A Series of Small Maneuvers by Eliot Treichel is an exquisite debut novel about a father/daughter river trip gone horribly wrong. Classified as young adult due to the age of the protagonist, this book is entirely relevant for readers of all ages.
Since arriving in Colorado a month ago I have been desperate to hike to a lake, a stunning crystal clear mountain lake. I had pictured myself stripping naked with good friends or new friends and throwing ourselves into the lake waterfalls squealing like children under the sun.
We were not only going to a private wolf sanctuary, Aventuraid, but also to an animal wilderness park - Zoo sauvage de Saint-Félicien. The zoo was in a stunning boreal forest, and we looked forward to experiencing a camping, canoeing and hiking adventure.
Moving among wildlife and experiencing the outdoors are favorite vacation motivators for me, and knowing this adventure would be special, I invited my 12-year old granddaughter to accompany me to make for a cross-generational experience.
When first I was exploring rivers, a time ago, it was a daunting feat to plump over a 20' waterfall and survive. Now, the bar has risen to what was once incomprehensible. The current record for paddling over a waterfall, and surviving, is 189'.
It's hard to argue with conventional wisdom: beaches are pretty damn great. Still, America loves an underdog, and in the geographical feature version of Rocky, the lake town is Balboa to the beach town's Creed.
These five adventures provide you with amazing daydreams and bucket list options, if not the inspiration to get you outdoors this weekend. Hit the trail, watch a sunset, take a scenic drive, and breath in some fresh air!
Experiencing what the Czechs do every summer brought me closer to understanding them and their wonderful culture. I only went for two days but some Czechs spend weeks traveling from camp to camp along the river.
Looking at a map of North America you will inevitably be drawn to the bottom center of the continent where a meandering blue line broader than any other of the blue lines gracefully loops southward and empties into the Gulf of Mexico.
My brother and I paddled the rivers from source to sea in 2013 and we've made a 48-minute documentary film about the journey and the water wars, not from the perspective of talking heads, but from the voices of people like Tony who know the river.
B&B's get mixed reviews. Some find the experience intrusive, with innkeepers acting more like nosy relatives than hospitality professionals. Others relish the history seeping out of mahogany armoires and well-thumbed "take one, leave one" paperbacks.
I had arrived in Zagreb a week earlier to meet five fellow seasoned travelers to explore some of Croatia's incredible outdoor activities and culinary delights. We were looking forward to the stunning countryside, preserved parks and gastronomic specialties.
Beyond its partially-trussed shoulders, and sensually curved back, beyond its juicy, succulent berries, Vermont is a place that emanates a pheromone that smells more pine than Axe. And yet it somehow manages to excite in ways unexpected.
A weekend getaway at Diamond Mills is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts who want to explore Saugerties and the surrounding region, which offers abundant activities year-round -- including hiking, bicycling and rock-climbing.