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Big Mouse, Little Mouse in Southern California




SANTA ANA, California – There’s more than one mouse to visit when you go to Southern California. The internationally recognized Big Mouse, of course, is named Mickey, and he’s in Anaheim. The not-nearly-as-well-known Little Mouse is in Santa Ana and … Continue reading






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Touches of Disney Magic on a Dreary Day




ANAHEIM, Calif. – Even if you arrive at the Disneyland Resort on a chilly, drizzly afternoon, it’s easy to encounter magic touches that brighten the day. When the bellman at the Grand Californian Hotel detected my anxiety about his putting … Continue reading






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To Market, to Market in Sacramento




SACRAMENTO, California – In a state known for celebrities, food is the real celebrity in the capital city, Sacramento – especially on Sunday mornings and despite the fact movie star governors aren’t unusual. The reason is the Sacramento Certified Farmers’ … Continue reading






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Casting for Seafood in Kansas




WICHITA and MANHATTAN, Kansas – I went to Kansas expecting to order beef, beef and more beef – and enjoying every bite – until a salad crowned with a steelhead trout filet threw me off track at the first restaurant … Continue reading






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Down-home Dining in Downtown Las Vegas




LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Du-Par’s Restaurant and Bakery is far from the flashiest attraction at the Fremont Street Experience, the old-turned-new entertainment district that was the original Las Vegas, but it is at the top of my list. You can … Continue reading






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Getting Dirty in Las Vegas




LAS VEGAS, Nevada – It was a good thing that I passed the Breathalyzer test because that meant I got to drive one of Ed Mumm’s bulldozers. Mumm’s business may seem a bit over the edge – it’s called Dig … Continue reading






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Rolling on the River in Laughlin




LAUGHLIN, Nevada. — The Colorado River is more than a linear oasis in the desert between Laughlin, Nevada, and Bullhead City, Arizona. It’s also a major recreational asset. While jet skis, powerboats and river taxis do zoom around on this … Continue reading






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Lights on the Colorado




LAUGHLIN, Nevada — The Colorado River provides a nighttime mirror for the casino lights of Laughlin as seen from the Celebration riverboat. (Photo by Tom Adkinson)






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Definitely one of ‘The World’s Last Great Places’




SALEM, S.C. – When Stephanie Couch was a teenager, she left the rugged Rocky Mountains of Montana for the very different mountains in the South Carolina Upcountry – and she never looked back. That’s because she got 7,500-acre Lake Jocassee … Continue reading






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Caviar’s California Origins




SACRAMENTO, California – The French Laundry in Napa Valley is beyond my budget, but I have tasted the caviar that’s served at the famous restaurant – and at many other pricey restaurants whose doors I’ll never darken. In fact, I … Continue reading






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