Author Archives: Tom Adkinson

Six Attractions Along the QLine in Detroit




DETROIT, Mich. – The most popular wheels in Detroit today aren’t made of rubber and aren’t attached to shiny automobiles rolling off assembly lines at Motor City plants. They are the steel wheels underneath the carriages of the QLine, the … Continue reading






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Flowers from Guatemala for Mom




IN THE MOUNTAINS OF CENTRAL AMERICA — A visit last month to Guatemala produced a virtual bouquet for Mother’s Day. The only thing better would be having some of these beauties in my own yard, but I’d have to be … Continue reading






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The Sound of Music, Kansas-Style




IN THE FLINT HILLS OF KANSAS – Outside the isolation chamber that is my automobile, I’m not one for sing-alongs – but I changed my tune as a full orchestra pushed the melody of “Home on the Range” across the … Continue reading






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Expert advice: See a bear, make some noise




GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK — Bill Stiver, a wildlife biologist at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, wants me to do something that goes against every outdoor-loving fiber of my body. If I’m lucky enough to see a black bear, the … Continue reading






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Whiskey, Wine and Wildlife: Already Preparing for 2018




JEKYLL ISLAND, Georgia – The purpose of the Whiskey, Wine and Wildlife festival is to provide a respite from winter, but the just-completed W3 2017 (February 12) proved instead to be a celebration of spring. Temperatures climbed into the mid-70s, … Continue reading






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Signs for Life in a Chinese Canyon




WENCHENG COUNTY, China – The forest resembled Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and the waterfalls could have been in Yosemite, but the signs along the trail were pure China. They told us a bit about where we were, and despite … Continue reading






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Super Hiking above Wenzhou




WENZHOU, China – Most Americans who have even heard of this city of 9 million know it as a manufacturing and export city, but it is trying to enhance its leisure visitor credentials and has one attraction of major proportions. … Continue reading






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Dancing in the Daylight




ZHANGYE, China — If you’d told me a month ago that I’d wake up one morning in the middle of China and shoot photos of a plump, matronly woman wearing a white mask, red shoes, red gloves, and a red jacket … Continue reading






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Tai Chi for Me? Surely, You Jest




The Smothers Brothers’ “Streets of Laredo,” Chinese version: Tom Smothers: I see by your outfit that you can do tai chi. Dickie Smothers: I see by your outfit that you do tai chi, too. Both: If you get an outfit, … Continue reading






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Ducking Donald and Hillary




The People’s Republic of China shielded me from 95 percent of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign’s final three weeks. For that, I am grateful to the Chinese. A business trip took me to Wenzhou, a city you’ve probably never heard … Continue reading






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