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My Promise to You When you make the decision to book your flight on Southwest Airlines, we immediately enter a relationship with you where you place your trust in us, and we make a promise to you. There are many components of that brand promise—from our policies and procedures to your experience from curb to curb—and all points in between. Above all, our highest responsibility is to get you to your destination Safely. It’s a responsibility we hold sacred. Last month, we experienced the first passenger fatality in our nearly 48-year history—a tragic loss for the family and loved ones of a Customer who placed her trust in us. The entire Southwest Family mourns the loss, and our hearts will forever be with her family. We are in the early stages of the investigation—cooperating fully with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to find out exactly what happened and why. We will not rest until we are 100 percent confident that we have fully addressed the issue and are taking any additional appropriate steps to ensure this never happens again. We will never compromise the Safety of our Customers and Employees. I want to assure you that my top priority at all times is the Safety and Security of our Customers and our Employees—nothing is more important to me. At any point, if I am not 100 percent confident we can safely deliver on our promise to you, I would not hesitate to ground our entire fleet. That would not be a hard decision for me to make—it would be the only morally acceptable decision to make, and I am prepared to make that call at all times. Southwest Airlines has one of the best Safety records of any airline around the world, and there is no doubt in my mind that we have the best Maintenance and Engineering Employees in the industry. Together, we are committed to making a safe airline even safer. That is my promise to you. Thank you for placing your trust in Southwest Airlines.

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Saludos de Gary

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Gary Kelly Presidente de la Junta Directiva y Director Ejecutivo Southwest Airlines

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Cuando toma la decisión de reservar su vuelo en Southwest Airlines, entablamos inmediatamente una relación con usted; usted deposita su confianza en nosotros y nosotros le hacemos una promesa. Hay muchos componentes en nuestra promesa de marca: desde nuestras políticas y procedimientos hasta su experiencia de acera a acera, y todos los puntos intermedios. Sobre todo, nuestra mayor responsabilidad es llevarle a su destino de forma Segura. Es una responsabilidad que consideramos sagrada. El mes pasado, sufrimos la primera pérdida de un pasajero en nuestros casi 48 años de historia, una trágica pérdida para una familia y para los seres queridos de un Cliente que depositó su confianza en nosotros. Toda la Familia Southwest lamenta la pérdida y nuestros corazones estarán para siempre con su familia. Estamos en las primeras etapas de la investigación, cooperando plenamente con la Junta Nacional de Seguridad del Transporte (NTSB) para averiguar exactamente qué sucedió y por qué. No descansaremos hasta que estemos 100% seguros de haber abordado completamente el problema y de tomar medidas adicionales apropiadas para garantizar que esto nunca vuelva a suceder. Nunca pondremos en peligro la Seguridad de nuestros Clientes y Empleados. Quiero asegurarle que mi principal prioridad en todo momento es la Seguridad de nuestros Clientes y nuestros Empleados; nada es más importante para mí. En cualquier punto, si no tengo total certeza de que podemos cumplir de manera segura nuestra promesa para con usted, no dudaría en mantener en tierra toda nuestra flota. Esa no sería una decisión difícil para mí: sería la única decisión moralmente aceptable, y estoy dispuesto a tomar esa decisión en todo momento. Southwest Airlines tiene uno de los mejores registros de seguridad de cualquier aerolínea del mundo, y no tengo dudas de que tenemos los mejores Empleados de Mantenimiento e Ingeniería en la industria. Juntos, estamos comprometidos a hacer aún más segura a una aerolínea segura. Esa es mi promesa para usted. Gracias por confiar en Southwest Airlines.

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“Southwest encourages Employees to do the right thing and empowers them to say ‘yes’ when needed.” —SUSIE WENTWORTH, SPECIALIST OPS SUPPORT While working in Customer Relations and Flight Operations at Southwest Airlines, Susie Wentworth learned the value of always being kind and the importance of trying to relate to everyone. Seeing Employees treat one another with respect, she says, has influenced her approach to relationship building. Susie shows her Servant’s Heart by working with her church’s tech team, and through Southwest she volunteers with Meals on Wheels, the North Texas Food Bank, and the Salvation Army. Southwest is proud to recognize Susie for embodying the Southwest Spirit and for serving our Customers and her community. —Emmie McMinn, Communications & Outreach DALLAS DESTINATION “My husband and I frequent On Rotation, a craft brewery and taproom. I think it’s important to find hidden nooks and crannies with character.”

SHAKE IT UP “I do a wide range of things, from hosting events to processing paperwork. There’s so much variety in my everyday tasks, but I love completing them and feeling accomplished.”

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“Vacations are the best reward to rest, refocus, and refresh the body, soul, and mind.” —MARYANN REYES JACKMON, SENIOR DIRECTOR OF EXTERNAL RELATIONS, CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF THE CHANCELLOR Whether it’s traveling for work, supporting her twins at their collegiate games, or enjoying a vacation booked with her Rapid Rewards points, you can always catch Maryann Reyes Jackmon flying Southwest. As the senior director of external relations at California State University, Maryann provides strategic leadership for the university’s system office, which oversees 23 campuses. Her role involves a lot of travel, so Maryann appreciates Southwest’s flexible policies. Maryann supports CSU’s Graduation Initiative 2025, which focuses on closing achievement gaps, and, in honor of her parents, she launched the Gusmaro & Bernarda P. Reyes Scholarship to help students attend college. Thank you, Maryann, for your loyalty to Southwest and for making a difference. —Kyndall Hinton, Communications & Outreach GOOD LUCK “Last fall, while boarding a flight in Las Vegas, I saw my cousin, a Southwest Flight Attendant from Chicago. Once we landed in Burbank, he joined my husband and me for a Cal Poly Pomona soccer game and he met my son, who plays for the team.”

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Southwest Airlines welcomes new state livery to the fleet. In March, Southwest welcomed Louisiana One as the 12th state-themed aircraft in our specialty fleet, joining aircraft honoring Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Tennessee, and Texas. On the heels of New Orleans’ tricentennial celebration, Southwest thanked our Employees and Customers for 39 years of NOLA loyalty and service with a state-dedicated Boeing 737-700 emblazoned with an artist’s rendition of the Louisiana state flag. Our New Orleans–based Employees go above and beyond to support their city’s community, and they take pride in providing outstanding Hospitality. As the first state Southwest served beyond the Texas border, Louisiana holds a special

importance for Southwest. We are so grateful to be able to honor our Employees and Customers with this high-flying tribute. We began service to the Pelican State on January 25, 1979, with one nonstop departure to Houston (Hobby). Today, we are proud to be operating more than 50 daily nonstop departures to 29 destinations from New Orleans. Louisiana One was welcomed in true Louisiana fashion. The festivities included live music from local favorite Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, and the Kinfolk Brass Band led guests to christen the specialty aircraft. To conclude the celebration, Southwest hosted a parade through downtown New Orleans with our Employees and community partners. As the parade— which included a float replica of Louisiana One—made its way through town, Southwest shared our love for this community by surprising Customers with Rapid Rewards bonus points to put toward a future New Orleans flight. —Dorothy Sauvinet, Governmental Affairs

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Louisiana One is Southwest’s 12th statethemed aircraft to take to the skies.

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Through 15-week internships, the Governors Program helps university students from Mexico learn more about economic and social issues.

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Southwest’s commitment to community goes international. At Southwest Airlines, we believe community is more than just a place—it’s at the Heart of what brings us together. In 2014, Southwest began international service to a handful of cities and has continued to expand service year after year. As we enter new markets, Southwest strives to empower those in the community to thrive and be champions of their neighborhood. With more than 400 community partners, Southwest has been able to leverage those relationships to bring about change and create a deeper sense of community. Southwest Airlines partnered with the José Limón Dance Foundation and its Limón4Kids program, which strives to create a positive impact on underserved New York City youth through dance education. Southwest and The Washington Center have teamed up through TWC’s Governors Program to expose Mexico’s future leaders to public policy, civic engagement, and governance matters,

while interning in D.C., to better prepare them for the complex challenges they will face. The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures was with us to celebrate the official launch of LUV Seat: Mexico. This collaboration with Mexican fashion designer Carla Fernández upcycles our airplane seat leather into sellable goods. Her foundation works with Mexican artisans to create designs and handcrafts that preserve the country’s heritage. The Hispanic Federation and Fundación Azteca America joined forces to help communities rebuild homes that were lost during the earthquakes in Mexico. Through our efforts, we have helped reconstruct more than 400 homes and boost economic development by employing those directly affected. By forging a relationship with the Belize American Chamber of Commerce of Florida, Southwest has been able to extend our reach into the international community through that relationship. These are just a few of the many partnerships Southwest has forged since expanding our international reach into the community. By partnering with diverse, meaningful organizations, we continue to foster and amplify relationships internationally. Visit Southwest.com/international to learn more about our international service. —Murphy Simpson, Community Affairs & Grassroots

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You Made Our Day WANT TO SHARE YOUR STORY? Have you witnessed an over-the-top act of Southwest Airlines Employee kindness? Let us know at Southwest.com/ contact-us.

