Paddling Alaska's Inside Passage - Getting Ready
Published 5/16/2019 in Traveler's Recital Author Nathan Lake
I have decided to spend a couple of weeks this summer kayaking Alaska's Inside Passage in the vacinity of Wrangell. I will be taking the ferry from Bellingham, WA to Wrangell, AK on or about 6/21/2019. Then paddling in that general area, hopefully paddling up the Skikine river at least a little ways.  I will be taking the ferry back from Wrangell on July 3, arriving back in Bellingham on the 5th. I will be carrying a Gramin inReach which will report and map my location every hour while I am moving. You can view the map HERE. The tracking will... read more ❯

What Makes the Santa Fe Art Scene So Unique?
Published 3/17/2019 in Vagabondances Author Noémie Trusty
Published by Upward Magazine, Printed April 2017. “Santa Fe is an inspirational place. Its geographical beauty, sheer mountains, singular light, Indian pueblos and traditional craft draw people who themselves become an inspiration for other artists.” According to John Feins from Tourism Santa Fe, it is not hard to understand why the area is attractive to so many talented crafters but one might still wonder how this little western town gained its international reputation and became the third marketplace for Art in the country, competing with L.A. and N.Y. All Trails lead to Santa Fe Santa Fe, oldest continually inhabited state capital in the... read more ❯

Winter Birding in the Okanogan Highlands
Published 11/25/2018 in Exploring Wildness Author Thomas Bancroft
Fancher Flats glowed in the fading light. Stefan said, “Scan the cliffs for Chukars. They go to roost up in the rocks. I hope we aren’t too late.” Nothing moved in the freezing air, and it was difficult to see into the shadows. The light had almost disappeared when a “chuck, chuck, chuck” came from our right. Over the next five minutes at least fifty Chukars climbed up the steep front. When they walked across snow patches, field marks were obvious, but they were just moving blobs on the talus. I noticed... read more ❯

At a Crossroads In Ethiopia
Published 11/10/2018 in Penny's Travels Author Penny Frederiksen
"At Crossroads" A mother with a baby on her back counsels a young child by the side of the highway in rural Ethiopia. This was my first photograph of everyday life in Africa and to me, it symbolizes where Africa stands today - "at crossroads" politically, economically, environmentally and culturally. read more ❯

Feelin' Like Elvis in Shiraz, Iran
Published 6/4/2018 in Stan Lee Pengelly's Travels Author Stan Pengelly
My fellow photographers and I were walking from our hotel in Shiraz, Iran to a dinner restaurant when something unusual happened: we were cheered by a carload of girls. Even in my glory days of youth and vigor, I never elicited excitement like this from any women, so to be sixty years old and have a carload of chador- and hijab-wearing girls hoot at me like I was Elvis was a shock. Though this was the most emotional reception thus far, my experience in Iran... read more ❯

Burning Chicken Fat
Published 5/28/2018 in Stan Lee Pengelly's Travels Author Stan Pengelly
I was walking through my hometown airport, waiting for my flight number to be called, when suddenly I had this intense desire to vomit.  It was almost lunchtime and one of the food vendors was cooking chicken on the other side of a barrier and the smell of burning chicken fat began to waft over into the hallway.  I don't get nauseated easily and when I thought about why I was reacting this way to chicken, my thoughts traveled back in time and place to the cremation grounds of the Shiva temple... read more ❯