Destination: Texas

What We Loved This Week: Washington, D.C.‘s Inaugural Spirit, Dinosaurs and More

Pennsylvania Ave Washington DC bleachers inauguration Photo by Michael Yessis.
Bleachers on Pennsylvania Ave. by Michael Yessis

Our contributors share a favorite travel-related experience from the past seven days.

Michael Yessis
I spent a frigid morning in Washington, D.C., walking up and down Pennsylvania Avenue. I brought my camera and stayed warm enough to snap some shots before the masses fill the bleachers lining the street. More images to come tomorrow in a slideshow. 

Jenna Schnuer
While procrastinating this week, I became obsessed with this photo gallery of close-up images of sand from the book, A Grain of Sand. From now on, shell-collecting is out. I’m toting sand home. Then I’ll just need to pick up a high-powered microscope. I guess I’ll buy the book and stick with the shells.

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I Resent That

“Business Week” recently ran a list of America’s Most and Least Favorite Cities, and my home town of Dallas ranked ninth least favorite. Adding insult to injury, the article says, “The top negative attributes, according to the survey, were the people—their backgrounds, talents, and perspectives (49%); environment—climate, park space, natural resources (39%); and image (38%).”

Well. Harumph.

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Morning Links: Idlewild Books, Disaster Tourism and More

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Paul McCartney Does Route 66

The legendary Beatle and his girlfriend Nancy Shevell are apparently motoring west, driving a green ‘89 Ford Bronco with New York plates, and they’re leaving a wake of amazed fellow travelers as they head from Joplin, Missouri to Oklahoma City to Amarillo and so forth. What have we learned about Paul’s road tripping skills?

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Traveling While Texan

Big Bend National Park, Texas Photo: iStockphoto.

Sophia Dembling hears a lot about her home state while she's on the road, particularly from other travelers intent on steering clear of the land of George W. Bush, Jasper and big hair. Her response: Get over it.

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