
Lakes freeze over like drooping, sleepy blue eyes. Cottonwoods present their annual leafy fireworks display. Snow sifts over the highest peaks. And the artillery blasts of high-powered rifles echo through it all. Ahhhhh, sweet, sweet Montana autumn. The killing season.It's a fever that takes hold... Details
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Bass, Rick
A series of self-inflicted wounds.Every time I get sprayed, I have to laugh. It's like, how dumb can I get? I have been sprayed far more times than any bear I know of. I think something's bass-ackwards here.In fact, I don't know that a grizzly bear's ever been sprayed where I live, in the Cabinet-... Details
Wall of Death, Bozeman, Mystic Lake Trail
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Bilverstone, Bill
I'm unloading my bike at the Bozeman Creek Trailhead and already MP is giving me grief."Where's your spare tire? Don't you have a pump? What if you get a flat?" That sort of thing. It's not mean-spirited, though, more like she's concerned. As the mother of three active kids, sometimes it's hard to... Details
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Cummins, James
"Listen!" says Peter, who is lying on his side a few feet in front of me in the small canyon-shaped passage. "I think I hear thunder."I can only see the muddy soles of his boots by the light of my headlamp, and I didn't hear anything unusual. All I hear are muffled scraping and exhalations from... Details

Departments

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England, Mike
Gazing out from the top of the M, an old man and I chatted about the town sprawled out before us. Bustling Boz Angeles annoyed him. I instinctively defended my home, eventually pointing out the surprising amount of diversity we have relative to our population. “Diversity is overrated,” he said. “I’... Details
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Hill, Pat
With the Absaroka mountains as a backdrop, Livingston already beckons visitors, but the little town along the big bend of the Yellowstone River also offers a historic downtown district, a vibrant arts scene, and outdoor activities from fishing and floating to hunting and hiking. It’s the perfect... Details
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Editors
954,421,128: dollars per year spent on elk hunting, according to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation1,201: dollars spent per year by the average elk hunter, per RMEF1,238: dollars spent per year by the average trail deer hunter, per RMEF1,182: dollars spent per year by the average duck hunter, per... Details
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Dehmer, Kurt
Oddly enough, it always seems that as October nears there is inevitably a week of some of the most picture-perfect weather of the year. This little window of possibility is perhaps one of the best times to discover, or rediscover, a couple of trails in and around the Madison Valley.Hollow Top... Details
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Every day, one stalwart citizen does the right thing while another acts like a blithering bonehead. Here's a recap of admirable acts and embarrassing blunders for the the past season.Champs:The Joe Brooks Chapter of Trout Unlimited, based in Livingston, for persuading the Montana Department of... Details
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Conant, Steve
Colder weather, larger pack loads, and unsure footing on snow all lead to excessive motion in or around the spine, which can lead to sore backs and even repetitive-stress injuries. Here are some ways to prepare for winter and gain reprieve from back discomfort.First, stabilizing your trunk by... Details
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Sather, Kelsey
My father and I go fly fishing each summer to the extent that my limited patience can handle tangled lines and fishless casts. One year, as a birthday present, my father arranged a lesson with a patient he'd had since he began practicing optometry in Montana some 25 years ago. "My kids won't listen... Details
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Harrison, Melynda
On a walk up Suce Creek the other day, we took my one-and-a-half year old son out of the backpack and let him loose creekside. He headed straight for the water and was thigh-high in snowmelt before my husband or I could catch him. Anders didn’t care; he was immersed in nature, just like the dogs,... Details
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This past summer, Ian Garcia pointed his boat over Natural Bridge on the Boulder River southwest of Big Timber, dropping over 100 feet into the swirling water far below. Garcia, a Bozeman local and eldest son of the founder of Northern Lights Trading Company, came out of his boat after impact,... Details
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Dare to Be SafeI enjoy your magazine very much. Most of the articles are very well done and pique an interest in trying new adventures. I read your mission page [Summer 2008] and totally agree with your philosophy on outdoor activities and the thrill of participating in our area’s great... Details
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Roots, Alex
Many of the most rewarding and/or time-consuming outdoor activities in Montana require venturing out onto Montana’s network of world-famous CD-skipping washboard roads and jeep trails. The barbed-wire fences that tend to line such roads are frequently posted with intermittent “No Trespassing” signs... Details
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Orem, Tina
The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), which is sponsored by the Department of Agriculture, came about as part of the Food Securtity Act of 1985. The basic idea is that farmers and ranchers enter into a multiyear contract (often 10-15 years) with the Department of Agriculture to plant cover crops... Details
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Kira Stoops