James, for acknowledging the children’s sense of wonder and for taking the time to greet them. I’ve traveled many miles on Southwest and am so pleased to be passing along the tradition to my son. Thanks for helping him feel included in the Southwest family! —Carla Adams

Dear Southwest, At the departure gate for a recent flight from Ontario, California, to Oakland, there were a half-dozen children, including my 2-year-old son, who were mesmerized by the gate crew as they were loading baggage onto planes. Ramp agent James Shepard saw the children in the window and waved to them. A few minutes later, James came up to greet them with a smile and Lorna Doone cookies. We’ve been reading Richard Scarry’s A Day at the Airport, so this was pretty exciting. Thanks,

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Dear Reader, I’m in a coffee shop surrounded by my tablet, laptop, and smartphone. My smartwatch is telling me to get moving: It’s time to return my rental car to an airport. Man, am I totally plugged. (My fellow editors will ask why I didn’t write “plugged in.” It’s because all these electronics can make me feel plugged up.) This may sound familiar if you travel a lot on business. Even if you don’t, you doubtless know what it’s like to be plugged. Our gadgets send us constant updates on friends and work, keep our kids from talking with us face to face, and offer too many temptations. On the other hand, being plugged isn’t all bad. The reason I’m in this coffee shop is because I’d been playing hooky, skiing with my son in Idaho while colleagues thought I was hard at work. Would’ve been much tougher to do that pre-internet. But then, once a year, my wife and I drive to the Maine

wilderness, far from any cell service. We stay in a cabin without electricity or plumbing, though nearby there’s a lodge with electricity and showers. They feed you breakfast and dinner and pack you a lunch to take on adventures. The cabins we like best are on protected lakes miles long. I bring my own big paddleboard and canoe anchor. After breakfast, I take off with some books, a fishing rod, and a paddleboard-friendly chair. Loons come to visit. Beavers and bald eagles, too. Every now and then, a moose or two appear on shore, wondering myopically what the heck I am. This isn’t for everyone. There are other ways to unplug, as this issue shows. For one, you have this magazine. Among its many benefits, you won’t find a single plug.

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I loved Steve Almond’s article about pinball [March 2018]. My heartbeat picked up as I read, and it sparked some cherished memories from my youth. I was glad to know about the resurgence of pinball, as I had not heard about the organized league play, only the random machines in friends’ homes. One thing that surprised me: The list of great places to play across the country omitted the Silverball Museum in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Perhaps you didn’t mention it for the same reason my Colorado cousins never reveal the location of their favorite backpacking trails—they don’t want to see anyone else there. But Silverball deserves recognition and patronage. I visit every year, and, in keeping with another point of Steve’s article, I’ve been taking my 8-year-old daughter there to show her an alternative to video games. Thanks again for the read. Scott Jones ATLANTA

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n the back room of a nondescript government building in Kanab, Utah, a middle-aged Chinese man in street clothes taps the bottom of his empty coffee cup, anxious for his number to be called. A group of 20-somethings straight out of an REI catalog forms a good luck scrum, jumping up and down as if they’ve already won, hydration tubes bouncing. A pair of Germans in motorcycle leathers scowls; this is their seventh try. My husband and I tried a year and a half ago, and again yesterday. Hoping that the third time’s the charm, we’re ready with cameras, sunscreen, and plenty of water. We’re lucky that the weather is springtime mild; summer temperatures edge over 100 degrees. At the front of the room, a ranger in the sand-colored uniform of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management presides over a bingo cage of numbered wooden balls. Behind him are information sheets that are handed may 2018 Southwest 53

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out to winners, with versions in English, Spanish, German, Dutch, French, Italian, Russian, Korean, Mandarin, and Japanese. In a few minutes, he’ll call out the numbers of the 10 people who’ll be today’s winners. Months back, another 10 spots were awarded in an online lottery. Odds for us walk-ins are better than for those who try online, and today, they’re better than usual. Often there are more than 100 people, and the day after Thanksgiving, 319 people showed up. Today’s 80 is nothing. “We’ve got just one more minute before we start,” the ranger says, flashing a game-show host smile. “And it’s not one of those New York minutes. It’s a full-on Southern Utah minute.” The audience responds with strained smiles. There are those who’ve tried 10, even 14 times. Some built a trip from abroad around this daily lottery in a small U.S. town of about 4,500 people. Others will stay long after they should have gone home, sure that just one more try means they’ll go home winners. We’re here for the chance to see a rock. A very big and beautiful rock, to be sure, but still: a rock. It’s called the Wave, for its liquid sweep and flare. Picture huge ocean breakers, and then freeze the frame just as they’re crashing into each other sideways. Trade blue for the colors of a Technicolor sunset. Switch the texture to dry, rough, and delicately ribbed. Now brace for the synesthesian disorientation of rock that thinks it’s water. Fittingly, the Wave was born in water, back when this area was a vast inland sea. The water receded, and dunes hardened to stone. Geologists describe the Wave as converging U-shaped troughs of Jurassic-era sandstone. The two major troughs measure 62-by-118 feet and 7-by-52 feet, but what impresses isn’t the Wave’s dimensions: It’s the kinetic surge of something that, by all rights, should be static. Getting there is a trudge through sand in the high desert sun. With the strict permitting process, winners expect the experience itself to be highly managed. It isn’t. Though the round-trip hike is only

about 6 miles, there’s no real trail, and people get lost. In 2013, three hikers died, including a 27-year-old woman celebrating her fifth wedding anniversary; her husband survived. Talking earlier with another ranger, I learned of a Japanese woman who’d arrived at the office, having run more than a mile because she couldn’t find a cab. She collapsed on the carpeting, sobbing, when she learned she was too late to enter the lottery. Other people try bribery; some even claim it’s their birthday or that they don’t have long to live. “Not gonna work,”

Fifty years ago, the only modern-era folks to have seen the Wave were a few wandering cowboys and miners. said my informant. “You can’t buy or lie your way into the Wave.” “It’s 9 o’clock,” the ranger emcee announces. “Heeere we go!” Experienced contestants scan the room, alert to large groups. Only one person per group can enter, but they can list up to six people on their application. If someone’s number is called and they’ve listed the maximum number, more than half of the day’s 10 spots are gone quicker than a flash flood in a slot canyon. COMPETING AGAINST OTHER nature lovers for the chance to get outdoors may seem like an oxymoron along the lines of “wildlife management.” (When John Muir wrote, “The mountains are calling and I must go,” he didn’t have to enter a lottery to fulfill his destiny.) But these days, with millions tramping along in Muir’s footsteps, we gladly throw our hats into the ring for marquee outdoor experiences. Lists of the most difficult outdoor permits to get often appear in adventure magazines. The Wave always makes the list, as do permits to climb Mount Whitney, hike the Enchantments in Washington State, and raft the Yampa River in Dinosaur National Monument. Even humble car camping close to

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home can be a challenge. “I feel like I’ve won the lottery if I’m able to book a weekend campsite within three hours of San Francisco,” says Katie Cook, a freelance writer who spends every free moment hiking and camping. But Cook lucked out a little further afield in 2017, snagging the Sierra Nevada’s “golden ticket,” a permit to backpack the John Muir Trail, including access to iconic Half Dome, Yosemite’s sheerfaced granite monolith. While on the 211-mile trail, her group chatted with another hiker, who said he’d done it maybe a dozen times. When she marveled at how he’d managed to get so many permits, he shrugged. “Permits? Who needs permits?” Christine Colbert, who is writing a book about public land use, says that the lottery system is designed not just to protect the land but also to safeguard our experience of it. She tells me about how, in nearby Zion National Park, the Narrows—one of the area’s premier hikes, along or in a river that runs through a narrow gorge—can see thousands of people on a given day. In contrast, the Subway, a slot canyon in the same park, has a lottery allowing just 80 visitors per day. Recalling her time working on trail maintenance in Zion, she says, “You can smell the Narrows even before you get there. With that many people, you need to provide outhouses along the way.” Many national parks are seeing substantial increases in visitor numbers, and attractions on other kinds of public land also wrestle with how to contend with their own popularity. Because of that, lotteries attract more people every year. In 2017, 161,467 people entered the Wave lottery for a shot at 7,300 permits. Just four years earlier, only 86,898 people applied. ONCE THE WAVE is on your radar, you see its pulled-taffy undulations everywhere: on calendars,

