Archive for June, 2013

Gold Award in Bad Trip: Like Their Own

Monday, June 24th, 2013

by Saya Des Marais
Dedicated to Humpeng and family of Sabai Sabai Massage & Restaurant in Nong Khiaw, Laos. May your compassionate laughter never change.
I was in Nong Khiaw, a dry, quiet village in the north of Laos, and I hadn’t left my guesthouse in three days.
Three days earlier, I was stumbling along the [...]

Bronze Award in Animal Encounter: Trumpets of Warning

Monday, June 17th, 2013

by Lisa Alpine
Waking early our first full day at Little Governors’ Camp in the Maasai Mara Reserve in Kenya, we were startled to see elephant, hippo, and warthog tracks circling close to the edges of our canvas tent. Was that also a lion’s paw print inches from the tent flap?
The camp [...]

Silver Award in Animal Encounter: Wind Horses of Mustang

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

By Molly Beer
“Having a horse here is like having a motorbike in the city,” Bhupendra Sherchan explained the first day we rode out together on the flanks of snow-capped Nilgiri. The day was still pleasant and autumn-like, the light white, the winds as gentle as the sheep eddies in the town’s [...]

Gold Award in Animal Encounter: Before the Rain

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

By Bunny McBride
. . . before the rain begins I always waken, listening to the world hold its breath. ~Lianne Spidel
It was late, and I lay in my bed in a small round hut nestled against the Great Rift Wall in northern Tanzania. The stone abode was part of a rugged camp where my biologist [...]

Bronze Award in Adventure Travel: On the Trail of a Man Called Snake

Saturday, June 8th, 2013

By Taylor Jennings
Crossing ethnic lines to find a notorious guerrilla leader.
It was early March 1999 when Ilir, my young interpreter, and I set out from Pristina in a battered Lada cast off by some other East bloc nation to find a man known only by his nom de guerre: Gjarperi, the Snake. [...]

Silver Award in Adventure Travel: Walking the Roof of Africa

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

By Laura Lee Huttenbach

An unprepared trek up Mt. Kilimanjaro turns into an adventure of a lifetime.

“If you ever make it home from Africa alive, I’m going to kill you myself,” said my mom. She wasn’t happy with my decision to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro without an oxygen supply.
“But Mom,” I said, “it was [...]

Gold Award in Adventure Travel: Of Desert Nomads and Whales

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

By James Dorsey

From the back of a camel the Sahara seemed endless; an infinite sea of low rolling dunes baked by a swirling sun that would be at home in a Van Gogh painting.

For one month I had been immersed in Berber Tuareg culture, traveling through Mali, as one of the famed [...]

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