Over a beer a few years ago, developers Scott Dehlendorf and Barry Brown proposed a challenge to themselves: to create an adaptive reuse, mixed-use development from the dilapidated historic buildings near Oak and Rouse in northeast Bozeman. This hip new development would revitalize only turn-of-the... Details
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Kurowski, Becky Edwards
For its fifth edition, the 500+ mile Primal Quest ultraendurance-adventure race journeyed to Big Sky Country for some early-summer hospitality. And were we ever ready.The banner snow year and exceptionally cool, wet spring threw plenty of curveballs at the racers and organizers. As course director... Details
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Kira Stoops
They're handy for breaking into a new sport, even handier for learning more about the ones you love, and southwestern Montucky is crawling with them. They're guides, and they're ready to fix you up with the gear and know-how to try something new somewhere new.Yes, You Actually Will Learn... Details
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Hill, Pat
Whether it’s a toboggan ride down the hill, an avalanche rescue, or just a bit of friendly advice, the Big Sky Ski Volunteer Ski Patrol has lent a hand at southwest Montana's famed resort for more than 25 years. But the patrol often loses members to the mountain's professional patrol staff or to... Details
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Jim Manning
Western mythos is filled with rootin’, tootin’, straight-shootin’ cowboys—ridin’, ropin’, wranglin’ and rough-housin’ their way into the stuff of legend. The ancient Greeks would have appreciated the type, for they had their equivalents, some of whom are memorialized in the sky. Take Perseus, for... Details
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Thorson, Eric
When the heat begins to wane and the leaves start to show autumn color, it means only one thing: time to start throwing streamers. It's one of the most productive and exciting ways to pursue big, aggressive trout, and the One Sock is one of my favorite patterns.I originally tied this fly for the... Details
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Harkin, Sue
The city of Bozeman is home to about 304 acres of parks -- those celebrated places where we loll about with the dog, spend lemonade-filled summer afternoons, and take respite from cubicles, commutes, and compression. They are more than the trees, grass, creeks, ponds, and other natural elements... Details
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Frost, Melissa
Madison River Fish WeirIn mid-August, a floating fish weir started operating on the Madison River north of West Yellowstone, between Baker’s Hole Campground and the U.S. 191 Bridge. The weir traps and collects data from wild trout during their fall spawning migration. The data collection is part of... Details
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Orem, Tina and Pogge, Drew
So an hour ago you drank the 142-ounce BladderBuster from the gas station, and now, here you are, half an hour late to the wedding reception, sweating, squirming, and about to wet yourself while driving 75 miles an hour. That empty Nalgene rolling around the passenger floor is looking like your... Details
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Orem, Tina
Do you know your capilene from your cat hole? Do you have the chutzpah to see the world beyond the parking lot, or should you just hang it up and get a hotel room? Take this quiz and find out.1. How far away from your car do you pitch your tent?A. At least a couple of milesB. 15 feetC. What are you... Details
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Campbell, Christina
Though many enjoy hunting for the sport, there are many nutritional benefits to eating wild game such as bison, deer, elk.First off, even though all meats are similar in protein content, wild game is lower in total fat. Wild game is also much lower in saturated fat—the type of fat linked with heart... Details
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Orem, Tina
Founded in 1607, Santa Fe is the oldest capital city in the United States. It's a high-desert town one hour north of Albuquerque, and it boasts sunshine, mountains, good food, and plenty of outdoor fun. But can it measure up to Bozeman? Vamanos.CELEBRITY MAGNETISMThings were pretty quiet in dusty... Details
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Drost, Cheryl
Tinnitus (pronounced either “tin-nit-us” or “tin-night-us”) is the perception of sound when no external sound is present. Some consider this a nuisance; for others it is a life-altering condition. Those who have not experienced tinnitus often question the severity of the experience. But those with... Details
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Folgert, Jere
Making your first batch of wine can be a satisfying and authentic experience, and there's no better time to try it than in early autumn, when berries and fruit all over southwest Montana are ripening in forests, roadsides, and backyard gardens. Ingredients for one gallon of chokecherry wine:2 ½ lbs... Details
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Smith, Marjorie
Nothing epitomizes the combination of funk and attitude that is Northeast Bozeman better than its annual Parade of Sheds. Begun in 2001 as an arch commentary on the Southwest Montana Building Industry Association’s annual Parade of (superluxurious) Homes, the first Parade of Sheds happened to fall... Details
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Layne, Liz
Fall is one of my favorite times to get outside with my dog. There are no mosquitoes, ticks, or flies to drive her crazy; the risk of heat exhaustion is virtually nil; and we both like to get muddy. But we are aware that it's hunting season, and so we take precautions to avoid disturbing hunters,... Details
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Schneider, Bill
In today's society, it's hard not to be frustrated about a lot of things. Nonetheless, each week, regardless of the morning's news, I tell myself not to rant. But today, I can't stop myself, so I apologize in advance. This will be a little ranty, but if any subject deserves it, this is it.Earlier... Details

