Travel briefs

Find your way

The Triton 2000 is the newest hand-held GPS device from San Diego-based Magellan. This electronic tool not only directs you in and out of the wild, but it also comes with a built-in 2-megapixel camera and audio recorder. This allows you to add a color photo and comment to mark that beautiful waterfall you find on the electronic map. A barometer also gives you weather forecasts and elevation readings.

One drawback: You navigate the touch screen with a tiny stylus, which is nearly impossible to use with gloves. The cost is about $499, and it is available at Best Buy, Staples and other retailers. For more info, visit

History lesson

In those last days before commercial jets transformed the world of travel, the SS United States was a key player in stylishly carrying travelers between North America and Europe.

Now, idled from commercial service since 1969 and sitting at a pier in South Philadelphia, the ship is up for sale and the cost of renovation has been estimated at $100 million or more. Preservationists don't have the money to buy it, but say they have received assurances that the ship won't be sold for scrap. To read more about the fate of the ship, go to

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