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Alaska

5 Months of Travel in 3 Minutes: One-Second Daily Videos

It's difficult to sum-up travel experiences when you return home. The best and occasionally the worst question: "How was your trip?" requires you to continually summarize experiences that shouldn't be summarized: to package them into little digestible bits that fit...
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Photo Friday: Camping in Tracy Arm Fjord

This week's Photo Friday brings you the "Glacier in Your Grill" campsite setup from my 2016 kayak trip into Tracy Arm Fjord, part of the Tracy Arm-Ford's Terror Wilderness Area just south of Juneau, Alaska. After finding a relatively flat spot to pull our kayaks out...
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Nordic Skiing Anchorage’s Trail System

Anchorage is a nordic (cross-country) skier's paradise. With more than 105 miles (175 km) of maintained ski trails, 120+ miles of mixed-use trails, and even 41 miles of ski-jouring trails (ski-jouring is when you have your dog pull you on skis, it's incredibly fun for...
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Kayaking in Tracy Arm Fjord

John Muir called his time in the Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness “some of the best of all my Alaska Days.” I agree with him. Yosemite-like cliffs reaching thousands of feet above and plunging hundreds of feet into the water below. There is truly nothing like it on earth. Kayaking Tracy Arm provides an intimate and sustainable vehicle for experiencing this tract of raw wilderness beyond what is possible on a cruise ship or day tour boat.

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Commercial Fishing Like a Real Alaskan

Commercial fishing like a real Alaskan aboard a commercial troller in the Gulf of Alaska. Connecting in an authentic and sustainable way with the people, place, way of life, and food source that powers the Alaskan economy.

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A Sustainable Day in Juneau, Alaska

A small town with adventure in every direction. Here’s how to make the most of it and be sustainable at the same time.

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Cuba

Photo Friday: Sunset in Havana Vieja

Havana Vieja, or Old Havana, is indicative of many old European cities: Seemingly endless edifices of Neoclassical architecture line narrow, cobblestone-laden streets. This part of the city constantly bustles with a mix of tourists (definitely the most touristic...
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Discovering Santa Clara, Cuba

Santa Clara could be in a way considered the Portland, OR of Cuba. It’s a young, up-and-coming, "hipster" community with vibrant arts, culture, and history. Well, all of Cuba is rich in history, so you could eliminate that one as a least common denominator and focus...
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South America

5 Months of Travel in 3 Minutes: One-Second Daily Videos

It's difficult to sum-up travel experiences when you return home. The best and occasionally the worst question: "How was your trip?" requires you to continually summarize experiences that shouldn't be summarized: to package them into little digestible bits that fit...
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Exploring Cochamo Valley, Chile

It has been called the Yosemite of Chile. Chileans call Yosemite the Cochamo of the United States. I think it should be called Narnia. In truth, Cochamo Valley is beyond comparison, and can only be truly appreciated firsthand. Unfortunately for all of us, you can’t...
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Living and Learning Mapuche Culture in Curarrehue, Chile

William was driving about 50 miles an hour along a windy valley road towards one of the elementary schools in Curarrehue (kuɾaˈrewe), Chile, and talking about twice as fast. I was trying to keep up with the conversation with marginal success. Our topic of...
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Community-Based Tourism in Manquemapu

For thousands of years, nestled between cliffs that Pacific Ocean swells have carved out of the Southern Chilean coast, the gentle Rio Lliuco has sculpted a mystic, idyllic valley that the Mapuche people have called home for fishing and gathering. Today Manquemapu, a...
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Adventure Inspiration: Torres Del Paine

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the landscape of Torres Del Paine is worth a thousand pictures. Here's some inspiration for your next adventure planning session! Need more info about hiking the "W" in Torres Del Paine? Check out my how-to guide for...
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How to Hike Torres Del Paine

When to Go | Camping & Booking | Buses & Ferries | Itinerary | Gear | Cost Torres Del Paine National Park, a jaw dropping cluster of craggy peaks, glaciated valleys, mountain streams, and wildlife. To spend even only one night in this park is a dream come...
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BirdsChile: A Philosophy of Sustainable Tourism

Llanquihue is not a typical tourist destination. It’s a working-class town situated half-way between the more touristic destinations of Puerto Varas and Frutillar on Lago Llanquihue, and its main industries include meat and dairy processing and salmon farming. The...
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Photo Friday: Alerce Trees of Cochamo Valley

The Alerce Tree, or Patagonian Cypress. Some have been dated to as much as 4,000 years old, and get up to 45 meters tall. They're very similar to Redwoods. I literally "bellied up" to this one along the trail to the Arco Iris viewpoint in the Cochamo Valley south of...
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Photo Friday: Lupine of the Juneau Ridge

This week's Photo Friday is brought to you by the beautiful Lupine flowers of Mt. Juneau in Juneau, Alaska. These beauties dot the landscape throughout Southeast Alaska in June and July. The ridgeline that extends back from Mt. Juneau towards the Juneau Icefield is an...
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5 Reasons to Visit Torres Del Paine in the Fall

1: The Wind & Weather The Patagonia is notoriously windy during the summer time (January-March). Hellacious katabatic winds from the world's 3rd largest ice cap rage down from glaciers and through Torres Del Paine National Park (Parque Nacional Torres Del Paine),...
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