October 31, 2010
THAILAND Natural and man-made landmarks On Friendly Planet Travel's "A Taste of Thailand," travelers journey along Bangkok's waterways and visit many of the country's highlights, including the Bridge at the River Kwai, ornate palaces, massive Buddhas and UNESCO World Heritage sites. The itinerary provides ample leisure time for independent exploration and to partake in optional add-on experiences that include bathing elephants or sunbathing in Phuket. Itinerary: Bangkok to Ayutthaya, Kanchanaburi, the River Kwai and back to Bangkok Dates: Multiple nine-day departures offered between Nov. 22 and April 25 Price: Starting at $1,499, double occupancy (single supplement $199)
June 16, 2010 |
Hindered by a speech impediment, Esai Mora struggles to be understood. But there's one word that he takes extra care to pronounce: "independent." Independence may be the most important aspect of his experience at Camp Bloomfield, a program run by Junior Blind of America for vision-impaired or multi-disabled youth and their families. When asked to tell the date camp starts, Esai responds without hesitation: "June 22nd." The 13-year-old is eager to return to Camp Bloomfield, located in Malibu's Santa Monica Mountains 50 miles from his Compton home.
July 19, 2009
WASHINGTON STATE Magical trail ride We just returned from Orcas Island, Wash., and discovered a magical private trail horseback ride. Trails wind through lush forest and down to the beach. Rides are tailored to groups. Turtlehead Farm, 231 Lime Quarry Road, Eastsound 98245; (360) 376-3649, www.turtleheadfarm.com. Rides from $55/hour. Debbie Fawcett Seal Beach
December 6, 2005 |
ANGELES National Forest officials inaugurated the Indian Canyon Trail head last week in Soledad Canyon, near Agua Dulce, to accommodate off-road vehicle users and horse riders. The trail head serves as a jumping-off point for the Indian Canyon off-highway vehicle route and for the 2,655-mile Pacific Crest Trail. Off-highway vehicle users are not allowed on the PCT.
November 6, 2005 |
HAWKE'S BAY, once the domain of gentleman farmers, has bloomed into a haven for oenophiles, fishermen and nature lovers. On the southeastern end of New Zealand's North Island, the arc of coast and inland plains encompasses swaths of empty beach; gentle, rolling landscape; abundant orchards; and superb trout fishing in broad, meandering rivers. The region also boasts one killer aquarium. I am standing in it now, in an acrylic tunnel staring at the underbelly of several 8-foot sharks.
October 18, 2005 |
I GLANCE AT FLOYD Gomez, then down at the scrubby arroyos below. Inexplicably, I feel a thousand years old. Floyd, in profile with his black hair braided, sitting motionless on a red-blond mare, could be a thousand years old. The bark of dogs and a horse's call rise on the breeze above Taos Pueblo, echoing in gently sloped juniper canyons, floating across imagined centuries. Everything around us feels ancient, even the air.