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BRIEFS REWARDING TRAVEL

The top adventurous incentive (business reward) destinations, from |www.iExplore.com:

1. Peru

2. Costa Rica

3. Alaska

4. Belize

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5. Canada

6. China

7. Italy

8. France

9. Galapagos Islands (Ecuador)

10. South Africa

LEWIS AND CLARK

CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. -- An art show here displaying the works of 18 American Indian artists serves as a prelude to the state's month-long national Lewis and Clark bicentennial signature event.

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The South Dakota National Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Signature Event, "The Oceti Sakowin Experience: Remembering and Educating," begins Aug. 27 in Oacoma. After two days of festivities in Chamberlain-Oacoma, the event will spread to reservations across South Dakota.

The event features musical performances, exhibits, reservation tours, a Missouri River Summit focusing on cultural resource protection issues and other activities focusing on the American Indian story, said Daphne Richards-Cook, executive director of the Alliance of Tribal Tourism Advocates.

For more information, visit www.lewisandclark200.org or call (314) 454-3160.

S.C. TURTLES

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Enjoy the beach, but please don't bring home a turtle.

That's the message animal-rescue groups have for vacationers in Myrtle Beach.

Rescue groups say that, along with Chinatown in New York City, Myrtle Beach is one of the largest sources for illegal turtles sold on the East Coast.

Federal law prohibits the sale of any turtle with a shell smaller than 4 inches. The law was written to prevent the spread of salmonella to small children but conservationists say it also protects the turtles.

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"I would say that probably half of all the sliders we're asked to take care of come from Myrtle Beach," said Katrina Smith of the Mid-Atlantic Turtle and Tortoise Society which is based in Maryland.

FARM MUSEUM

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- The New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum has a new name that honors an icon of state politics and agriculture -- former Gov. Bruce King.

The museum -- now known as the Bruce King Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum -- chronicles the 3,000-year history of New Mexico's agricultural and rural life with more than 25,000 square feet of permanent and changing exhibits.

King, who served three terms as governor, has always been involved in the farming and ranching industry.

During his last term, he pledged his support for a three-year, $8 million project to establish a state agricultural museum.

For information about the museum, visit www.frhm.org or call (505) 522-4100.

YELLOWSTONE BOARDWALK

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. -- A portion of the Norris Geyser Basin closed for over a year because of safety concerns has reopened to visitors.

A new boardwalk has been built through the Back Basin area.

While most of the area reopened to visitors last Oct. 9, part of the loop trail remained closed until boardwalk was built along a new route through the thermal area.

The new boardwalk allows visitors to see Porkchop Geyser and Green Dragon Spring. The new route also provides access to new thermal features that have developed within the past year and affords visitors new vistas of the Norris Geyser Basin area.

Norris Geyser Basin is the hottest and most seismically active geyser basin in Yellowstone.

The thermal activity at Norris does not pose a threat to visitors and employees as long as people stay on open trails and boardwalks, park officials said.

MONTEZUMA'S REVENGE

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- If you come home from your vacation with a case of Montezuma's revenge, a bland diet may not help.

A study of college students taking antibiotics for traveler's diarrhea showed that those who restricted their diet to broth and bland foods did not get better any faster than those who ate whatever they wanted, according to an article in the Aug. 1 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, a medical journal.

University of Texas researchers compared two groups of 105 college students visiting Guadalajara, Mexico, who were taking antibiotics for diarrhea. One group stuck to the bland diet, and the other was given no restrictions, although both groups were advised to drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration. The results showed no real benefit to the bland food.

However, researchers note that the study subjects were all young and in good health. The bland diet recommendation might still be advisable for other types of patients, especially if they do not take antibiotics to treat the diarrhea, according to Dr. Charles Ericsson.

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