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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 […]

Cruise Story Bronze Winner: Death and Life on the Nile

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

by Veronica Hackethal What happens when two sisters and their mother encounter Agatha Christie’s Egypt three months before the recent revolution?  An account of Egypt’s timeless mysteries, with observations about how the contemporary living situation contributed to Egypt’s recent upheaval. “Gosh, a funeral procession!” exclaims an English traveler, with typical understatement.  He points dockside where […]

Cruise Story Silver Winner: Persepolis

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

by Laura Lee Huttenbach A Mother-Daughter Cruise to Iran. “You know, honey, I was thinking it would be fun to go on a cruise together,” said my mom.  I looked up from my computer screen.  My hair was unwashed, my body covered in stray highlighter, my eyes droopy and bloodshot.  I’d been writing for days.  […]

Cruise Story Gold Winner: Force 10!

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

by Lois Hofmann Cruisers experience a night of sheer terror while sailing off the Colombian coast. Howling like a pack of ravenous wolves, the insatiable wind chases Pacific Bliss through the churning seas off the lawless Colombia coast. With a maddening roar, it claws through the rolled-up bimini shades surrounding the cockpit, tearing fasteners and […]

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 […]

Animal Encounter Silver Winner: How Not to Almost Die Twice in an Elephant Rampage

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

by Wendy Inouye When you are tramping around on foot in the middle of the African bush, you are offputtingly far from the protection of the police, your embassy, and even Robert Mugabe. Best, then, not to piss off the wildlife. And if you do, try not to do it twice in one day. Adapted […]

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 […]

Cruise Story Gold Winner: The Starlight Serenade

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

by Megan Lyles We almost didn’t sail on the Starlight Serenade in the first place. We’d e-mailed the captain after we saw the information tacked up on a Panama City hostel notice board, “Sail to Colombia,” exactly what we were looking for. But when Michael asked him a few questions, common safety questions brought up […]

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