in social media feeds, featured in blog posts, articles, and films. But 50 years ago, the only modern-era folks to have seen it were a few wandering cowboys and miners. Long before that, Ancestral Puebloan and Paiute peoples came through, as did a 1776 expedition led by two Spaniards looking for an overland route from Santa Fe, New Mexico, to their mission in Monterey, California. Outlaws hid in its canyons, ranchers ran their cattle, and prospectors mined for gold and uranium. Starting in the 1990s, guidebooks, articles, and films featuring the Wave caused an explosion of local and international interest. In 1997, the Bureau of Land Management introduced a website allowing visitors to obtain permits up to a year in advance. In 2007, the new lottery system made 10 spots available online four months in advance and 10 more up for grabs in person. The town of Kanab has come to rely on the year-round influx of aspiring Wavers. A 2015 proposal to make the lottery online only— eliminating the walk-in event— was shot down, in part because the town appreciates the nearly $7 million tourists contribute to its economy each year. WE’RE HALFWAY THROUGH the draw. The emcee milks it, pausing dramatically before calling out the numbers. Winners hug and exclaim in various languages. The rest of us slide further down in our chairs. “There are plenty of other great places nearby,” the ranger soothes. “We’ll be happy to point you in the right direction.” Most of us are going to lose, and we’re going down faster than we think. The ranger calls the number of a person who listed four others on her application. All at once, today’s remaining spots are gone. The room deflates in a collective groan. There are more than a

few glares thrown in the direction of the winners. So we lost, for the third damned time. But hey, we joke, with all those online photos and firsthand accounts, it’s almost as if we’ve already been there, right? Still, we’re disheartened. We realize we’ve just played our part in the carnival of landscape lust that makes the Wave famous not just for its beauty but for how many of us are denied that beauty. Some of us seem frozen in our chairs; others get up and flounce away. Over coffee yesterday at the local bookstore/café/gear shop, the owner told us, “People get really mad when they don’t win. They get tunnel vision. But the Wave isn’t the only place to go around here.” WE END UP heading out on unpaved Cottonwood Canyon Road, through the heart of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. At first the landscape is flat and arid. A lone cow slumps near the only bush in sight. Then we come up over a rise, dropping down into a scene that looks like Dr. Seuss smacked into the Summer of Love. Red spires have eroded into giant melted chess pieces that stand sentinel around a tiny oasis of green. Orange cliffs, glowing as if lit from within, are tiger-striped with desert varnish. Oversized mushrooms of peach-colored sandstone look good enough to eat. We’re finally starting to get it, what everyone told us but we couldn’t believe—until now. The Wave isn't the only—or even necessarily the best—option. Candy-colored rock pulses under a bright blue sky. And aside from one snooty sandstone starlet, the high desert is ours for the exploring. Share your own tales of unexpected adventure with Erin at contact@erinvanrheenen.com.

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In 1965, Doug McEachern and Stan Shaff leased out a small storefront and opened Audium, an electronic sound art event played in a completely dark 44-speaker room. The experience has grown in the past 53 years, with nature sounds now whooshing and crashing and whirring out of 176 speakers as unsuspecting audience members listen in. Even though it’s grown, don’t worry: It’s still in complete darkness.

Finding respite in the heart of most cities may seem unimaginable, but St. Louis’ Forest Park is proof to the contrary. Home to 45,000 trees and a 75-foot waterfall, the nearly 1,400acre public space serves as a natural oasis. Park visitors will find hiking trails and birdwatching hot spots throughout John F. Kennedy Memorial Forest, as well as seasonal foliage on display in the Jewel Box, the park’s glass-encased flower conservancy. + we also love Schenley Park in Pittsburgh; Balboa Park in San Diego

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Stretching across 7,400 acres, Snow Canyon State Park is known for its lava flows and red and white Navajo sandstone cliffs. Choose a way of getting around—by foot, wheels, or horseback—and explore the desert landscape, from the petrified sand dunes to Whiterocks Natural Amphitheater. It’s impossible to cover it all in a day, so pitch a tent and stay at one of 17 multiuse sites in the park (from $20).

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Kick It Old School Adirondack Folk School Lake Luzerne, NY

Spoon-carving, candlemaking, blacksmithing— this isn’t a typical course catalog. At Adirondack Folk School, classes teach the region’s traditional arts and crafts, turning the clock back on technology and allowing students to stretch their creativity in new ways. An added bonus: The school is nestled between the Hudson River and Lake Luzerne, unlocking access to ideal spots for introspection. + we also love Arbutus Folk School in Olympia, Washington

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In the northernmost tip of North Carolina’s Outer Banks lies Carova Beach, arguably the most secluded region of all the barrier islands. Renowned for its miles of privacy, Carova is only accessible by unpaved beach roads. Keep an eye out for the wild horses that roam the beach, as well as the stunning assortment of seashells lining the coast. + we also love Lovers Key State Park in Fort Myers Beach, Florida; Kiawah Island, South Carolina

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Glide through the Texas Hill Country and get a bird’s-eye-view of the oldgrowth trees found just 30 miles west of Austin. Open to amateurs and experienced tree explorers, tours include five zip lines and two sky bridges. Zip line by moonlight during a night excursion or cool off in the lake—which comes with its own zip line and rope swing—after a daytime tour. For an overnight adventure, book one of the treehouses and sleep among the stars. + we also love Soaring Tree Top Adventures in Durango, Colorado; Hocking Hills Canopy Tours in Rockbridge, Ohio

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Unplugging is as much about maintaining a certain mindset as it is taking action, and Costa Rica’s la pura vida epitomizes that mentality. And there’s no better place than La Fortuna to embrace a laid-back lifestyle. About three hours from San Jose, the town is home to Arenal Volcano and plenty of hot springs. Relax at Baldi Hot Springs, and don’t skip Arenal Volcano National Park.

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Specializing in “wilderness luxury,” Far and Away Adventures allows you to custom-build your vacation. While most trips take place on or near the Middle Fork of Idaho’s Salmon River, the adventures vary from fly-fishing to whitewater rafting, with agespecific options. Whether you’re an advanced outdoorsman or you prefer hot springs to hiking, Far and Away works with you to create your ideal getaway and provides a staff of expert guides for every level of adventurer.

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Holding tight to our paddles and letting go of our phones, my family and I braved 120 miles of the Mississippi and forged a special bond. BY FRANK BURES / ILLUSTRATIONS BY MOLLY SNEE

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t 6 a.m., I was shin deep in the Mississippi River, strapping our bags into our canoe so they wouldn’t float away if we capsized. On shore, my wife, Bridgit, stood with our two girls, Libby and Josie, who were skipping rocks. Once the last bag was secure, we climbed in and found, to our relief, that there were still several inches between the top of the canoe and the water. We pushed out into the river, and were off on our journey southward. It was an adventure we had planned ever since we’d moved back to Minnesota nearly a decade ago. I’d grown up in a small Minnesota town called Winona, 120 miles downstream from where we lived now in Minneapolis. It felt important to connect the two places, to know the river between them. We would row together, like the voyageurs. We would forget about the modern world and its troubles for

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five days and see our home in a new light. It was just a small piece of the river’s 2,350 miles, but it was a piece filled with meaning for me. Bridgit was up front, I was in back, and Libby, 11, and Josie, 8, sat between us. It was the perfect time for such a trip: They were old enough to paddle but small enough that we could fit in one boat. We had this world-class wilderness area—part of the National Park System—running right through our backyard. All we had to do was get on it, and it would take us away. Fish nipped the surface of the water around us. The sun rose as we rounded the first bend. It must have looked the same as when the writer Jonathan Raban sailed down the Mississippi in 1979. The river, as he wrote in Old Glory, was “as big and depthless as the sky itself. You can see the curve of the earth on its surface as it stretches away for miles to the far shore.” We couldn’t see that far, but we did have a sense of something powerful and unknown beneath us, that we were somehow putting ourselves at its mercy. Many people we’d talked to thought taking our kids on this trip was either dangerous or foolish. But to me it seemed like the real danger was never to have taken the trip at all. Besides, we had even postponed it a day because of thunderstorms. After the rain stopped, I had come down to the shore and half-jokingly asked the river spirits for permission and safe passage. They seemed to be listening. Between Minneapolis and St. Paul, the Mississippi flows through a gorge walled in by steep wooded hills and sandstone cliffs, so we moved fast enough that it barely felt like work. “This is going to be no problem!” I yelled. “We’ve only been paddling for 5 minutes,” Bridgit retorted. We passed under bridges and through the odd sideways currents created by St. Paul’s spans and islands. Then the river turned south, and the screeching of the rail yard grew faint. The shore

was lined with trees, and an eagle soared overhead. It was as if we’d managed to step out of the present and into a gentler current. Almost on cue, we came to an island with a giant rope swing, like something straight out of one of Huck Finn’s adventures. We stopped for lunch and took turns sailing out over the water like it was the 1890s. Then, reluctantly, we moved on. The river slowed, but we still made good time and settled into a new rhythm. Earlier, the residue of our lives—the phone calls, the emails, the deadlines—seemed to trail behind us in the water. But with every mile they drifted farther away. By the time the sun started setting, all that seemed to matter were the water and the trees and what was around the next bend. We came to a series of small islands, one with a rudimentary campsite. We set up our tent, made dinner, and fell asleep to the sound of waves on the sand. Everything was going according to plan.

