When planning trips, especially to wild places, I avoid looking at pictures of my destination in advance. When I finally get there, the experience is vivid and full of surprises. On a week-long hiking, bicycling and boating trip in the Canadian Rockies in 2003, I marveled at exquisite mountain vistas and weird natural adaptations on every leg of the adventure.
Archives for January 2011
The town of San Miguel de Allende in Mexico’s heartland is its own colorful work of art.
More than 50 miles northeast of Beirut lies Baalbek, ruins of Canaanite and later, Roman architecture. Once called Heliopolis, City of the Sun, it houses multi-ton rocks whose cutting and moving predated the Christian era. The Temple of Jupiter, seen here, weighs 455-tons, according to archeologists.
With just a weekend to spend in Bali, I wanted to get a taste of the culture. So I headed in the opposite direction of the tourist spots and stayed at an Indonesian-owned hotel in a fishing village.
A hike to majestic Heart’s Desire Beach on Tomales Bay yields an unexpected wonder.
A safari to Tanzania revealed layers of prehistory inside 3 national parks.