Tuscany: Where Magical Is an Everyday Occurrence

Tuscany: Where Magical Is an Everyday Occurrence Spend any amount of time in Tuscany and it seems all the elements of life – physical, spiritual and emotional – are mixed in a magical potion of happiness. No doubt, part of the reason is that enlightened peoples have populated this region for approximately 3,000 years, starting with the...

New Zealand: To the Ends of the Earth and Back Again

New Zealand: To the Ends of the Earth and Back Again It was only a bit more than 750 years ago that humans first settled in New Zealand while the first European didn't set foot there until 1642. Being 900 miles west of Australia and 600 miles south of major Polynesian island chains, its isolation has allowed for unique sets of plant and animal life...

The Pantanal: Earth’s Wetlands Wonderland

The Pantanal: Earth’s Wetlands Wonderland As the world’s largest freshwater wetlands, the Pantanal covers immense tracts of central-western Brazil, eastern Bolivia and eastern Paraguay, 68,000 square miles in all. Because of its remoteness and primarily waterborne accessibility, the three animals that represent the natural life of...

Death Valley: Thriving Life in Extreme Conditions

Death Valley: Thriving Life in Extreme Conditions Death Valley may be the lowest, driest and hottest place in North America, but it’s not dead of life. The surrounding mountains are tall enough to be covered in winter snow; wildflowers spring from the barren earth when the valley receives scarce rainstorms; and small pools sheltered from the...

Sonoma Coast: Much More than Fine Wine

Sonoma Coast: Much More than Fine Wine Sonoma County, California is known throughout the world for its vineyards and winery; and that part of the county’s more than 500,000 acres is certainly inviting and caters to affluent travelers and visitors. It’s the 17 miles of coastline from Bodega Head to Vista Trail that may be...

Iceland: Norsemen’s First Step to America

Iceland: Norsemen’s First Step to America If Norsemen were the first Europeans to visit North America, then Iceland was the first stop on that journey. It was first settled during 874 and was part of Norway and then Denmark for approximately 650 years until 1918, when it became a sovereign nation. Iceland has the smallest population of...

Boulder, Utah: A Land of Remote Splendor

Boulder, Utah: A Land of Remote Splendor A succession of Native American peoples inhabited the area that surrounds Boulder Mountain for nearly 2,000 years. This area of the US was so isolated and unexplored that the Escalante River, which is the major watercourse in the region, has long been considered the last river “discovered” in...