Great Lakes maritime buffs and historians are highly familiar with the sinking of the Goodrich side-wheel steamer Alpena in Lake Michigan on Oct. 16, 1880. Up to 80 lives were lost — the entire crew and all her passengers.
Mick and Heidi Reynolds of Michigan's Upper Peninsula have been traveling to Mongolia for the past 14 years in order to teach English in rural areas. This year, instead of going there themselves, a little bit of Mongolia came to them.
In this tropical climate, it doesn’t seem particularly strange to walk inside a building and find sand beneath your feet, as you do when passing through the arched entryway of the Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas.