Archive for the 'Elder Travel' Category

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Elder Travel—Bronze Winner: A Visit to Brokeleg Mountain

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

By John Dalton My son Chris thinks I should stop roaring down fire trails on my mountain bike. He hasn’t told me this directly – he uses his mother, my wife Marilyn, as an intermediary, knowing full well I’ll get the word. I have, and I’m unconvinced – even though I’m 67 years old. Through […]

Elder Travel–Silver Winner: Il Papa

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

By Jan Burak Schwert An encounter with a stranger in a small Umbrian town helped me understand the depth of a country’s grief. Even in medieval Trevi, I wanted to check my email. “Intairnet?” I asked, arms outstretched, typing in the air. Several people pointed to the north edge of the village, but I couldn’t […]

Elder Travel–Gold Winner: Honeysuckle Rose

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

By Jan Burak Schwert I’ve always been a Willie Nelson fan. So the first time I traveled to Texas, I headed straight for Austin and Willie’s hangout, the Broken Spoke. When he didn’t show up, I had to settle for some old black and white photos on the wall. I drove to San Antonio for […]

Elder Travel Category—Bronze Winner: From the Log of the Sheer Folly: Crossing Queen Charlotte Sound

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

by William Raney Central Coast, British Columbia 6:15 AM: I roll over. Speck of light. Time to get going. Today’s the day we cross Queen Charlotte Sound. I flip on the diesel heater and ease myself out of bed. They say you don’t need so much sleep when you are old, but if I’m so […]

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