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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, […]

Elder Travel Bronze Winner: Driving with Gods

Monday, February 13th, 2017

By Carol J. Arnold An old gypsy teaches a retired American visitor that getting lost is often the best way to find what you’re looking for. It came out of nowhere, a horrendous crash like something had dropped from the sky, shattering the passenger window only a few feet from my face. “It’s okay,” my […]

Elder Travel Silver Winner: To Live or Die in the Danakil

Monday, October 24th, 2016

By James Michael Dorsey How to survive a suicidal trek up a volcano. All six gunmen arrived at sunset, bought and paid for, and all we had to do was choose who would go with whom. Moussa was quite small as Afar tribesmen go and yet, everything about his manner suggested he was a predator. […]

Elder Travel Gold Winner: Burmese Tea

Monday, May 30th, 2016

By James Michael Dorsey A drink he hates got him his best photo ever. Whenever I look up, the trail mercifully fades into the clouds above, obscuring all distance. The word trail is used loosely here as the term, in my mind at least, usually refers to a walkable surface associated with hiking. This churned […]

Elder Story Bronze Winner: Grandma Steps In

Monday, March 12th, 2012

by Margaret Wagner Grandma Taught Me to Step Up by Stepping In I sat on a stone bench outside the ruins of Ephesus, Turkey with my 85-year old Grandma.  She was a petite woman of 5’4,” hair barely peppered with silver and delicate hands that somehow retained a refined air despite decades of kneading pie […]

Elder Travel Silver Winner: Warm Enough

Monday, March 12th, 2012

by Suzanne LaFetra going to the dogs with my mother. “It’s your human environment that makes climate.” Mark Twain The day before my mom and I were to leave balmy California, the dogsledding trip suddenly struck me as insane. I called the Wintergreen Lodge in northern Minnesota to double check that the super-double-extra-warm parkas I’d […]

Elder Travel Gold Winner: A Sea Change

Monday, March 12th, 2012

by Judith Works How I floated into retirement The countess was drunk again, floating motionless on her back in the warm water of the ship’s swimming pool. Wrinkled, thin and heavy with jewelry, she seemed to have an ability to remain afloat instead of sinking as the weight of her jewels would dictate. We watched […]

Bad Trip Bronze Winner: Travels With Emmy

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

by Elizabeth Creely A hiking trip turns disastrous for two sisters in California’s Desolation Wilderness. Last July I went to Desolation Wilderness with my sister Emily to celebrate her fortieth birthday. I woke up at 5 a.m., kissed my husband goodbye, and walked to the nearest BART station with my backpack strapped to me. I […]

Bad Trip Silver Winner: Dreaming of Djurjura Cafe

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

by Rosalie Justus Hiking sola in Peru’s Cordillera Blanca, the author worries about same-species predators and other problems. I know right away, the Dutch aren’t going. Marlie’s teeth are all purple from the herbs she’s been chewing. They’re a sharp contrast against her pale skin. She’s one of those naturalists that think if it’s not […]

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 […]

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