Archive for the 'Fifth Annual Solas Awards Winners' 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 […]

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 […]

Adventure Story Bronze Winner: Beyond Thunder

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

by Jeffe Aronson Autumn, 1976 The air is cool, damp. The walls coated with long undisturbed, powder-like talc, virtually liquid. My feet sense every irregularity of the limestone floor through the thin plastic soles of Chinese slippers. I cannot tell where the water is–the pools mere phantoms, perfectly clear, perfectly calm, air melding into water […]

Cruise Story Silver Winner: Moscow Doesn’t Believe in Puking: A Whale Watching Tour in Monterey

Friday, October 21st, 2011

by Marianne Ruane Whether it was all of the rocking the boat did while stalling for us to photograph the whales, or the fact that I was getting chilled, or those Denny’s breakfast sausages I probably shouldn’t have eaten, I don’t know, but all of a sudden, I was not feeling well. I had about […]

Bad Trip Gold Winner: Sinyala Fault

Monday, July 11th, 2011

by Jeffe Aronson I glance back uphill at the slowly disappearing shape of Alan, where I left him perched on an overhanging rock ledge, sketching the remote and incomprehensible landscape visible from the tip of Great Thumb Mesa. Part of the Havasupai Indian Reservation. It’s June, which is really a stupid time to be hiking […]

Animal Encounter Gold Winner: Elephant Driving 101

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

By Kate Crawford “Is that my elephant?” I ask as the first mammoth mammal lumbers into camp. “That’s Lawan,” John replies, watching her undulating gait. “She’s our youngest, the village flirt. She can be a bit naughty. She’s known to indulge in little diva tantrums if another elephant gets more camera time.” Shivering in the […]

Adventure Travel Gold Winner: Death Road

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

by Sabine Bergmann I leaned cautiously towards the road’s edge, which gave way to a sheer cliff, a gashed rock-face stretching towards the distant earth. At the bottom, a mere speck of yellow on the floor of rocks, lay the tiny carcass of a yellow bus – tiny from here, at least. Squinting, I could […]

Grand Prize Gold Winner: The Memory Bird

Monday, February 28th, 2011

by Carolyn Kraus On a warm and windy July morning, we were headed south on the Partisan Highway out of Minsk, Belarus. Marina, the friend of a Jewish Belarusian expatriate I knew back home in Detroit, was nervous at the wheel of the little twenty-year–old Soviet-built Moskveech she’d just learned to drive, its doors wired […]

Grand Prize Silver Winner: Masha

Monday, February 28th, 2011

by Marcia DeSanctis Two women, one skirt, and an untold story. The first time I met Maria Konstantinovna, she was wearing a black leather skirt. It was Italian, brand new, and it was mine. Masha, as I would come to know her, was a dejournaya in Moscow. Women like her sat on every floor in […]

Grand Prize Bronze Winner: Beneath the Rim

Monday, February 28th, 2011

A Journey Down the Colorado River with Captain John Wesley Powell by Michael Shapiro Our boats are four in number. Three are built of oak, stanch and firm (with) water-tight cabins.… These will buoy the boats should the waves roll them over in rough water. The fourth is made of pine…built for fast rowing.… We […]

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