Expecto absurdum! The brooms don’t fly, and the snitch is a tennis ball in a sock, but don’t be fooled—the Quidditch World Cup would make Harry Potter proud (or, more likely, cringe). Eric Hansen takes 13 Muggles to the pitch in New York City, and, at the cost of a few emergency room visits, finds glory.
HEAD IN THE CLOUD
Facebook updates from the trail. Tweets from the summit. iPad movies on the beach. Novelist Walter Kirn does it all, and he’s here to tell you that, despite what you may think, technology can enhance our wilderness experiences.
LIFE IN THE SLOW LANE
An hour and a half north of San Francisco, the small town of Healdsburg offers world-class dining, a top-tier bar scene, and endless cycling opportunities. Six athlete-foodies give the lowdown on California wine country’s lesser-known gem. By Michael Roberts
DAMN RIGHT YOUR DAD SURFED IT
Before Don Waters’s estranged father died, he sent his son an unpublished memoir filled with tales of a youth spent riding waves. Let’s call it a road map to discovering the man he never knew.
It’s Northern California’s biggest cash crop—even if it is mostly illegal. Damon Tabor goes on a night raid in the marijuana capital of the U.S. to expose a deadly new trend: massive pot farms on public lands.
Breaking the Rules of Summer: Warmer days mean lazy beach outings, fireflies, and homemade lemonade. Or not. How about renegade bike races, deep-fried Twinkies, and craft beer from a can? Yeah, that’s more like it. Plus: Summer’s hottest films, and surfing’s comeback queen.
There are 13 weekends between Memorial Day and Labor Day. To ensure you don’t waste a single one, here are 11 trips, from sea kayaking in Georgia to mountain biking in Washington. Plus: The best outdoor music festivals.
In the Lead: America’s top runners are chugging gallons of (gag) beet juice.
Workouts: Increase your mobility and unlock your potential.
Pulse: Happiness is a long run, the sociology of bike culture, and another reason to pop ibuprofen.
Fuel: A protein-rich, vegan burger even carnivores will love.
How does Marc Peruzzi teach his kids to think for themselves? With a family outing of illegal bridge-jumping, of course. And that’s just the start of it.
A couple of half-eaten hikers turn up in Wyoming. Have grizzly bears developed a taste for human flesh? Jeff Hull investigates the real reason attacks are on the rise.
Not long ago, we compiled a list of the top ten beer festivals in North America. Somehow, we missed the Gelande Quaffing World Championships in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Luckily, photographer David Stubbs produced a video that made us take notice.
Are you looking for the ultimate in-between camera, more than you get with your iPhone but without the weight and bulk of a manual shooting SLR? Sony's new ultra-slim, credit-card-sized, AA-battery-thick shooter may be just the ticket. The Cyber-Shot DSC-TX66, while not a model name that is easy to recall, comes with features that make it more than memorable.
The TX66 is equpped with an 18MP Exmor R CMOS sensor and a 24mm equivalent Carl Zeiss lens with 5x optical zoom. What does all that mean? With you—or in spite of you—this camera takes great pictures, good enough to make really nice prints when you return from that trip you just took it on. It focuses fast, even in low light, where this little cam scores high for shooting ability. And once you've captured the moment, you can view your art on a screen that's nearly as big as the camera—about 3.3 inches.
Soon, you may be able to swim in the same waters where local Japanese hunters slaughter whales and dolphins. That probably won't be the slogan for the town of Taiji, in Wakayama prefecture. But the city featured in the documentary The Cove has applied for a permit so they can put a net across Moriura Bay in order to create a park where residents and tourists can swim with dolphins and whales. Before you jump to the conclusion that this will be a nice activity to take the place of their annual marine mammal hunt, there's this from the Herald Sun: