Category: States

Who can resist a photo of the world's biggest pistachio? (Photo by Tom Adkinson)

ALAMOGORDO, New Mexico – If it weren’t for White Sands National Park and the Manhattan Project atomic bomb heritage of Alamogordo, the most famous aspect of this desert town might be the world biggest pistachio nut. The 30-foot-tall nut is …

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ALAMOGORDO, New Mexico – America got a very big present in the final days of 2019 — its 62nd national park. It is White Sands National Park between Alamogordo and Las Cruces, New Mexico, upgraded from national monument status. You …

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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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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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Photo by Potluck & Poison Ivy

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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Photo by 8Broads.com

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — Some foods just sound logical. Consider roast pork, apple pie, ripe tomatoes, and sweet corn. But chocolate gravy? If you’re from Arkansas, that sounds perfectly logical – and delicious when you crave a breakfast treat. Kristie …

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