Nature

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...

Best Islands for Communing with Nature

Dominica Peaks shooting 4,000 feet from the surf, rare Sisserou parrots, 100-foot waterfalls, an undersea hot springs called Champagne—welcome to the Caribbean's most primeval...

The Exhaust-Free, Self-Propelled Foliage Tour

Migrationally speaking, almost everything leaves New England in autumn. The exception? Tour buses, of course, fall foliage tours in the Northeast being the single most popular trip in busdom....

Here, Sharky, Sharky

The great white shark slowly cruising outside the flimsy submerged cage in which I'd imprisoned myself was probably only 12 or 13 feet long and weighed, at a guess, 2,000 pounds. It seemed quite...

La Costa Incognita: Pacific Mexico

Tenacatita Bay is where longtime foreign residents of Mexico come when they need some extended tropical R&R. The beach, part of a 60-mile marine preserve, has clean sand, no stingrays, and a...

La Ruta Tropical

Costa Rica has long been familiar to those who measure success by the number of birds on their life list. Or who are annoyingly persistent about referring to the golden toad as Bufo...

The Last Best Peninsula

Situated 11 miles south of Drake Bay, heavily forested Corcovado is so rugged that to this day it remains roadless. That makes it a perfect park for hikers, especially if they don't mind getting...

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