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Piedra Herrada, the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary You’ve Never Heard Of

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It was the butterflies that prompted our visit to Mexico. I could only dream of millions of monarch butterflies fluttering around us — so many you don’t know where to look. But for a few months each winter, it’s not a dream. It’s a reality, at least at Piedra Herrada Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary near Valle …

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This North Dakota National Park is Way Better than Expected

I caught myself judging North Dakota before I went. Even though Theodore Roosevelt National Park is the North Dakota national park that inspired our country’s conservation efforts, I didn’t expect much. Ask anyone: North Dakota is just a boring plains state. It’s home to Little Missouri National Grassland — that’s one MILLION acres of fields, …

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There are 600,000 Puffins in Newfoundland. Here’s Where to See Them

I think it’s obvious why I wanted to see Newfoundland puffins. The clown-like creatures know how to put on a show, flying and diving and making the funniest noises on earth. They’ve got outlandishly orange beaks that are so ridiculous they shed them in the winter, exposing a grey beak underneath. People call them the …

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Wilpattu National Park

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Deciding which Sri Lankan safari to include on my trip was one of the most frustrating parts of planning.  There are almost too many choices, and never enough information on each one, so I spent most of the research process locked in indecision.  Finally, I settled on Wilpattu National Park, which ended up being the …

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