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Sunday, December 5, 2004; Page P02

WORTH A TRIP: Jesus is my co-paddler? Evangelical-turned-agnostic Michael Perry floats the Grand Canyon with a boatload of creationists in the December Backpacker. Chugging Crystal Light in lieu of brewskis, they're out to find geological clues that support scripture. Perry's perceptive conclusion: "The journey of faith is constant -- there is grave danger in assuming you have arrived. The Grand Canyon makes me feel humble. That will do for now."

WORTH A FLIP: At regional Christmas markets, In Britain says, locals don period costumes and shop for savories like Poacher's cheese, Rosey Nosey beer and Bath buns, while carolers and bell-ringers entertain . . . With "gnarly terrain," a torchlight ski parade and Native American dancers, Ski claims, Taos, N.M., is the best place to escape "plastic Santas" . . . Fool Father Time by celebrating New Year's twice -- in neighboring time zones. Budget Living touts Lake Gogebic, Mich. (snowmobile ride across a frozen lake to catch midnight No. 2) and Cape San Blas, Fla. (free time-traveling trolley) . . . Don't want coal in your stocking next year? See Transitions Abroad's guide to responsible tourism . . . and get that hotel towel out of your suitcase!

WORTH A GAWK: As a travel fantasy, "Joining the Mile High Club" beats out "Climbing Mount Everest" (two to one) for Men's Journal readers . . . Back to "reality," Modern Bride scopes out exotic hideaways where reality shows are shot.

-- Gayle Keck

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