7-year walk: 1,300 miles down, just 20,000 more to go

7-year walk: 1,300 miles down, just 20,000 more to go
In this photo taken Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 and released by the National Geographic Society on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, journalist Paul Salopek walks across the Afar desert of Ethiopia as part of his planned seven-year global trek from Africa to Tierra del Fuego. (AP Photo/National Geographic Society, John Stanmeyer)

In Paul Salopek's first year of his trek across the globe, the reporter walked alongside his camels for days in Ethiopia without seeing glass or bricks or any other signs of modern humanity, ate a hamburger on a U.S. military base and was shadowed by minders in the Saudi desert. He has only 20,000 miles (32,000 kilometers) to go.

Kentucky's urban bourbon trail adds a distillery tour

Kentucky's urban bourbon trail adds a distillery tour
Charlie Downs, the artisanal craft distiller at a new Heaven Hill Distilleries tourism attraction in downtown Louisville, Ky., Wednesday Nov. 13, 2013, checks gauges on a still that will produce small batches of whiskey. The $10.5 million center, called the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, is part of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. (AP Photo/Bruce Schreiner)

The maker of Evan Williams bourbon has uncorked a new attraction, opening a craft distillery just steps from where the whiskey pioneer who inspired the brand fired up his own commercial stills two centuries ago.

Ski resorts are indulging in gut-busting, decadent food

Ski resorts are indulging in gut-busting, decadent food
his undated image provided by The Little Nell hotel in Aspen, Colo., shows the Three Little Piggies breakfast sandwich, served at the hotel's Element 47 restaurant. The dish consists of a quarter-pound of slow-roasted shaved porchetta, smoked and pan-seared pork belly and house-made sausage gravy, resting on top of an egg-battered French toast waffle, topped off with a fried farm egg. It's one of a number of over-the-top yummy comfort foods being served at ski resorts this season. (AP Photo/Chris Council/C2 Photography)

Forget that fresh arugula and grilled chicken salad. This season, ski resorts are letting us indulge with a new slate of warm, hearty comfort foods.

Is NYC for the birds? Wild turkeys spur tension

Is NYC for the birds? Wild turkeys spur tension
A pedestrian walks down Cromwell Avenue past several wild turkeys that are pesky inhabitants of a neighborhood in Staten Island.
A population of roving turkeys on Staten Island has become a mess-making, traffic-stopping scourge to some residents, an impromptu natural attraction to others and a fraught project for government officials.

After nearly 80 years, Native American story pole is coming home

After nearly 80 years, Native American story pole is coming home
The 37-foot story pole was originally carved by Tulalip Tribe leader and artist William Shelton. It stood in a park in Illinois for more than 70 years until weather and bugs forced it to be taken down. Now the Burke Museum is working to bring it home. (Photo courtesy Freeport Park District)

The Burke Museum is leading a fundraising effort to bring a Native American story pole back to the Northwest after it stood in an Illinois park for more than 70 years.

Sorry python hunters, not this time around

Sorry python hunters, not this time around
FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2013 file photo, Bill Booth of Bradenton, Fla. wears a dead Burmese python he caught, Jan. 19, 2013 in the Florida Everglades as part of the month long "Python Challenge." Booth's snake measured an unofficial 11.59 feet. Florida won't be repeating a public hunt meant to reduce the population of invasive Burmese pythons in the Everglades. The state-sponsored Python Challenge attracted roughly 1,600 hunters in January and February and made headlines worldwide. It netted 68 of the snakes, the longest measuring more than 14 feet. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

Florida won't be repeating a public hunt meant to reduce the population of invasive Burmese pythons in the Everglades.

More senior skiers hit the slopes

More senior skiers hit the slopes
This November 2012 photo provided by Turner PR and Klaus Obermeyer shows Obermeyer on his way up a mountain in Aspen, Colo., that he later skied down. Obermeyer is 93, and the National Ski Areas Association says the number of seniors on the slopes has been creeping up each year while other age groups hold steady or decline. (AP Photo/Klaus Obermeyer)

If you've walked into a ski lodge the past few years, likely as not you've seen tables filled with gray-haired skiers wearing sweaters so old they're back in style.

Photos: Seattle's Mustache Dash

Photos: Seattle's Mustache Dash
The Mustache Dache is a mustache-themed 5K, a Movember event, to raise awareness and funds for men’s health with an emphasis on prostate cancer. Over 2,000 men, women, and children all participated in the race growing or sporting a mustache for the run. November 16th 2013. (Joshua Lewis / KOMO News)

Soon, hotel signs may glow underfoot

Soon, hotel signs may glow underfoot
In this computer-generated image made available by Royal Philips NV, Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, a LED sign with glowing lights reading “Do Not Disturb” drives the message home in a fictional hotel corridor. (AP Photo/Philips)
Ever wish your hotel room could be marked "Do Not Disturb" in glowing lights, to drive the message home? That option is on its way.

Controversial Playboy bunny art is being moved to a museum

Controversial Playboy bunny art is being moved to a museum
FILE - In this July 3, 2013 file photo, Playboy Marfa, a new art installation depicting the iconic Playbory bunny logo and a classic 1970's muscle car on a tilted platform, is shown along U.S. 90 about a mile West of Marfa, Texas. The neon bunny that’s part of the “Playboy Marfa” sculpture by New York contemporary artist Richard Phillips will be dismantled and moved from the roadside on U.S. 90 to the Dallas Contemporary museum near the city’s downtown. (AP Photo/El Paso Times, Ramon Renteria, File)

A 40-foot high Playboy bunny logo that had upset some residents of the West Texas town of Marfa will be removed from a roadside display and hauled to a Dallas museum, where it will be featured in an exhibition.

Bouncing along Idaho's Big Baja Road

Bouncing along Idaho's Big Baja Road
In this photo taken on Oct. 30, 2013, a vehicle navigates the Big Baja Road near Kuna, Idaho, where the Big Black Butte landmark is visible. The Big Baja Road looks like a whole bunch of nothing, as is characteristic of a lot of the West's high-desert landscape. Desolate gray, green and brown goes on and on for miles and miles.(AP Photo/Pete Zimowsky, Idaho Statesman) LOCAL TV OUT (KTVB 7)

Stop! Don't turn onto Southwest Idaho's Big Baja Road if you're not into nothingness.

What's causing our sea stars to waste away?

Scientists are trying to figure out what's behind a massive die off of sunflower starfish across the country and right here in the Pacific Northwest. Not only are sea stars in the wild showings signs of disease, so are sea stars at several aquariums, including Vancouver which recently posted a time-lapse video showing just how quickly these marine critters are getting sick, losing legs and literally wasting away.