How to have a wild time in Provo, Utah

Everywhere we went in Provo, we saw Charlie. There were signs for Charlie on power poles. We saw Charlie — or at least we thought we saw him — zipping between the apple orchards on the sprawling Utah Valley Hospital campus.

No question about it. Charlie was having a wild time in Provo — and so were we. Read more “How to have a wild time in Provo, Utah”

How to have a fruit safari in western Colorado

It’s harvest time in western Colorado — the perfect time for a fruit safari.

A what? OK, so “fruit” may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Colorado. And the western slope of the Centennial State is so different from the rest of the state that you’d think you were in Utah or Arizona anyway.

But in September and October, this place is a fruitapalooza of apricots, apples, grapes, peaches, pears and plums. You can spend a Saturday afternoon canvassing the farms near Grand Junction and discover some of the tastiest produce this side of the Rockies.

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How to have a North Carolina mountain adventure

North Carolina’s mountains are always an adventure, whether you’re negotiating hairpin turns in the Appalachians or fleeing a freak hailstorm outside of Asheville. Read more “How to have a North Carolina mountain adventure”

These Disney World secrets will upgrade your next vacation

Of all the Disney World secrets I heard when I lived in Orlando, only one made me laugh out loud. It involved the tunnels under the theme park. They exist but are useless to the average park visitor. Read more “These Disney World secrets will upgrade your next vacation”

How to survive Alabama’s Gulf Coast with the kids

On a frenetic holiday weekend, I drove to Alabama’s Gulf Coast with the kids. Maybe I should have known better. Read more “How to survive Alabama’s Gulf Coast with the kids”