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Pilot Fired After Rough Landing

Pilot Fired After Rough Landing Oct 4th, 2013 at 2:00PM: Arrow712/Flickr Forget where your seat is located, how much legroom you have or the race to claim overhead storage space. These are all parts of flying that some passengers are better at coping with than others. One element of flight that all passengers share is landing. Usually, the aircraft glides in for a smooth landing or seems to hop or skip a bit as it touches down. But what if it hits the...

Southwest Airlines Now Has A 'No-Show' Policy

Sep 17th, 2013 at 3:00PM: Southwest Airlines' leniency with "no-shows" has been a popular attractor for many customers. The airline has long boasted that their customers get to keep the total value of their flight purchase, even when they simply don't show up. While the idea of not losing money in the case of an emergency might seem appealing to the masses, only a small minority of Southwest customers have been...

Strange Smells And Lasers Cause Emergency Landings

Strange Smells And Lasers Cause Emergency Landings Sep 12th, 2013 at 4:20PM: Flickr, Tim Hagen Two flights recently had to make emergency landings for unusual reasons. "Strong odors" caused a Lufthansa Stockholm-to-Frankfurt flight to stop in Copenhagen, where 129 passengers were rebooked onto alternate flights. The reason for the smell? A new carpet installed in the airplane. Staff aboard a Sun Country Airlines flight from Minneapolis smelled smoke and made an...

El Paso's Best Mexican Food: Of Car Washes And Cemeteries

El Paso's Best Mexican Food: Of Car Washes And Cemeteries May 26th, 2013 at 4:00PM: Laurel Miller, Gadling Confession: With the exception of far too many layovers at DFW, I'd never been to Texas prior to two weeks ago. Despite having traveled all over the rest of the Southwest, as well as being possessed of a near-clinical addition to Mexican food, I just haven't had a reason to make it to the Lone Star State. That all changed when I was sent to El Paso by American Cowboy...

Mesilla, New Mexico: Discovering A Different Side Of The Southwest

Mesilla, New Mexico: Discovering A Different Side Of The Southwest May 25th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Alex Briseño, Flickr A couple of weeks ago, I traveled to El Paso on short notice for a magazine assignment. I found it enjoyable, but on my final day, I was itching to get out of the city limits and explore before my evening flight. Every local I talked to gave me the same response: go for a scenic drive out to Mesilla. Located just 44 miles northwest of El Paso on the fringes of Las...

Video: Winter Time-Lapse Of America's Southwest

Jan 19th, 2013 at 8:00AM: If you've been reading Dave Seminara's posts this week on winter hiking in Arches and Canyonlands National Park you probably already have some sense of just how spectacular this region of the U.S. actually is. But just in case you need a reminder, this beautiful time-lapse video from the American southwest will certainly do the trick. In addition to being filmed in the parks mentioned above, this...

Hiking Arches National Park In Winter With A Pair Of Worn Out Sneakers

Hiking Arches National Park In Winter With A Pair Of Worn Out Sneakers Jan 18th, 2013 at 10:00AM: How did I end up on the ass end of the famous Delicate Arch rock formation at Arches National Park in Utah? That's the question I asked myself one afternoon last week as I was standing on the slippery base of the arch in completely inappropriate sneakers, looking down at the steep drop into the canyon below. (see video below) At Arches, you can't miss the Delicate Arch, a huge rock formation...

Want A National Park All To Yourself? Visit Canyonlands National Park In Winter

Want A National Park All To Yourself? Visit Canyonlands National Park In Winter Jan 17th, 2013 at 10:00AM: It was 12 degrees as we stood before the Mesa Arch in Utah's Canyonlands National Park early on a Monday morning in January waiting for the sun to rise. But we weren't complaining because we knew that we had this wild and magnificent place almost all to ourselves. Photographers have gathered at the Mesa Arch to photograph the early morning light that unfolds into the vast, majestic canyonlands...

Monument Valley, Utah: Hollywood's Wild West

Monument Valley, Utah: Hollywood's Wild West Jan 16th, 2013 at 10:00AM: The road unfolds downhill, straight as an arrow, and appears to dead end at an otherworldly collection of sandstone buttes and mesas. We've all been here before, even if we've never stepped foot in the state of Utah. If you find yourself driving south on Utah Route 163, you will feel a strong sense of déjà vu about 12 miles north of Monument Valley. If the vista seems familiar, it's...

Experiencing Polygamy, Utah Style At Rockland Ranch

Experiencing Polygamy, Utah Style At Rockland Ranch Jan 15th, 2013 at 10:00AM: "Why do some people not like that we have two mommies?" That was the first thing that 7-year-old Faith Foster asked me when I walked into her family's home, which is carved into a 400-foot-high, ¼-mile deep rock some 30 miles from the nearest town in rural southeast Utah. Faith's parents aren't lesbians; they are polygamists. Mention the word Utah in a word association game and the...

