Archive for March, 2016

Animal Encounter Gold Winner: The Battle of Waterkloof

Monday, March 28th, 2016

By Gerald Yeung Bruce Lee vs. the Namibian Baboon Army. Namibia was founded on two indisputable truths. One: it never rains. Thus I lose my favorite excuse to opt out of a hike. Two: every Asian person is Bruce Lee. These two random facts play pivotally in the attack of the baboons. The Waterkloof Trail, […]

Adventure Travel Gold Winner: Swimming for Sure

Friday, March 25th, 2016

By Steven Law When things go wrong during a Grand Canyon rafting trip, the author’s friends are there to set things right. About 260 million years ago, massive aeolian winds blew with enough ferocity to carry sand from the far-distant north and deposit it in large dunes, 500 feet deep, in what is now northern […]

Grand Prize Bronze Winner (tie): The Good Captain

Friday, March 11th, 2016

By Glenda Reed “When the sea is calm, every ship has a good captain.” —Sailing proverb I watched the sleeping ocean from a corner of the cockpit. In the deep darkness, blind waves broke and collapsed in rhythmic, drawn-out hisses, luring me to sleep as they misted me with spray. Even in sleep, the ocean […]

Grand Prize Bronze Winner (tie): The Train to Harare

Monday, March 7th, 2016

By Lance Mason A lesson in southern Africa, circa 1988. In Africa, we are all children. Everything is new, and everything is old. The sapling sprouting among the creepers is new; the forest, old. Though the baby in the kaross sling is new, his tribe is old. The dawn’s breeze swirls the dust over the […]

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