Falconry is sometimes called the oldest sport in the world, having originated in the Far East around 2000 B.C. Officially it means hunting game in the wild with a trained bird of prey, and it was a way to feed families before bows and arrows.
There is nothing like the exhilaration you feel after your first big run down untracked powder. Skiers try to chase that sensation the rest of their lives and are increasingly looking for it backcountry, where untracked runs are the reward of a steep hike uphill.
Q: I recently called Hilton HHonors to redeem frequent-stayer points for a rental car in Florida. A Hilton representative told me that for 70,000 points, I could get a “free” midsize car with Alamo at the Fort Myers airport for one week. Hilton would issue a rewards certificate for the car.
Armpocket makes neoprene armband “pockets” with touch-control windows for carrying cellphones and other electronic devices hands free and protected from the elements. The company’s latest innovation is the Flash Armpocket for night outings.
Stepping off the boat in Tallinn, Estonia — a ferry ride from Sweden or Finland or an easy flight from anywhere in Europe — you feel that you’ve traveled farther culturally than you have throughout the rest of Scandinavia. Located about an equal distance from Stockholm and St. Petersburg, Tallinn’s culture is both Nordic and Russian.
Although gas prices are the lowest they’ve been in years, if you’re renting a car, increased demand during the season means you’ll likely encounter higher prices — especially if you haven’t already locked in a rate.
Business is booming in Colorado’s mountain resorts, and the addition of recreational marijuana stores this year has attracted customers curious about legalized pot. But there’s mounting anxiety that ski towns have embraced stoner culture a little too much, potentially damaging the state’s tourism brand.
NEWBERRY SPRINGS, Calif. - Few sites are sadder, existentially so, than an abandoned amusement park. Once a place of fun and frivolity, magic moments and cherished memories, it gets reduced through time and neglect to a wind-swept shell of itself, a crumbling monument to the ethereality of youthful glee.
It was 10 years ago that Alexander Payne's quirky little film, "Sideways," landed on the silver screen. Merlot was trashed. Pinot noir began its ascendancy. A Saab bit the dust. And as sad sack novelist Miles and his about-to-be-married buddy, Jack, wove their way past country lanes and vineyards, it suddenly dawned on filmgoers that this was not Napa.