Nature

The Haida Life

Even before the skiff left the harbor, I had one of those gnawing moments of self-doubt that eternally plague suburban parents. My daughter, Allie, who's nine, pulled on the adult...

Alaska’s Secret Island Realm

UP UNTIL EARLY EVENING, when the oak tiller of our 32-foot sailboat, Antares, snapped off, leaving us adrift in the rock-studded seas of Imperial Passage, it had been a nearly perfect day...

Worldwide Wild

Argentina Trekking the Heart of Patagonia [2004 Winner] You may often find yourself slack-jawed on this journey into the Patagonian wilds, gaping at the...

Georgetown, South Carolina

IT'S A TOSS UP trying to decide which is more astonishingly preserved: the downtown of South Carolina's third-oldest municipality, bordered by the Sampit River, shaded by live oaks, and riddled...

100-Proof Americana

AMERICA PICKED UP AND MOVED to the big city generations ago, and we've been second-guessing ourselves ever since. For every stifled small-town kid champing at the bit to split, there are a...

Far Flung Fiestas

Dean Cummings H20 Heli Guides Anybody who's read Jack London knows that Alaska is for men. Mountain men. Dean Cummings knows this, too. That's why Dean's H20 Heli Guides runs...

Counterattack

FOR DARING TO WORK closely with bears, Timothy Treadwell was called a fool. I have also worked closely with bears and been called a fool for it. ...

Some Bet on My Death

THIS PAST SUMMER—his 13th in Alaska—Timothy Treadwell wrote frequent letters to family and friends, including Roland Dixon, a Bellevue, Colorado, rancher and conservation activist...

Blood Brothers

ON OCTOBER 6, Willy Fulton eased his Beaver floatplane down into Alaska's Katmai National Park and remote Kaflia Bay, a broad mosaic of ocean beach, braided waterways, dense thickets of alder,...

Sporty South Africa

Abseiling in KwaZulu Natal: Abseiling, or rappelling, is a nationwide craze. Start in Cape Town with the 300-foot plunge from Table Mountain. Next up, the Tsitsikamma Forest, where you...

California

ROUTE: Gaviota State Park to Piedras Blancas, California ROADS: California 1, U.S. 101 MILES: 120Elsewhere on the Pacific Coast Highway, weekenders in minivans...

Colorado

High-altitude Rocky Mountain National Park, bursting with 74 peaks over 12,000 feet, serves as an adventure training ground for my family. Our ultimate ambition is to summit 14,255-foot Longs...

Makena's Hill Camp

THE PROP PLANE LANDED on a grass airstrip at the edge of Africa's Great Rift Valley 175 miles northwest of Nairobi, and a driver took me on an abbreviated tour of author Kuki Gallmann's private...

The Ultimate Classroom

ONE OF The nation's tiniest national parks—a diminutive 35,500 acres, smaller than any Ted Turner ranch—Acadia National Park ranks second only to Cuyahoga Valley National Park for the...

The Perfect 10

THE PRIVATE PLANE SWOOPED LOW, buzzing us like a fighter jet in Top Gun and drowning out the marriage vows. But that's life in Alaska. When you're 120 miles north of Anchorage, 270 miles...

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