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Grave hunting in Tokyo's realms of the dead

by Davey Young

The moon wasn’t out, but a low bank of clouds refracted the city lights and recast them around me as a dingy glow. Only chirping crickets and the occasional hum of a passing car in the distance broke the silence. After looking around to make sure there were no other ...

U.S. Halloween attractions up the scare factor

Oct 11, 2014

U.S. Halloween attractions up the scare factor

Halloween seems to be getting scarier, with attractions going ever-more interactive and in-your-face. At Knott’s Scary Farm in Buena Park, California, guests are outfitted with neon-green laser guns and ordered to shoot actors portraying zombies by aiming at their heads. At the Dent Schoolhouse ...

Exploring France's Loire Valley on two wheels

Oct 4, 2014

Exploring France's Loire Valley on two wheels

by Karen Schwartz

There are hundreds of kilometers of bike trails through the chateaux towns of the Loire Valley in France — and that’s what tripped us up. We’d been trying to cycle the 27 km from Chenonceaux to Chaumont, but kept getting lost. We even asked ...

Exploring the Rockies in autumn on foot

Sep 27, 2014

Exploring the Rockies in autumn on foot

by Lindsey Tanner

No adjectives can do Rocky Mountain National Park justice. The jagged snow-draped peaks, rocky tundra, green valleys, and roaring waterfalls render exclamation points inadequate. The beauty is almost unearthly, and autumn is one of the best times to experience it. Aspen trees turn brilliant ...