Gear Reviews

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England, Mike
With more protein and energy bars on the market than you can shake a ski pole at, it’s easy to be skeptical of newcomers to the scene. I didn’t expect much from Whole Food Country Squares, and boy was I pleasantly surprised. These little guys are moist, taste great, and contain no artificial crap... Details
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England, Mike
Amid a sea of compact headlamps lacking significant differences, UK’s Vizion stands out. Not only is it waterproof—UK stands for Underwater Kinetics—but the bulb is mounted along a battery-pack cylinder that rotates like a socket rather than on a hinge. This makes the lamp more streamlined and... Details
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Perkins, Rich
If you like a daypack with a little extra room and the support of a multiday pack, then the Z35 by Gregory is for you. With 35 liters of space and top- and front-load zippers, you don’t have to leave behind the extra layer, snacks, or whatever else you might want with you. Weight isn’t a problem... Details
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Blanck, Mike
If you’re like me, it seems like there are never enough bags, boxes, and storage containers to hold all your gear. If you’ve limited yourself to just one more storage purchase, make it the Yellowstone Wader/Duffle Bag. With rugged nylon construction, this bag’s smart features make it best in class... Details
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England, Mike
I'm not a fan of superflous accessories, but for long, lazy days on the river or lake, Crazy Creek's Canoe Chair II is a worthwhile addition. This high-backed, padded canoe seat eases the strain on your back and lets you recline while fishing or during long stretches of mellow water. The quick-... Details
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Peterson, Simon
The Gramicci Highline Trail Pant is a new and improved version of their Original G Pant. It’s made with a special lightweight rip-stop Jaya fabric meant for comfort and multi-sport purpose. The Highline is 100% cotton and is, therefore, the perfect pant for managing mild, dry climates. It has a... Details
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Patterson, Amber
It’s not like Montana is known for its rainy season, but enduring weird bouts of rain in the spring, summer, and fall without a good shell is a pain. I decided to try the winner of Backpacker magazine’s 2008 Editor’s Choice Award —the Specter LT jacket by Westcomb. It fits like a glove, sheds water... Details
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England, Mike
Scarpa has long been known for producing top-notch climbing shoes, mountaineering boots, and AT/tele boots. Now, they’re making a name for themselves with hiking boots as well. Slip the Kailash GTX on your feet and you’ll see why—these surprisingly comfy boots provide excellent support yet are... Details
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Peterson, Simon
The Outa Ware Couloir Bibs (aka outerware Carhartts) are rugged pants made for cold climates. They're made of Dry-X fabric and have a "brushed polyester" mesh lining; they also have a reinforced butt, knee, and double-reinforced boot cuff. The company says these bibs are heavy duty and not meant... Details
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Orem, Tina
Yesterday I saw an ad for a 37-pound three-room tent that sleeps six people and costs $39. Now, that's the tent you want if you plan to car-camp with the masses, but if you're venturing farther than the KOA parking lot, take a look at the MSR Mutha Hubba—it's a three-person tent that weighs far... Details
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England, Mike
At first glance, the Shot by Ryders Eyewear looks like a pared-down version of the original Oakley Blades. Put ‘em on, though, and all similarities disappear. These babies are lightweight, comfortable, and don’t make you look like an 80s throwback with a mullet and I’m-too-cool attitude. I wore the... Details
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Tomkinson, Katie
After spending a sufficient amount of time on the river this summer, I have a pretty good idea of what to bring. The Blizzard Soft Cooler was a nice addition to my weekend trips. With its rugged exterior and thick insulation, it’s perfect for people who may, from time to time, beat up their gear to... Details
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England, Mike
One good thing about high gas prices (there are plenty, by the way) is that we’re riding our bikes more. Which means you may find yourself cruising the streets late at night amid Bozeman’s notoriously bike-blind drivers. A new weapon to add to your accident-avoidance arsenal is the SpokeLit. This... Details

