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Tocasierra Spa: Prescription for rejuvenation

Tocasierra Spa: Prescription for rejuvenation

This summer will be a great season for ballooning in Arizona. No, not the hot-air balloons that look like Christmas bulbs drifting on the hazy morning horizon. We mean certain lifestyle indicators will rise like a helium balloon released by a child: Gas prices, food prices, and of course, the infamous desert temperatures. These factors […]




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Walkin’ in L.A.

Walkin’ in L.A.

By Joy Hepp Despite what you might have heard, there are people who walk in L.A. With over 70 miles of metro, it’s possible to get around town sans automobile. Out-of-towners have more options now because of the advent of a flyaway service that departs every half hour from LAX to Union Station, the city’s […]




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Free and falling

Free and falling

By Joy Hepp Experts say that a fear of heights can be brought on by a traumatic event early in life. This could be anything from falling out of a crib to being dropped by a clumsy babysitter. As for me, I blame the coatimundi. For as long as I can remember I’ve suffered from […]




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Tapatío underworld

Tapatío underworld

By Joy Hepp According to some Tapatíos, or natives of Guadalajara, the entrance to hell lies beneath Jalisco’s secretary of tourism office. The average tourist strolling through the colonial streets of Guadalajara is surrounded by cultural history; from the cobblestone roadways, to the spires atop the centuries-old Catholic churches, it’s easy to take in something […]




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Paradise Found

Paradise Found

By Joy Hepp Christopher French searched all along Mexico’s Pacific coast for his own little slice of paradise. He was offered beach-front property in San Blás near Puerto Vallarta but after slapping at mosquitoes he realized he didn’t want to be dealing with the little blood suckers all of his life. He was about to give […]




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Last Stop

Last Stop

By Sonu Munshi Cronkite News Service SELIGMAN – Angel Delgadillo remembers when train passengers in suits and silk promenaded into the Havasu Hotel to relax and dine in luxury. With the finest crystal and china, immaculately polished silverware and a menu featuring delicacies such as chestnut spaghetti and marsala scallopini, the Fred Harvey hotel was […]




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In Step

In Step

Story and photos by Joy Hepp Some of my most powerful experiences in Mexico have also been the most unexpected. One Monday morning in October I was amazed to see a warrior carting a massive basket of pan dulce on the back of his bicycle. Only two days earlier Toño had been dancing next to […]




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Extending a Hand

Extending a Hand

By Stephanie Sanchez “¡Válganme las víboras! (For goodness’ snakes!),” a brochure warns guests treading among the towering cactuses in Saguaro National Park. Those visitors often include school groups from Mexico hiking with bilingual rangers. During the summer, the ranger might be a teacher supplied by a Tucson school district with a large student population of […]




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Country Cousins

Country Cousins

By Joy Hepp There’s an old saying that la sangre atrae or “blood calls.” Generations may pass but, but the call of family will always remain, and that’s how I ended up spending a week’s vacation in Los Altos de Jalisco, a culturally rich farming region two hours northeast of Guadalajara. Even though I am […]




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Hook, line & sinker

Hook, line & sinker

By Joy Hepp Choosing to spend your vacation in Manzanillo, Mexico, is like a college student opting to stay with a host family while studying abroad. Popular destinations like Cancun or Puerto Vallarta may be convenient and even familiar (like, say, university-sanctioned student housing), they often lack the kind of authenticity that a smaller community […]