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Dude Over Troubled Water

IT'S EARLY morning on the Kentucky side of the Ohio River, 20 miles downstream from Evansville, Indiana, and the walls of a rickety white houseboat called The Miracle are pulsating to the...

All-Weather Drive

SCHOLARS GENERALLY AGREE that the earliest North Americans crossed over from Asia via the Bering Land Bridge—an Ice Age isthmus that linked the two continents about 11,000 years ago. This...

Let the Games Begin

AN UNPRECEDENTED 3.5 billion people are expected to tune in February 8 and watch the opening ceremonies of the XIX Olympic Winter Games, including, quite possibly, you. But try for a moment to...

This Must Be the Place

SLC l to do: Skin up Grizzly Gulch near Alta, or anywhere in Big Cottonwood Canyon with a deep accumulation of snow. Build a ski jump. Try your first front and back flips...

Where the Ghost Bird Sings by the Poison Springs

THE WATER'S EDGE at the south end of North Shore—a shuttered, graffiti'd, ruined resort town which, as you might have guessed, lies near the north shore of California's Salton...

Righteous Journeys

ALASKA The U.S. Forest Service Passport in Time Program 800-281-9176 www.passportintime.com Dates: May 20...

Rattle & Roll

Dodging rattlesnakes on a mountain bike is easy. Here's the scene: It's just after daybreak on Puerto Blanco Drive, a 53-mile dirt road that loops through Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in...

The Phantom Stampede

They always wait to tear through camp until after you've stargazed yourself into bleary slumber. Then the frenzied desperation of blood-lusting coyotes sends you leaping from your epidermis and...

Night of the Blue Norther

We were cooking curried mac and cheese on a cobble beach on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande. It was the third day of a six-day, mid-March river trip and eight of us from the mountains of...

The Gulch Club

Hole in the Rock Road turned my dog's teeth into castanets. A godforsaken strip of red dirt running southeast from the desert-rat town of Escalante, Utah, Hole in the Rock could be the most...

Cached Pow

The geophysical details of Alaska are to powder hounds what the specs on the V-12, 525-horsepower, $250,000 Lamborghini Diablo are to your average car aficionado: numbers to die for. With 49...

Alaska for Greenhorns

Milky skies marked our February arrival in Alaska as we bounced along the tarmac in Anchorage. Soon we were winding south on the Seward Highway toward Girdwood and our palatial base camp, the...

Big-Time Bragging Rights

Iditasport 100 February 9 Sheep Mountain, Alaska THE RACE: "CAUTION: Weather can be extremely cold!" reads the race Web site. That's your first hint that...

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