Oregon Trail damaged in south-central Idaho
BURLEY, Idaho — A portion of the Oregon Trail in south-central Idaho near Burley has been damaged by people using metal detectors and shovels to illegally search for artifacts, federal officials said.
Bureau of Land Management officials said they recently found about 400 holes over several miles of the trail, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and protected under the Archaeological Resource Protection Act of 1979.
The holes are along wagon ruts made in the 1800s through the dirt and sagebrush by thousands of immigrants heading to Oregon, officials said.
The bureau is seeking information on who did the digging.
Autumn travel ideas in Yankee Magazine issue
NEW YORK — Leaf-peepers looking to visit New England this fall can find travel ideas for New Hampshire’s White Mountains and the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts in the September-October issue of Yankee Magazine.
The magazine also offers live foliage maps and best drives for autumn color around the region at www.YankeeFoliage.com.
For hikers, Yankee recommends five trails in the White Mountains, including the Edmands Path and Mount Eisenhower Loop, 6.6 miles, with a steep 4,760-foot ascent, beginning at a trailhead on Mount Clinton Road in Crawfords Purchase.
Since October is a peak month for color, it’s only fitting that Yankee’s travelogue on the Berkshires focuses on a place called October Mountain.
Nordic groups cancel 60,000 Egypt trips
HELSINKI — Major tour operators in Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark say they have canceled at least 60,000 trips to Egypt through the winter season that lasts until April due to recent unrest.
Recently, charter companies and travel organizers flew back hundreds of Scandinavian holidaymakers from resorts in Egypt and halted all tours there until mid-October. The move came in the wake of Nordic governments’ revised travel advisories warning against all nonessential travel to Egypt.
Denmark’s largest tour operator, Spies Rejser, said it will refund or find alternative holiday breaks for some 3,000 customers who had planned to go to Egypt.
Universal adds howl of a maze
Tampa — After years of fanboy fantasizing and logistical geekery, the creative team at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights is finally getting its wish: a “maze” based on 1981 flick “An American Werewolf in London.”
When the park’s spooky season kicks off Sept. 20, those who flip for the darkly comic classic will relish in visiting:
The Slaughtered Lamb pub
The London Underground
“This one, for me and the teams, is as close to a passion project as it gets,” says Michael Aiello, a creative guru for NBC/Universal Themeparks, who this year will also present mazes based on “The Cabin in the Woods,” “The Evil Dead” and “The Walking Dead,” among others.
Cline focus of Virginia museum exhibit
WINCHESTER, Va. — An exhibition focusing on the short but significant life of country music legend Patsy Cline recently opened in Virginia.
The show is at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester. It will tell the story of Virginia “Ginny” Patterson Hensley before she became Patsy Cline.
Before her death at age 30, Cline recorded the country classics “Crazy” and “Sweet Dreams,” among other enduring hits.
Cline spent most of her life in the Shenandoah Valley. The museum exhibit, called “Becoming Patsy Cline,” will include rare photographs, video and audio recordings and clothing. The museum says some objects have never been on public display.
The exhibit is on review through Feb. 2, 2014.