Nature

Nasty, Brutish, and Loud

BACK WHEN THEY WERE COURTING—back before their garage in McConnell, West Virginia, was filled with two monster all-terrain vehicles and three teeny-weeny ones—Bruce and Kim Browning...

Windows on the Wild

THE FOLKS WHO RUN THE BEST WILDERNESS LODGES are something like the best masseuses: They know exactly what you want and where you want it, and when they're done...oh, my. Breakfast is too good...

Isla Non Grata

I WAS STUCK in the Two Turtles Bar, one of three sooty, misbegotten dens arrayed along Main Street in George Town, Bahamas. A succession of cold fronts had our 38-foot ketch, Lucy, pinned...

The Lost World: Found

ON OUR FIRST DAY at camp, I sat in a small screened dining room, poking at the fly larvae wriggling through my fish. Next, a chicken foot appeared in the rice—a choice piece of meat if you...

The Chosen Ones

Since 1972, UNESCO has bestowed 690 spots in 122 countries with the title "World Heritage Site," which translates to "a property of outstanding universal value." While 529 of these sites are...

Life's a Wild Trip

10. Free Your Soul on a Pilgrimage Tibet / To the Center of the Universe May 26—the date Buddha was born, reached enlightenment, and died—is the day to visit Mount...

Life's a Wild Trip

22. Jump Down the Food Chain USA / Alaska / Grizzlies of Coastal Katmai Your expedition leader, naturalist and photographer Matthias Breiter, will tell you to bring your good...

Alaska-Sized Lodging

Q: I'm looking to take 30 to 40 people to Alaska for a two-week fishing/fun adventure starting in mid-June, 2002. The group will consist of some experienced Alaska fishermen, some...

Terminal Ice

WE ARE MELTING, like the Wicked Witch of the West. Soon there will be nothing left of us but our hat. From Chile to Alaska to Norway to Tibet, glaciers are going in reverse. Artifacts buried...

Dude Over Troubled Water

IT'S EARLY morning on the Kentucky side of the Ohio River, 20 miles downstream from Evansville, Indiana, and the walls of a rickety white houseboat called The Miracle are pulsating to the...

Where the Ghost Bird Sings by the Poison Springs

THE WATER'S EDGE at the south end of North Shore—a shuttered, graffiti'd, ruined resort town which, as you might have guessed, lies near the north shore of California's Salton...

Walking the Line

Since the bathhouse near the cabin where I live in Wyoming is closed for the winter, I haul cold water every day from the creek. The water must be heated for bathing and washing dishes, the...

La Ruta Maya

"I SEE TRIUMPHS IN WORK AND everlasting love...," the fortune-teller predicts in Spanish, winking at the circling band of compadres eavesdropping on my optimistic future, which gets...

Jungle Gym

EVER SINCE I devoured the first of many 1950s jungle films—you know, those cheesy concoctions based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 1912 novel, The Lost World—with explorers edging...

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