North & Central America

Expeditions: Lewis and Clarking It

AHH TABERNAC, I swore, as my boat ricocheted from one rock to the next, pinballing its way down the snaky headwaters of the Bonaventure River. It had been less than an hour since the put...

One-Day Blasts: Workman's Comp

I FIRST HEARD about the Box at the end of a cold, rainy Gauley season in West Virginia. Six of us river guides were sitting under a tarp in a rafting company's gravel parking lot, playing poker...

The Original Ride

In 1907, a young Irish-Hawaiian lifeguard named George Freeth paddled a plank into the ocean at Redondo Beach, caught a wave, and made headlines as "The Man Who Could Walk on Water!" "This is...

The Big Sweep

If you're skeptical about discovering true off-road solitude in the midst of the great sprawlopolis, head directly north toward the Santa Monica Mountains, a patchwork of wild public lands that...

The Big Sweep

You've been a wonderful audience. Thank you and take special care. Or so the Pacific gray whale seems to say by flourishing its tail flukes in the final moments of a whale-watching cruise....

The Big Sweep

About a million years ago, Palos Verdes was a near-shore channel island. A few earthquakes and tectonic plate shifts later, it's a canyon-riven peninsula with a sheer coastline of striated shale...

The Big Sweep

With all this Pacific, you've got to get on, in, or under the water. A recent half-day romp in a rented 22-foot sloop ranks among my lifetime best short sails. The stiff northwesterly breeze, a...

There's Something in the Rocks

I have found the rock of truht (sic), but you probably won't. Oh, it's out there, one of several hippo-size stones in the sea of rocky desert that is Joshua Tree National Park. Just walk about...

There's Something in the Rocks

There's no Going-to-the-Sun Road in Joshua Tree—which is to say, there's no true hub to the place. But Hidden Valley comes closest, given its accessibility and the access it in turn...

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