July 31, 2011 |
Reporting from Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia Griddle-hot deserts, time-forsaken ghost towns, prismatic canyons and endless ribbons of lonely highway: There's nothing quite like a road trip across the Southwest to get the gasoline pumping in an American's wanderlust-ful heart. But what's perfect for America's bottom-left corner works even better here in Africa's. Welcome to Namibia, on Africa's western coast between South Africa and Angola, where the deserts are hotter, the roads are emptier and America - at least when Brangelina aren't visiting - couldn't be farther away.
July 24, 2011 |
Some people head to Peru to climb Incan ruins; some go to sip pisco sours. Me, I went for the birds. The very big birds. Peru contains a staggering 10% of the world's avian population, and the Colca Valley - a stunning slice of earth notched into the southern highlands of the country - is ground zero for two of the most jaw-dropping: the Andean condor, otherwise known as the world's largest flying bird, and the giant hummingbird, whose name speaks...
July 2, 2008 |
Grand Canyon North Rim, Arizona My brother, John, loves deserts, slot canyons, mesas, buttes and treacherous dirt roads. At home, he pores over U.S. Geological Survey maps, dog-ears pages in hiking books, studies dry treatises on the archaeology and geology of the Southwest. Sometimes, he spreads out his camping gear on the patio -- camp stove, check; sleeping bag, check; headlamp, compass, TP, check, check, check. He has a special way of setting up a tent and you'd better get it right if you want to go with him. And I do because he always takes me someplace remarkable -- Fish and Owl canyons in southeastern Utah; Haleakala Volcano on Maui; the old Mojave Road in eastern California; Picacho del Diablo in Baja.
March 11, 2007 |
Hualapai, Ariz. - LADIES and gentlemen, boys, girls and bored gamblers: Let me remind you that in just 17 days, barring construction delays, you and I will be able to slide on booties and tread upon the Hualapai Nation's wacky new tourist attraction, the glass-floored Skywalk, which will jut out over a western edge of the Grand Canyon, about 120 miles east of Las Vegas. Of course, if you don't find the Wile E. Coyote perspective or the $74.95 price tag tempting, you may be inclined to turn away.
May 23, 2000 |
The North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park reopened to visitors Monday, almost two weeks after being shut down by a fire that ultimately charred 13,350 acres. About 300 vehicles were already waiting when park officials opened the gate at the North Rim entrance on Highway 67. "There were cars as far as the eye could see. People were in good spirits anticipating the opening of the North Rim and their chance to experience this special place," said Phil Walker, a park official.
January 12, 2000 |
With the stroke of a pen, President Clinton on Tuesday created three national monuments in the West, most notably more than 1 million acres on the Grand Canyon's north rim filled with rugged cliffs and ponderosa pines. The action effectively doubles the amount of federally protected land here. Clinton also designated for protection as a national monument the thousands of small, federally owned islands, rocks and exposed reefs along California's 840-mile coastline.