Laura Bly

Veteran journalist Laura Bly has visited seven continents and more than 85 countries, but her favorite place is still a window seat, headed somewhere she's never been. Follow her at, and on Twitter @laurably.

Paddling the Rio Grande

Humorist Will Rogers, the story goes, once described the Rio Grande as “the only river I ever saw that needed irrigation.” But on a recent afternoon a few miles from Albuquerque, the biggest city in what the U. S. Drought Monitor has dubbed the driest state in America, the waterway still evoked its name.