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Elmer Long’s Bottle Tree Forest

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2022/06/17Jun22-Elmer-Long-Bottle-Tree.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Elmer Long doesn’t manage a national forest, but it may be the most unique collection of trees in the nation. …

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Route 66 to See Fonzy

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2022/05/30May22-Santa-Monica-Pier-3.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Dan Rice has traveled the length of Route 66 over two dozen times.  It might surprise people that his original…

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A Famous Sign, Reborn

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2022/05/27May22-Santa-Monica-Pier-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Today this sign on Santa Monica Pier attracts a steady stream of travelers who pose by it.  Interestingly, it’s a…

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Where is the End of Route 66?

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2022/05/26May22-Santa-Monica-Pier-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)In 1926 Route 66 ended at the corner of 7th and Broadway in downtown Los Angles, California.  Today, most people…

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The Mightiest of Trees

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2022/04/22Apr22-Redwood-National-Park-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Normally the taller a tree grows, the deeper its roots sink into the ground.  But these trees seem to do…

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Small Seed, Big Results

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2022/04/21Apr22-Redwood-National-Park-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)It’s one of the smallest seeds – in fact, it’s just about the size of a tomato seed.  However, what…

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The Artichoke Lady

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/09/05Oct21-Artichoke-Lady-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Some people turn up their nose at brussels sprouts.  Where do artichokes fare in comparison?  We head to a valley…

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A Marketing Challenge for a Vegetable

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/09/04Oct21-Artichoke-Lady-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Sometimes it’s hard to get kids to eat their vegetables.  Now imagine the vegetable looks like a hand grenade and…

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Surviving the Rescue Attempt

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/02/09Mar21-Tom-Crosby-POW-4.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)American troops had finally made it to Manilla and were attempting to free POWs like Tom Crosby.  Just when things…

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December 7th in Manilla

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/02/04Mar21-Tom-Crosby-POW-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Life was good for eight year old Tom Crosby, an American living in Manilla in 1941.  Then December 7th came,…

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A Special Place for Rock Climbers

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2020/08/24Aug20-Joshua-Tree-National-Park-3.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)To some people a rock is just a rock, but to those who climb them, this place is special.  It…

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Joshua Tree National Park

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2020/08/21Aug20-Joshua-Tree-National-Park-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Summer heat and a lack of water have always made this a difficult place to make a living…yet evidence shows…

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The Joshua Tree

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2020/08/20Aug20-Joshua-Tree-National-Park-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Although it is called a tree by name, it certainly doesn’t look anything like an oak, elm or maple.  In…

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The Rock Spires of Pinnacles National Monument

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2020/06/29Jun20-Pinnacles-National-Monument.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Geologists tell us this place began as a volcano, but you certainly wouldn’t know it by climbing it’s rock spires…

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An Oasis in the Middle of a Desert

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2020/06/08Jun20-Mojave-Desert.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)It is truly an oasis in the middle of a desert, a place where rails, roads and range meet. We…

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A History of Palm Springs

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2019/03/22Mar19-Palm-Springs-History.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:01 — 2.1MB)When the rails came through this stretch of dry wilderness, the only people living here were the Cahuilla Indians. What…

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The Best of the Best Tour

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2019/02/25Feb19-Palm-Springs-Best-of-the-Best-Tours.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Before Palm Springs was a resort town…before Palm Springs was really even a town for that matter, movie stars began…

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A Record-Setting Pilot

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2019/02/22Feb19-Jackie-Cochran.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:01 — 2.1MB)Most people have heard of Chuck Yeager, but most have not heard of his good friend Jackie…a pilot who set…

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Aboard A Luxury Ship

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2018/07/17Jul18-Queen-Mary-2018.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)The Queen Mary II, the largest and most luxurious ship to ever sail, recently left Britain for Ft. Lauderdale.  That…

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Naturalist John Muir

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2018/06/29Jun18-John-Muir-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Over a century ago, President Roosevelt was so interested in preserving natural wonders, he traveled all the way to California…

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