Africa / Destinations / Experiences / Outdoor adventures

Elephants at my doorstep: Satao Elerai Lodge, Kenya

I’m sitting on the deck of my tent (an understatement, canvas walls, yes, but also full bed, wood floor, and shower bath) gazing over the savannah grasslands at snow-capped Kilimanjaro, when I hear a rustling. Elephants! Kenya’s Amboseli National Park, located in the savannah grasslands beneath Mount Kilimanjaro, is world renowned for its elephants. It’s … Continue reading

Ranting & roaring: Skiing Newfoundland’s Marble Mountain
Canada / Destinations / Experiences / Newfoundland / Outdoor adventures

Ranting & roaring: Skiing Newfoundland’s Marble Mountain

Like every Newfoundland driver I’ve encountered, Ralph MacWhirter zips along the island’s serpentine, snow-packed roads at speeds that mock posted limits and gives merely a passing nod to stop signs. Left hand on the wheel of his Buick Park Avenue Ultra and right hand gesturing, he turns to me, grins and asks: “Where ya to?” … Continue reading

Fantasia in the skies: Northern Lights in Churchill, Manitoba
Canada / Destinations / Experiences / Manitoba / Outdoor adventures

Fantasia in the skies: Northern Lights in Churchill, Manitoba

It’s midnight, and it’s 44 degrees below — yes, below — zero. Celsius, Farenheit, it doesn’t matter; the scales meet at 40 below. At this temperature, silence is noisy. Snow squeaks, trees moan, ice creaks. I’m lying on frozen tundra swathed in layers of down, wool, and high-tech fabrics, cursing the cold. Then a glimmer … Continue reading

Falling for New Brunswick’s Miramichi, hook, line, and sinker
Canada / Destinations / Experiences / New Brunswick / Outdoor adventures

Falling for New Brunswick’s Miramichi, hook, line, and sinker

Before arriving in Sillikers, New Brunswick, I knew even less about the Miramichi River than I knew about salmon, which wasn’t much. During my one previous fly-fishing attempt, I’d landed branches, hats, even a nearby canoe, everything but a fish. That’s not something one brags about over scrambled eggs and sausage while sharing a table … Continue reading