Tag: Outdoors

WHITETOP MOUNTAIN, Virginia – If the weather is the least bit accommodating, bicyclists enjoy the Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail in Southwest Virginia year-round. The 34.3-mile-long route, one of America’s most famous rails-to-trails projects, follows the route of a mountain …

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By Tom Adkinson ALAMAGORDO, 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 …

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By Tom Adkinson 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 …

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

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. …

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

By Tom Adkinson 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 …

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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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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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With the possible exception of trout fishermen obsessing over salmonoids , virtually everyone considers the American black bear to be the symbol of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. They are beautiful, but far from cuddly, and there are about 1,500 …

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AVERY ISLAND, La. – This spot in Louisiana Cajun country is famous the world over for little bottles of a spicy red sauce. Of course, it’s Tabasco sauce, and 2018 is a major anniversary year — 150 years of spicing …

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