Archive for the 'Great Stories' Category

Women’s Travel Gold Winner: In Search of a Shining Moment

Monday, June 26th, 2017

By Anne Sigmon
We all call barbarous anything that is contrary to our own habits.
―Michel de Montaigne, The Compete Essays
We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
― Martin Luther King Jr., speech in St. Louis, March 22, 1964
The front page pictured a lifeless Syrian child, dusty limbs splayed in the gray [...]

Travel Memoir Gold Winner: Life Sentence

Monday, June 19th, 2017

By Steven Law
Faced with a difficult life decision, he seeks solace in the wilderness.
The air was cold and still, a skin-tightening astringent kiss from mother nature welcoming me back. And nothing moved. The precedent stillness before the storm. Like God pausing to wrap a pull cord around a tornado. It gave me a buggy, spooky [...]

Travel and Food Gold Winner: The Swankiest Rodent in Cartagena

Monday, June 12th, 2017

By Darrin DuFord
For one well-traveled Colombian chef, the culinary intersection of country and city is served with a side of 80s arena rock and a phantom mouthful of water hyacinth.
The structure I’d just entered loosely counted as a building—part indoor, part outdoor, depending on how much light pierced the gaps in the zinc roofing. Several [...]

Men’s Travel Silver Winner: Paddling the Sewershed

Monday, June 5th, 2017

By Brice Particelli
Two friends, a leaky raft, and the Bronx River.
We splurged on the raft. While the picture on the box clearly showed two young kids paddling a placid lake, it also boasted a “motor-mount fitting” for an engine. It was comforting to know that this raft at least pretended to be built for rougher stuff.
My [...]

Love Story Gold Winner: The Uncertain Certainty of Leaving

Monday, May 29th, 2017

By Kathy Harding
They discover what they’re willing to risk for love.
Buoyed by the brazen optimism of our new love affair, my Kiwi, Rob, and I cast ourselves adrift in a revelatory landscape, the South Island of New Zealand.
I was 41 years old and desperate for a baby, he was a stranger from the bottom of [...]

Animal Encounter Gold Winner: From Tsetses to Chimps

Monday, May 1st, 2017

By David Myles Robinson
One of my favorite movie lines of all time was spoken by Walter Brennan’s character Eddie in To Have and Have Not: “Say, was you ever bit by a dead bee?”
I can’t say exactly why that line resonated with me, especially since I’m not one of those guys who make a practice [...]

Doing Good or the Kindness of Strangers Gold Winner: Nirvana’s Horizon—Discovering the Soul of the Golden Land as a Buddhist Monk in Myanmar

Monday, April 24th, 2017

By Kevin Dimetres
He was seeking a new level of travel.
The reflection in the mirror was virtually unrecognizable; the spelling of my name remained obscure; what might happen next had become a perpetual mystery.  Before I could make sense of it all, Burgundy-robed monks whisked me away, up a dusty spiral staircase, to their secluded 5th [...]

Bad Trip Silver Winner: White Water Death

Monday, April 17th, 2017

By Steve Gardiner
A drowning in Yosemite National Park
A park ranger on a horse rode up behind Terry Rypkema and me and pleaded for our help. “You have a climbing rope,” she said. “Bring it up to the bridge, please. We have a possible drowning.”
Terry and I had driven from our homes in Wyoming to Yosemite [...]

Elder Travel Gold Winner: The Elevator in Rome

Monday, April 10th, 2017

By Bill Zarchy
Stuck on a hot day.
“I’ve gotta get out of here!” shrieked the voice from the corner. “You don’t understand. I’m claustrophobic!”
It was a warm summer day. Susan and I had boarded an elevator in a poorly air-conditioned archaeological museum in Rome, along with a dozen people from our tour group, and Rachel, our [...]

Family Travel Gold Winner: Making the Great Migration

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

By Sarah Enelow
An American woman makes a pilgrimage to Mississippi, where her black family lived during slavery and segregation, then retraces their 1941 exodus to Detroit by train.
I stared up at a concrete obelisk streaked with black dirt. It bore an etching of a confederate flag and read, “The men were right who wore the [...]

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