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NORTH AMERICA'S DREAM TOWNS, 1999
Are You Where You Ought to Be?
There's no place like home, but when the same-old doesn't quite cut it anymore, home is the place you must go find. A drumroll, please, for the best town where you can...
By Mike Grudowski and Curtis Pesmen
S P E C I A L F E A T U R E
- GET LOST: Homer, AK
Not quite off the grid, but damn near close to the edge.
- GET FOUND: Charlottesville, VA
Pleasantly civilized, eminently livable, strenuously Southern.
- HAVE IT BOTH WAYS: Santa Cruz, CA
Mornings in Silicon Valley, afternoons quoting Melville and surfing the breaks.
- START A BUSINESS: Portland, OR
Where venture capitalists venture outdoors, and city goes country.
- STAKE YOUR CLAIM: Franconia, NH
A New England antique is getting a sports-mecca makeover.
- LIVE WITHOUT SHOES: Hana, HI
If making a living's not a problem, you're set for the lush life.
- RAISE A FAMILY: Ann Arbor, MI
Suberb schools, dinosaur-stocked museums, even a thing or two for hip moms and dads.
- BECOME AN ÜBERJOCK: Boulder, CO
Where merely keeping up means you're ahead of the pack.
- LEARN A LANGUAGE: St. Martin/Sint Maarten
Bilingualism at the beach, and Caribbean capitalism in bloom.
- BECOME AN OLD SALT: Portland, ME
Wear your crow's feet proudly amid the lobsters, lawyers, and L.L. Bean.
From the Wonderful People Who Brought You the Killing Fields
Ah, the romance of motorcycling through Cambodia, where the minefields are marked (if you're lucky), the Khmer Rouge karaoke rocks, and fear is best left unmedicated.
By Patrick Symmes
Eat My Backwash, Señor!
When the world's toughest marathon swim series churns through a labyrinth of Borgesian proportions along Argentina's rivers, the waterborne partying never stops.
By Ken Kalfus
Epitaph for a Crusader
Terence Freitas dedicated his life to a good cause in a dangerous place, but doing the right thing had the wrong ending. A tragedy from the Colombian cloud forest.
By Mark Levine
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Dispatches: News from the Field
What do you get when a man called "The Hammer" launches a long-distance rowing race as brutal as his name? Sore butts and blisters--and perhaps new respect for a long-ignored sport.
The Wild File
So just what is the "music of the spheres"? Is scuba diving bad for your bones? And why does moss grow on rocks?
By Hampton Sides
To discover his fate, literature's greatest explorer made a detour to the dim underworld of Hades. But in repeating this odyssey some 3,000 years later, who'd have guessed that the road to hell would be strewn with kamikaze cabbies, Texan tourists, and the black holes of an agnostic mind?
By Mark Jenkins
When you're the backwoods barbarian running wild in the land of the lockstep salaryman, it's easy to make yourself heard. But whether Japan is listening to its unlikely ecosavior--a very large, very loud, very uncompromising Welshman--is another matter entirely.
By Jeffrey Bartholet
Forgotten Baja: Though not far from the glitzy resorts of Cabo San Lucas, the East Cape is worlds away, with unpaved roads, sleepy beach towns, and easy access to some of the area's best sports and wildlife. An essential guide to diving, mountain biking, kayaking, and otherwise reveling in the true Baja Sur.
Improving your focus, literally:
In the keen pursuit of athletic prowess, it's easy to overlook two crucial assets--your eyes. Enter vision therapy, a new training regimen that'll help you sharpen your game without breaking a sweat.
Review: Between the Lines
Want a better bike? Having the coolest, fastest two-wheeler on your block means either treating yourself to a new ride or sprucing up your old one. Our fail-safe guide to the best of both.
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