Archive for July, 2017

Destination Story Bronze Winner: Last Stop in Oklahoma

Monday, July 24th, 2017

By Robert Reid
An Okie expat and his 76-year-old uncle aim to summit the Black Mesa in the USA’s most unlucky and unwanted rectangle.
The road’s empty and rising slightly. I lean forward in the driver’s seat and look through the windshield to the biggest skies I’ve ever seen. An immense block of sea-blue smeared in white [...]

Family Travel Bronze Winner: Warp Thread

Monday, July 17th, 2017

By Leslie Oh
A weaving workshop on the Navajo Reservation bonds a mother and daughter and offers a lesson about how to live a balanced life.
Mom and I breathed deeply four times in the cool shadow of Table Mesa. In the distance, a worn road led southward through the Navajo Reservation and northward to Shiprock, New [...]

Funny Travel Gold Winner: Monks and Monkey Poop on the Mountain

Monday, July 10th, 2017

By James Michael Dorsey
A pilgrimage gone wrong.
At first sight, the temple on the mountain seemed a folk tale come to life.
On my journey through Burma, the gleaming temple on the rock that guards Mount Popa had become my challenge, my grail, my pilgrimage, and there it towered above me like a finger of God pointing [...]

Travel and Healing Gold Winner: Into Celtic Twilight

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

By Erin Byrne
The air is the region of the invisible.
—John O’Donohue, Anam Ċara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom
It is morning on the west coast of Ireland on a swath of pebbly beach with an emerald hillside and plateau off to the right. Cloudish sky, pewter water. Beyond the lapping of the waves comes a faint [...]

Travelers' Tales