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The best little bar-b-que in Texas

  Before leaving Oklahoma, I spotted a group of Texans circled like a wagon train in the campground. I identified them by their big, white diesels and monster rigs. (And also by their license plates.) One frosty morning, I joined them at their campfire, map in hand. Texas is a big state, and I wanted […]

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Atchison, KS

  Atchison, Kansas, is a town that may have seen better days, but isn’t about to admit it. It’s also a town that either smells like fermenting grain (from alcohol processing) or burning electrical wires (from metal casting). I prefer the grain smell. An hour’s drive northwest of Kansas City, Atchison is perched on the bluffs overlooking […]

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Marquette, MI

  Perched on the rocky shores of Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Marquette is a town endowed with the stout optimism of its Scandinavian fathers, with the vitality of its youth (Northern Michigan University is located there), and with a respect for its history. I love strolling through downtown and the surrounding neighborhoods. Marquette takes care […]

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Pure Michigan

It’s not the easiest state to get to, but Michigan generously rewards those who go out of their way to visit its abundant natural beauty. A short list of some places not to miss.

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Hannibal #2

Beyond the historic Mark Twain downtown, Hannibal, Missouri, is a town with holes in its socks. Yet, MT himself might recognize his boyhood home in its very ordinariness. Colorful and historic, Hannibal is worth a visit.

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