Adventures

Getting off the beaten path – do-it-yourself and organized adventures welcome!

My Experience at the 2014 World Cup

This afternoon, Germany just gave Brazil a 7-1 hiding in the 2014 World Cup semifinal. I can only imagine the anguish in Brazil right now – especially since I just had the chance to visit Brazil during the Group Stages.…

Halong Bay: Why You Shouldn’t Go – and Why You Should

Halong Bay isn’t quite Lake-Havasu-On-Spring-Break crowded. But it’s not far off.

By nightfall of our first day, we’re anchored among hundreds of other boats holding anywhere from 20 to 100 passengers. Some look fresh from the factory, while others sport …

Do You “Explore”? Not Likely.

I have this little eccentricity about travel writing: I gag whenever someone casually uses "explore" in any form. For example, "I explored Sweden this summer." Or Twitter bios that say stuff like "I’m an explorer who is determined to visit …

Adventurous Ideas to Go to Iceland

I started this blog for one reason: to give people ideas for finding the right adventure for them. My favorite days as a blogger are not when an advertiser throws some cash my way. It’s when someone writes and says …

Sound Tourism: The Coolest Sounds to Hear While Traveling

I’d never encountered the phrase "sound tourism" (aka audio tourism) until today; I read them in the March 2014 issue of Discover: Science for the Curious. The phrase appears in an all-too-brief interview with author/acoustic engineer Trevor Cox. It’s …

A Visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels

Plenty of writers like to call the Cu Chi Tunnels "an underground city." But that’s just a facile throwaway phrase that trivializes nearly aspect of life in the Cu Chi Tunnels during a time of war.

Out of every …

Insect Shield Gear – Great Holiday Gift Idea

I count myself pretty lucky to be an outdoor-loving character in a place like Arizona. It’s not 100-percent bug-free -- but it’s close. Mosquitos and other hungry critters don’t pop up very much in my dry, desert slice of the …

Slow Travel Movement – The Truth Path or BS?

I have a message for the Slow Travel Movement and the douchier-than-thou characters who comprise its most-extreme adherents: Worry about how you travel and bring your egos back down from Mt. Olympus.

Some of us can’t travel slow (By "some …

Things to See and Do in Chile

South American elicits various images as we mull over the possibilities of travel; from the rollicking and sometimes risky streets of Colombia, to the architectural magnificence of Macchu Picchu, we often think we have our tour plans covered – after …

Beginner Hunter Tales: Dove Hunting is Suffering

Here’s one thing I learned during my first day as a beginner hunter: Hunting is suffering (Sorry, Buddha -- even if you really said life is suffering, you would add extra suffering points to the hunter).

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Capstone Cathedral – Visiting a Phoenix Icon

When my family moved to Arizona in 1980, the Capstone Cathedral immediately caught my eye.

Well, more accurately, the awesome glowing green pyramid captivated me. I didn’t know what it was called or what went on inside of it — …

Prescott Mountain Bike Trails – A Mixed Bag

It’s been years since I last sampled the Prescott mountain bike trails. I’d been a camp counselor there one summer, but that seems like eons ago. A few things I noticed recently made me want to visit again: A news …