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How to Find the Loch Ness Monster: A Hunter’s Guide to Tracking Cryptids

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If you want to know how to find the Loch Ness monster and other legends, there are tips every cryptid hunter must know.

The Scots have their Nessie, the Tibetans have their Yeti, but North America is also crawling with cryptids (creatures whose existence has been rumored but not yet proven). Here are five must-see destinations for the budding cryptozoologist. But Cryptids are only half the fun: even if you don’t score a sighting on your first visit, these destinations offer so many opportunities for

7 Reasons to Take a (Paid) Vacation Already


You need to take a vacation. No, really. You need to take a paid vacation, that is!

When was the last time you took a vacation? How long did it last? These are among the important questions explored in the recent short film “The Great Vacation Squeeze,” written and directed by John de Graaf. De Graaf has explored the differences in vacation and leisure time between the US and Europe for years, and in 2002 he co-founded the organization Take Back Your Time “to point out the problems connected …

6 Prime Spots for Viewing Wildflowers in the U.S.

Wildflowers are in full bloom across the country. Do you know where to view them?

With spring in full swing, chances are you’ve had flowers on the mind lately. Perhaps a getaway to see some of the finest wildflowers in the country is in order? These six places have been hailed as some of the best areas for spring and summer blossom viewing in the nation.

1. Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve, California

Although the wildflower blooms in this reserve reached their peak

Can the Film ‘Watermark’ Help Us Be More Respectful to Water?


The new film “Watermark” looks at our massive dependence on a finite resource.

The opening scene of “Watermark,” a new film from Edward Burtynsky and Jennifer Baichwal, creates a disorienting effect that leaves the viewer feeling tiny against the pure force of water. The film takes features 20 stories across 10 countries in what director Baichwal, (“Manufactured Landscapes” and “Payback”), calls a “river-like rhythm.” Inspired by Burtynsky’s images, the numerous stories create an overarching narrative around the ways we use, …

5 National Parks You’ll Want to Visit if You Love Action Movies

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National parks are already vacation worthy, but now you have more reasons to go.

Spice up a vacation itinerary by visiting places you’ve already seen on the silver screen. The films on this list used national parks as backdrops to some unforgettable scenes. Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to create your own adventure once you get there.

1. “Star Wars: A New Hope” (1977) For some of us there are still only three “Star Wars” films. Part of the reason we cling so heartily to the original trilogy is …

The NBA Hits a Three-Pointer with a Small Carbon Footprint: Green Initiatives Take Center Court


The National Basketball Association is quickly becoming just as famous for getting bottles in bins as it is for balls in hoops. That’s because the NBA has partnered with the National Resource Defense Council to drastically reduce the carbon footprint of the world’s preeminent basketball league. From green building to grassroots activism, the NBA is showing initiative in making professional sports a more sustainable venture.

On February 12, as part of the lead up to this month’s All-Star game in New Orleans, the NBA hosted a star-studded event promoting cell phone and electronic …

5 Clothing Brands for Bicycling in Style


Bicycling doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice fashion.

The number of Americans commuting by bike continues to rise, and fashion designers are sitting up and taking notice. Neon spandex generally isn’t considered appropriate office attire, but the fits of most slacks and dresses don’t lend themselves neatly (or safely) to pedaling. Anyone who’s caught a pant leg in their gears or toted an wardrobe change in their backpack knows the importance of stylish cycling clothes. Fortunately, the number of sartorial options for style-savvy bike commuters are now …

Revitalizing Food Deserts: 3 Ways to Bring Healthy Food Where It’s Needed Most

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For millions of Americans who find themselves in food deserts, getting their daily apple is tougher than usual.

The USDA defines a food desert as an impoverished region of the country where thousands of people can’t regularly access healthy, affordable, and organic foods due to lack of grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and personal transportation. And the constant availability of fast food restaurants in these food deserts certainly doesn’t help America’s rampant obesity epidemic.

U.S. cities lacking in fresh fruits and veggies aren’t limited to the big city expanses of …