5 fun recommendations from a recent trip

You always hear that Northern Michigan is gorgeous this time of year, so we’ll ask: Have you ever ventured up north to see the leaves changing color as the air turns a bit more brisk?

And if you have made the trek, how far north have you gone, anyway?

As the author of this story, and someone who grew up in the Detroit area, I had only been deep into Michigan’s Upper Peninsula a small handful of times.

But fall seems to be the time to make the trip. So if you’re up for a little adventure — or hey, maybe you’ve always had this item on your bucket list — perhaps you could bookmark this story for a future date and check it again once you’re a bit more comfortable traveling, considering COVID-19 and all.

For what it’s worth, my family chose to do the trip as safely as

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Carnival Stock Should Do Well Once Cruises Resume

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Carnival Corp. (NYSE:CCL) is likely planning on resuming cruises next month assuming the CDC allows this. If that happens the company’s cash burn should improve greatly. This could be a huge catalyst for CCL stock despite potential ongoing losses.

CCL stock has been under severe stress all year, down 70% year-to-date and 63% in the past year. In the past month alone, the stock is down 17%. This is indicative of a company that is losing a good deal of money.

New Cruises From Lifted No-Sail Order

On Sept. 30 the White House overruled the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) from extending its no-sail order beyond Oct. 31. In effect, the government sided with the cruise industry that is chafing under the existing restrictions. It looks like they are going to try to start cruising after this.

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Azamara Will Set Sail Again for the 2021 Europe Season with New Greek Country-Intensive Voyages

MIAMI, Oct. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Destination-focused cruise brand – Azamara – has announced the decision to pause operations until the 2021 Europe season and return to service on March 20, 2021 for Azamara Quest’s originally scheduled 12-night Spain Country-IntensiveSM voyage, Azamara Journey’sApril 9, 2021 voyage from Lisbon to Barcelona, and Azamara Pursuit’s new series of Greek Country-Intensive Voyages starting on May 9, 2021. The brand’s itineraries are all designed for more in-depth exploration to truly connect to the country’s authentic heart of local life and culture. The boutique cruise line has chosen to adjust its sailings as a result of individual country restrictions, as well as guest survey results indicating that Azamara guests will feel more comfortable waiting to cruise until 2021. Compensation options can be viewed here.

“After very careful consideration, we have made the decision to pause operations until the 2021 Europe

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Watch live: Democrat Joe Biden speaks at historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in campaign visit

Oct. 6 (UPI) — Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will campaign in southern Pennsylvania on Tuesday, in a state viewed as a critical battleground for next month’s election.

Biden will visit Gettysburg, in the south-central part of the state, at the site of perhaps the Civil War’s most famous battle. There, he will call for national unity amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and attempts by President Donald Trump to divide, aides said.

Biden is scheduled to speak at 4 p.m. EDT.

Campaign officials said Biden will ask Americans to “come together” during the visit at the historic battle site, which they said has “deep significance and symbolism for both the cost of division and the strength of American ideals.”

Biden will also “highlight the need for people to work together and to reach across the aisle in order to address the crises we face,” they added, to remind voters that

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Australia vs India Test series to start with pink-ball game in Adelaide

The four-Test series between Australia and India later this year is set to start with a day-night Test in Adelaide. The long tour (more than two months) is likely to begin with the white-ball games – three ODIs in Brisbane followed by three T20Is in Adelaide – and then the first Test, subject to final nods from the local state governments in Australia.

The pink-ball Test, which will be India’s maiden day-night Test overseas (and only their second overall), is scheduled to be held at Adelaide Oval between December 17 and 21. Melbourne will remain the venue for the traditional Boxing Day Test (December 26-30) followed by Tests in Sydney (January 7-11) and Brisbane (January 15-19).

