The GeoQuiz journey: Always fun, never easy

By John PeelHerald Features EditorIt’s the journey, not the destination.Write that down because some day you will want to know where such a famous quote came from. Man that was good.That phrase is...

DATE: March 19, 2011 | COLUMN: GeoQuiz

Zanzibar’s rare monkeys popular among tourists

ZANZIBAR, Tanzania – A group of rare Zanzibar red colobus monkeys crashed recklessly through the trees, squealing as they pulled at each others’ tails and raced across tree limbs that swayed...

DATE: March 19, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

Two months, two wheels, two coasts

Perhaps the best way I have prepared to ride my bicycle across the United States has been to convince myself it’s not a big deal. That everyone can ride an average 60 miles a day. That the 58-day...

DATE: March 5, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

Oscar fever – GeoQuiz has a bad case

By John PeelHerald Features EditorThe red carpet. The dresses. The glamour. The memories. The awards like cinematography that you care nothing about. The deleted swear words.How can you not still...

DATE: March 5, 2011 | COLUMN: GeoQuiz

On this trip, you pray for bad weather

KALALOCH, Wash. – The weekend forecast: low 50s with a 79 percent chance of showers for both days. My first thought: perfect.Sunny skies thwarted my last attempt to visit Kalaloch Lodge, which...

DATE: March 5, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

Hanoi: A 21st century explosion

HANOI, Vietnam – Close your eyes in the streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter and you’ll experience two sensations. The first is the earsplitting cacophony of conversation, cars, clamor and chaos. The...

DATE: Feb. 19, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

Dictators, pilots, writers, guitarists – we have ’em all

By John PeelHerald Features EditorToday we see dead people.We see who they were and where they are. Sometimes we throw in a why and a what for.Just hang in there. It’ll all make sense when you take...

DATE: Feb. 19, 2011 | COLUMN: GeoQuiz

Help! I’m stranded in Dallas and flights are full

Q: My wife and I just had a terrible experience with American Airlines. We went to Nashville to see my daughter graduate from a nursing graduate program at Vanderbilt University. We had confirmed...

DATE: Jan. 29, 2011 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Just remember: You asked for this challenge

By John PeelHerald Features EditorOne of our loyal readers says that the GeoQuiz has been too easy. “Where’s the challenge?” he asks.Yep, it’s my neighbor Ted Holteen, the Arts & Entertainment...

DATE: Jan. 29, 2011 | COLUMN: GeoQuiz

Bleeding Kansas

LECOMPTON, Kan. – One-hundred and fifty years ago, the nation was on the verge of the Civil War and transfixed by the bloody fighting in Kansas over whether the territory would enter the Union as a...

DATE: Jan. 29, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

Fear being stranded? An air travel primer

NEW YORK – The Northeast blizzard of late December was a reminder that bad weather can disrupt air travel even if the sky above your local airport is a clear blue.Airlines these days are more...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

America’s music on tour

ASBURY PARK, N.J. – The Smithsonian hears America singing, playing instruments and telling its history through music.The Washington, D.C., cultural institution’s New Harmonies program will feature...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

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