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Before Robert Louis Stevenson was famous, he was captivated by California. What better place for a scandalous liaison?

People did their best to persuade a young author that the object of his affection was a bad match. But he was adamant. Trace the lovelorn steps in California of the author whose books "Treasure Island" and "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" would make him famous: Robert Louis Stevenson.

Shorts and tank tops get thumbs down in Royal Caribbean dining rooms. Yes, the cruise line changed its dress code again

The company has gone back and forth on whether this very casual attire has a place amid formal diners.

Planning a river rafting adventure in the West? Things are looking up

The outlook for rivers such as the Kaweah, Kings, Merced and Cal Salmon near the Oregon border looked dismal. But thanks to late-season precipitation,  nearly all the popular boating rivers in the Sierra and the West will have solid seasons.

Explore ancient Pompeii and Herculaneum on this Italian tour

A weeklong tour of Italy take participants up to the volcanic crater of Mt. Vesuvius, which wreaked havoc on the villages in AD 79.

These items help you drift off to sleep, light the way, make the cut and put pain at bay

Flexibility is the strong point of a long lean double-headed task light, a slim stick-on reusable cold gel pack, a rubber thimble with an embedded safety blade, and a hybrid tent hammock you can suspend between two trees.

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