Archive for the 'Great Stories' Category

House of Transfiguration

Thursday, May 12th, 2022

By Dianne Cheseldine Travel and Transformation Gold Winner in the Sixteenth Annual Solas Awards Finding an oasis in the ancient medina of Fez. Only a small plaque indicated the entrance to my riad, Dar Attajalli, meaning House of Transfiguration. The door opened and with one steep step I entered a new world. The young employee, […]

Journeys with an Amazonian Shaman

Tuesday, April 26th, 2022

By Johnny Motley Men’s Travel Gold Winner in the Sixteenth Annual Solas Awards Further proof that lives can change in an instant. On the sixth day aboard an Amazonian cargo ship, I spied the faint outline of São Gabriel da Cachoeira from the aft deck. Located deep in the Upper Amazon, São Gabriel held the […]

Grand Prize Gold Winner: Boots Bilong Mi

Tuesday, March 29th, 2022

By Patrick Ritter On a dugout canoe trip through the interior of New Guinea, how far would you go for a pair of shoes? I heard a splash behind me and I froze midstroke. Sounded close. I twisted around to see a large tree crashing into the water. The Sepik River winds across the swamplands […]

Grand Prize Silver Winner: Honor and the Sea

Tuesday, March 29th, 2022

By Janna Brancolini How a female pioneer of underwater archaeology teamed up with a Sicilian winemaker to save a priceless ancient shipwreck. Buried beneath the floor of the Mediterranean, in waters so turbulent the epic poet Homer had imagined the thrashings of sea monsters, the ship waited. She had once defended an ancient settlement near […]

Grand Prize Bronze Winner: The Shakeout Trip

Tuesday, March 29th, 2022

By Robert Dale Fama A premature midlife crisis, a sack of money, and a backpack combine to reveal that a beginner traveler learns quick in the Sahara. We had already broken down five times when Amadou snapped the ignition key off in his dilapidated Land Rover. He reached up and rubbed his necklace, a black […]

Lifer

Monday, April 12th, 2021

By Lisa Boice Animal Encounter Gold Winner in the Fifteenth Annual Solas Awards “The life list of a birdwatcher is of a different order. It’s not what you cross off that counts, but what you add.” —Terry Tempest Williams The black sky was like a drop cloth over the prairie grass and the only thing […]

Why I Love Baboons

Tuesday, April 6th, 2021

By Lynn Brindell Adventure Travel Gold Winner in the Fifteenth Annual Solas Awards I think Beatus did it because he felt guilty. Or because he thought we’d give him a bigger tip. He’d gently rustled our tent flap that morning, the bright slit of light slicing through dark green shadows. “Good morning!” he softly called. […]

Grand Prize Bronze Winner (tie): Laura – Lady of the Mexican Nights

Monday, March 22nd, 2021

By Edward Stanton You wanted to get farther away from home, beyond the border and Baja California, deeper into the country.  The city of Saltillo lay on a slope of the Sierra Madre Oriental, just north of the central plateau, about 5,000 feet high.  There you found a boardinghouse with a courtyard on Calle Xicoténcatl […]

Grand Prize Bronze Winner (tie): Marriage, Dubois Style

Monday, March 15th, 2021

By Colette O’Connor “Just add three letters to Paris and you have paradise.” —Jules Renard The family Dubois of Avenue Foch are French. That is to say, the family Dubois are different. In an age when nearly half of American marriages collapse, often in smoking heaps of anger, bitterness, pain, I often wondered, what does […]

Grand Prize Silver Winner: The House Within

Monday, March 8th, 2021

By Jacob Kemp When I turned twenty-one, I spent the better part of a year in an attic, hiding from Nazis. The calendar read 2011. I had just graduated from college. I was offered a role in The Diary of Anne Frank, to play Peter Van Daan. So I packed a suitcase, a carry-on, my […]

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