Monday, February 19, 2018

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What is it in our human nature that allows us to conquer our fears and go out into the unknown? There have been many examples in history of those who pushed themselves to the limit; who took on a challenge without knowing all the dangers they may face. Great seafarers like Magellan who circumnavigated the globe when maps were poor and Ernest Shackelton who led an expedition in the freezing Antarctic represent that spirit. A remarkable contemporary example of this is occurring at this moment as a young 16 old girl from California seeks to be a modern day Magellan with one difference – to do... Read More

When my friend asked me if I’d join him on a three-week climbing expedition in the Himalayas, thrill and anxiety were the emotions I experienced, especially when I learned that the climb was graded 'extremely strenuous’.

As an untrained middle-aged man who couldn’t run a mile, I was under no illusion about my physical ability to endure such a feat. I also knew that I wouldn’t be able to change this condition in the couple of weeks leading up to the departure. So rather than working on my physical fitness, which I hoped would take care of itself during the adventure – albeit the hard... Read More

This week a young lady of 16 years, Abby Sunderland, set out on a journey to break the world record as the youngest skipper to circumnavigate the globe solo. Abby left Marina Del Rey, California to the roar of family, friends, supporters and sponsors. Now in her 4th day at sea, she tackles one of the toughest and longest challenges that humans attempt. Her goal is to complete the trip within 5 months. The current age record is held by a young British lad, Mike Perham, of 17 who set the record in the summer of 2009 and broke the record set by Abby's brother, Zac, just a month before. At the... Read More

About ten years ago, our family went to Hawaii for the 1st time. We had long time friends from Newport Beach, California who owned a time share in Maui, and they finally convinced us – mainly me – to make the arduous trip from Washington, D.C. to the beautiful island. It was the beginning of love affair with the unique beauty and elegance of this tropical paradise.

Getting to Hawaii is not an easy or inexpensive trip. There are no direct flights and going there takes about 14 hours with a stopover in L.A. or San Francisco. Coming back is tougher as it involves a red eye flight that returns... Read More

Judging by photographs taken of me in 1971, you’d have to say that I was a hippie. I had long hair like a hippie. I dressed like a hippie. And at least one snapshot of me attached to the business end of an elaborate Moroccan hookah testifies to the fact that I smoked pot like a hippie.

But funnily enough, I never liked hippies: didn’t like their attitudes; didn’t like their politics; didn’t like the way they spoke – man.

Western Europe, back in the Seventies, was littered with American hippies – come to “do Europe”, often at that moment in their lives which divided their years... Read More

IF you have ridden a monster roller coaster then you will likely survive the Baja 1,000 "mile" TRIP from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas.

By U.S.A. standards the road is very narrow. Most of the road down is 2 lanes; 1 in each direction. There is no center divider and often no painted middle lines. For the majority of the drive there is no shoulder on either side. This drive is not for the faint of heart.

On the other hand, if you drive an 18 wheeler it may not be that bad as you can scare the shit out of everyone else on the 2 lane road. Although there are tons of breathtaking... Read More

Goa is one of top tourist destinations of India and every year thousands of people from world over visit it for its beautiful beaches. In spite of the warnings put up on the beaches, people still venture in the danger zones, as a result of which there have been deaths due to drowning. This has changed now since the phase one of the beach safety management plans is successfully completed. . This phase had lifeguards covering beaches from Baga to Sinquerim in the North, and from Velsao to Benaulim in the South. The coastal state presently has 149 lifeguards, 52 in north Goa and 72 in the south.... Read More

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