February 10, 2015 |
Following a national trend to pair pretty public places with healthier, tastier food choices - beyond the usual fare of hamburgers, hotdogs, and ice cream - New Jersey officials are seeking vendors to bring "high quality" food service to Island Beach State Park this summer. "We're basically just looking to enhance the Island Beach experience for our park-goers," said Bob Considine, a spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Protection. "You have people who go there because it's a destination and you have people who go every weekend to be on the beach.
November 10, 2014 |
ARE THE visions of greatness in the desert a mirage or is Arizona for real? There's the Duke freshman who carries the memory of his mom and the Duquesne kid who has licked cancer. The annual college basketball preview is rolling through and the only thing that we're willing to stop for is a performance by the Yale kid who is taking a year off to get his Whiffenpoof on. What's a Whiffenpoof? See No. 9. 1 Kentucky might have more first-round picks on its roster than the Sixers.
July 31, 2014 |
As David and Betty Hasiuk rode through the clouds in a small airplane delivering mail to a remote Alaskan wilderness last month, the Bucks County couple realized the adventure was one of their most unusual. The plane was the only way to reach Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, which had been among the few national parks that the retired Warrington Township couple had not yet visited. When the plane landed, they saw a handful of local residents waiting on the tiny runway for letters and packages.
July 21, 2014 |
'Did you make it to the bottom?" everyone asked when we got back from the Grand Canyon. "Of course we did," I answered - but it took five days and a father-son journey to get there. My son Ivan and I have enjoyed backpacking in the Pennsylvania wilderness, and our appetite for the Southwest was whetted four years ago on a family trip to Grand Canyon National Park. Ivan and I hiked most of the way down until an early sunset and common sense led us to pledge to come back to celebrate my 50th birthday with a father-son backpacking trip.
July 10, 2014 |
Hello there Seven years ago in August, Sue was at home in Phoenixville, clicking through Match.com bachelors. One was handsome, with an exceptionally witty profile. He was also a decade younger - not who she usually went for - but Match has this flirty little wink thing that requires no words and seemed fun and harmless. "What the heck," Sue thought. On the other end of the Internet, Mark, who lived in Malvern, looked up the profile of the winking woman. It was well-written and funny, and her picture was beautiful.
July 7, 2014 |
When our friends Iris and Howard asked whether we wanted to join them on a weeklong whitewater rafting and camping trip in the Grand Canyon in honor of her 70th birthday, my wife and I jumped at the chance. Iris is a great planner. We aren't. So we wouldn't have to do anything but show up. Still, my wife Essie had reservations about the trip. And for good reason. Camping, like planning, is not our forte. The only time we went camping was three decades ago with a group of friends.
January 27, 2014 |
I stopped for a moment on a curve of the switchback trail in Bryce Canyon, Utah. My fellow hikers had vanished from sight around the next bend, and I stood alone in complete silence. It was an eerie silence I had never experienced before: not a whisper of breeze, not a rustle of tree leaf, no human voice, no trickle of water. For that brief moment, I felt alone in the world. Suddenly, a single sound broke the spell: It was the call of the canyon wren that I had been waiting to hear for the first time.
July 16, 2013 |
This time last year, Andrew Forsthoefel was in northern Arizona, camping along the edge of the Grand Canyon. He walked there. From his mother's house in Chadds Ford, about 2,400 miles away. He had been walking for 10 months, having set out across the country on foot in what he called his "coming-of-age journey. " The Delaware County native, now working on a book about his cross-country trip, was walking and meeting strangers, asking for advice about how to move into adulthood, and recording the answers on a digital audio recorder.
June 24, 2013 |
LITTLE COLORADO RIVER GORGE, Ariz. - Florida aerialist Nik Wallenda completed a tightrope walk that took him a quarter mile over the Little Colorado River Gorge in northeastern Arizona on Sunday. Wallenda performed the stunt on a two-inch-thick steel cable, 1,500 feet above the river on the Navajo Nation near the Grand Canyon. He took just more than 22 minutes, pausing and crouching twice as winds whipped around him so that he could get "the rhythm out of the rope. " "Thank you Lord.
March 21, 2013 |
Hello there At the end of his workday at Barnaby's in Holmes, Andrew, the banquet manager, headed to the bar and joined a friend's birthday celebration. He was introduced to Janelle, a recent nursing-school graduate who worked at Pennsylvania Hospital. The two talked a lot that spring night in 2006, discovering a network of mutual friends and a shared alma mater: He had graduated from Springfield's Cardinal O'Hara High School two years before she did. "She had a very good sense of humor," Andrew said.