Archive for the 'Adventure' Category

Why I Love Baboons

Tuesday, April 6th, 2021

By Lynn Brindell Adventure Travel Gold Winner in the Fifteenth Annual Solas Awards I think Beatus did it because he felt guilty. Or because he thought we’d give him a bigger tip. He’d gently rustled our tent flap that morning, the bright slit of light slicing through dark green shadows. “Good morning!” he softly called. […]

Adventure Travel Gold Winner: The Five Wise Men of the Voodoo Trail

Monday, June 11th, 2018

By Kevin Dimetres The feeling was unfamiliar. Alone, I sat on the splintered wooden bench while the passersby sized me up with skeptical curiosity. Their skin glistened with sweat, accentuating the slash marks lacing both sides of their faces. The slash marks had been deliberately crafted into their visage, haunting me with wonder. Images of […]

Adventure Travel Silver Winner: That Old Time Religion

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

By James Michael Dorsey Stories have always come to me in Africa.  I can’t say if it’s the taste, the smells, or the sheer antiquity of the land; or maybe it’s just the sense of belonging I have while I am there, but the words always come. Because it is a continent lacking in written […]

Adventure Travel Silver Winner: The Way

Monday, July 18th, 2016

By Felice Neals She travels an ancient road in Spain and discovers the value of solitude. Somewhere in the north of Spain, surrounded by a glorious, yet unfamiliar landscape, I began to notice my solitude. The steeples of Santiago had long faded into the vibrant glow of early afternoon; and yards of green grass and […]

Adventure Travel Gold Winner: Swimming for Sure

Friday, March 25th, 2016

By Steven Law When things go wrong during a Grand Canyon rafting trip, the author’s friends are there to set things right. About 260 million years ago, massive aeolian winds blew with enough ferocity to carry sand from the far-distant north and deposit it in large dunes, 500 feet deep, in what is now northern […]

Bronze Award in Adventure Travel: The Great Escape

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

By Biju Sukumaran Saline solution pools on my palm, magnifying the dust and specks of camel hair in my contacts, and cleaning them is now an almost futile gesture. But this was the least of my worries as I sit in my ger in the middle of the Gobi Desert, where our driver had pulled […]

Silver Award in Adventure Travel: The Same River, Twice

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

By Pam Mandel He was tall and good looking and had attended an expensive prep school where he learned to talk pretty. He liked dancing to pop music and drinking beer and traveling. His father wanted him to be a real estate agent; he was not interested in a desk job. He was sarcastic and […]

Gold Award in Adventure Travel: Of Danger and Beauty

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

By Anna Elkins The citywide siren filled every corner of the house—a house in Tel Aviv without a bomb shelter. During one of the siren’s low levels, I heard Tsach’s voice from the garden, “Anna, come and see.” Barefoot, I ran down the aloe-lined brick walk and came to stand next to him. In the […]

Bronze Award in Adventure Travel: On the Trail of a Man Called Snake

Saturday, June 8th, 2013

By Taylor Jennings Crossing ethnic lines to find a notorious guerrilla leader. It was early March 1999 when Ilir, my young interpreter, and I set out from Pristina in a battered Lada cast off by some other East bloc nation to find a man known only by his nom de guerre: Gjarperi, the Snake. I […]

Silver Award in Adventure Travel: Walking the Roof of Africa

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

By Laura Lee Huttenbach An unprepared trek up Mt. Kilimanjaro turns into an adventure of a lifetime. “If you ever make it home from Africa alive, I’m going to kill you myself.” said my mom. She wasn’t happy with my decision to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro without an oxygen supply. “But Mom.” I said, “it was […]

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