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Ride, Don’t Drive

Riederalp, Bettmeralp and Fiescheralp, all towns on Aletsch Arena, have never had cars. Before cableways were constructed in the 1960s, farmers who lived there brought in staples like sugar and coffee, as well as medicine, machinery and other supplies, by mule.Now Riederalp, Bettmeralp and Fiescheralp are car-free holiday resorts that visitors and residents reach by cable car; they’re communities where you can escape traffic and...

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Feds and Backcountry Skiers Join Forces to Manage Forests

It’s 8:30 A.M. on a sunny Saturday in late February. There are already 30 cars in the Brandon Gap parking lot outside of Goshen, Vermont, and they carry tags from every northeastern state: Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, and Connecticut. A map of the area I printed from the internet shows 20 gladed ski lines in three zones accessible from this parking lot. We buckle boots, press on skins, click into skis, and...

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Buried Treasures on Florida’s Beaches

A scrappy, curly-haired ragamuffin in a baggy, gingham bikini squats clutching a plastic shovel and bucket. She is focused on a shiny shell beached by a wave in the sand in front of her. “Look at this one!” she calls to her sister. As they’re examining the unusually perfect, spiral specimen, the shell lifts and scurries across the beach. They squeal in delight.The curly-haired kid was me in the 1970s. Every winter, from age four...

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Florida’s Unusual Animals

Some of Florida’s most unusual residents reside in the state’s plethora of wildlife refuges, sanctuaries, and preserves. Southwest Florida has more than a million acres of nature sanctuaries that visitors can explore by foot, snorkel, kayak, canoe, paddleboard, or bike. They teem with brightly colored and stealthily camouflaged animals. Look for these 7 notable creatures on your next visit to The Beaches of Fort Myers &...