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Entries by Richard Bangs from 01/2014

River Gods: Confessions of a Grand Canyon Guide

| Posted 01.07.2014 | Travel

River Gods (author kneeling) It all began, for me, at a meeting of the Canoe Cruisers Association, the Washington, D.C. chapter. In the midst of th...

The Dangerous First Descent of the Zambezi

| Posted 01.16.2014 | Travel

Some 350 feet below the bridge we were driving over, a mighty river coiled and cursed through a dark basalt gorge. I could see two rapids interrupting the otherwise peaceful stretch. They were pieces of effervescence, feather-white, inviting.

Killer Trip Chasing Killer Whales

| Posted 01.21.2014 | Travel

There is no better place, no better time. The salmon are running, and the weather is fine. Our target waters have the highest density of orcas anywhere in the world. I'm going to feel the spray of flying flukes, and wink at the melon-sized eye of an orca.

Celebrating Syria: 'We Couldn't Go Back, So We Started Mamnoon Instead'

| Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel

There are so many delicious facets to this story. I first met Wassef Haroun in Zambia, at the Kafue River Camp, owned by a mutual friend who had invited us for a week-long private safari.

Honduras: When Conservation Goes Too Far

| Posted 01.29.2014 | Travel

Honduras is like the monkey who locked up the zookeeper. This little tropical realm has put away the constrained thinking that keeps others stuck in unproductive routines, and allowed its wildness to escape the margins.