Cindy Blankenship

Cindy Blankenship

Journalist, Travel Writer

Journalist since 1997, degree in education, Oregon Publishers Association awards. Specialties: outdoor travel (U.S. mostly), nature, health, environment, animals, green living, human rights.

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Fun Things to Do Near Brookings, OR | USA Today

"If you're looking for exciting nightlife, head to Portland, but if you enjoy outdoor, seaside activities, you'll find fun in the Brookings area. Oregon's southern coast near Brookings offers stunning scenery and sunsets, expansive beaches and secluded coves in the mild climate of what Oregonians call the 'Banana Belt.' If surf and scenery don't satisfy, there are river adventures, a parade of festivals and harbor activities...."

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Rafting in Rogue River at Shady Cove, Oregon | USA Today

Rafting in Rogue River at Shady Cove, Oregon | USA ...

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Guided Waterfall Tours in Oahu | USA Today

"The waterfalls of Oahu have inspired songs, provided sustenance, set Hollywood scenes and encouraged relaxation, romance and laughter. The waterfalls are also an important part of Hawaiian culture and history. At Oahu's many botanical gardens and parks, small but tranquil waterfalls can be easily enjoyed, but some of the more dramatic or fun ones are hidden further from view, rewarding you if you make the effort to reach them."

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Unique Places to Go in Hawaii | USA Today

"Hawaii itself is unique. It is the only U.S. state with a culture and language all its own -- Hawaiian and English are the official languages. And it’s the only state surrounded by water and where weather changes depend more on elevation than season. Chances are if you are looking for unique places to visit in Hawaii, you are looking for experiences off the well-worn path, places that are truly extraordinary in an already exotic destination. You will find many such places in this archipelago of rainbows in the middle of the sea...."

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Snorkeling in the South Maui Reserve | USA Today

"Snorkeling in Hawaii provides relaxation and close-up views of colorful tropical fish that dart in and out of coral and lava rock gardens and large schools that swim near. Sunlight refracted by the water dances dreamily on sand below snorkelers who float in pleasantly cool water under the warmth of South Maui’s warm sun. Snorkeling anywhere in Hawaii that is calm, clear and has ample fish habitat is rewarding, but some places, such as Ahihi-Kinau, also known as the South Maui Reserve, are treasured...."

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Whale Watching in Orange County, California | USA Today

Whale Watching in Orange County, California | USA T...

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RV Camping in the Redwoods | USA Today

"Sometimes RV camping doesn't feel like remote camping, but taking your RV to the redwoods is different. You know you're not in town anymore when you step outside and see the tallest living things on the planet -- coastal redwoods reaching 100, 200 even more than 300 feet tall. Their reddish-brown trunks are so massive you can't begin to hug one, but group hugs make great photo ops. The mystique is magnified by the muffled sounds created by thick vegetation and the spongy floor of the redwood forest, where rays of sun filter through here and there, spotlighting a fern or flower. The Redwood National and State Parks provide opportunity to camp, rest and play among the big trees...."

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Campgrounds in Applegate Valley, Oregon | USA Today

"pplegate Valley extends from a pastoral setting in Southern Oregon to Applegate Lake, a blue jewel at 1,986 feet in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest and on the California-Oregon border. The lower "Applegate Valley is a ribbon of green with vineyards, orchards, farms and horse pastures along the Applegate River. Forested mountains rise on either side. Winery tasting rooms, outdoor recreation, antiques and organic farm-to-table shopping are highlights of the area. Applegate Valley has five well-maintained, easily accessed campgrounds -- one on the river toward the lower end of the valley and four at the upper end near the no-wake lake in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest...."

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Senior Activities in Hilo, Hawaii | USA Today

"There’s no one-size-fits-all activity for seniors in Hilo, but considering U.S. travel trends for this demographic, the town fronting Hilo Bay on the lush, more laid-back side of Hawaii Island apparently has appeal. Seniors enjoy Hilo’s activities for their real-Hawaii focus, beautiful natural surroundings and cultural and educational value. Other senior travel trends -- multigenerational vacations, bucket-list activities, golf and a disinterest in inflexible group tours – point to Hilo being just the ticket...."

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Romantic Camping Ideas | USA Today

A romantic camping getaway can mean escaping life's everyday stresses and sharing each other's appreciation for the sights, sounds and scents of the outdoors and for what you love most about each other.

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The Best Time of the Year to Visit Oregon State | USA Today

"When it comes to outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, fishing and bicycling, Oregon tourism is ahead of the curve. Oregon's beaches, rivers and lakes, state and national parks, and places of historic interest also tend to attract more visitors than other states'. Travel peaks in summer, but is enjoyed year-round in this Pacific Northwest state. I enjoy all seasons in my former home state; however, when you would most enjoy visiting depends on what you want to experience...."

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Fun Family Things to Do in Grants Pass, Oregon | USA Today

"Grants Pass is often billed as the gateway to the Oregon Caves and the coastal redwoods, but there is much to do right in this Southern Oregon city where nature, culture and sports combine to provide enrichment and fun for every age...."

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San Bernardino Mountain Trails | USA Today

"Hiking the San Bernardino Mountain trails is very different from hiking in the foothills or flat lands below. Perhaps most noticeable on the drive up from the large cities blanketed in summer smog is the pine-scented, fresh air that welcomes you at about 4,500 feet up the mountain. Driving from the Mojave Desert on the mountain range’s north side, the fresh air won’t surprise you, but the green forests will quicken your senses. Trails abound. Hike near an alpine lake or visit one of the San Gorgonio Wilderness peaks that elevates this range to the tallest in Southern California. Wander along the Santa Ana River before it enters its concrete channels below. If you’re into history, follow in the footsteps of gold miners and the footprints of the wild descendants of their burros that roam Big Bear Valley...."

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The Best North Carolina Beaches for Shells | USA Today

"The best beaches in North Carolina for finding shells are barrier island beaches along the Atlantic Ocean, rather than the mainland beaches that meet the waters of the sounds. Of these beaches, the islands of the Outer Banks offer the best pickings, thanks to the close proximity of the Gulf Stream and other shifting currents. Some of these beaches are rated among the best in the nation for shells...."

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24-Hour Beaches in Southern California | USA Today

"After the sun has set on the Southern California Coast and the crowds have packed up their umbrellas, pails and shovels, volleyballs, boards and sunscreen, the beach belongs to lovers strolling in the moonlight, young and old scooping up tiny grunion fish, anglers dropping lines off piers, and families and friends gathering at bonfires. While several Southern California beaches enforce sunset curfews — around 8 p.m. in summer and 5 p.m. in winter — many stay open until 10 p.m. and later...."