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 Arizona. These [...]
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By Steven Law
By Biju Sukumaran
Saline solution pools on my palm, magnifying the dust and specks of camel hair in my contacts, and cleaning them is now an almost futile gesture. But this was the least of my worries as I sit in my ger in the middle of the Gobi Desert, where our [...]
By Pam Mandel
He was tall and good looking and had attended an expensive prep school where he learned to talk pretty. He liked dancing to pop music and drinking beer and traveling. His father wanted him to be a real estate agent; he was not interested in a desk job. He was [...]
By Anna Elkins
The citywide siren filled every corner of the house—a house in Tel Aviv without a bomb shelter. During one of the siren’s low levels, I heard Tsach’s voice from the garden, “Anna, come and see.”
Barefoot, I ran down the aloe-lined brick walk and came to stand next to him. In [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
by Catherine Watson
A Pilgrimage to Vailima
“Pilgrimages,’’ I reminded myself, as I struggled over yet another fallen tree, “aren’t supposed to be easy.’’
But I had thought this one would be. I had gone to the South Seas to meet Robert Louis Stevenson on his own turf – to see the spacious house that [...]
by James Dorsey
A western Infidel journeys into the Muslim Sahara.
There are places whose names carry an instant association with the romantic and exotic, and for me the foremost has always been Timbuktu.
I am not sure when I first heard the name, but recall as a child that nothing could be “As far [...]
By John Calderazzo
The bite came out of nowhere—came when I was thinking of other things or maybe nothing at all, jet-lagged and exhausted as I was in the thin Himalayan air, chasing my breath at 10,000 feet. Maybe I was distracted by the ranks of snow peaks standing unbelievably high in the [...]