Author: Tom Adkinson

By Tom Adkinson CLEAR LAKE, Iowa – It’s understandable if you have a curious urge early every February to scout up recordings of Buddy Holly’s “Peggy Sue,” Ritchie Valens’ “Donna” and the Big Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace.” Feb. 3 is the …

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Cyclists glide over the Arkansas River on the Big Dam Bridge.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A statement of the obvious earned the Big Dam Bridge its name and helped cement its identity as the longest bridge in North America built just for pedestrians and bicyclists.  Citing the bridge’s name in conversation …

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Capt. Steve Perrigin chases redfish, speckled trout and other species in inshore waters. (Photo by Tom Adkinson)

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. – Capt. Steve Perrigin, the one-man band orchestrating a charter boat business called Strictly Fishin’, seldom ventures more than about six miles from his dock at the Ocean Springs Marine Mart in Ocean Springs. He doesn’t need …

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Only slightly more than a hundred Mississippi sandhill cranes exist. (Photo by FWS.gov)

GAUTIER, Miss. – While casino showrooms on the Mississippi Gulf Coast deliver excellent entertainment, Mother Nature knows how to put on a good show, too. Here are five ways to enjoy the outdoors just a few miles from the blackjack …

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CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee — True fans of barbecue understand the message on this T-shirt without thinking twice or having their thoughts wander off into places they shouldn’t go. We’re talking delicately smoked, flavorful pulled pork butt here. In this case, the …

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ROSEBURG, Ore. – Shades of red and yellow mix with lingering hints of green on the hillsides of the Abacela Winery and Vineyard in Southern Oregon’s Umpqua Valley. Winemaker Andrew Wenzl says the grapes throughout the 77-acre vineyard were harvested …

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An on-the-ground coach works with every Dig This visitor and communicates to the operators via radio. Coaches also have kill switches. (Photo by Tom Adkinson)

By Tom Adkinson LAS VEGAS – Be ready to pass a Breathalyzer test if you want to drive one of Ed Mumm’s bulldozers – which may be a bit difficult for some because Mumm’s bulldozers are a heavyweight attraction in …

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A single flower adds a poignant touch to the outdoor memorial site. (Photo by Tom Adkinson)

(A personal note: When Sept. 11 rolls around every year, Americans pause to remember and reflect on that date in 2001. Here’s what goes through my mind.)  NEW YORK – A couple of years ago, I was in New York City …

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Captain Kenny Kreeger scans Lake Pontchartrain for just the right spot. (Photo: Tom Adkinson)

ON LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN, La. – It’s one thing to have a fishing guide who puts you on fish. It’s an entirely different thing to have a fishing guide who also imparts a sense of place. If you engage Captain Kenny …

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NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The South honed the art of storytelling – whether it was at the dinner table, on the front porch, around a campfire or from the pulpit. That accounts for the popularity of Potluck & Poison …

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