Explorations of trips to find beauty and intrigue in the natural world.

Unfrozen in Time—Canadian Rockies

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.

Hiking to My Heart’s Desire

A hike to majestic Heart’s Desire Beach on Tomales Bay yields an unexpected wonder.

Blind Date: Siberia

Relationships emerge in the oddest places; this one outside of Irkutsk, Russia in a village on the largest and most lovely fresh-water lake in the world: Lake Baikal, known as the pearl of Siberia.