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  • Kinipi Spa & Bains Nordiques

    If I’m lucky, when at home, I can find time to schedule a massage about once every two months. After sitting at the computer most of the day, working out and running around with the regular life stuff, I really need it – physically and mentally. So I was thrilled to be invited to participate in a spa-themed travel writing trip to enjoy four spas in as many days. And to sweeten the pot, they were…

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  • McAllen is for the Birds!

    McAllen, Texas sits at the heart of the Rio Grande Valley, a 100 mile east-west expanse along the northern bank of the Rio Grande River separating the United States from México which includes South Padre Island, Brownsville, Harlingen, Alamo, Port Isabel, Phar, Edinburg, Mercedes, Mission, and Weslaco (pronounced wes-la-coe). As the largest city in the Rio Grande Valley with an estimated 140,000 denizens, McAllen is an international draw for its 120 miles of bird habitats, ranging from…

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  • Taking a “JUCY” Road Trip

    If you’re looking for a little something different for a road trip escape, consider gettin’ JUCY!  New Zealand based JUCY Rentals is a travel company featuring a fleet of retrofitted campervans featuring a 50s-inspired mascot called “Jucy Lucy.” The company’s original focus was toward young professionals interested in affordable, “green” ways to attend music festivals, sporting events and the like. But their popularity has extended far beyond that to extended weekend and family camping trips. The…

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  • “Fore” for African American Golfers

    Among the world’s best golfers there’s Bubba Watson, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, and Rory McIlroy. African Americans who have also earned this prestigious title include Tiger Woods, Calvin Peete, Cheyenne Woods, and Charlie Sifford, just to name a few. I admit that I recognize the names, but I couldn’t even begin to tell you the difference between a Par, Bunker, Birdie, Ace or Bogey. But I do know that people are as serious about…

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