Archive for the 'Destination' Category

Destination Silver Winner: No Agenda

Monday, March 12th, 2012

by Kim Brown Seely A Girls’ Trip to Italy Men have their golf weekends, their guided fly-fishing, and that ultimate male-bonding ritual, the heli-ski week, which costs practically as much as a child’s education.  But when it comes time for women to get away, we often sabotage ourselves with convenient excuses.  As a result, some […]

Destination Gold Winner: Surreal for Real: The Hidden Jungle Dreamland of Las Pozas

Monday, March 12th, 2012

by Tim Leffel Hidden in a remote Mexican jungle hours from any large city or airport, the sculpture garden of Sir Edward James is like a dream manifested in the waking world. It all starts when I land on a travel magazine article, one containing photos of structures that don’t look like anything that could […]

Animal Encounters Bronze Winner: Touched by a Gorilla

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

by Kim Brown Seely How Rwanda Reached Out and Grabbed Me. Charles weighed 400 pounds, stood nearly six feet when fully upright, and was one hundred percent alpha-male.  His massive black head was luxuriantly hairy, and our eyes met daringly as he reclined in a bamboo thicket as big as a Barcalounger.   Charles, I’d been […]

Animal Encounter Silver Winner: How Not to Almost Die Twice in an Elephant Rampage

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

by Wendy Inouye When you are tramping around on foot in the middle of the African bush, you are offputtingly far from the protection of the police, your embassy, and even Robert Mugabe. Best, then, not to piss off the wildlife. And if you do, try not to do it twice in one day. Adapted […]

Destination Story Gold Winner: A Border Rat in the Twilight Zone

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

by Tom Miller I am a border rat. I’ve been one since the day I hopped back and forth between countries over a fallen, rusty barbed-wire fence in the woodland along the Arizona-Mexico line some 40 years ago. Since that act of joyful anarchy, I’ve traveled the entire length of the frontier numerous times, dined […]

Destination Story Silver Winner: Unbalanced in the Sinking City

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

by Tim Leffel Am I really that bad of a photographer? Every shot of a building looks crooked. It’s like I got drunk in a cantina and then went on a photography spree around Mexico City, unable to keep the viewfinder straight as I clicked off shots of the sites. A slanted church, a leaning […]

Destination Story Bronze Winner: Looking for Ernest Hemingway

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

by James Michael Dorsey Grand Bahama, while grand, is a tiny speck of Bahamian Island soaked in rum and populated by those searching for a lifestyle that does not require their presence. Soon after arriving, I was smitten with the large and beautiful shells known as Conches.  These are the shells you always see bare […]

Destination—Silver: By Any Other Name – A Love Story

Friday, February 27th, 2009

by Kathleen Spivack Does language birth the object/word/thing named? Or is it the other way round? The city of Tours shimmered from the other side of the river Loire. La Touraine, the region, gleamed with its stately chateaux, silvery rivers and pensive gardens. All invited one to stayforever. It was raining that year; the cows […]

Destination—Bronze: Las Pozas

Friday, February 27th, 2009

by Victor Walsh In the afternoon sunlight, the peaks of the Sierra Gorda Mountains in the Mexican state of San Luis Potosi have turned the color of burnished medal, while a smoke-like mist hovers in the valley below. On the steep sloped hills lush with vegetation and terraced with coffee beans stands the village of […]

Destination—Gold: Let’s Spend the Night Together

Friday, February 27th, 2009

by Chris Epting He goes in search of rock star rooms with a grisly past, or “places to check out”–permanently. When booking a hotel room, what drives your decision? Price? Location? Size? Amenities? I’m drawn to rooms based less on the usual factors. For me, the most seductive quality in a room is if something […]

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