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Zanzibar- As Exotic as it Sounds

When you have been riding your bike day in and day out for about two months, it can become a bit tedious. While the countryside changes, the daily routine doesn't. Wake up, change into bike shorts and shirt, pack up tent, eat breakfast, bike for several hours, stop and have lunch, bike for several hours, arrive at camp, set up tent, eat dinner, go to sleep. So when riders on the 2008 Tour d'Afrique were…

A Real Rattlesnake Adventure – Surviving the Bite

Meet Ken. Adventure Personified. A Can Do Kind of Guy - for instance Ken was at one time the youngest leader (only 19 years old) to lead a successful climb and summit of Denali, the highest mountain in North America. I interviewed Ken last week about his rattlesnake encounter of June 2000. Ken has always loved snakes. He doesn't recoil and scream the way I do. In fact he had successfully and willingly picked up 100…

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump – A World Heritage Site Worth Visiting

The Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump in southern Alberta is a UNESCO world heritage site worth visiting. My visit last week to Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, was an illuminating journey into the life of the Plains people and the buffalo culture. The name of this UNESCO World Heritage Site traces its origins to a legend about a foolish young brave. He wanted to watch the herded buffalo come flying over from the shelter of a ledge below the…

Trekking in Peru: A Self-Guided Tour in the Cordillera Blanca

Trekking in Peru is at the top of many a hiker's wishlist. Our self-guided tour of the Cordillera Blanca with two donkeys and a donkey driver was outstanding. Trekking in the Cordillera Blanca on your own is quite doable...if you speak a little Quechua or Spanish. Fortunately in our party of three, one did. Prior to our arrival in Peru we had done some research with the help of the South America Explorers Club. They provided route…

Climbing Kilimanjaro – Tips for picking a route and an operator

Climbing Kilimanjaro is on the radar screen of many a peak bagger, and well it should be. The 19,340 foot (5,895 m) peak is technically easy but physically demanding. Over 25,000 people attempt the peak every year but success rates vary greatly from operator to operator. Picking a route, the time of year and the number of days you want to spend on the mountain is the starting point for planning your climb. Factor in costs,…

The Amazon River by Boat from Peru to Brazil

Enjoy this guest blog, written by my cousin Andrea Lane, who traveled the Amazon River by boat from Peru to Brazil over three weeks. Have you ever wanted to boat the Amazon River from Peru to Brazil? In September 2003, I took a break from Dalhousie University and packed my bag for South America. My flight landed in Lima, Peru, but after a string of bad weather I opted to start my route in Brazil.…

Tips for Hiking and Visiting Zion National Park in Utah

Visiting Zion National Park? You should as it's a sanctuary of exotic beauty! Every year since 1988 I've visited Zion National Park to refresh my spirits by drinking in some of the most sublime, and colorful beauty on earth. The first Mormon scouts to see Zion canyon appropriately named it after the biblical heaven..."Zion", and rightfully so. Visiting Zion National Park - a hiker's park Zion includes elevations from canyon and low desert of 3,700…

Why it’s Worth the Boat Trip to the Skellig Islands

The Skellig Islands were the unexpected highlight of a three week hiking and biking trip to western Ireland. On the Kerry Way portion of my trip, I heard via one of my B&B hosts that the Skellig Islands - a UNESCO world heritage site as of 1996 - were worth the detour and a day off from hiking. I am forever grateful for her advice. Where are the Skellig Islands? The Skellig Islands are two…

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