Tag: Entertainment

The Mustang Trail in Cottonwood Valley offers a quick escape from the neon and glitz of the Las Vegas Strip. (Photo by Tom Adkinson)

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – After you conclude that throwing dice and pulling the lever on a slot machine really don’t count as exercise, you can burn off some calories and clear your head in pure wilderness just a few miles …

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Unless you have a mining background, this sign prompts asking what a mucker is. (Photo by Tom Adkinson)

TONOPAH, Nevada – A chance conversation led to my meeting a mucking champion, and that’s no typo. It happened in the desert town of Tonopah, which is in the middle of nowhere between Las Vegas and Reno. Me: “I saw a …

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There’s a serene world just a short float down the Colorado River from the bustle of Laughlin. (Photo by Tom Adkinson)

LAUGHLIN, Nevada — Laughlin and its nine casinos never will rival Las Vegas, but Laughlin always will have an attraction Las Vegas can only dream about – the sparkling waters of the Colorado River flowing right through town. Although the …

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Eighteen historic racecars are displayed on a banked track in the Glory Road exhibit. (Photo by Tom Adkinson)

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – You might not know the first thing about stock car racing other than the advice to novice drivers – “go as fast as you can and keep turning left” – but a single pit stop at …

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BLOWING ROCK, North Carolina – Scott McLeod has had a dozen or more jobs at Tweetsie Railroad, including cowboy actor, pyrotechnician and haunted house designer, but he’s hanging on to the one he has now.  He supervises the train shop …

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Ben works one week on and three weeks off in Wilmington’s historic district. (Photo: Tom Adkinson)

WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Ben, the Rescue Horse, apparently didn’t play well with others back on an Amish farm in Ohio, but he proved to be a fine escort on a clip-clopping stroll through Wilmington’s historic district. John Pucci, his …

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A Lanner/Saker hybrid falcon strikes a regal pose before a flight. (Photo by Tom Adkinson)

CHARLESTON, South Carolina – What began as a medical facility for injured eagles, hawks and owls in 1991 now is a very special nature attraction in the same county as St. Michael’s Church, the Battery and the fancy restaurants on …

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A green box from Grapevine, Texas, means great chocolate awaits. (Photo by Tom Adkinson)

GRAPEVINE, Texas – Sue Williams wanted to be a county agricultural agent, but she became a medical doctor and a chocolate maker instead – and the world is a better place for that.  Just ask anyone who visits Dr. Sue’s Chocolates, …

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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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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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