No one seemed very eager to talk about why they don’t talk — or what happens when they do. A tight-lipped bartender at one local tavern smiled knowingly when asked about Trumpian conflict among her regulars but declined to say more. (The bar’s owner did not return phone calls.) At town hall, one official quickly veered off the record after mentioning tensions between red- and blue-minded employees. “They’ll know who I’m talking about,” demurred the official. … [Read more...] about What’s better left unsaid in Bellingham? Politics
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Rainbow Vista Trail, Valley of Fire State Park, NV Anyone who’s ever stared into an evening campfire knows there’s more to see than red and orange. Watch long enough and you’ll see white and even blue dance among the embers. In the fall, get a similar fiery color show on the Rainbow Vista Trail, a short but remarkable loop through sandstone towers and narrow canyons in the Nevada desert. From the trailhead, head east on the sandy trail; bright red-orange towers frame the draw on either side in impossible wind-carved formations. The desert opens up less than a quarter mile from the parking lot, in a broad sandy bowl between ridges; turn left here to start the main 1.6-mile loop. As you hike along the edge of the rocks more ridges rise into view, striped pink and white and even blue in the far Muddy Mountains. Partway around take a slight detour up a narrow canyon to the Fire Canyon Overlook, the perfect spot for a lunch break. The overlook drops away into a bright … [Read more...] about 20 Fall Hikes You Can Do Right Now
Important areas to target include shoulders, fingers, and knees, which take the brunt of the force when climbing. Use exercises like Is, Ys, and Ts with a Theraband, light weights, or gymnastic rings for greater shoulder stability. Try finger extensions with a rubber band to help strengthen finger tendons, and use a foam roller to address problem spots in your knees. Antagonist exercises like pushups, dips, and reverse hammer curls will strengthen your triceps, help you push down farther on holds, and help alleviate and avoid biceps tendinitis. Rice-bucket workouts involving turning rice, flicking it, and doing finger extensions also provide antagonist work for the tops of your forearms and wrists. … [Read more...] about How to Cross-Train for Climbing for Better Sending
The way he laughed with me when I challenged him (on camera) to name all the backup quarterbacks who’d been stuck behind him, never to start a game, and the way he remembered them all. The way he wiped away tears as Tom Coughlin said goodbye to the franchise, a display of sincere emotion that left even the stoic coach touched beyond measure. … [Read more...] about Eli Manning, Hall of Famer? You’d better believe it
Hotels, Rental Cars, and Cruises If you prepay for a nonrefundable hotel room or rental car—through an online travel site like Expedia or Booking.com, for example—each supplier decides whether to allow you to change dates without forfeiting your prepayment. If you call the online agency, customer service agents may try to negotiate something for you, but with no promises. If a delayed flight causes you to miss a cruise departure, your options depend primarily on how you booked your flights. If you have booked through the cruise line’s program, the line will try to get you to the ship’s first port at no extra expense to you. But if you’ve arranged your air independently, you can’t look for any no-cost help from your cruise line. … [Read more...] about What Are My Rights in a Winter Storm Flight Cancellation?