Archive for the 'Bad Trip' Category

Gold Award in Bad Trip: Like Their Own

Monday, June 24th, 2013

by Saya Des Marais Dedicated to Humpeng and family of Sabai Sabai Massage & Restaurant in Nong Khiaw, Laos. May your compassionate laughter never change. I was in Nong Khiaw, a dry, quiet village in the north of Laos, and I hadn’t left my guesthouse in three days. Three days earlier, I was stumbling along […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bad Trip Gold Winner: Siliguri

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

by Megan Lyles It was 4:20 a.m. when I heard the faint hum in the distance. The noise grew steadily from a barely perceptible hope to a shrieking racket, and then slowed to individual thunk-thunk-thunks as the train pulled into the station. When it had stopped completely, I unfolded myself from atop my backpack and […]

Bad Trip Silver Winner: The Ride to Las Palmas

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

by Margaret Ford Rogers Matt insisted.  “They’re Cuban and know the roads.” Hmmm. This might have been true, but naïve Matt didn’t really understand what he was saying in giving the OK for Jordan and Fermin to drive. Regardless, I should have been against it. Mickie and I had two strict rules for driving in […]

Bad Trip Bronze Winner: Beirut in the Baltics

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

by John Edwards Into the Wild Wild East of “Europe Minor” After the collapse of communism in the USSR, inflation in the freshly minted Baltic republics of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia rolled up the ruble into the cheapest toilet paper around, so I decided to go East and stock up. I needed a cheap place […]

Bad Trip—Gold: Miracle at Landing Zone Ross

Friday, February 27th, 2009

by Robert B. Robeson …I think I should say one word, too, a special word, about the “Dust Offs”the Med-Evacs. This was a great group of men. All those who flew them, all those who did it. Courage above and beyond the call of duty was sort of routine to them. It was a daily […]

Bad Trip—Silver: The Catheter’s Revenge

Friday, February 27th, 2009

by Dodie Cross I was flying from Thailand, back to the States, after a bladder repair went south. It was supposed to be a “quickie” type of surgery. “Sree day and you casseta come out,” my sweet Thai surgeon told me. “When you can pee-pee on you own, you go home.” That was reassuring. It […]

Bad Trip—Bronze: Waitomo Caves

Friday, February 27th, 2009

by Cindy Gold The “Lonely Planet” guidebook on New Zealand describes the blackwater tubing experience at Waitomo Caves as “… a three-hour trip on an inner tube floating down a subterranean river that flows through Ruakuri Cave … floating through a long, glowworm-covered passage.” It also mentions you’ll be wearing a wetsuit to keep you […]

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