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e packed at dawn, ate a quick breakfast, loaded the canoe, and then pushed off. The wind was still behind us. We passed an island full of pelicans before coming to our first lock and dam. As we drifted in, walls of concrete rose some 20 feet around us. The space was big enough for a barge, and we felt tiny inside. The gates closed behind us, and the lock attendant threw down a

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The time between then and now had been full and rich, not thin and fast—the way most days felt. After a few more hours, we came to the Prairie Island Indian Community marina, where we stopped to use the bathroom. When we were about ready to move on, the wind started to blow, the sky blackened, and the temperature dropped. “Maybe you guys should wait in the bathroom,” I said, handing over the life jackets, so they wouldn’t blow away. I put on my rain gear, tied up the canoe, and waited. Somehow, the storm went around us, and not a drop of rain fell. I thanked the river spirits. Back on the water, we tooled past the cooling towers of a nuclear power plant. I felt lighter, more unrestricted, more unburdened. Was it the freedom of being on the river? “Wait a minute,” I said, “where’s my life jacket?” Bridgit’s shoulders slumped. “We left it in the bathroom,” Libby said. The sun was nearing the horizon. By then, we were a mile downstream. Everyone was tired. “It’s fine,” I said. “I can swim.” We went on in silence.

T rope, which we held as the water dropped, revealing the algae-covered walls. When it stopped, the lower gates opened and we paddled on. The sun was bright, the clouds billowy. Thousands of tree swallows flew around us, eating mayflies and midges. Watching them and the other wildlife—baby turtles, endless eagles, a deer swimming across the channel—occupied much of our time. We told half-remembered stories and sang parts of songs. The girls occasionally got on each other’s nerves. But most of the time, the river itself entertained us as well as any screen.

he next morning when I woke up, the fact that we’d done no actual training for this trip became painfully clear. As a runner, I’d thought I was in decent shape, but now my back wouldn’t bend in the usual way. Bridgit was holding her forearms like a velociraptor, massaging them until they loosened up. The previous night, I’d jumped in the river to wash off. Now, I noticed red marks all over my legs and pelvis. (Later, I asked my dad—a dermatologist—about them. “Oh, that’s just a duck parasite larva that burrows under your skin while you’re swimming,” he said. “Just?” I echoed. “Swimmer’s itch. Don’t worry about it. No one has connected it to anything bad so far.”) Itching, I shook the sand out of our bags and packed them, and we got back in the canoe. Today we would cross Lake Pepin, a windy expanse that may 2018 Southwest 71

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steer. The boat teetered on top of waves, and then dove into the troughs. Water crested over the edge into the canoe, and the girls bailed. After more than 2 hours, we came to the narrow point where we had to cross. “OK, we all need to paddle!” I said over the wind. There were no boats or barges, so we turned and headed straight to the other side, a mile from point to point. The waves were still high and the wind was at our side. I dug deep to keep us at an angle. We reached the far shore and turned south. Several miles away, we could see a smudge of land that was our destination, a tiny town called Stockholm with a campground on the beach. After a long, long day, we finally arrived just before 5 p.m. We’d only covered 21 miles compared to 26 the day before, but they were hardearned. Our nerves were frayed. Our skin burned from the sun and

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stumbled on an older rhythm that had been there all the time. But we still had 50 miles to go, and there were thunderstorms expected in a few days, so we shoved off once again. By midmorning, we’d reached the point where Lake Pepin narrowed back into the river. A few miles later, we came to Wabasha, the town where the film Grumpy Old Men had been set more than two decades earlier. On shore, we could see an ice

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continued without a word, all trying to turn our mood against the current. We stopped on an island for lunch, but there was too much poison ivy to do any exploring. We were beginning to know the river, and it was wearing us down. By the late afternoon, we started looking for an island to camp on. There were lovely open spaces. There were idyllic campsites. But it was too early; we moved on. Within a few miles, the islands we saw were overgrown and impossible to land on. Ahead was a lock and dam. “Let’s just get through the lock,” I said. “We’ll have less to do tomorrow. It’ll be our last day.” Without enthusiasm, everyone agreed. The gates swung open. We drifted in. Below the lock, we passed a defunct power plant with massive smokestacks that climbed high into the sky. The islands around it were choked with underbrush. We kept going, mile after mile, looking for a small spot to pitch our tent. “Nothing,” Bridgit said, despair creeping in. She was tired. We all were. We’d gone almost as far as any day yet— more than 25 miles—and there was no end in sight. It was nearly 7 p.m., and we should have been making our dinner. We came to a grassy spot under some utility poles. “We could camp under those power lines,” I said. “Why would we camp under power lines?” Bridgit snapped. Then, in a smaller voice she added, “What are we going to do?” “We keep paddling,” I said. Muscles tensed in her shoulders. Suddenly, she started paddling with a force I didn’t know she could muster, powered by sheer rage. Water splashed over the rest of us. The girls looked back at me without a word, eyebrows raised. I put my finger to my lips, like we were in the presence of a wild animal. Then, just as suddenly, she slumped forward in the canoe. “It’s OK, Mama,” Josie said.

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The weight of the modern world had lifted with each stroke. “We’ll paddle. You rest.” After a short while, Bridgit came back to life, and we paddled another handful of miles. Eventually, we came to a gorgeous, flat, sandy island. It was covered in white, paper-thin turtle egg shells. There was a small lake in the middle. The day was over. The river had given us a perfect home for the night.

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he upside of canoeing almost 30 miles the day before was that we had only 23 left the following day. All things being equal, our final day would be an easy one, which would end with a shower at my parents’ place. The canoe felt light, and so did

our mood. The sun was bright, and our minds were clear. For five days, we hadn’t read a tweet or sent an email. The weight of the modern world had lifted with each stroke. At noon, we rendezvoused with Bridgit’s father and sister for lunch by the river. The girls were offered a ride home but opted to keep going. “We should finish as a family,” Josie said. We set off through the green hills. We stopped on a sandbar to let a barge pass. Late that afternoon, we came to the final lock a few miles before Winona, eager to arrive, but knowing that once we did, we would be stepping back into the torrent of our lives. When the lower gates let us out,

we came into the stretch I knew best, where I used to rope swing and water ski and jump off bridges. Memories came flooding back. We passed under an old railroad bridge with graffiti from the class of 1989 (I was 1990), a kind of welcome home in spray paint. Beyond the bridge, we came to a beach and pulled the canoe out of the water. It was bittersweet to be leaving the river that had carried us so far. We felt closer to it, closer to each other, maybe even closer to ourselves. But now, the trip was over and the currents of the present were pulling us back. For five unforgettable days, the river had kept the world at bay. For that, and for seeing us through safely, we went down to the water, thanked the spirits one last time, and turned toward home. Frank Bures (frankbures@yahoo. com) is a journalist and the author of The Geography of Madness. He lives in Minneapolis.

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A GEM OF THE SOUTHWEST With vibrant sunsets, ubiquitous turquoise treasures, and those cherished red and green chiles, New Mexico’s colorful capital city captivates anyone who fancies the arts, the outdoors, and good food. One of the largest art markets in the country, Santa Fe boasts 250plus galleries (many clustered along a half-mile stretch of Canyon Road) and more than a dozen acclaimed institutions (like the New Mexico Museum of Art and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum). For authentic treasures, don’t miss the Portal Native American Artisans Program at the Palace of the Governors, the oldest continually occupied public building in the United States. Each day, Native American artisans set up shop beneath the shaded portal of this landmark to sell jewelry, textiles, crafts, and more.

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WHAT’S THE FRANCHISE TRAINING PROCESS?

New franchisees are rarely experts in the franchise businesses they buy. That’s why franchisors provide extensive training and tools for the owner. The biggest difference between franchises is the amount of training and available resources dedicated to their success. Alex Samios is vice president of franchise development for Dogtopia —the fastest growing franchise in the pet industry—and a daycare, boarding, and grooming facility for canines. He says it’s important to ask questions about training up front. “Are they only giving you a couple of days to figure out a complex business? And is some of that training

on-site, so you can see how it works in a real facility like yours?” Dogtopia’s training, for example, begins with a week of training at its support office. After that, you’ll receive two weeks of on-site training that will teach you the details of dayto-day operations. Then, a month prior to your opening, you’ll return for a final week of training at the support office. Since grand openings can be the most intense period of a business owner’s experience, Dogtopia provides robust support during that time by sending a team to each store six days prior to opening. That team, which stays until four days after

opening, coaches and supports you and your employees on everything from front desk operations to the details of animal behavior. In addition, Dogtopia conducts monthly field visits for the first year. No matter what sort of franchise you buy, you should expect detailed training in every aspect of the business, including operations, marketing, facilities management, financials, and real estate commitments. Franchises typically charge a one-time franchise fee that covers your training (Samios warns against franchises that charge large fees but offer low support). Ask about the training schedule and continuing education program. Every franchise should have mechanisms in place to help you and your employees grow every year.

