March 2, 1997 |
Rain forested Dunk Island was just two miles across the impossibly blue water. We'd already flown 22 hours over the Pacific to Australia; two hours more by plane from Sydney to Cairns, on the coast of Queensland; then two more hours south by bumpy minivan to get to a point called Mission Beach on the continent's eastern shore. But how were we going to manage this last leg?
October 16, 2005 |
Got stress? Maybe you need to spend a little time on your own treasured island. Sir Richard Branson, owner of Virgin Atlantic Airways, happily shares Necker Island, his northern Caribbean sanctuary, with renters who can pay at least $100,000 for a five-night stay. Or you can spend a few nights at Cayo Espanto in the turquoise waters off the coast of Belize, said to be a favorite of Tiger Woods, for a mere $1,095 per night.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 2007 |
A Costa Mesa community college that was given a craggy British Columbia island has agreed to sell the property to an unnamed Vancouver man for $2.4 million, school officials said Monday. Orange Coast College had hoped to transform the ecologically delicate Rabbit Island into a field research station, but the school's foundation deemed the 36-acre swath too costly to maintain. "We're very pleased," said Jim Carnett, a college spokesman. "It really hasn't been on the market that long."
February 21, 1999 |
When I was a teenager more than 30 years ago, I went to Bimini for the first time with Gregory Hemingway, one of Ernest's sons, who was my brother-in-law. Although Ernest Hemingway often fished in Key West and Cuba in the '40s and '50s, another of his favorite spots was the waters off this pair of small islands in the Bahamas. Greg was a serious fisherman, and he showed me how to bait hooks, just as his father had taught him. On that trip Bimini became a magical place for me.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2004 |
SANTA CRUZ ISLAND -- Minutes after federal officials announced Thursday that the animal would be protected under the Endangered Species Act, a baby Channel Islands fox scampered across its pen, flopped onto a small hammock and dozed off. The much-anticipated announcement was no big deal for the grayish, housecat-sized fox, but it marked a major step for scientists, conservationists and park officials desperately trying to save a creature that is nearly extinct.
August 20, 2012 |
Angry youths on Sunday overturned cars and smashed shop windows in anti-Japanese protests across China stemming from a long-standing dispute over uninhabited islands claimed by both countries. Not to be outdone in nationalist fervor, 150 Japanese activists tried to land on the islands in the East China Sea by boat Sunday to commemorate World War II deaths. When that failed, 10 of them swam to one of the rocky islands and tried to plant a Japanese flag. The demonstrations in China were the largest since 2010, when a Chinese fishing captain whose boat collided with a Japanese coast guard vessel was arrested, leading to a protracted standoff.
August 14, 2005 |
THE French tricolor flew above Place du General de Gaulle on a misty morning as white-gloved gendarmes in snappy blue uniforms, rifles across their chests, stood at attention and the band struck up "La Marseillaise." It was July 14, Bastille Day. I was in France, surrounded by patriotic French, yet I was 2,800 miles and an ocean away from Paris, in St.-Pierre and Miquelon. The two islands, 18 miles off southern Newfoundland, are the only remaining French outposts in North America.
October 23, 1987 |
These are sad times for Smith Islanders. Their island is eroding away. Many young Islanders are leaving because they see no future here. Retired crabber and oysterman Elmer L. Evans, 70, sighed and echoed the sentiments of the people of this tiny remote Chesapeake Bay island. "It's a shame. Smith Island has been inhabited 330 years, since 1657, mostly by the same families. Now the island is dying, coming to an end. It really is a pity." The end isn't imminent.
March 19, 2000 |
I'd never given much thought to the term "desert island" until I visited Aruba. Its arid, rumpled landscape bristles with long-armed cactuses, aloe plants and sad, spindly divi-divi trees bent low by the persistent winds. The key features of the interior of this Caribbean island are gigantic rock piles inhabited by wild goats, the remains of gold-mining operations, a few caves with ancient inscriptions and a massive stub of magnetic rock.