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On the Spot: Is renting a car in Baja the best use of your time and money?

Question: We will be going to Loreto, Mexico, and may want to rent a car for a few days. I have been reading about insurance and about being billed for damage that was already done to the car. I’ve read about being pulled over and not having the proper papers, etc. Can you offer a list of what to get or decline or any other advice?

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Reader recommendation: Stay at beautiful La Casona ranch outside Trinidad, Cuba

La Casona, a beautiful ranch outside the city of Trinidad, is a prime location to spend three or four nights. The rooms are beautiful and the food is excellent; the pool and bar area overlook the valleys and hills of Trinidad. The owners are wonderful, friendly and helpful. Horseback ride or just explore Trinidad and nearby Cienfuegos.

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Upcoming L.A. area events offer tips on backpacking in SoCal, hiking John Muir Trail and more

BACKPACKING

Workshop

Experts offer tips on backpacking in Southern California, including local information and how to choose gear.

When, where: 7 p.m. Thursday at the REI store in Woodland Hills, 6220 Topanga Canyon Blvd.

Admission, info: Free. (818) 703-5300.

HIKING

John Muir Trail

Get advice on planning and preparing for thru-hiking the John Muir Trail from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney.

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Photo contest winners capture national parks in the West — with stunning success

If you need any inspiration to visit national parks this summer, take a look at these winning photographs in the 2015 Share the Experience contest sponsored in part by the National Park Foundation. Many feature public lands in the West, making them a close-to-home destination.

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Something else to see in Canada's polar bear country: white whales

Every fall, the Canadian town of Churchill in Manitoba lures people to the shores of Hudson Bay to see hundreds of polar bears waiting for the bay to freeze so they can head out onto the ice to hunt for seals.

But summer is also a good time to visit.

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Fire-knife dancers head to Hawaii for championship juggling

Big wave surfers aren't the only ones who face dangerous competitions on Oahu's North Shore. In mid-May, fire-knife jugglers will gather there to compete in an international contest of skill and artistry.

The World Fireknife Dance Championships draw competitors from the Pacific islands and beyond to the Polynesian Cultural Center on the North Shore.

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