Travel

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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Travel and Surf: Things to Consider Before Hitting the Waves

It is no secret that one of the most fulfilling experiences is to travel the world and enjoy your passion at the same time. There are some fortunate people – from businessmen and women to travel writers and bloggers – who savor all the perks of seeing the beauty of earth while earning a decent living along the way. On …

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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. …

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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, …

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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 …

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The Language of Humility: A Journey into the Brooks Range

From the moment I pull my pack from the truck, heft it onto my back and walk away from the road, I  am on my own. It is a relief for me to be dropped off at this lake, free of obligation, committed to nothing but finding my way through wide valleys, over a pass and down a river. I …

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

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 …

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