Braving The Bitter Cold To Photograph Monument Valley At Sunrise

Braving The Bitter Cold To Photograph Monument Valley At Sunrise Jan 13th, 2013 at 1:30PM: Waking up before dawn isn't usually high on my list of holiday priorities, especially on a dark, frigid winter day. But on a recent trip to Utah's Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, the iconic place that more or less defines how we imagine the American West, I was up and out of my hotel by 6:30 a.m. in order to photograph the valley's stunning sandstone buttes and mesas in the early morning...

Four Corners: A Delightfully Confusing Tourist Trap

Four Corners: A Delightfully Confusing Tourist Trap Jan 9th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Of course I knew that Four Corners – the spot where Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona meet – would be a tourist trap. But on a recent road trip from Durango to Monument Valley, Utah, I passed just five miles away from this geographically auspicious place and found that I couldn't resist the temptation to stop and see the only spot in America where four states meet. The Navajo...

An Unforgettable Backcountry Tour Of Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

An Unforgettable Backcountry Tour Of Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park Jan 9th, 2013 at 9:00AM: I'd seen this quintessentially Western landscape many times before in Marlboro ads, Geico commercials, Roadrunner cartoons, and in dozens of movies. But until I started to plan a trip to the Four Corners region, I had no idea that the famous, starkly beautiful dreamscape of red sandstone buttes and mesas is called the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. The 30,000-acre park sits on the...

A Day On Santa Fe's Canyon Road

A Day On Santa Fe's Canyon Road Oct 31st, 2012 at 9:00AM: I'm not what could be described as a patron of the arts, yet for some reason, I seem to have a knack for living in cities famed for their galleries and arts and culture scene: Vail. Lahaina. Santa Barbara. Calistoga. Telluride. Could I be a latent art groupie? Nah. I'm just attracted to scenic places. I also spent many years waiting tables to support my writing habit, and it's always been my...

Sunset Magazine's 'Westphoria' Blog Celebrates The Weirdness Of The Western States

Sunset Magazine's 'Westphoria' Blog Celebrates The Weirdness Of The Western States Oct 1st, 2012 at 11:00AM: It's no secret that the 13 states comprising the Western U.S. are a bit unusual. Enter Westphoria, Sunset magazine's 4-month-old blog dedicated to celebrating all that's quirky, kick-ass, and distinct about the Left Coast, Southwest and Rocky Mountain regions. Think retrofitted teardrop campers, chicken "sitters," bike-powered farmers market smoothies, and, uh, hotel rooms designed to resemble...

How To Not Look Like A Tourist In Santa Fe

How To Not Look Like A Tourist In Santa Fe Sep 5th, 2012 at 9:00AM: Although I was 26 before I visited New Mexico, I've always felt a strange kinship with the state. I suspect it's because much of my childhood was spent traveling to see my grandparents in Arizona (where my dad grew up). We'd attend pow-wows, visit local museums, and explore the high desert landscape, and I always yearned to cross the state line, and delve deeper into the Southwest. On my first...

Steins, New Mexico: The Ultimate American Ghost Town

Steins, New Mexico: The Ultimate American Ghost Town Jul 31st, 2012 at 11:00AM: It concerns me that the gas station attendant has never heard of Steins. We are one stop away from Steins on New Mexico's Interstate 10. It's basically this gas station, flat desert, some yucca plants, then Steins. I could walk to my destination from here. Granted, I might get sunstroke and also scary close to the vultures on the fences, but the point is we're that close. "Sorry ma'am," he...

Canon City, Colorado: Prisons and Paddling

Canon City, Colorado: Prisons and Paddling Jul 1st, 2012 at 10:00AM: You know how when you're driving out in the middle of nowhere, and you see those signs warning you not to pick up hitchhikers because you're passing a correctional facility? Because, you know, it totally makes sense to locate prisons in isolated areas. Because, for most towns, being home to a prison isn't usually a tourism selling point – especially if they're already touted as a tourist...

California woman arrested in nail-painting incident on Southwest flight

California woman arrested in nail-painting incident on Southwest flight Mar 8th, 2012 at 12:00PM: According to CBS Los Angeles, a California woman was arrested in late February for painting her nails on a Southwest flight bound for Houston. The woman, identified as Jeanie Daniels, was on her way to visit her boyfriend and claims that the passengers seated next to her agreed to let her do her nails. But one of the flight attendants reportedly objected, so Daniels retreated to the bathroom to...

Southwest gives back, engages with medical transport program

Southwest gives back, engages with medical transport program Feb 29th, 2012 at 4:00PM: Thinking of Southwest Airlines commonly brings to mind discount fares, free checked luggage, on-board snacks and a quirky, relaxed attitude about air travel. But to get a complete picture of Southwest, we need to add "a company that gives back in a big way." This week, the airline announced that over 70 hospitals and charities from across the United States have been selected for Southwest's 2012...

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