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Kari Haugeto
Kari Haugeto is a multimedia journalist whose work is shaped by an eclectic resume. Her eye for all things visually compelling captures immersive masterpieces about the areas she visits, transporting audiences to places rarely seen and experiences rarely tried. And she has tried it all.

She was a featured soloist at Lincoln Center at age 7. She’s instructed Naval Academy midshipmen on the finer points of scuba diving. She ran for public office in South Florida and lived to tell the tale. She helped create one of the first Internet startups in Berkeley, Calif. She’s been a museum docent, starred in an off-Broadway show and sang the national anthem at a Baltimore Orioles game.

She holds an MBA from the University of Central Florida. She learned the art of multimedia journalism as a graduate student at Full Sail University and the craft of writing from mentors at National Geographic.

Entries by Kari Haugeto

In Lake Tahoe, Spring Snow Gives Way To Summer Adventure

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 11:53 AM

If you're a skier or snowboarder, then the winter of 2016 will be one not just for your record book, but also for the record book. And that's particularly true of the Lake Tahoe region in California, which got slammed with ridiculous amounts of snow.

Turns out that was...

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How to Become America's Largest Ski Resort

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2016 | 12:54 PM

Creating America's largest ski resort looks simple on paper. Take two ginormous ski areas -- Park City and Canyons -- build a connecting lift, and behold: America's biggest mountain destination!

It's not that simple in practice. Sure, you can add a quickie gondola, rebrand the mountain as One Park City...

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In Coastal Georgia, a Toll Worth Paying

(3) Comments | Posted March 2, 2016 | 7:35 AM

No one likes highway tolls, but imagine driving down miles of rural Georgia road, only to be confronted with a gate. You'd probably wonder if it's worth paying the $5 to visit a place like Jekyll Island.

I did.

Now add three screaming kids in the back of your SUV...

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The Secrets of Southern Colorado's Mesa Verde

(2) Comments | Posted February 29, 2016 | 7:57 AM

Southern Colorado has a secret.

If you look closely, you can discover it in the unexplored cliffs of the Needles and La Plata Mountain Ranges. If you listen, you can almost hear it whispering in the preternatural rock outcroppings of Mesa Verde National Park.

And if you...

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Wrangling An Authentic Cowboy Experience In The West

(0) Comments | Posted January 18, 2016 | 1:46 PM

If you've seen one dude ranch you've seen 'em all, right?

Horse hockey!

Dude ranches can be as varied and multifaceted as any hotel experience. You can bed down in a tent or check into a five-star cabin; you can cook your own meal on a campfire or...

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A City of Tradition in the Wilds of Canada's Northwest

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2015 | 6:11 AM

If you have a thing for European-inspired traditions, take a detour to Regina on your next North American road trip. Set squarely among Canada's most agricultural province -- a vast expanse that was once part of the Northwest Territories -- Saskatchewan's capital is all about traditions.

You might...

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A Canadian Adventure at Winnipeg's Crossroads

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 9:57 AM

All roads lead to Winnipeg. Sorry, Rome. But in the Canadian midwest, that's certainly true. It is a hub for conservation and environmental awareness and a center of commerce and culture, as well as a crossroads of the human rights movement.

Oh, it's also "conveniently located" in the middle of...

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Two Canadian Cities That Are Yours To Discover

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2015 | 10:23 AM

You should have seen the expression on my ten-year-old son's face when we arrived at the St. Lawrence Market.

He's our family's resident foodie. And he looked like he'd just landed in heaven.

Toronto's market is considered by many to be the best in Ontario, Canada's heartland...

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Taking a Spin Around Montreal

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2015 | 9:26 AM

You're in a city, but it could be any city. You're riding alongside a port, but it could be any port. But it's not just any city and it's not just any port, it's Montreal. How can you tell?

You're on a...
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Create an Epic Family Getaway, No Matter Where You Go

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 9:57 AM


Want to start an argument? Just ask two people to define an "epic" adventure. And then walk away.

Don't worry, I won't do that. But allow me to add my two cents to the debate: I don't think it's where you go but...

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5 Things You Didn't Know About Dallas

(8) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 3:14 PM

It only takes a few minutes in Dallas to know that they're happy you decided to visit. For someone originally from New York, it was a little disconcerting, but my Florida-born kids loved the attention.


"Everybody is so nice here," raved my...

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Fast Times in Southern Indiana

(5) Comments | Posted July 3, 2015 | 12:18 PM

When you think of Southern Indiana, do images of sweeping plains, dotted with picturesque farms come to mind? Yeah, me too.

The last thing I expected to find was an ornate, turn-of-the-century European-style resort, an over-the-top historic hotel or an adrenaline-laced adventure park.

It was a surprise, even to...

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Overheard in Minnesota, Dontcha Know?

(69) Comments | Posted June 13, 2015 | 6:58 AM

Minneapolis looks just like any other big American city.

There are skyscrapers, fast-talking urbanites, Metro light rail and even a brand-new football stadium being constructed in a revitalized part of town.

But Minneapolis sounds different. It's in the way they talk here, a peculiar way of saying things...

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Making a Splash in Chicago

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2015 | 9:55 AM

Most people know a big city by its skyline, but in Chicago, despite its instantly recognizable silhouette, it's all about the waterways.

At least that's how our family sees it.


And we're pretty sure most Chicagoans quietly agree. Chicago's Municipal Device, a...

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Thinking Outside the Box in Indiana

(0) Comments | Posted May 31, 2015 | 11:46 AM

From the air, the Midwest looks like a checkerboard, with squares of cornfields, pastures, and farms spread across a perfectly flat landscape.

But from the ground, it can be an outside-the-box experience.

Indianapolis isn't what you would expect. Consider The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, a place where life-size dinosaur...

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This Arizona 'Castle' Is A Beautiful And Well-Preserved Mistake

(187) Comments | Posted May 25, 2015 | 9:34 AM

When it comes to national monuments, Montezuma's Castle near the town of Camp Verde, Arizona, is one of my favorite mistakes.

The riverside cliff dwelling is believed to be made and once inhabited by the Sinagua people, a pre-Columbian culture closely related to the Hohokam and other indigenous...

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Experiencing Tomorrowland Today

(2) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 7:48 AM

Grizzled theme park veterans like us never go to Tomorrowland at Disney's Magic Kingdom.

Instead, we turn left after beelining it down Main Street USA, straight to Frontierland, avoiding the throngs of guests who instinctively turn right toward the spires of the Astro Orbiter and the iconic Space Mountain.

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Spring Break Traditions in the Mountains

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2015 | 8:33 PM

A real family tradition doesn't have to be explained. Kind of like when you pull off Interstate 70 at Frisco, Colo., in the middle of an early spring blizzard, and you don't have to ask where you're headed.

You just know.


So there...

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How to Get Your Ski Legs Back -- Minus the Meltdown

(0) Comments | Posted March 29, 2015 | 1:27 PM

Look at this photo. How does it make you feel?


I'm scared to death. My heart is pounding even as I write these words. I can almost feel an icy wind whipping across my face and my kids at the bottom of the...

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A Botanical Tour of Boulder With Kids

(1) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 12:49 PM

Mention the words "herb" and "Colorado" and the next thing that comes to mind probably isn't "with kids." But stay with us for a minute. That's all it'll take.

A certain Colorado amendment brought a bunch of attention to one of the oldest traditions in the Rockies: using botanicals with...

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