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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 »

Reflections on Wilderness: A Sojourn in the Brooks Range

  It all started simply enough. Rand’s son Darby was graduating from Williams College in 1997, and his dad asked him what he wanted as a graduation present. The answer too was simple: “A trip.” Next question: where? In his Introduction to the second edition of Alaska Wilderness: Exploring the Central Brooks Range, George Marshall provided the answer. “The greatest ... Read More »

Shrunken Heads and Globalization: An Interview with Lawrence Millman

I first encountered the inspired writing of Lawrence Millman some 25 years ago, when I happened upon a somewhat battered copy of his now-classic Last Places in a used book store. I was instantly smitten. The book, which chronicles Millman’s journey across the North Atlantic from Norway to Newfoundland following ancient Viking sea routes was a revelation. At the time, ... Read More »

The Bears of Bella Coola

The Bella Coola Valley is one of North America’s least-known adventure travel destinations. Sort of a ‘lost world’ tucked into the north-central coast of British Columbia, the valley and surrounding mountains offer an abundance of wildlife, incredible scenery, spectacular hiking, kayaking, river rafting and more. But what the Bella Coola Valley is best known for is it’s bears, and grizzly ... Read More »

Five Adventures to add to your 2016 Travel Bucket List

If you are looking for things to add to your adventure travel bucket list, read on! Bucket lists  give you something to work towards, and also something to look forward to. If you don’t already have a travel bucket list, here are some ideas to get you started. Ski in the Alps For every level of skier, a trip to ... Read More »

Havasu Canyon: Springtime in Shangri La

I first heard about Havasu Canyon from Edward Abbey. His idyllic description of it in Desert Solitaire really caught my eye when I first read it back in the 70’s. It sounded like paradise on Earth, a desert Garden of Eden. It sounded too good to be true. Thirty-five years later, my time had finally come to see Havasu for ... Read More »

Hiking The Spits: Changing Tides And Landscape Offer A Glimpse Into Tillamook Coast History

Looking for some beach time this spring? Ample helpings of natural beauty and human history run up and down Oregon’s Tillamook coast. Two of the most interesting examples, and ones that offer terrific hiking experiences, are Netarts Spit and Bayocean Spit. One is accessible at low tide; the other became more accessible after changing tides swallowed up a resort community. ... Read More »