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HOW FINANCIALLY FIT IS THE FRANCHISE?

Husband-and-wife team Jack and Jill Johnson co-founded The Franchise Insiders to help clients find the franchise opportunity that’s right for them. After working in the franchise industry for more than a decade, Jack says one of the first things they consider is how “internet-proof ” a company is. “Ask, ‘How do you see this sustaining over the next 10 years given technological advances?’ and get a sense for the franchise’s grand strategy and their plans for sustainability and differentiation,” he says. Jack also recommends inspecting the franchise disclosure document.

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Every franchise has one, and it not only describes the system, but can also give you a sense of how big the business is, how many franchisees have joined and left, and other important metrics. “If they’ve lost more than 10 percent of their franchisees in the last 24 months, it can be an indication of the franchise’s overall health,” Jack says. Looking at the numbers can help you understand how many businesses are actually open, rather than merely purchased, and can signal how long it takes to get a franchise up and running. Pair the numbers with anecdotal evidence. “Some people want to talk with franchisees whose names they didn’t get from the headquarters—to get other viewpoints—but you’ll learn the most from business owners who joined in the last two or three years and are really succeeding,” Jack says. Not only are those successful newcomers more up-to-date on how the franchise welcomes owners, but they can provide insight into what worked best for them.

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THE FRANCHISE INSIDERS DOES NOT GUARANTEE THE FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE OF ANY FRANCHISE OR BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY. THE DECISION TO PURCHASE A FRANCHISE OPPORTUNITY MUST BE BASED ON A BUYER'S INDEPENDENT RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS. THE FRANCHISE INSIDERS IS NOT LIABLE FOR ANY REPRESENTATION MADE BY AN EMPLOYEE, AFFILIATE, OR ASSOCIATE OF ANY FRANCHISE OR THE FRANCHISE INSIDERS WITH RESPECT TO THE FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE OF THE BUSINESS BEING ACQUIRED. THIS DOES NOT CONSTITUTE AN OFFERING; AN OFFERING CAN ONLY BE MADE BY A PROSPECTUS FILED WITH THE REFERENCED STATE, WHICH FILING DOES NOT CONSTITUTE APPROVAL.

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HOW LUCRATIVE IS THE FRANCHISE?

When trying to determine your potential for success, ask the company how long current owners have had their businesses and what their average tenure is. “Definitely ask, ‘Would you buy this franchise if you had to do it all over again?’” says Rick Simon, director of franchise operations for SealMaster, a company that manufactures and distributes pavement maintenance materials and equipment. Although you don’t want to request sensitive information, try to get an idea of the franchise’s financial potential by asking franchisees how they gauge success and how much money you could make doing

the same. Answers to those questions will help you hone in on the crucial dollars-and-cents component of your decision. Also, factor in economic fluctuations over time. “With my SealMaster franchise, my net worth and income have grown heartily and consistently, in spite of the worst downturn in the economy I’ve ever

Bold Ambition? “The SealMaster franchise is not only a nice income generator, it’s a great capital asset and wealth builder. It has allowed me a lifestyle beyond my hopes and dreams.” Bob Krebs –SealMaster Franchise Owner “The ability to create wealth for yourself within SealMaster is staggering” Darrel Stein –SealMaster Franchise Owner “I couldn’t be more excited for my career and my family’s future.” Chad Sayler –SealMaster Franchise Owner

experienced,” says franchise owner Mike Bashir. A few responses like that can give you confidence that the franchise you buy will withstand the ups and downs that come with any business.

Business Opportunity “We just keep growing and growing and to me, the market is limitless.” Jake Bernath –SealMaster Franchise Owner “With my SealMaster franchise, my net worth and income have grown heartily and consistently.” Mike Bashir –SealMaster Franchise Owner “It was the best business decision I ever made.” Dave Musgrove –SealMaster Franchise Owner

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Often thought of as the show that made country music famous, the Grand Ole Opry delights audiences as much today as it did when it debuted more than 90 years ago. This month, performers like Charley Pride, Rascal Flatts, and Trace Adkins will take the historic stage Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Can’t catch a show live? Get in on the action through a backstage tour, which provides a peek into behind-the-scenes happenings. Beginning this month, the tour will also include a visit to the Acuff House, the former home of Roy Acuff, the “King of Country Music.” Not only will visitors learn about Roy’s rise to stardom, but they’ll also have the chance to see Family Reunion: The Opry Family Photo Album 1962–1992. The new exhibit features shots from photographer Les Leverett over his 30-year Opry career, as well as stories of performers such as Minnie Pearl, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, and Garth Brooks. The fun doesn’t have to end when you leave Music City either— tune in to the Opry on Sirius XM satellite radio or stream online.

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The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum offers a vibrant look at country music history through more than 2.5 million artifacts, including Elvis Presley’s solid gold Cadillac, Hank Williams’ famous white suit with musical notes, and Dwight Yoakam’s really skinny jeans. On May 25, the Outlaws and Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ’70s exhibit opens, highlighting the era’s artistic exchange between musicians from Nashville and Austin, Texas. In the same building, you’ll find Hatch Show Print, one of the oldest working letterpress shops in the country. Watch as skilled printmakers crank out colorful band posters, and pick out prints to take home from the adjoining gift shop. Looking for more of a handson experience? Daily tours take you into the workshop and allow you to create a keepsake using the print shop’s tools. Don’t leave Nashville without visiting the museum’s other property: Historic RCA Studio B. The Music Row staple is the site of landmark recordings from musical icons—such as Dolly Parton and Waylon Jennings. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

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Known for its civil rights history, blues music, and Graceland, a stop in Memphis is a must.

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Whether it’s a business lunch or date-night dinner, you won’t go wrong with a reservation at Char, a surf-and-turf hot spot masterminded by restaurateur Ben Brock. Can’t-miss menu items include the cornbread-dusted redfish, chilefried oysters with cumin cream sauce, and hearty steaks sourced from Evans Meats & Seafood. End the meal with the house-made blueberry bread pudding, doused in a whiskey sauce.

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Since Graceland opened to the public in 1982, more than 20 million visitors have crossed over the threshold of Elvis Presley’s former estate. The on-site archives contain more than 1.5 million documents, artifacts, photographs, costumes, and memorabilia relating to the rock ’n’ roll legend, and The Guest House at Graceland offers an immersive, overnight experience in rooms designed with input from Priscilla Presley. Still can’t get enough? Last year, Elvis Presley’s Memphis—an entertainment and exhibit complex—opened across the street. It features Elvis: The Entertainer, the most comprehensive Elvis museum in the world. Elvis Presley’s Memphis

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Encompassing the former Lorraine Motel, where civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968, the National Civil Rights Museum aims “to share the culture and lessons from the American Civil Rights Movement and explore how this significant era continues to shape equality and

freedom globally.” The museum’s powerful permanent exhibits cover five centuries, moving from the slave trade to the sit-ins, marches, and movements that defined the mid-20th century. Learn about the sanitation strike that brought King to Memphis in the spring of 1968, and work your way through 260 artifacts, 40 fi lms, oral histories,

and interactive media. Of particular note is a replica of the Greyhound bus used in a cross-country “Freedom Ride” and an original lunch counter with life-size figures modeled after the protestors. Lastly, don’t miss Voices of the Civil Rights Movement. Collected over two years, the exhibition includes interviews with civil rights leaders like the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rep. John Lewis, and Sen. Harris Wofford. It also includes “Moments in Civil Rights History,” a video narrated by the late D’Army Bailey, the museum’s founder and activist.

As we mark the 50th anniversary of his tragic death, we remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s warnings against silence. He knew the danger of complacency. He warned of the perils of indifference. The National Civil Rights Museum chronicles the Civil Rights Movement and its legacy to examine today’s issues, provoke thoughtful debate and serve as a catalyst for positive change. We will continue into the future as voices for justice answering the question, “Where do we go from here?”

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Anaheim / Los Angeles ANAHEIM WHITEHOUSE 887 South Anaheim Blvd - 714.772.1381 www.anaheimwhitehouse.com Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, 2001-2017. DiRona Since 1988. Zagat Rated Excellent, 2015. Northern Italian. “Absolutely outstanding...excellent North Italian fare, superb service, always an experience”–Zagat Italian immigrant Bruno Serato took over the owner-ship of the restaurant, which now features Northern Italian cuisine. His award-winning excellence and signature entrees befit the establishment, now Anaheim White House Restaurant, and his philosophy is simple: to treat each and every one of his patrons as a distinguished guests in his home. Simple as it may be, Anaheim's once "hidden treasure" is now recognized worldwide, and is now a "home" to many. Numerous celebrities such as Danny De Vito, Madonna, Andrea Bocelli and even former president Jimmy Carter have graced the home's threshold.

