North & Central America

Infinite Range

"MAYBE WE COULD get the pilot to stay over with us," Dad says, looking up from his copy of Bear Attacks: Their Causes and Avoidance. "I bet he'd have a gun." The old man...

A Swim in the Woods

Utterly unlike a dip into a chlorinated cement pond, that first plunge in a swimming hole is an initiation into the soul of summer. There's the thrilling sensation of a river's current, the...

A Perfect Ten

Sitting on the granite shore of a tiny island in Maine, my son, Robin, bright-eyed and attentive throughout the day's ranger-led tour, started asking a series of perceptive questions about what...

Driving to Distraction

Our small station wagon fills up quickly as we prepare for our first car-camping expedition in the American West. Even when it's full we can't stop loading—coolers, baseball gloves, a...

Book 'Em, Daddy-O

On my family's first visit to the islands, we impulsively opted for the sampler tour: three days each on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and Hawaii. Okay, the manic itinerary was my idea—my husband...

Going Big

Here, in the chronicles of their trips—scaling a stormy alpine spire, biking a desert canyon, sailing through a remote archipelago, traversing a 12,000-foot pass, and paddling a wide,...

Going Big

This is what we came for, I think. Finally here, in the arctic night, perched above the Yukon River across from the town of Dawson. All this way, all the driving and airports, the schlepping of...

Going Big

It didnt' start well. A mile from the trailhead, Jevin stopped. As in wouldn't move an inch. At age 11 he'd hiked plenty of times—only the year before we'd done a 40-mile loop on Michigan's...

Going Big

The mound of gear was gargantuan. Next to the equipment we'd normally take on a four-day mountain-bike ride were Pack 'N Play cribs, car seats, toddler chairs and toddler tables, portable high...

Animals A-Go-Go

The mile-deep fjords and mist-softened forests of Alaska's Kenai Peninsula are home to a variety of impressive A-list wildlife: humpback whales, bald eagles, black bears. But we're betting that...

Animals A-Go-Go

Moose, the largest members of the deer family, are found all over the Northern Hemisphere, but if you want to see these gawky giants at their most majestic, head for the northwest corner of...

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