• Steve Fugate on his eighth and latest cross-country walk. (Photo: Courtesy of Steve Fugate)Steve Fugate on his eighth and latest cross-country walk. (Photo: Courtesy of Steve Fugate)


    It’s very easy to envy Steve Fugate. After all, he walks alone almost every day through remote roads, hills, deserts and mountains, putting his 67-year-old body at risk against the elements, exhaustion and attack while dragging a heavy cart and sleeping in a tent. He has very little money and can’t call his children, because they’re both dead.

    It’s very easy to envy him because when you call him during his latest walk across America – he’s already done it seven times – he can’t sound any happier to be doing it. Fugate, known as the “Love Life guy” because of the sign he carries, is like a traveling muse to the heartbroken, helping others overcome extreme sadness the way he did.

    OK, maybe not quite the way he did. What Fugate calls his Trail Therapy has taken him 34,000 miles by foot since 1999 – the year his son committed suicide and six years before his daughter died of an accidental drug overdose. Since making his first walk along the Appalachian Trail, he’s gone

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  • Cape Henry is the site of both the ‘first landing’ of English settlers in America and the country’s first lighthouse. (Photo: Rain 0975 / Flickr)

    Jamestown was, famously, the site of the first permanent English settlement in America. But before its pioneers looking for better lives could build on that spot, they had to get to there. And their first landing was not at Jamestown but at Cape Henry.

    After a difficult Atlantic crossing, three London Company ships reached the cape — a dune-ringed tongue of forested land at the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay — on April 25, 1607. Their 144 passengers must have wanted nothing more than to lie down for a long nap on Mother Earth after four and a half months at sea.

    There was no time to dally, though, so they stayed just long enough to name the cape after one of King James’s sons, put up a wooden cross, and thank God for their safe arrival. Then they boarded their vessels again to sail inland and upriver, seeking a more sheltered place to call home. They founded Jamestown, near what is now Colonial Williamsburg, a few days later.

    A postcard shows Cape Henry’s lighthouses and memorial cross. (Photo: Boston Public Library / Flickr)The settlers’ arrival wasn’t the only historic event at

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  • Captain Edward L. Beach plots the USS Triton’s course around the world. (Photo: courtesy of US Naval Institute via Wikimedia Commons)

    It was called Operation Sandblast, but it had nothing to do with sand, and the only blasting was the propulsion of a metal tube through water. The USS Triton’s around-the-world underwater voyage in 1960 was intended to prove American strength at the height of the Cold War. The U.S. and the Soviet Union were vying for dominance on land, in the air and even in space, and dominating the seas would be just as critical.

    The Triton — the largest nuclear-powered submarine in the U.S. fleet — set off in February. Its mission was timed to impress the world right before U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev met for the Paris Summit that May. In a mere 60 days, the submarine traveled 26,723 miles back to its starting point, the Saint Peter and Saint Paul Archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean. It used roughly the same route Magellan had (on the surface) to circle the world more than 400 years earlier.

    The captain and his crew celebrate the traditional Crossing the Line Ceremony  after crossing the Equator. (Photo: Commander Joseph Baynor Roberts, USNR, via Wikimedia Commons)The sub's triumphant arrival on April 25 made it the first sub

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  • (Photo: Kennth Neo / Flickr)

    Search for images of Wat Arun and you will find hundreds taken from the same angle: looking up. For the few and the proud who have good thighs and no fear of heights, there is another angle: looking down. There are steps; narrow little steps, going almost straight up to the balcony of the nearly 250-foot-tall temple. Then there’s the descent; some employ, shall we say, ze derrière?

    Dating back to the 1600s, Wat Arun, the “Temple of Dawn,” was restored to its present height by King Rama II, second monarch of Siam under the House of Chakri, in about 1815. His son, King Rama III, put on the finishing touches.

    Fearlessly photographed by Kenneth Neo.

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  • (Photo: Giancarlo Lalsingh / Flickr)

    Down in the Caribbean’s Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (T&T to the locals), sweet aromas of tropical plants waft on northeast trade winds, the temperature is mild, and the living is mostly easy. But on the night of April 14, there may have been a touch of apprehension in the air. The Moon turned an eerie shade of red, and that’s creepy.

    Unlike a blue moon, which is actually a bonus moon in a month (occurring about every two to three years, hence the name) a red moon (blood moon if you want to sound scary) can happen any time there is a total eclipse. That’s because the dispersed light from all the Earth’s sunrises and sunsets falls on the face of the moon at the time known as totality. To read some scary stuff about “blood moons,” click here.

