Fort Sumter Tours Bring History to Life

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Fort Sumter Tours

Fort Sumter is the infamous site that marks the outbreak of America’s Civil War. A visit to Fort Sumter, a few miles by boat from downtown Charleston, unleashes history. One that is manifest in the walls, which still has cannon balls lodged in the brick fortifications that once stood 50 feet, but were cut in half by war. A history that comes to life as you look out from the small fortified island at the positions that the Confederates took at Fort Moultrie, Fort Johnson, and Castle Pickney when war began. A history that unfolds with the six flags wave above the fort: the country’s flags with 31, 35, and 50 stars, representing a country pre-war, post-war, and today, respectively, two flags of the Confederacy and South Carolina’s state flag. Fort Sumter tours tell the story of our country’s most tenuous times. Read more

Walk Charleston

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Walk Charleston

Some people dance the Charleston. I walk Charleston, which you should do if you’re visiting this South Carolina city. It’s the best way to experience its elegance and history. (Since cabs and buses are rare, your only other option might be to tow in a motorized wheelchair.  I saw way too many chained to the back of cars.) Read more

Tiger Kingdom Chiang Mai Thailand

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Tiger Kingdom Chiang Mai Thailand

Outside the gates of Tiger Kingdom, a half hour from Thailand’s second most populous city, Chiang Mai, we watched a woman lay her head against the ribcage of a giant tiger. My wife and I were troubled. Do we enter the cage with the beasts and risk ending our marriage after two and a half weeks? We purchased two tickets. The Tiger Kingdom Chiang Mai sign read No Refunds. Read more

Chiang Mai Elephant Camp in Thailand

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Chiang Mai Elephant Camp Thailand

I often worry when I drive roads lined with signs advertising monkey shows, reptile shows, snake shows, bungee jumping, ATV riding, and the like. I smell tourist trap. My trepidation elevates when I enter parking lots packed with taxis, buses, and vans dropping off camera-happy tourists. But when I visited Maesa’s Chiang Mai Elephant Camp, forty-five minutes outside of the city, the sight of endless tourists was quickly supplanted by one of the greatest shows on earth. Read more

Walk San Francisco: A Route Dictated by Burgers, Rain and Tenderloin

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Walk San Francisco for the Clashing Colors


The best way to see a city is by foot. That’s why I decided to walk San Francisco.


Actually, when I first arrived, I decided to run San Francisco. (I had just spent all day in the car from Tahoe and needed to burn off the 1,200 calorie lunch I had ingested at the In N’ Out.) Read more