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The Tunnel of Death: A Close Call in Tajikistan

Finally coming out on the other side of the tunnel

I was looking down at my hands, but could not see them. My eyes were burning, it was difficult to breath and I was standing in a pothole about the size of the bicycle. The only thought running through my mind was… I need to get out of this tunnel as soon as possible! I don’t do much in-depth research ... Read More »

Five Adventures to add to your 2016 Travel Bucket List

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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 »

Wildlife Viewing in the Canadian North


The town of Moose Factory in northern Ontario has few obvious attractions for the visitor. You can drop in on the Cree Interpretation Centre and look at old artifacts; you can visit the Hudson’s Bay Company Museum, assuming it’s open; or you can experience the local horsefly, otherwise known as a bulldog. In the words of an early northern explorer, ... Read More »

Your Own Tour De France: Cycling Europe’s Magical Bike Route


Cycling in the south of France is a bucket-list experience for many avid cyclists. A leisurely weekend spent pedaling your own “Tour de France” is sure to be one that you’ll remember for years and offers myriad opportunities to slow down, unwind and smell the flowers Before starting your weekend through Southern France’s endless fields and vineyards, it’s important that ... Read More »

Dispatch From The Field: A Hiker’s Guide To Wolf Sign And Climate Change

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Everyone who visits the Tongass National Forest in southeast Alaska wants to know: have you seen evidence of climate change? As if experiencing climate change was like catching a fleeting glimpse of a wolf slipping through the trees. There is no single moment that defines our experience of climate change in Alaska. Single moments are just weather – strange weather, for sure ... Read More »

Along the Skagit: A Winter Gathering of Eagles


I can still remember my parents teaching me how to spot a bald eagle, “look for the white head and tail feathers since their bodies are black and difficult to see.” It’s January on the Skagit River near Rockport, WA and the bright white heads of bald eagles are prominent against the grayness of the riverbanks and naked alders. Even ... Read More »