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  • The Tao of Iceland

    The Tao of Iceland

    It was the adventure of a lifetime that got its start from a typo, a fateful slip of the finger. I h...

  • The Foxes of San Juan Island

    The Foxes of San Juan Island

    Visitors to San Juan Island expect idyllic beaches, pastoral landscapes dotted with picturesque farm...

  • Welcome to Planet Orcas

    Welcome to Planet Orcas

    With the great out-of-doors, as with cuisine, there’s no disputing matters of taste. One person’s ca...

  • Exploring hiking heaven in Macau

    Exploring hiking heaven in Macau

    Macau is fast becoming a city on the radar of people in all four corners of the world. It is full of...

  • Glacier Bay: The Big Picture

    Glacier Bay: The Big Picture

    Rumbles and booms like a thunderstorm echo all night long in Tarr Inlet. It’s not a storm but ...

The Tao of Iceland

It was the adventure of a lifetime that got its start from a typo, a fateful slip of the finger. I had been researching a trip to my ancestral homeland of the Emerald Isle, but instead of typing I-R-E-L-A-N-D, I tapped out I-C-E-L-A-N-D, and that one misplaced consonant  opened up the door for a memorable journey to a land I ... Read More »

The Foxes of San Juan Island

Visitors to San Juan Island expect idyllic beaches, pastoral landscapes dotted with picturesque farms and lodges, forests of kaleidoscopic green. What visitors might not expect is the foxes. The red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) of San Juan Island are a classic example of how tenuous and complex the relationships between humans and wildlife can be. Wildlife managers are trying to balance ... Read More »

Welcome to Planet Orcas

With the great out-of-doors, as with cuisine, there’s no disputing matters of taste. One person’s caviar is another’s soggy dumpling. For myself, I’ve always preferred a good healthy slog through an ancient forest to the more easeful charms of a beach. So it was that, shortly after I arrived on Orcas Island, I began hiking along the Cold Spring Trail. ... Read More »

Exploring hiking heaven in Macau

Macau is fast becoming a city on the radar of people in all four corners of the world. It is full of history, culture and magical scenery, which can be explored properly on one of the city’s many hiking trails that are available to adventurous types. Although Macau is one of the most densely populated cities on the planet, with ... Read More »

Glacier Bay: The Big Picture

Rumbles and booms like a thunderstorm echo all night long in Tarr Inlet. It’s not a storm but our neighbor, the Margerie glacier, calving icebergs a mile away at the head of the inlet. Waves from the falling ice rock the boat, usually gently, but sometimes more vigorously, which I find a bit unnerving. The next morning, the glassy bay ... Read More »

Dreaming in Glacier Bay

I had been thinking about Glacier Bay for a long time. I’d done my fair share of poking around on— and in— glaciers in the North Cascades, Canadian Rockies and Alaska. The sensuous forms and sculptural grace of icescapes had always captured my imagination. For me, glacial landscapes offered up a visceral sense of nature’s drama laid bare, the shifting ... Read More »

Where Bigfoot Walks: Back to the Dark Divide

In 1989, Robert Michael Pyle was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to investigate the legends of Sasquatch. The resulting book, Where Bigfoot Walks: Across the Dark Divide was published in 1995 and was greeted with international acclaim. In the decade that followed Pyle continued his explorations into the mythology and speculative realities surrounding the existence—or lack thereof—of Bigfoot. In a new ... Read More »

Ornithology in the Yukon Territory

This past spring I visited Whitehorse and a friend drove me to the Son of War Eagle Landfill a few miles outside of town. For local birders, this might as well have been Point Pelee, or even Brazil’s Pantanal. “Last year I saw two uncommon species for the Yukon here—a Brewer’s blackbird and an American pipit,” my friend told me. ... Read More »

Discover BC’s National Parks This Summer – For Free!

Bargains like this just don’t happen every year. Admission to Canadian National Parks is free during 2017 as part of the country’s 150th birthday celebration. Add to that a favorable exchange rate on the U.S. dollar, and a car-camping road trip north this summer looks like a steal. It’s time to start planning. British Columbia has five great national parks ... Read More »