North & Central America

All Natural

In the myopic present, a monument just isn't a monument unless people can visit it, shoot it, and post the pictures on Flickr. And since the Great Pyramid of Giza is the only one of the original...

The Main Event

If you follow surfing, you know the season-ending Pipeline Masters is the biggest stop on the World Championship Tour. But you also know that Kelly Slater all but secured his eighth WCT title...

Come Herd or High Water

If you want to know what it's like to transport a buffalo carcass through the Alaskan bush in mid-October, imagine disassembling the appliances in your kitchen—refrigerator, range, microwave...

Chasing Gold in a Deadly Desert

Concealed in the jagged Superstition Mountains of central Arizona, the Lost Dutchman gold mine has been attracting dreamers and fortune seekers for more than a century, none of whom have been...

Hawaii's Jungles Swallow Tourists Every Year

"There's this tendency to think the park's beautiful, so it must be benign," says Marsha Erickson, executive director of the Kokee State Park Museum on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. "People just...

The Ranger Who Never Returned

Backcountry ranger Randy Morgenson knew California's Kings Canyon National Park better than most anybody. If he'd wanted to wander into the High Sierra like some ancient mountain lion to die and...

Cracks in Creation: A Round-up of Earthly Mystery

Within Mexico's Mapimí Biosphere Reserve lies a vaguely defined area roughly 30 miles in radius that's known as the "Zone of Silence." Believers claim all radio signals are lost,...

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