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July 5, 2013 | By Jane Engle
Dr. Livingstone, we presume? Why, of course, if you're embarking on a new tour that follows the adventures of the great 19th century Scottish explorer who crisscrossed Africa, happening upon Victoria Falls and other wonders. The nine-day trip to Tanzania, “ In the Footsteps of David Livingstone ,” includes visits to the island of Zanzibar; the capital, Dar es Salaam; historic Bagamoyo; the immense Selous Game Reserve, for wildlife viewing; and the site near Lake Tanganyika where explorer and journalist Henry Stanley met up with Livingstone and uttered his now-famous query.
June 28, 2013 | By Trishna Patel
What fun is a California road trip without some shenanigans? This shot was taken a few miles north of San Simeon State Park by Skylar Aud. "Is this the greatest state or what?" the photographer writes. Sure, it's a bold statement, but I'd have to agree. Follow Trishna Patel on  Twitter. Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our  Flickr page  or  reader submission gallery .  Follow us on Twitter  or visit  for more on this photo series.
June 23, 2013
ALASKA Slide show Artist Roderick Smith will give a slide presentation of his trip by ferry through the Inside Passage to Fox Island in Resurrection Bay. Smith, who painted and wrote along the way, will describe the inner journey of an artist in pursuit of finding creative solace in the Alaskan wilderness. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. HIKING Workshop Experts will share tips and tricks on all aspects of hiking, such as trip planning, safety, local resources and places to go. When, where: 7 p.m. Wednesday at the REI store in Tustin, 2962 El Camino Real, and 7 p.m. Thursday at the REI store in Huntington Beach, 7777 Edinger Ave. Admission, info: Free.
June 9, 2013 | By Lindsay Hawdon
Hti Tain Monastery, Myanmar - Our horses arrived in a cloud of dust, clattering on the gravel road. Their manes were a little shabby, their saddles worn, but they looked sturdy and lively, capable of the two-day trek that would take me and my sons, Dow, 8, and Orly, 5, out of Kalaw, Myanmar, and into the pale mauve mountains above. We were nine months into a year-long trip around Southeast Asia and Australasia, just the three of us. Already, we'd taken risks we would never have taken at home.
May 30, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
I have so many questions after seeing "After Earth," the new sci-fi action-adventure starring Will Smith and his 14-year-old son, Jaden. First, just how much blinding power is in that famous smile of his? On the day Will Smith floated the idea - "sci-fi flick, father-son friction, me and the kid will star" - did its sheer warmth and radiance make everyone in the room believe that anything, including "After Earth" as an actual, viable movie, was possible? Someone wrote the checks.
May 29, 2013 | By Kim Murphy
SEATTLE - For years, it has proved an irresistible lure for intrepid travelers around the world: the battered, weed-grown bus where hiker Chris McCandless died after trying, and failing, to survive in the great Alaskan wilderness. McCandless' demise out in the big lonely was chronicled in the book and movie, “Into the Wild.”  This week three German travelers were rescued by helicopter after attempting to repeat the young dreamer's trip - running afoul of the same raging river that kept McCandless from hiking to safety.
May 26, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
BYRON BAY, AUSTRALIA - My face flushed cherry red and my sweat-soaked sundress clung to my body. I stood, elated, on a wooden platform at the summit of Mt. Warning, a jagged peak in the Gondwana rain forest. The mountain, in the far northeastern corner of New South Wales, Australia, bears witness to the first flicker of sunlight on the continent. By the time I reached it, however, the sun was setting and fog had crept in. Dappled twilight pierced the mist, affording glimpses of the vast subtropical valley below, and the buzz of cicadas filled the air. This dreamscape was just one stop in a series of excursions I had arranged to take from the relaxed beach town of Byron Bay during a nine-day stay in mid-December.
May 22, 2013 | By Tiffany Kelly
John Goddard, the La Cañada Flintridge adventure-seeker who earned the nickname “the real life Indiana Jones,” has died. He was 88. When he was 15 years old, Goddard made a list of 127 goals, from exploring the Nile River to scaling Mt. Kilimanjaro. He completed all but a few of the tasks, some of them death-defying, earning international recognition. After a battle with a rare form of cancer, Goddard died May 17 at Glendale Adventist Medical Center, said his son, Jeffery Goddard.
May 21, 2013 | By Rebecca Trounson, Los Angeles Times
Indiana Jones, the swashbuckling fictional adventurer, would seem to have nothing on John Goddard. As a boy growing up in Los Angeles, Goddard dreamed of adventures in faraway lands and spent his life pursuing an elaborate set of goals. He wanted to climb the world's most perilous peaks, navigate its major rivers and explore its most remote regions, among many other ambitions. Goddard, an adventurer, explorer and lecturer who evidently fell only a few goals short of a boyhood list that numbered more than 100, died Friday at a Glendale hospital of complications from cancer, said his son Jeffery.
May 17, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Visitors to southern Nevada can immerse themselves in history and enjoy rafting on the Colorado River Exploration Tour , the latest Las Vegas-area offering from Forever Resorts . The full-day adventure first takes guests to Eldorado Canyon, near the village of Nelson, about 40 miles southeast of the Las Vegas Strip. Visitors take a one-hour tour of the Techatticup Mine , where gold was mined for more than 80 years from 1861 until the start of World War II. A coach then takes tourists down a winding road to Nelson's Landing on the Colorado River.
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