Chicago / Downtown Italian Village Restaurants-Visit Italy right in Chicago THE VILLAGE - 312.332.7005 71 W. Monroe Street Chicago's Oldest Family Italian Restaurant–Al Capone was a regular. Guests dine in cozy nooks designed like a small Italian town. Celebrating our 88th anniversary this year. www.italianvillage-chicago.com LA CANTINA - 312.332.7005 A premier Italian Steak and Chop House VIVERE - 312.332.4040 A contemporary restaurant featuring "new" Italian cuisine from all regions of Italy. 2015 Wine Spectator Top Ten Italian Restaurants, 2015 DiRona Award, 2015 Wine Enthusiasts Ultimate Distinction Award.

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1 At Southwestvacations.com®, book a flight to Providence. 2 Find a hotel and add on excursions, like a tour of historic

mansions in nearby Newport. 3 Stroll along the Riverwalk and enjoy Providence’s Waterplace Park. DID YOU KNOW? Southwest serves PVD with 20 nonstop flights to six destinations. IN THIS ISSUE / 104 Travel Tips / 106 Inflight Entertainment / 107 Beverages / 108 Products and Services / 110 Rapid Rewards® / 112 Go International / 114 Route Map

* Based on DOT published schedules for May 2018.

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Travel Tips

Fly Like a Pro

SNACK PACK

Check out these reminders to enjoy a stress-free travel experience. SAY CHEESE!

Please be respectful of Employees and Customers when capturing photos or videos onboard.

Secure a position in the A1-A15 boarding group with upgraded boarding. Ask a Customer Service Agent at the gate or ticket counter.*

We serve complimentary snacks,** but feel free to bring your own food onboard— you just can’t bring your own alcohol to consume onboard.

SMOKE-FREE E-cigarettes are not allowed to be used in the cabin.

Permitted Pueden usarse dentro del avión Small portable electronic devices (PEDs) such as tablets, e-readers, and smartphones weighing less than 2 pounds may be used in AIRPLANE mode at all times on domestic flights, unless a Crew Member indicates otherwise. A small PED may be held in hand, attached to a person, or placed in clothing or a seatback pocket. Devices and accessories may not block access to the aisle. Large PEDs such as laptops weighing 2 pounds or more must be stowed under the seat or in an overhead bin for taxi, takeoff, and landing. It is recommended that laptops be placed in a case when stowed under the seat. On international flights, all PEDs must be turned off during taxi, takeoff, and landing at airports outside the U.S. and its territories. Please use headphones for all audio and video. Siempre puedes usar dispositivos electrónicos portátiles y pequeños (PEDs) tales como tabletas, lectores electrónicos y teléfonos inteligentes que pesen menos de 2 libras en modo AVIÓN en los vuelos domésticos,

excepto si un Miembro de la Tripulación indica lo contrario. Puedes tener un PED pequeño en la mano, llevarlo encima, en la ropa o en un bolsillo en el respaldo del asiento. Los dispositivos y accesorios no pueden bloquear el acceso al pasillo. Los PEDs grandes como computadoras portátiles que pesen 2 libras o más deben de ser guardados debajo del asiento o en los compartimentos superiores mientras el avión avanza por la pista, durante el despegue y el aterrizaje. Se recomienda que las computadoras portátiles se guarden en un estuche debajo del asiento. En los vuelos internacionales, todos los PEDs deben permanecer apagados mientras el avión avanza por la pista, durante el despegue y el aterrizaje en aeropuertos fuera de los EE. UU. y sus territorios. Por favor usa auriculares para cualquier sonido o video.

Smartphones (in AIRPLANE mode) Teléfonos inteligentes (en modo AVIÓN) Tablets or E-readers (in AIRPLANE mode) Tabletas o lectores electrónicos (en modo AVIÓN) Laptop Computers Computadoras portátiles Audio Players Aparatos de audio DVD/CD Players Reproductores de DVD/CD

Digital Cameras Cámaras digitales GPS Receivers GPS Hand-Held Electronic Games Juegos electrónicos portátiles Satellite Radio Radio por satélite Video Camcorders Videocámaras Bluetooth Devices Dispositivos Bluetooth

Sometimes Permitted

Pueden usarse en ocasiones dentro del avión We understand you may want to document your travel on Southwest Airlines. Want to photograph and/or record Southwest Airlines Customers or Employees? Let them know first! The use of cameras and mobile devices is permitted onboard to capture personal events but can never interfere with the safety of a flight and should always respect others’ privacy. Entendemos que es posible que desees documentar tu viaje en Southwest Airlines. ¿Quieres fotografiar y / o grabar Clientes o Empleados de Southwest Airlines? ¡Hazles saber primero! El uso de cámaras y dispositivos móviles se permite a bordo para capturar eventos personales, pero nunca debe interferir con la seguridad de un vuelo y siempre debe respetar la privacidad de los demás.

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On a Business Trip? TAKE YOUR PICK With Business Select®, you can be one of the first to board with priority boarding. Pick the seat you want and have room for your carryon bags. Visit Southwest. com/businessselect.

For your next trip, try EarlyBird Check-In® ($15 one way†). We’ll automatically check you in and reserve your boarding position 36 hours before your flight. That’s a full 12 hours earlier than our traditional 24-hour check-in.

BEFORE YOU GET UP, REMEMBER ...

Although you can form lines at the back lavatory, you cannot form lines at the front lavatory or gather in the front galley.

CHEERS! If you’re a Business Select Customer, your first drink is on us.†† WORK PERKS Business Select Passengers can bypass long lines by taking advantage of our Fly By® priority checkin and security lane access (where available). For a complete list of available Fly By locations, visit Southwest.com/flyby.

* Price depends on Customer’s itinerary; subject to availability. ** We serve peanuts. Visit Southwest.com and click on “Special Assistance” at the bottom of the page for more information. † Price is subject to change. †† Business Select Customers receive a free premium drink on the day of travel.

Always Permitted Pueden usarse en todo momento dentro del avión

Electronic nerve stimulators and other implanted medical devices are also permitted. Dispositivos de estimulación electrónica de los nervios y otros aparatos médicos

CREW INTERFERENCE Federal law prohibits any Passenger from assaulting, threatening, or intimidating a Crew Member or interfering with a Crew Member’s duties. La ley federal prohíbe que los pasajeros ataquen, amenacen o intimiden a los Miembros de la Tripulación o que interfieran con los deberes de un Miembro de la Tripulación.

implantados también son permitidos.

Electronic Watches Relojes electrónicos

Pacemakers Marcapasos

Noise-Canceling Headphones Auriculares que aislan el ruido

Hearing Aids Aparatos para sordos Electric Shavers Rastrillo eléctrico

DISABILITY ASSISTANCE Southwest Airlines offers assistance to Customers with disabilities upon request. Southwest Airlines siempre ofrece asistencia para sus Clientes con discapacidades que así lo soliciten. ELECTRONIC DEVICES Cellphones and pagers may be used at the gate and after landing. Los teléfonos y localizadores pueden ser usados en la puerta y después de aterrizar.

CARRYON BAGGAGE Customers are limited to one (1) bag per person, plus one (1) additional personal item. El límite es de una (1) maleta por persona y un (1) artículo personal. LOST AN ITEM ONBOARD A FLIGHT? Visit the Customer Service page on Southwest.com to report a lost item. Visita la página de Servicio al Cliente en Southwest.com para reportar un objeto perdido.

Never Permitted Nunca pueden

usarse dentro del avión Devices capable of transmitting data, unless otherwise noted, are never permitted. Nunca son permitidos los dispositivos con capacidad para transmitir datos, excepto que se especifique lo contrario.

Two-Way Radios (WalkieTalkies) or Scanners Radios emisores/receptores (walkie-talkies)

Remote-Controlled Toys Juguetes de control remoto

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Smartphone

PETS All pets must stay inside their carriers and under the seat for the duration of the flight. Todas las mascotas deben permanecer dentro de sus jaulas y debajo del asiento durante todo el vuelo.

to anyone under the age of 21. We reserve the right to refuse the sale of alcoholic beverages to anyone. Se prohíbe que los Clientes consuman bebidas alcohólicas si no fueron compradas a bordo. No serviremos bebidas alcohólicas a las personas menores de 21 años de edad. Nos reservamos el derecho de negar la venta de bebidas alcohólicas a cualquier persona.

PERSONAL DEVICES Unapproved personal devices (e.g., Knee Defender, infant slings) may not be attached to any part of the aircraft. Dispositivos personales no aprobados (coo por ejemplo “defensores de rodillas” o mantas portabebés) no pueden sujetarse a ninguna parte de la aeronave.

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES Customers are prohibited from consuming alcoholic beverages not purchased onboard. Alcoholic beverages will not be served

Television or AM/FM Radio Receivers Televisión o radios de AM/FM

Electronic Cigarettes and Smoking Devices not allowed for use in the cabin. No se permite el uso de Cigarrillos Electrónicos y Dispositivos para fumar adentro de la cabina.

