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How art and research boost the pleasure of a big trip

When I was a kid, anticipating Christmas brought almost as much pleasure as the day itself. List making, tree trimming, shaking and squeezing packages while guessing the contents rivaled opening the gifts on December 25. As an adult, something similar happens when I book a big trip. Learning about my travel destination and understanding the… Continue reading How art and research boost the pleasure of a big trip

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Pikes Peak: Stunning vistas at the summit

What do Bigfoot, “America the Beautiful,” and a hundred-year-old car and motorcycle race have in common? Pikes Peak, the third-highest mountain in Colorado. Sun Mountain and Sun Mountain Sitting Big were the earliest names for Pikes Peak. The Arapaho dubbed it Long Mountain. Spanish explorers gave it the title El Capitán, according to the website… Continue reading Pikes Peak: Stunning vistas at the summit

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Cruising up Pikes Peak in a Mustang

“I can get you a good deal on a convertible Mustang.” How did the Budget rental car agent get inside my head? It was after 1 a.m.—and two flight delays. My husband and I were going to pick up a Ford Fiesta at the Denver International Airport car rental office. But then the Mustang offer… Continue reading Cruising up Pikes Peak in a Mustang