North & Central America

Montana, The Dry Run

BACK BEFORE IT WAS INCORRECT TO MIX pickups with vodka, a lawyer I called Loophole built his practice running interference for roadhouses all across western Montana. From time to time I'd go...

Birch Bark in Excelsis!

NOTHING SAYS THE END OF THE TWENTIETH century like the New York State Thruway. It's a dreary gray conveyor belt of whizzing cars and veering semis, running more or less parallel to the Hudson...

Chuck Darwin, Eat Your Heart Out

I remember my wife's expression as we sat in front of several hummingbird feeders in downtown Portal, at the mouth of Cave Creek Canyon. Two blue-throated hummers, fighting for dominance, aimed...

Chuck Darwin, Eat Your Heart Out

David Hardy stops and says calmly, "There he is." I look at a spot I've already looked at twice, and there, indeed, he is—a very large black-tailed rattlesnake, coiled in perfect camouflage...

Chuck Darwin, Eat Your Heart Out

The geology of the Chiricahuas is as striking as the biology. Twenty-seven million years ago, a massive volcanic explosion (known to geologists by the disarming French term nuée ardente

Chuck Darwin, Eat Your Heart Out

Biologists call the mountain ranges that tower over the Arizona deserts "sky islands," a reference to the plants and animals that survive on their cool, rainy slopes, isolated by surrounding...

The List

Back in the '40s, at the tender age of 15, a California teenager named John Goddard—already aware of his sort-of-imminent mortality—decided to pen himself a list. On it, he included...

Winter? These Guys Made Winter.

As you drive into the snowy settlement of Lake Placid—past the looming twin ski jumps; past the futuristic "Miracle on Ice" hockey arena; past, even, the fivesome of holiday wreaths linked...

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