Archive for the 'Elder Travel' Category

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 [...]

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 reserved would [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Elder Travel Gold Winner: The Tiny Red Kettle

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

by Jan Burak Schwert
“Sarajevo is ready for tourists,” read the article in the London Times.  Pictures of red roofs and snow-capped mountains leapt off the page.  Bosnia had emerged from the 1990’s war and rebuilt its infrastructure, but tourists had yet to discover the country.  It was time to visit.
Flying from Italy to Sarajevo, I [...]

Elder Travel—Bronze: Lost and Found in Prague

Friday, February 27th, 2009

by Jan Burak Schwert
Ron and I had just arrived in Prague and needed a room for the night. We parked our car and walked for more than an hour, looking for a vacancy.
Rain pelted the sidewalk and it was getting dark, but my husband and I kept moving. We found ourselves on a street lined [...]

Elder Travel—Gold: Tiger

Friday, February 27th, 2009

by Patricia Dreyfus
We were hanging on to the roll bar of the open Land Rover, as the driver careened down the dirt track, through the thick overhanging trees. Early that morning we crossed the Rapti River which is the boundary of Chitwan National Park in Nepal. We were holding a pass that allowed us to [...]

Elder Travel—Silver: The Fiji Kiss

Friday, February 27th, 2009

by Patricia Page
Growing up, I believed my missionary grandparents had been eaten by cannibals. That was one story. Another was that my grandmother had been buried in the middle of the Fijian jungle in a hollowed-out tree trunk. That didn’t quite jibe with having been eaten but was a more appealing image. I’d also heard [...]

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