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Big Bend Country

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It’s rare that a region is called by its Prehistoric name as part of daily life. In West Texas, everyone refers to the Permian Basin–news and weather cover it; mattress stores and car dealers serve it; maps and tourism materials reference it. Making the geology and history part of banal life shows the respect and […]

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Why Fences are Built on Sand Dunes

While in the Outer Banks of North Carolina I learned the answer to something that had always piqued my curiosity. Why are there fences on sand dunes? Clearly not for marking territory…we’ll leave to the dogs (did I take it too far?). Turns out fences build up the dune. They create alleys for the wind […]

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Come Here, Go Away: Mixed Signals on the Newport Cliff Walk

The Newport Cliff Walk was touted as a Rhode Island must-see. The opportunity to ogle mansions—true mansions—in all their historic opulence. At the same time, take a stroll along the ocean. Well, turns out these mansions turned my stomach. They felt gluttonous and a massive game of one-upmanship. They were more than gated, they were […]

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