Big Sur's Highway 1 southern route to open in late July

BIG SUR, Calif. – The entire coastal stretch of California's iconic Highway 1 will re-open at the end of July, restoring a beloved but fragile route from San Francisco to Los Angeles that has been closed for more than a year, the California Department of Transportation announced last week.


Ecuadorian Amazon is a watery paradise

If I close my eyes, I can still feel the warm, tropical breeze blowing across my face as our cigar-shaped motorboat purrs down the brownish, silt-laden Cuyabeno River, heading for the remote Siona Lodge in Ecuador's Amazon region. Our two-hour boat ride into the heart of the 2,300 square-mile Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve exposes our small group of adventurers to the wonders of a tropical rainforest: brilliant blue, iridescent morpho butterflies flash across the open space ahead of us; monkeys dart effortlessly through the branches of an overhanging tree; a toucan calls noisily as it flies from one towering treetop to another. We are spellbound. Can this be real?


Disneyland adds blackouts

Already struggling with crowding problems, Disneyland resort officials have long hinted that they will be forced to add restrictions to deal with the surge of crowds when a Star Wars land opens next summer.


Step inside these new log cabins in Coolidge

Lori Lennen recently completed construction of two log cabins as part of her Trail City Bed and Breakfast in Coolidge. The cabins are a relaxing overnight stop for westward travelers in this town of nearly 100 on the Colorado border.

Here are eight things to do in Wichita on Memorial Day

This year Memorial Day falls on May 28. Here are parades, concerts, and fun water activities you can do on Monday.