North & Central America

Wild, Wild West Texas

Y2k? Mike Kasper blurts out, his voice reverberating between the sheer 1,500-foot white walls of Santa Elena Canyon, a limestone cathedral so awesome that we've ceased paddling this gentle...

Wild, Wild West Texas

When the Great Spirit finished creating the Earth, he dumped his leftover rocks in Big Bend, or so goes local legend. Scientists, however, attribute the area's geologic disarray to a series of...

Wild, Wild West Texas

I assure you, the cow is more sacred in Mexico than in India, laments Julio Carrera, wildlife project chief for the three-year-old Santa Elena Canyon Reserve. He's probably right. Mexico's...

Wild, Wild West Texas

Mountain bikers and geologists can bond over the Solitario, a rare limestone and sandstone laccolith in Big Bend Ranch State Park. An odd arrangement of concentric mountain ranges formed by an...

My Delta, Myself

DRIVING IN THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA IN THE early-morning fog, pale yellow light, skies of clear blue above a thousand shades of green. Or, driving in the late afternoon, the sun spreading red beams...

A Little Good, Clean Lust in Utah

AS SURELY AS THEY LEAD TO GAS-STATION burritos and blue slush drinks, long solo drives take us to brief flirtations with strangers. On U.S. 89 in southern Utah I had a golden nonce with a Mormon...

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