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April 22, 2001 | CARL DUNCAN
Outside our open windows, the sighing of the South China Sea and the rustle of palm fronds were the night's only sounds. Moonlight bathed Silvermine Beach, where a handful of small hotels lines the boardwalk. Hard to believe that the bright lights of downtown Hong Kong -- the incomparable shopping, dining and sightseeing destination -- are just a half-hour ferry ride away.
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July 28, 2002 | CARL DUNCAN
Anne Saunders has lived here for 15 years. She likes the town, but that's not what keeps her tethered. "Much as I love Dawson," she said, "the Dempster is why I live here." Reaching north for 457 miles, the Dempster Highway runs from Dawson in the Yukon to Inuvik in the Northwest Territories, two degrees north of the Arctic Circle. Sitting atop the permafrost and weathering temperatures that can vary as much as 142 degrees, the Dempster is entirely gravel, 20 feet thick in places.
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