Additional Articles

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Perkins, Rich
If you missed the one in July, keep your calendars open for next year’s Luna Chix mountain biking clinic at Bohart Ranch. It’s perfect for the beginner to intermediate female biker who wants to gain confidence before hitting the single-track. This year, as soon as the prebiking chat was over,... Details
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Montague, Ada
Next time you go play in Gallatin Canyon, it will be hard to miss the new billboard near Castle Rock in front of the old Critter Camp. It's probably not the best-looking thing in the world, but because Gallatin County has no regulatory land-use authority in about 75% of its jurisdiction, including... Details
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Keeler, Greg
Whether yodeling into the thunder mug or drivingThe porcelain Buick or talking to Ralph on the bigWhite phone, your bear brain is making you do it. The prigIn you hollers, “Enough of the life!” This bear brain is jivingYou, driving you nuts. Tomorrow there’ll be no reviving That innocent guy who... Details
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Dare to Be SafeI enjoy your magazine very much. Most of the articles are very well done and pique an interest in trying new adventures. I read your mission page and totally agree with your philosophy on outdoor activities and the thrill of participating in our area’s great opportunities. However,... Details
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Perkins, Rich
Big-game hunters, this year don’t toss your hides, antlers, or excess meat in the trash. Here are some tips to make sure Bambi doesn’t go to waste.Under all that hide is the meat you seek. Don’t want the hide? Pacific Steel (587-0662) will gladly take any hides off your hands. In fact, they’ll pay... Details
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England, Mike
After cold beers, a round of horseshoes, and a stellar pork tenderloin served streamside, I’d decided that Moonlight on the Madison was pretty sweet. Here we were, just a few miles from Ennis, in a completely remote and rustic setting, staring alternately at sleek rainbow trout rising just a few... Details
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Perkins, Rich
With the addition of the new Schlasman’s (this is the original and proper spelling, not “Slushman’s”) Lift, Bridger Bowl will boast a 311-acre expansion past the old south boundary. Because it's classified as “Ridge Terrain,” avalanche transceivers are required. Shovels and a partner are strongly... Details
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England, Mike
I’m not sure what “Shralp” means, but Return to Schralptown (Thrillhead Creations, $16) is one cool flick. Like its predecessor, 2006’s acclaimed Schralptown, Return to Schralptown celebrates the spirit of backcountry skiing—its thrill, adventure, and both physical and emotional intensity—while... Details
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England, Mike
Everybody likes a deal, and nobody likes parting with huge wads of cash at the gas station. Bicycle Benefits (BB), a new program launched last summer in Bozeman, allows you to kill two money-saving birds with one stone. It works like this: You buy a $5 BB sticker, slap it on your helmet, and then... Details
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Frost, Melissa
For almost four months this year, the Rocky Mountain gray wolf was off the Endangered Species List. That changed, however, on July 18 when a federal judge relisted the wolf at the request of conservation groups seeking to reverse the delisting.The judge issued a preliminary injunction, which means... Details
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Kurowski, Becky Edwards
Anyone strolling down Langhor Trail near the community gardens has certainly ambled over to the artificial bouldering rock, nicely situated next to the rambling creek, and given their fingers a bit of a work out. Children and adults alike have been enjoying this community feature, and a dedicated... Details
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Crow, Andrew
He’d been shooting his bow for months. The dedication was intense. He spent the shortening days of the fading summer quivering with excitement and expectation. And now the season is here.It’s Friday, but he’s been packed since Tuesday. We split work as soon as the boss relents to our incessant... Details
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England, Mike
This fall brings the much-anticipated release of Drift (Confluence Films, $24), “a cinematic fly-fishing adventure exploring the world and the passionate individuals who dedicate their lives to the sport.” The innovative film is a joint production of veteran Warren Miller ski film cameraman Chris... Details