The Indian contingent is expected to travel directly from the UAE to Brisbane immediately after the completion of the IPL on November 10. It is understood that Cricket Australia has pencilled in the November

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French-Japanese designer Kenzo Takada dies from COVID-19

FILE – In this Saturday, March 28, 2015 file photo, Japanese fashion designer Takada Kenzo poses for photographers as he arrives at the Rose Ball in Monaco. Fashion designer Kenzo Takada dies from COVID-19 complications at age 81 near Paris, spokeswoman and reports said Sunday Oct. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, file)

PARIS (AP) — Kenzo Takada, the iconic French-Japanese fashion designer famed for his jungle-infused designs and free-spirited aesthetic that channeled global travel, has died. He was 81.

The family said in a statement to French media Sunday that Takada died from complications from COVID-19 in a hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine, near Paris. A public relations officer for Kenzo’s brand confirmed that Takada died, but didn’t give a cause of death.

“It is with immense sadness that KENZO

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San Antonio River Walk offering kayaking in famed business district for the first time in 30 years

The River Walk is paddling in new opportunities in 2020.

For the first time in 30 years, kayaking will be allowed through the River Walk’s scenic business district, where countless postcards and San Antonio snapshots have taken place.

Kayaking on other extensions of the San Antonio River, like the King William District and Mission Reach, has been a popular activity, especially during the coronavirus pandemic. You were, however, not allowed access to the world-famous business district, where the hotels and restaurants are located.

RELATED: I kayaked on the San Antonio River in the King William Historic District, here’s what you need to know

“This is a whole new route, a whole new ball game,” said San Antonio River Walk Association Executive Director Maggie Thompson.

The River Walk barges have total rights to the area, but the Go Rio Cruises are now starting boat tours at noon, giving kayakers a rare

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Cruise industry to test all passengers, crew before boarding worldwide


Cruise Lines International Association, which represents 95% of the cruise industry, introduced mandatory requirements to be able to set sail again.


Cruise lines around the world have committed to testing every passenger and crew member for COVID-19 before boarding, the industry’s leading trade group, Cruise Lines International Association, said Tuesday. 

“CLIA ocean cruise line members worldwide have agreed to conduct 100% testing of passengers and crew on all ships with a capacity to carry 250 or more persons – with a negative test required for any embarkation,” Bari Golin-Blaugrund, vice president of strategic communications for Cruise Lines International Association, told USA TODAY in a statement. 

“The global policy applies to ships capable of carrying 250 or more people, which is consistent with the policy in place as it relates to ships sailing from U.S. ports,” Golin-Blaugrund said.

The CDC’s “no-sail” order bars ships that can carry at

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Chicago residents ‘strongly advised’ to avoid Indiana, which may make next week’s quarantine travel list

Indiana is again in danger of being added to Chicago’s quarantine travel order next week, officials announced Tuesday.

a person talking on a cell phone: In this file photo, Dr. Allison Arwady, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) approaches the podium during a news conference held at City Hall in Chicago on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020.

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In this file photo, Dr. Allison Arwady, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) approaches the podium during a news conference held at City Hall in Chicago on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020.

While the neighboring state is still just at a warning level, Chicago residents are “strongly advised” to avoid traveling there, according to a city news release.


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Chicago adds a state to its quarantine list if it averages more than 15 new daily COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents over a seven-day period. People who have spent more than 24 hours in the high-risk states are required to self-quarantine for 14 days after entering Chicago.

Indiana already has passed that threshold, but to allow Chicagoans enough time to rearrange their

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Alaska added to Chicago travel order, 2 states removed; Indiana now on warning list

CHICAGO — Health officials in Chicago updated the city’s emergency travel order Tuesday. Alaska has been added. Georgia and Texas were removed.

Health officials also list Indiana at a warning level.

According to the city’s website

Indiana is seeing a daily case average of over 15 cases/100k/day. To allow residents enough time to plan travel to this border state, it has been added to a warning list. If Indiana is unable to bring down the daily case average in the next week, they will be added to the quarantine list. Chicago residents are strongly advised to not travel to Indiana.

The full list now includes: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. 

Starting Friday, anyone arriving from the newly-added states will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days in Chicago,

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