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I’d just driven 76 miles from Albuquerque down to Socorro, New Mexico. Across the town plaza was a fragment of Jumbo, a huge vessel meant to contain the conventional explosion of the first atomic bomb set off at the nearby Trinity site. It was a c...
The evening I arrived at Esalen in a torrential, one might even say biblical, rain, rockslides closed the Pacific Coast Highway in both directions. I was among the last of the guests to make it in. At the gatehouse, a young man in a slicker checke...
I’m a tea obsessive. I carry bags of loose tea on business trips and judge restaurants by the breadth of their selection. I know the names of specific gardens in Darjeeling, India, and age cakes of Pu-erh in my wine cellar. Still, I never thoug...
It was a long and scary Cold War, with trillions of dollars spent on a game of technological leapfrog. But now that there's a McDonald's in Moscow and children no longer grow up under the threat of nuclear annihilation, what are we left with? Lot...
1. Divine geometry. Whenever anyone in Tucson draws you a map, it's a cross. Four major mountain ranges mark off a strangely precise geometry 40 miles long and 40 miles wide. The small spiky range of the Tucson Mountains crenellates the west, the ...
Southern Arizona (330 miles round-trip from Phoenix) All hail the saguaro—a plant that can weigh up to eight tons and live more than 150 years, and thrives in the harsh light of the Sonoran Desert. It’s the de facto icon of southern Arizona, a pa...
Each year, Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens transforms into a winter wonderland with twinkling lights, children’s shows, and plenty of glogg. November 20–December 30. For more than 60 years, the 700 block of West 34th Street in Baltimore (dubbed Chris...
America's drug of choice?Adrenaline. Last year 300,000 Americans went skydiving, 500,000 went bungee jumping, and more than 4 million went white-water rafting. And that's just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. All told, some 45 million Americans ...
Tucson has always been a fabulous place to see the classic Southwest: within the city limits are ranches, fields of saguaro cactus, even a Spanish colonial mission. Like Santa Fe, it has its celebrity fans-Todd Oldham scours its thrift shops, Jane...
The other day, too long on the road, I remarked to a friend that I was homesick. "For where?" she asked, and I was stumped. Home is a simple enough concept, if you have one. Homeless also has a clear meaning, although houseless more properly desc...
One hundred years ago, America's first zoos were built in Philadelphia and New York, with extra-thick bars to assure the public that wild lions, elephants, and camels would not escape and attack. Today it's the wilderness that seems unde...
For many, the words gay resort equal circuit party (or, worse, clothing-optional pool). But at Tucson's Coyote Moon Health Resort & Spa (7501 N. Wade Rd.; 877/784-7430; www.coyotemoonresort.com; seven-day packages from $3,105, all-inclusive), the ...
Everyone wants to live a long, healthy life—preferably with fewer wrinkles and sagging bits. During the past few years, I’ve certainly tried to slow down the clock by traveling to high-end holistic retreats in Arizona, Hawaii, and California to ex...