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Hanging Out in Airports: Fairbanks International

Hanging Out in Airports: Fairbanks International

Airports in Alaska tend towards the utilitarian. The fanciest, in Anchorage and Juneau, have every amenity a modern airport can offer. But the most basic are, at heart, shipping facilities. The fact that some fraction of that ‘shipping’ is passengers only...
Boundary, Alaska

Boundary, Alaska

Boundary, Alaska, doesn’t exist. It looks like it does on the map, where it’s a little dot along the Top of The World Highway. It’s just about the only dot in the 100 or so miles – narrow, twisty, frequently unpaved miles – between Dawson...
Hanging out in Airports: Chicago O’Hare

Hanging out in Airports: Chicago O’Hare

No matter how many shops or restaurants they have, most airports are pretty boring places to spend time in. A lot of that comes from the hospital-bland decorating schemes, and the fact that if you wander around, everything seems to look alike. O’Hare Airport is...
Rockaway Beach, NYC: Nature, Art, and Ruins.

Rockaway Beach, NYC: Nature, Art, and Ruins.

Confession time: I hate beaches. Oh, I love a good shoreline. I love the ocean. But a beach with perfect, white sand, where I can sit and soak up the sun? I’d rather be at the dentist. There’s just something sterile and artificial about most beaches that...
Mill Ruins – Willimantic, CT

Mill Ruins – Willimantic, CT

I grew up thinking of Willimantic as a decaying mill town.   That probably sounds like a bad thing. Maybe it would be, if I didn’t love a good ruin so much. New England may be short on castles, but we’ve got plenty of old mill buildings, all made of...

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