Seasonal Driving

Chasing waterfalls during peak spring runoff

You just can't stir up controversy among waterfall experts.   There's none of the big talk heard among tree people or mountain climbers, for instance, who enjoy banter about which grove has the largest redwoods or which peak is the toughest to climb.   Waterfall enthusiasts hail from the Mutual Admiration Society, where there's an unspoken code of etiquette when speaking of another's natural wonders. They are polite to the point of reverence.  

Coastal drives offer whale of an adventure

Swirls of salty spray splash across the deck. Binoculars rise to eyebrows in anxious anticipation for the guests of honor.

Somebody yells, "There," and children rush to the railing and lean over for a better look. "Oohs!" and "ahhs" come from a group huddled on the foredeck.

The whales have returned on their annual migration to cool northern waters. One large gray mass breaks the dark green surface and foaming sea cascades across its back. Others spout in the distance and rise and fall with the gently rolling sea.

Tin can tourists: the enduring popularity of travel trailering

Behold the travel trailer—a home on wheels that you take into the wilderness. How do you explain the allure? And why have travel trailers been captivating lovers of the great outdoors for nearly 100 years?

The answer has something to do with our “inner nomad,” according to RV historian Al Hesselbart of Elkhart, Indiana.

Caving: Exploring the world from 100 feet underground

Most people look at a hole in the ground and take a detour. Paul Burger looks at it and crawls in.   Burger is a geologist by training, adventurer by spirit. And he has seen the world from inside out by peaking into the nooks and crannies of earth’s subterranean landscape.  What he has discovered is a growing, changing world hidden by darkness.