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Inflight Entertainment

Getting Connected

Our entertainment portal is filled with exciting inflight options— from free live TV to exclusive content—for you to enjoy.

Whether you want to catch your favorite TV show or need a restaurant recommendation, our portal has got you covered. HOW TO CONNECT: SOUTHWESTWIFI.COM*

Handheld Devices

Tap the Settings icon, and then choose the WiFi icon. Turn WiFi On with On/Off button.

Tap SouthwestWiFi in the list of WiFi networks and confirm connection. Open your internet browser.

Our entertainment portal should load automatically. If not, click the address bar and type in Southwestwifi.com.

Select your entertainment option and enjoy.

Laptops

Click the WiFi icon.

Select SouthwestWiFi from the list of WiFi networks by clicking on it and confirm connection. Open your internet browser.

Our entertainment portal should load automatically. If not, click the address bar and type in Southwestwifi.com.

Select your entertainment option and enjoy.

* WiFi available only on WiFi-enabled aircraft.

MORE INFORMATION:

• Content and services are offered on WiFi-enabled aircraft only. We cannot guarantee that connecting flights will be WiFi-enabled. • Service on flights to/from destinations outside the contiguous

U.S. may not currently be available for the entire flight. • Movies and select TV content require download of the free AirTime Player app. • Pricing information can be found on the Inflight

Entertainment Portal. • In order to provide top-notch web browsing capabilities to all Customers using WiFi, we limit access to the following online activities due to high bandwidth consumption: telephony

applications (VoIP), device/ system/software updates, and certain video/audio streaming subscription services, applications, and websites.

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Beverages

THIS ONE’S ON US

Business Select Customers receive a free premium drink† on the day of travel.

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COMPLIMENTARY BEVERAGES

• Coca-Cola® • Coca-Cola® Zero Sugar • Diet Coke® • Canada Dry® Lemon Lime Sparkling Water • 7UP® • Dr Pepper® • Diet Dr Pepper® • Seagram’s® Ginger Ale • Seagram’s® Tonic Water • Seagram’s® Seltzer Water • Mr & Mrs T® Bloody Mary Mix • Mr & Mrs T® Margarita Mix

• Mott’s® Tomato Juice • Minute Maid® Cranberry Apple Cocktail • Minute Maid® Orange Juice • Minute Maid® Apple Juice • Community® coffee* • Community® decaf instant coffee* • Community® tea • Hot Chocolate • Noncarbonated Purified Drinking Water

* Regular creamer available.

BEER $6-$7

• Miller Lite® ($6) • Dos Equis® Special Lager ($6) • Leinenkugel’s® Summer Shandy® ($7) • Lagunitas® 12th of Never Ale ($7) • Fat Tire® ($7)

LIQUOR $7

• • • • • •

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WINE $6

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• Deep Eddy Vodka • Deep Eddy Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka • Sauza® Gold Tequila

† You must be 21 years or older to drink alcoholic beverages. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant should not drink alcoholic beverages because of the risk of birth defects. Images of the alcoholic beverage product do not reflect how it is actually served. Customer will not receive a beverage with a cap. In accordance with FAA regulations, Customers are prohibited from consuming alcoholic beverages onboard that are not served by Southwest Airlines.

Valid Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards drink coupons, as shown here, are printed with expiration dates and the Member’s (or issuing group’s) name. Business Select® drink coupons are valid for same-day use only. Valid Rapid Rewards and Business Select drink coupons will be accepted onboard for beer, wine, and liquor. Expires Dec 31, 2018

RECYCLING

We’re happy to take care of any recyclable items, including plastic bottles, coffee cups, newspapers, and food containers. RECEIPTS

Customers can retrieve drink receipts at Southwest.com/ beveragereceipts.

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 THE SUITE LIFE

After a day at the beach, relax in style at the all-inclusive Royalton Bavaro.

Insider’s Punta Cana Southwest serves 14 international destinations, including Punta Cana.

Boarding, Customs, and Immigration 1

This Space For Offical Use Only

2. Free of duty imports: passengers entering the country by sea or by air may import goods of duty, additional to their personal baggage, as long as they prove their value with an invoice or receipt and such amount does not exceed 300 US dollars or its equivalent in domestic or foreign currency or 75 US dollars when the entry is by land. Alcoholic beverages, shredded tobacco or automobile fuel cannot be imported as part of the duty free exemption.

Customs Declaration

FORM APPROVED OMB NO. 1651-0009

19 CFR 122.27, 148.12, 148.13, 148.110,148.111, 1498; 31 CFR 5316

During the vacation periods of Holy week, summer and winter, Mexican Nationals entering the country by land may import, under duty exemption, items of up to 300 US dollars or its equivalent in domestic or foreign currency provided that such people do not live along the border strip or border region. The starting and ending dates of such periods can be consulted directly with customs personnel or at www. aduanas.gob.mx.

Each arriving traveler or responsible family member must provide the following information (only ONE written declaration per family is required). The term “family” is defined as “members of a family residing in the same household who are related by blood, marriage, domestic relationship, or adoption.” 1 Family Name

First (Given) 2 Birth date

Middle Month

Day

Year

3 Number of Family members traveling with you 4 (a) U.S. Street Address (hotel name/destination

(b) City

6 Passport number 7 Country of Residence

trip prior to U.S. arrival

11 I am (We are) bringing

(a) fruits, vegetables, plants, seeds, food, insects: (b) meats, animals, animal/wildlife products: (c) disease agents, cell cultures, snails: (d) soil or have been on a farm/ranch/pasture: 12 I have (We have) been in close proximity of livestock:

Yes

No

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

No No No No No

Yes

No

(such as touching or handling)

13 I am (We are) carrying currency or monetary instruments

over $10,000 U.S. or foreign equivalent:

(see definition of monetary instruments on reverse)

14 I have (We have) commercial merchandise:

Yes

No

(articles for sale, samples used for soliciting orders, or goods that are not considered personal effects)

15 RESIDENTS—the total value of all goods, including commercial merchandise

I/we have purchased or acquired abroad, (including gifts for someone else, but not items mailed to the U.S.) and am/are bringing to the U.S. is: $ VISITORS—the total value of all articles that will remain in the U.S., including commercial merchandise is: $

Read the instructions on the back of this form. Space is provided to list all the items you must declare.

Signature

1 Last name(s) Nationality

Mexican laws establish among others the following penalties and sanctions related to the importation of goods into the country: • Omission to declare whether coming in or out of the Mexico´s customs amounts of cash, in domestic or foreign checks, payment orders or any other documents receivable in an aggregate amount exceeding the equivalent of 10,000 US dollars or its equivalent in domestic or foreign currency, which action will be punishable with a fine of 20 to 40% of the exceeding amount and the corresponding criminal penalties will be applied. • Introduction into or extraction of goods from Mexico, using deceitful methods to hide items, when their imports or exports is prohibited, restricted or because foreign trade duties must be paid, will be punishable with fines ranging, to 70 or 100%, of the commercial value of merchandise. • Omission of the total or partial payment of foreign trade duties. When failure consist of only a duty omission and the goods do not exceed 3,000 US dollars or its equivalent In domestic or foreign currency, the penalty will consist of up to 116% of the commercial value of the items. Once the duties have been paid, the Customs Authority will make the items available to the passenger. • If the corresponding documentation required by the Customs Law prove that the merchandise was properly submitted for proper customs procedures in order to enter the country, is not exhibited, a precautionary seizure of the non declared goods as well as the corresponding vehicle, in case the passengers entered the country by land, will proceed. • For non declared items which do not comply with regulations and restrictions other than duties, abandonment can be declared once the corresponding fine is paid.

Issue on 2013. Please look up for changes in this information when you are visiting us again at customs desk or at www.aduanas.gob.mx Date (month/day/year)

Welcome to Mexico

Name(s)

I HAVE READ THE IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON THE REVERSE SIDE OF THIS FORM AND HAVE MADE A TRUTHFUL DECLARATION.

for passengers coming from abroad

Passengers may import items to their personal baggage without requiring the services of a customs agent by paying a global rate of 16%, provided that the total amount, excluding the duty free exemption, does not exceed 3,000 US dollars or its equivalent in domestic or foreign currency as long as an invoice, proof of payment or any other document that proves the commercial value of the items is provided.

INFRACTIONS AND SANCTIONS

9 Airline/Flight No. or Vessel Name 10 The primary purpose of this trip is business:

CBP Form 6059B (04/14)

sat.gob.mx

aduanas.gob.mx

3

Customs Declaration

Please read the instructions prior to filling this form: Every passenger or head of household must provide the following information.

PAYMENT OF DUTIES

• Duties can be paid using the form “Pago de contribuciones al comercio exterior” (Foreign trade tax payment). • The total value of computer equipment, added to the rest of the items above cannot exceed 4,000 US dollars or its equivalent in domestic or foreign currency. • Items subject to compliance, regulations other than payment of duties (permits, certificates, and notifications) cannot be imported. • In order to determine the tax basis, the duty free exemptions mentioned in number 2 could be deducted from the value of the items.

