Archive for the 'Travel and Sports' Category

Travel and Sports Bronze Winner: Showdown at Shinagawa

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

by Bill Zarchy
Bowling for Budget in Tokyo
On our first night in Japan, Randy dragged us up the hill behind our hotel to go bowling.
Shinagawa Lanes was an electronic wonder attached to the Shinagawa Prince Hotel, a large tower with tiny rooms, where Randy had stayed on his first visit to Japan years [...]

Travel and Sports Silver Winner: Ghana Will Always Win

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

by Joshua Berman
The author experiences World Cup fever on the Gold Coast
It was a two-day journey to Tamale, where Mammah Tenii was waiting to connect us with Chief Kansuk, who everybody called “Chief.” It was the summer of 2006 and the national soccer team, the Ghana Black Stars, was playing in [...]

Travel and Sports Gold Winner: Sidesaddle Girls at a Mexican Rodeo

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

by Tim Leffel
In a hidden stadium at the end of a dirt road in central Mexico, impeccably dressed women ride in an intricate ballet of galloping horses.
We had already been there at least an hour, watching a few rounds of contestants showing off their equestrian skills, before we noticed the most amazing [...]

Travel and Sports Gold Winner: Wisdom, from Defeat

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

by Cheryn Flanagan
Deep down I knew I didn’t belong there-I wasn’t at the monastery to live an ascetic life, gain a greater spiritual understanding of the world, or to learn Gung Fu (known to us in the West as Kung Fu). I was simply there because I thought it would make a cool story, and [...]

Travel and Sports Silver Winner: Running in Puglia

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

by Mary Jean Pramik
An hour before sunrise on a June morning, Puglia beckoned. Stepping out into the dark, the blackened narrow meandering streets of Alberobello opened like a labyrinth before my trullo. I was determined to maintain my marathon training schedule. Often when traveling, my resolve to keep up my running fast dilutes with the [...]

Travel and Sports Bronze Winner: The Fun Run

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

by Kathleen Kelly
Truth is, I only signed up for that 5K because my husband tricked me into it. Stretched across the bed, he was the picture of innocence as he watched TV and flipped through a running magazine.  I was deeply submerged in some online reading when he sent out the first ping. “There’s an [...]

Travel and Sports—Gold: Leaning Left Above the Eiger

Friday, February 27th, 2009

by Julie Hammonds
I am lingering late over breakfast on a quiet summer morning, talking parasailing with the hotel manager. The brightly colored wings that dot the Alpine sky every sunny day here in Switzerland’s Bernese Alps have frequently caught my eye as I hike. Tim, who is earning his parasailing pilot’s certification at a local [...]

Travel and Sports—Silver: Lovely Crinkly Edges

Friday, February 27th, 2009

by Melissa Larsen
“Are you trying to tell me,” said Arthur, slowly and with control, “that you originally … made the Earth?”
“Oh yes,” said Slartibartfast. “Did you ever go to a place … I think it was called Norway?”
“No,” said Arthur. “No, I didn’t.”
“Pity,” said Slartibartfast. “That was one of mine. Won an award you [...]

Travel and Sports—Bronze: Necklace of the Moon

Friday, February 27th, 2009

by Peter Bronski
The beep of my altimeter wristwatch rouses me from my sleep at 11:30 pm, five all-too-short hours after I settled in for a nap. I crawl out of the warm cocoon of my sleeping bag, zip open the tent door, pull back the rain fly, and poke my head out into the thin, [...]

Travel and Sports–Bronze Winner: Somewhere Along the Way

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

By Rebecca L. Dougher
Shane beckons me from the opposite bank of the stream, arms outstretched.
“You can do it,” he shouts over the noise of the rapids. “Just try to land on this rock.”
“You’re out of your mind!” A hard second look at the slippery moss-covered stone isn’t reassuring. Still, it’s the only way: either jump, [...]

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