The face in the courthouse window

In Carrollton, Alabama, west of Tuscaloosa, almost to the Mississippi line, sits the Pickens County Courthouse. This courthouse was built in 1877, after it was destroyed several different times during the unrest of the civil war and reconstruction. People who visit the courthouse today can still see a ghost of these times – the terrified […]

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Rocky Mountain National Park closes due to fires

Strong winds in Colorado this morning sent the East Troublesome fire exploding across 1000s of acres on the western side of Rocky Mountain National Park. RMNP announced its closure due to fire.  The fire has jumped across the Continental Divide, prompting closures and evacuations of Grand Lake. An evacuation order has also been issued for Estes Park, Colorado. The […]

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Merry in Masks: Inside Kolkata’s Pandemic Puja

Puja eshe gechhe. Puja is here. Even in a year marked by the ravages of pandemic, some tell-tale signs of the Bengalis’ annual autumnal revelry have survived. The fleeting whiff of urban shiluli (night-flowering jasmine) had long cheated its way into Kolkata’s ashen air, soft white blooms leaving a trail across the sidewalk for early […]

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California’s 10 best hiking trails

Editor’s note: Please check the latest travel restrictions due to COVID-19 or the California wildfires before planning any trip and always follow government advice.  Rubicon Trail  A hugely scenic trail on Lake Tahoe‘s western shore. It ribbons along the lakeshore for 4.5 mostly gentle miles from Vikingsholm Castle (add a mile for the downhill walk to the castle from Hwy 89) […]

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The 6 most haunted places in Tennessee

Tennessee is full of history, country music, BBQ and some haunted tales.  For the history buffs, ghost hunters, and those seeking adventure this list is for you.  These are five haunted places in Tennessee, full of historical stories and eerie events that may knock your socks off.    1.     The Drummond Bridge/Trestle, Briceville Legend […]

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