(c) State

5 Passport issued by (country)

8 Countries visited on this

2

Date of birth

Day

Month

Year

Passport number

2

VISITORS T Number of days you will stay in Mexico RESIDENTS OF MEXICO Number of days you stayed abroad

3

Number of family members traveling with you Number of luggage pieces (bags and packages) you bring with you Missing luggage or luggage to be imported by cargo (pieces) (See Notification 1 of this form)

4 MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION Mark with an X the means of transportation Maritime Vessel No.

Ground Transport No.

Air Flight No.

5 Carrying money in cash, receivables or a combination of both is legal; however, not declaring the total amount when more than the equivalent of 10,000 US dollars is carried may be subject to administrative or criminal penalties. Are you carrying amounts in cash, documents receivable (checks, promissory notes, payment orders, etc.) or a combination of them, the combined total of which exceeds 10,000 US dollars or their equivalent in national or foreign currency?

No If you have answered Yes, please declare the total amount in US dollars

Yes

$

If you answer Yes, you must also fill out the “Declaración de internación o extracción de cantidades en efectivo y/o documento por cobrar” (Customs Declaration for the import/export of cash, receivables or equivalent documents), which you can request from the customs personnel in charge at the entry ports to Mexico or download it from the Customs Internet Site: www.aduanas.gob.mx

U.S. CUSTOMS DECLARATION FORM*

Who must complete this form: • All Passengers (or one Passenger per family with the same address) bound for the U.S. How to complete this form: • Complete before arrival in the U.S. • Write in English, in capital letters. • Be sure to include the street name and number, city, and

state of your address in the U.S. • If you are transiting through the U.S., you may write TRANSIT and your final destination country. • Lines 5 and 6 may be left blank if not using a passport. • On Line 9, enter WN for Southwest, followed by your specific flight number. • Please read both sides of the declaration. • Sign at the “X.”

PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL TUREK / GALLERY STOCK (CASA DE CAMPO)

SOUTHWEST VACATIONS® SWEEPSTAKES Visit Southwest vacations.com/pujnow and enter for your chance to win round trip air travel for two on Southwest Airlines to Punta Cana International Airport (does not include taxes and fees starting from $5.60 one-way); four-night double accommodations at Royalton Bavaro Resort and Spa; and round trip airport/hotel transfers.*

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At Juanillo Beach, come for the sun and sand, and stay for the ceviche at Little John. The casual restaurant also serves sandwiches, burgers, and a variety of ice-cold drinks.

CASA DE CAMPO RESORT AND VILLAS Book a tee

BAYAHIBE Less than an hour from Punta Cana, this beach town promises crystal-clear water and white sand. Visit Saona Island, just off the coast, for snorkeling, or Parque Nacional del Este, a marine park.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEPHEN DEVRIES (LITTLE JOHN), ANTONINO BARTUCCIO/SIME/SOPA COLLECTION/OFFSET (BAYAHIBE)

time at one of three courses, including Teeth of the Dog, which offers stunning views of the Dominican coast.

* NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Void where prohibited. Open to legal residents of 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia age 21 or older at time of entry. Limit one entry per person. All fields must be completed. Approximate retail value of prize: $3,200. For complete details and Official Rules, visit Southwestvacations.com/pujnow. By submitting this entry, you agree to the Official Rules. By entering, information collected will be used in accordance with Sponsor’s Privacy Policy at Southwestvacations.com/generalinformation/privacy-and-security-policy. Sponsor: The Mark Travel Corporation, doing business as Southwest Vacations, 8415 South Park Circle, Orlando, FL 32819. Enter by 11:59 p.m. CT on May 31, 2018. Air travel does not include taxes and fees of at least $5.60 one-way.

MEXICAN CUSTOMS DECLARATION FORM

Who must complete this form: • All Passengers (or one Passenger per family with the same address) on flights bound for Mexico. How to complete this form: • Complete sections 1–6. • Once completed, sign and date the form.

MEXICAN IMMIGRATION FORM

Who must complete this form: • All Passengers (including children) who are not citizens of Mexico, on flights bound for Mexico. How to complete this form: • Complete sections 1–14 on the top portion of the form and sections 1–10 on the bottom portion of the form. • Once completed, sign and date the top portion of the form.

• Sections on the form titled “USO OFICIAL” are for use by Mexican Immigration officials and should not be filled out by Passengers. What to do with this form: • The form will be separated as Passengers proceed through Mexican Customs. • Make sure to retain the bottom portion of the form, which serves as your visa while in Mexico. It must be surrendered

at time of check-in for your return flight. Passengers unable to present this form at time of departure will be fined by Mexican Immigration. * Go to cbp.gov to download, fill out, and print this form before your next international flight.

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Route Map

Your Destination Awaits

Planning your next getaway? It’s a snap at Southwest.com. PACIFIC TIME MOUNTAIN TIME

SEATTLE/TACOMA

CENTRAL TIME

SPOKANE PORTLAND

BOISE

MINNEAPOLIS/ ST. PAUL GRAND RAPIDS MILWAUKEE

RENO/TAHOE

DES MOINES

SALT LAKE CITY

SACRAMENTO OAKLAND SAN FRANCISCO (SFO) SAN JOSE

CHICAGO (MIDWAY)

OMAHA INDIANAPOLIS DENVER KANSAS CITY

ST. LOUIS

LOUISVILLE

LAS VEGAS WICHITA BURBANK LOS ANGELES (LAX) LONG BEACH

ONTARIO/LA

ALBUQUERQUE

ORANGE COUNTY

NASHVILLE TULSA

AMARILLO

SAN DIEGO

OKLAHOMA CITY PHOENIX

YOU’RE ON YOUR WAY You can get to a number of other cities via Southwest destinations. Travel to Santa Fe via Albuquerque, Palm Springs via Ontario/ LA, Galveston via Houston (Hobby), and more. Service between some cities/airports is not offered.

LITTLE ROCK

LUBBOCK

TUCSON

DALLAS (LOVE FIELD) EL PASO

MEMPHIS

BIRMINGHAM

MIDLAND/ODESSA

AUSTIN HOUSTON (HOBBY)

PENSACOLA NEW ORLEANS

SAN ANTONIO CORPUS CHRISTI

HARLINGEN/SOUTH PADRE ISLAND

CABO SAN LUCAS/LOS CABOS

CANCU CANC UN PUERTO VALLARTA

SPOKANE

At Riverfront Park, visitors can hop on the historic carousel, hike the Centennial Trail, or take the SkyRide for views of the city and Huntington Park.

MEXICO CITY BELIZE CITY

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CINCINNATI

Visit the Southwest Porch at Washington Park for lawn games, local brews, and plenty of outdoor fun.

EASTERN TIME ATLANTIC TIME PORTLAND MANCHESTER ROCHESTER FLINT DETROIT

ALBANY

BUFFALO/ NIAGARA FALLS

LONG ISLAND/ISLIP NEW YORK (LAGUARDIA) NEW YORK (NEWARK)

CLEVELAND

PHILADELPHIA

PITTSBURGH

BALTIMORE/WASHINGTON (BWI)

COLUMBUS

CINCINNATI

BOSTON LOGAN PROVIDENCE HARTFORD/SPRINGFIELD

WASHINGTON, D.C. (DULLES) WASHINGTON, D.C. (REAGAN NATIONAL) RICHMOND NORFOLK/VIRGINIA BEACH

RALEIGH/DURHAM CHARLOTTE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG

CHARLESTON

ATLANTA

JACKSONVILLE PANAMA CITY BEACH

BIRMINGHAM

ORLANDO TAMPA FT. MYERS/ NAPLES

WEST PALM BEACH FT. LAUDERDALE (MIAMI AREA)

From Galaga to SkeeBall, the games at Paramount are as enticing as the food and drinks.

NASSAU TURKS AND CAICOS

SAN JUAN

HAVANA PUNTA CANA GRAND CAYMAN MONTEGO BAY

ARUBA

Must be 21 to drink. Enjoy Responsibly.

LIBERIA

SAN JOSÉ

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One Question

what has showbiz taught you?

the gift of gab / A Little Help with Carol Burnett debuts May 4 on Netflix. For an extended interview, visit southwestmag.com/ carol-burnett.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY RAMONA ROSALES/NETFLIX

Carol Burnett,

Never make a career decision based on money. When I was in my 20s, I had an offer to do an off-Broadway show, Once Upon a Mattress. It was only going to run for six weeks at a subscription theater and paid $80 a week. I wanted to do it, but my manager said, “Are you crazy? I can get you a nightclub act in Las Vegas for $1,500 a week.” That was more money than I could ever imagine, but I had always wanted to be on Broadway. I said to myself, I’m not going to think about the money. I’m going to think about learning. The show not only ran six weeks, but we were successful enough that they moved us to Broadway and we ran for a year. That was a very big break for me.

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