Travelogue: Looking for a great haunted house?

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

American Tourist

Looking for a good scare this Halloween? You might want to check out one of these attractions, which are the top 13 in the U.S., according to

1. 13th Gate, Baton Rouge, La.

2. The Darkness, St. Louis

3. Netherworld, Atlanta

4. Haunted Overload, Lee, N.H.

5. Scarehouse, Pittsburgh

6. House of Torment, Austin, Texas

7. Bates Motel, Philadelphia

8. Headless Horseman, Ulster Park, N.Y.

9. Dead Acres, Columbus, Ohio

10. Spookywoods, Kersey Valley, N.C.

11. House of Shock, New Orleans

12. Erebus, Detroit

13. Cutting Edge, Dallas

New Picasso show opens

Visitors to Paris might want to check out the new Pablo Picasso exhibits at the Grand Palais, the Louvre and the Orsay. The exhibits focus on Picasso’s “teachers,” i.e. the artists he looked to for inspiration. The Paris museums put Picasso’s work side by side with those of painters like Goya, Manet, Rembrandt, Velazquez and more. The shows run through Feb. 2 and then heads to London.

Birders' paradise in Texas

Are you a fan of birds? Then you’ll want to fly on over to Texas for the 15th annual Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival. The festival is mainly focused on watching birds as they migrate through the area, but there are other activities scheduled as well. It runs from Nov. 5 to 9, and registration is required by Oct. 24. For more information, go to

Good to Know

A house and museum in Cloutierville, La., dedicated to author Kate Chopin recently burned to the ground. The Kate Chopin House-Bayou Folk Museum held numerous artifacts, and the house was the residence of Chopin in the 1880s.

Fun Facts

- The Mauritius dodo bird is long extinct, but if you visit the islands, you might still see the rare pink pigeon, the green gecko phelsuma and the Aldabra giant tortoise. (

- The remote, jungle-covered Japanese island of Iriomote receives 100 visitors per resident every year. (

Travel Tip: Wireless abroad

Wireless access (WiFi) is increasingly common all over the world, but you’ll need to know the types of services to expect. They are:

- Completely open public access points, essentially permitting any device to access the Internet. These are common in hotels and restaurants.

- Open access points that require you to accept some policy in a browser before letting you connect to the Internet. That is, if you only want to read email with POP3 or some other protocol, you have to start a Web browser and access a Web page (being redirected to their policy-agreement page instead). This is a problem for hardware Internet phones.

- Community access points. You become a member of a WiFi community (usually by donating your own access point) and use the community's access points for free.

- Commercial access points. They usually charge per hour or day — and fees can vary widely even within the same locale and often can occur right alongside completely free service. Such commercial access points are growing increasingly common, especially in areas where travelers are “trapped” (airports for example).

- Private access points left open by their owners sometimes inadvertently and other times as a friendly gesture to the community.

GateHouse News Service