Postcards

A Moment with a Cowboy Lifesaver

Postcard: The Bullfighter

"There's times we get hooked, run over, stepped on, thrown in the air," Dusty Tuckness says. "I guess that's really why we have a job."

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Four WWII Beauties from the Duxford Air Show

Postcard: War Birds on Parade

I watched in awe as four Curtiss war birds split the sky in a tight formation, before swooping toward the ground like giant piston-powered wasps.

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5 Mountain Passes, 120 Miles, 13,000 Feet of Elevation

Postcard: “The Longest Day” Ride

June 21st was the longest day of the year, so Andy Bokanev thought it'd be a good idea to head out for a grandeur of a ride.

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A 2800-pound dance partner

Waltzing with an Old Quattro

Learning to drive fast on ice takes time. So when you just start to learn, it’s best to have an instructor who know what he’s doing.

James Wood & Sons

Postcard: The Oldest Barbershop in Edinburgh

2:30 p.m. GMT | Edinburgh, Scotland -- That’s what the guy in the shop selling scarves told us, anyway: that James Wood & Sons, Wood’s for short, was the oldest place to get a cut in Scotland’s capital city.

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Bridge Closed Due to Inclement Weather

Postcard: Aboard the Ferry to Skye

3:45 p.m. GMT | Off the Coast of Mallaig, Scotland -- The bridge between the mainland and Scotland's largest island had just been closed due to inclement weather -- 70 mph winds and a rising sea. That sea roiled us now, the stout ferry rocking and weaving like a bantamweight prizefighter in the ring.

A Drive to Remember

Postcard: Escape to the Highlands

2:10 p.m. GMT | Outside Glasgow, Scotland -- The highway flowed away from the concrete and into the bucking green hills north of Glasgow. The sheep seemed to be posing; my forehead no longer throbbed.

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A Good Rummage Is Hard to Find

Postcard: Glasgow’s Barras Market

The Glasgow Barrowland Market, aka Barras Market, was meant to be a destination, a must-see stop our tour of Glasgow, the gem of the East End. We found something slightly different.

An Adventurer's Breakfast

Postcard: Full Scottish Breakfast

I go to bed each night thinking: I’ve eaten plenty, and tomorrow I’ll have a light, healthy breakfast. Yet here I am, eating my third or fourth full Scottish in as many days.

Coffee and Cigarettes

Postcard: Morning Rituals Aboard the No Worries

I'm on a double dose of Dramamine trying to think of nothing at all. Jay's nursing his third cup of coffee with a smoke hanging from his lip like a young Humphrey Bogart. I’ve lost track of the cigarettes. A bump in the water sends some coffee against his bright orange pant leg and I think that I might lose it.

The Taste of a productive day

The Kentucky Sundowner

The Irish have Irish coffee, the Scotch have Highland Coffee, the Germans have Rüdesheimer Kaffee, and college students have vodka and red bull. Kentuckians have the Kentucky Sundowner. Here's how to make one.