Book Reviews

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Schroeder, Dave
Tao Berman is the most successful and dominant whitewater kayaker of all-time—just ask him. His new biography, Going Vertical: The Life of an Extreme Kayaker (Menasha Ridge Press; $11), showcases the life and times of this unique, if not eccentric, extreme athlete and his rocket ride from a lamp-... Details
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Perkins, Rich
From the Bighorn River in the southeast to the Flathead River in the northwest, Montana on the Fly: An Angler’s Guide (Countryman Press; $20) will guide you down 14 of Montana’s most renowned trout waters. Patrick “Paddy” Straub uses his local know-how to fill his book with everything from which... Details
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England, Mike
Well, it’s about time. Bozeman author, poet, painter, musician, and English professor extraordinaire Greg Keeler has finally written a memoir about fishing, one of the main currents threading itself through his incredibly diverse and multifaceted life. Trash Fish (Counterpoint Press, $15) is a... Details
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DiSanti, Mary Jane
Travels in the Greater Yellowstone by Jack Turner is the product of his exploration of the two national parks, three national wildlife refuges, parts of six national forests, and eleven wilderness areas that compose this island of natural ecosystem in our midst. His series of essays tell of the... Details
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Kurowski, Becky Edwards
Alex Lowe is as much a Bozeman icon as the twirling horse bucking above the downtown Army Navy store. Alex was loved and admired by not just the community of Bozeman, but climbers, adventurers, travelers, and wanderlusters worldwide. He and his wife Jennifer, as well as their three sons, led a life... Details
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Orem, Tina
In One Fish, Two Fish, Crawfish, Bluefish (Smithsonian Institution Press; $23) Smithsonian marine biologist Carole Baldwin and research assistant Julie Mounts have combined tasty recipes from the country's top chefs with enlightening and sometimes stunning information about the nature, origin, and... Details
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England, Mike
If you’re an EOR (erstwhile obsessive reader) like me, you keenly remember when it took 2-3 books a week to make you feel complete. Alas, adulthood and its frenetic environment—brimming, as it is, with far too many ways to spend what little free time we get—often render quiet reading time a rare... Details
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England, Mike
From Transylvania to Cape Town, Daytona Beach to China’s Huangshan Mountains, Dream Destinations (Life Books; $30) takes you on a dazzling photographic journey to 100 of the coolest places on the planet. Having been to many of the locations mentioned, I found the selections well chosen, and... Details

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