You might like to think that you have what it takes to survive even the most overwhelming odds. Even if you don't know all that much in the area of survival skills, you'd make it through, right?
First came the phone call, on Sunday night: The Alaska Department of Fish and Game had declared a lone newborn moose, hanging around the interior town of Tok, abandoned.
When I fly, I'm usually not the one looking out the window as we start the descent. But as São Miguel island came into sight, I couldn't stop staring at the breathtakingly green island scattered with craggy mountains and sapphire lakes. By the time we actually landed, I couldn't wait to get on the road.
Our nation and its national parks will have cleaner water thanks to President Obama. The Obama Administration just wrapped up a multi-year effort that protects the drinking water for 117 million Americans, as well as the waterways found in and around hundreds of national parks across the country.
Today, the Earth got a little hotter and a little more crowded.
Between the warmer weather and the nighttime cookouts, spring is a constant struggle between wanting to spend time outside and wanting to protect yourself from pesky bugs.
So, wildebeests have perfected what they are and have demonstrated their staying power. With so many other animals on the brink of extinction, there's no immediate reason for us to be worried...Or is there?
Starting today, I will present you a lifetime adventure and another kind of holiday for those who love to discover new lands, nature, secluded villages, history, culture, amazing people, great food, art and entertainment, sea, mountains, cities, architecture, music and fashion, old churches and secret destinations of the world.
A recent art exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art at St Louis University featured the work of photographer Regina DeLuise, whose black and white photographs attend to the ordinary moments in the spiritual lives of the people of Bhutan.
I joined the WCS Malaysia team on a trek recently through the rainforest of Endau-Rompin, a state park in the southern part of Johor on Peninsular Malaysia. To get to this remote rainforest, you drive many hours past acre after acre of oil palm, through a forest reserve, and then you are there.
Since humans captured him, his days have been filled with hard work, insufficient sustenance, and vicious beatings to force him to comply with his mahout's (caretaker/trainer) wishes. His nights have been spent in chains.
The beauty about visiting a park like Yosemite is that everything one can do is already there, and the best way to enjoy it all is to keep a slow and steady pace, all while embracing the fact there's no way to cover the entire park in one trip.
What ever happened to snuggling up on a banquet seat with a ginger tea and Jonathan Franzen novel on a Saturday? What? I'm not a man you say? Excuse me, but real men vacuum. I don't need to pound my chest like an ape and prove my testosterone count to anyone...
I stick close to the lodge the following day, made safe by sunshine, staff members, and internet access. That's when I overhear the director and head counselor talking about a bear.
Hands are the tools with which we shape the world. They define us to an extent -- as sons and daughters, providers and professionals, laborers and learners.
When you hear of a country that is bound by multiple cultures, landscapes and seasonal activities, you know it's worth a visit. Nestled at the foot of the Dolomites, South Tyrol is a picture-perfect alpine dream.