    Photographer Giancarlo Lalsingh assembled this composite of the eclipse in Trinidad & Tobago.

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  • The waterpark, known as The Boardwalk, at Hersheypark. (Photo: public domain via Wikimedia Commons)

    In 1907, Milton S. Hershey opened Hershey Park for workers in his Pennsylvania chocolate company. On April 24, the park marked its grand opening with a baseball game. The original conception of Hershey Park was a place for picnicking and boating, with a grandstand and a band shell. With most of the town of Hershey working for the chocolate factory or otherwise tied to the company, the park was aimed at creating a leisure place for the community. A merry-go-round was built in 1908 and two bowling alleys, a tennis court and a scenic train were added in 1909.

    Over the years, the park expanded to include a zoo that housed Hershey’s own exotic animals. The first roller coaster was added in 1923 to celebrate the town of Hershey’s 20th anniversary. During the 1970s, the park changed from a typical park – with landscaping and trees – to an amusement park and was renamed Hersheypark.

    The park now covers 110 acres, with 65 rides, 12 roller-coasters, and a water park. Hershey’s Chocolate World

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  • (Photo: Brian Hammonds / Flickr)

    In this remarkable photograph taken by Brian Hammonds, the Alhambra evokes the meaning of its Arabic name: Al-Hamra, “the red one.” It was built by the 11th-century Moorish king Mohammed ben Al-Ahmar, of the Kingdom of Granada. In 1492, with his soldiers greatly outnumbered, Muhammad XII of Granada surrendered the Emirate of Granada to the Catholic King and Queen Ferdinand and Isabella, who ordered the expulsion of all non-Christians from Spain.

    The Alhambra was built to reflect the beauty of Paradise itself, but subsequent Spanish kings had other plans. Most of the beautiful Moorish tile work’s arabesques and calligraphy were whitewashed or effaced. King Charles I added Renaissance architecture; Phillip V Italianized rooms and replaced the Moorish building with his own palace.

    In 1828, with an endowment from Ferdinand VIII, Jose Contreras and his son, Rafael, began 60 years of restoration. The Alhambra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an inspiration for music and literature.


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  • Left field of Weeghman Park, home of the Chicago Chifeds, from a 1914 postcard. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

    There was baseball in Chicago before there was a Wrigley Field, and Wrigley Field (originally called Weeghman Park) existed before the Chicago Cubs called it home. But the match of team and venue is one of the most iconic in professional sports. The stadium would help define baseball as we know it now, and — despite a lackluster Cubs record over the ensuing decades — it remains a symbol of baseball’s history and popularity.

    The city’s first professional baseball franchise was a minor-league called the Chifeds; that strange name was an amalgamation of Chicago and Federal, after the Federal League in which it played. The team started out playing at DePaul University, but club president Charles “Lucky Charlie” Weeghman soon secured a 99-year lease for a site, formerly a seminary campus, on the city’s North Side.

    Construction began in early March, only six weeks before the season was scheduled to start, but the steel-and-concrete stadium was ready by the time the home opener started on

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  • It’s possible to enjoy the bustle of Las Vegas without breaking the bank. (Photo: Moyan Brenn / Flickr)


    As countless amateur gamblers and weekend partiers have learned the hard way, the cash we spend in Vegas stays in Vegas. But even as Sin City increasingly caters to high rollers with plush new rooms, top-notch entertainment and gourmet restaurants, it can still be surprisingly inexpensive — if you play your cards right.

    I’ve been visiting Las Vegas since childhood. My brother is a longtime resident, having spent the last 20 years building and overseeing maintenance of casino pools (his tip? Stay away from pools known for hosting big late-night parties. Chlorine can only do so much).

    Things you could buy for a little in the old days ($2.99 breakfast buffet, anyone?) now cost a lot. But savvy Vegas veterans have a few secrets on how to enjoy classic Sin City pursuits without losing your shirt — unless you want to.

    Time your bets.

    Gambling on the Strip (seen from The Cosmopolitan) can be less expensive in the daytime. (Photo: Thomas Hawk / Flickr)Many of the best money-saving tricks boil down to timing. A big one: Avoid weekends, when room prices can easily double.

    Same thing for big conventions. Las

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  • (Photo: Sal Celis / Flickr)

    There is simply no question about it; Iya Traore is the best football juggler in the world. Born in the East African country of Guinea, the 28 year old now lives in Paris where he amazes tourists who gather at the steps of Sacré-Coeur cathedral.

    Let’s cut to the chase, there’s a whole slew of videos of Iya on the web, each worth a thousand words. (We've got one for you below.)

    Photograph taken by Sal Celis.

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