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National Park Travel & Photography Radio Party

NATIONAL PARK TRAVEL & PHOTOGRAPHY RADIO PARTY From Yosemite and the Great Smoky Mountains to the Everglades and Saguaro National Park, this Big Blend Radio Party is all about national parks, trav

Reflections from My Walk Across America

REFLECTIONS FROM MY WALK ACROSS AMERICA By Jim Ostdick, author of ‘Palomino Nation: My 2016 Crazyass Walk Across America’ More than a year has passed since I completed my coast to coast w

Plein Air Painting

PLEIN AIR PAINTING By Victoria Chick, contemporary figurative artist and early 19th & 20th century print collector Oil paint in tubes, portable easels, and the invention of the railroad – the
Putting the Back in Community

Putting the 'I' Back in Community Pt. 1

After years of working in the tourism and travel industry in five countries (USA, England, Kenya, South Africa and Mexico), we have seen that the benefits of this industry far outweigh any of the nega
Anza Trail--Tumacaori to Borrego Springs

Following the Anza Trail from Tumacacori to Borrego Springs Pt 1

16 Must-Visit Parks & Trails, Historic Sites & Side Trips on the Arizona & San Diego Portion of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail Compiled by Lisa D. Smith & Nancy J. R
Anza Trail--Tumacaori to Borrego Springs

Following the Anza Trail - Tubac to Tucson Pt. 2

Tubac to Tucson   Established in 1752 as a Spanish Presidio, Tubac is a vibrant and historic art village that features an eclectic collection of galleries, boutique shops, restaurants and bars, and u
Anza Trail--Tumacaori to Borrego Springs

Following the Anza Trail - Tucson to Casa Grande Pt 3

Tucson to Casa Grande Sprawled across the high desert valley and surrounded by four mountain ranges, Tucson is the second largest city in Arizona. Known as ‘The Old Pueblo’, the area is known for

Following the Anza Trail - Gila Bend to Yuma Pt 4

Gila Bend to Yuma Named for the big bend in the Gila River, this popular resting spot for travelers sits at a crossroads with Phoenix to the Northeast, Tucson in the East, San Diego to the West, and

What’s Really, Really Important in a Family Vacation?

WHAT’S REALLY, REALLY IMPORTANT IN A FAMILY VACATION? Using the Choice Ladder to Plan a Vacation By Sarah Elliston   “I want to go to Paris.”  “But going to France takes two days.”

19th Century Art Around the World

19TH CENTURY ART AROUND THE WORLD By Victoria Chick, contemporary figurative artist and early 19th & 20th century print collector The 19th Century was a worldwide period of change. It was the f