On the Trail

TRAVEL SMARTS

New Lake Tahoe loop offers scenic treats for hikers

October 21, 2001

After 20 years of tough pick-and-shovel work, volunteers finally have completed a 150-mile path around Lake Tahoe high in the Sierra Nevada.

The Tahoe Rim Trail, ranging from 6,300 feet to 10,300 feet above sea level, runs through every sort of Sierra landscape: broad expanses of bare granite, wildflower-filled meadows, dense woods and forest clearings carpeted with pine needles, aspen-lined creeks and alpine lakes.

Standing on giant boulders along the way, hikers can gaze at towering mountain peaks, distant valleys in Nevada or California and the blue waters of Lake Tahoe, a jewel among the world's high-mountain lakes.

The trail is expected to be a big draw during peak summer and fall months, and with an average 10 percent grade, there are miles of relatively easy walking for hikers of all levels.

The Tahoe Rim Trail Association can be reached by phone at 775-588-0686 or on the Internet at www.tahoerimtrail.org. -- From wire reports

SYRIA EXHIBIT EXTENDED TO DEC. 9

Originally intended to close today, the "Syria: Land of Civilizations" exhibition at the Riverfront Arts Center in Wilmington, Del., has been extended through Dec. 9 to accommodate the increased interest in Middle Eastern culture and civilization. The exhibition features 385 artifacts from 11 Syrian museums.

"Syria is where our modern way of life first emerged," says Richard Zettler, the exhibit's curator. "The artifacts in this exhibition allow us to see the broad sweep of human history. We can see humans evolving from hunters and gatherers to settled village farmers, cities and states first arising and the earliest empires emerging."

Among the items on display are a 4,200-year-old limestone sculpture thought to be a symbol of male fertility, a 3,300-year-old ceramic vase, a 1,700-year-old mosaic of Hercules and a 500-year-old medical manuscript.

For more information, call 888-862-2787 or go to www.riverfrontwilmington.com / events / exibit_syria.asp.

-- Tricia Bishop

Detroit Zoo re-creates Arctic environment

The 4.2-acre Arctic Ring of Life, billed as the world's largest polar bear exhibit, opened yesterday at the Detroit Zoo. Among the attraction's features -- besides the bears -- are a 70-foot, see-through underwater tunnel that allows guests to walk through the polar bear pool beneath the swimming bears.

There is also an Arctic exploration station that simulates the North Pole's frozen tundra and shows the connection between the native Inuit people and the animals of the Arctic. In the Nunavut Gallery, Inuit artifacts and art are on display.

For more information about the exhibit and about the Detroit Zoo, call 248-398-0903 or visit www.detroitzoo.org on the Web.

-- T.B.

Theme parks waive fee for public safety personnel

As a gesture of appreciation to America's life savers, Anheuser-Busch is offering free and unlimited admission to six of its theme parks through December for the country's firefighters, emergency medical technicians and police officers and their guests. The offer is valid at SeaWorld in Orlando, San Diego and San Antonio; Busch Gardens in Tampa and Williamsburg, Va.; and Sesame Place near Philadelphia. Bring a photo ID and proof of employment for entrance.

For more information, go to www .seaworld.com or www.buschgardens.com on the Web. -- T.B.

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