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America's Most Endangered Rivers of 2012

America's Most Endangered Rivers of 2012

American Rivers, a Washington, D.C.-based organization working to protect and restore the country's rivers and streams, has just released its 27th annual list of the 10 most endangered waterways in America. Topping the list this year is the Potomac, which runs straight through the nation's capital. That's fitting, given that American Rivers is using its list as part of its effort to spur Congress to take action. “This year’s Most Endangered Rivers list underscores how important clean water is to our drinking water, health, and economy,” said Bob Irvin, president of American Rivers, in a press release. “If Congress slashes clean water protections, more Americans will get sick and communities and businesses will suffer. We simply cannot afford to go back to a time when the Potomac and rivers nationwide were too polluted and dangerous to use.” MORE: Mary Catherine O'Connor takes a closer look at the report

Not Your Average Mexican Retreat

Not Your Average Mexican Retreat

Coming in at number four on our recent list of the 10 best desert getaways, the Villa Santa Cruz, Stephanie Pearson wrote, is a "beautiful adobe hacienda with a soft orange patina" that "sits on 20 acres of secluded beachfront property." While the building looks as though it's been there for hundreds of years, construction was only completed in 2006. "Out the front door and just a five-minute walk down the beach, surfers can head to La Pastora, with its giant breaks and minimal crowds," Pearson continued. And if surfing isn't your thing, check out the nearby garmers' market, arrange for an in-house massage, or watch migrating humpback whales from the rooftop terrace. Doubles start at $195 per night.

Behind the Scenes at the Tour de France

Behind the Scenes at the Tour de France

Some people talk about a bucket list. You know, the things they simply must do. Mine's more like a shot glass than a pail, and it's filled with things two-wheeled. I'm a veloist. I've been a fan of Le Tour since Greg Lemond and the eight seconds in 1989, and I always wanted to be one of those crazies you see lining the side of a high mountain stage like a human guardrail. So I signed on with Ciclismo Classico, the Boston-based adventure tour leader. Suddenly, there I was at the climb finish of stage 17 above Pinerolo, Italy, and then the following day I was roadside on the notorious Col Agnel. Next year, a speedo and a frenzied dash alongside Contador? Probably not, but I'm definitely coming back. Here are the best pictures from the behind the scenes party at the 2011 Tour de France.

Icebergs

Icebergs

In 1999, Camille Seaman gave up her seat on a one-hour flight from Oakland to L.A. and scored a round trip ticket anywhere in the world. She chose Alaska. Once there, she decided to walk from a coastal town named Kotzebue across the ice towards Russia. After feeling cold, lost, and somewhat panicked, she had a moment where she stopped, looked around, and felt a connection to the earth. That one moment ignited a passion for Arctic landscapes that she turned into a career photographing icebergs. Read or Listen to an Interview with Camille Seaman

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