In Search Of The Northern Lights

In Search Of The Northern Lights

We huddled in the dark in front of the laptop. Webcams pointed out across the vast frozen lake would pick up any sign of the aurora borealis before the human eye. Outside the temperature was several degrees below freezing and the snow was knee-deep. It was our sixth attempt at seeing the northern lights, and over the years we had blazed a trail of failure right across the Arctic Circle. Our hopes that night, from…

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Missing Paris: Running The Paris Marathon

Missing Paris: Running The Paris Marathon

Seven miles into the Paris Marathon I was content, blissfully lost in the illustrious City of Light. But then I saw the pacesetter and I was hooked. So fanatically attached to the mythical four-hour mark, I missed it all. Focused on the clock, I missed Paris. Well, almost. The day before the Paris Marathon, I visited the running expo in a gigantic convention center. Strolling from vendor to vendor, I stopped at a poster the…

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The Chicago You Don’t Know: Movies in the Park

The Chicago You Don’t Know: Movies in the Park

When: Every Tuesday from Mid-July to Late-August at Sunset Where: Grant Park (and various other neighborhood parks) Cost: Free! City vacations inherently seem to consist of lots of walking, little relaxing, obnoxious maps, dinner plans, crowded sidewalks, and ultimately obstructed views-but they don’t have to. While the hustle bustle of a city can be invigorating, too much of the head-spinning activity can be nauseating. A movie in the park is the perfect opportunity to drop…

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In Search Of The Real Lost World: Scaling Mount Roraima

In Search Of The Real Lost World: Scaling Mount Roraima

My trek the top of Mount Roraima was an accidental adventure. Serendipitous? Yes. Rewarding? No doubt about it. However, there were times when I would have given anything to be anywhere other than on that mongrel of a mountain in Venezuela. A table-top mountain or mesa — synonymous with this part of South America — Mount Roraima rises an imposing 9,210 feet above sea level. Though nestled in Venezuela’s southeastern corner, part of the mountain…

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Southern Nicaragua: Bargain Paradise

Southern Nicaragua: Bargain Paradise

“Pan-American Transmissions” is a travel series from Special Contributor Diego Cupolo as he travels south from Nicaragua to Argentina. He has few plans, a $10-a-day budget and one flute-playing gypsy companion. Check back as new dispatches are posted from the road. Don’t assume that you need lots of money to travel. Especially in Nicaragua, one of Central America’s safest, cheapest countries. Exploring this volcano-dotted, beach-lined nation is unlikely to cost more than a month in…

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Chicago River Cruise, a great way to view the amazing architecture up close

Chicago River Cruise, a great way to view the amazing architecture up close

Chicago River Cruise: This is by far the best way to view Chicago’s amazing architecture up close. As you glide down the river that splits the Windy City in two, look around at all the beautiful buildings that scrape the sky. The Chicago River flows right through Chicago downtown. It flows south, away from Lake Michigan, into which it previously emptied. Travelers young and old will also be able to learn more about the rich…

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The Children’s Museum in Chicago, the first in the US

The Children’s Museum in Chicago, the first in the US

Chicago Children’s Museum: Although children’s museum can be found in any major city across the country, Chicago can lay claim as being the first. Opened in 1982, Chicago Children’s Museum is the perfect place to take the kids for a lazy afternoon. Not only do the rug rats get to play at the interactive attractions, but they will also gain valuable knowledge at the same time. This may be the first time that your kids…

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The Dizziness Of Freedom: The Birth And Rise Of Bungee Jumping

The Dizziness Of Freedom: The Birth And Rise Of Bungee Jumping

  AJ Hackett’s first bungee jump was in 1986 off of the Greenhithe Bridge in Auckland, New Zealand. His friend Chris Sigglekow introduced him to the idea. In the 1970’s Chris witnessed students from Oxford University’s Dangerous Sports Club jump off a bridge in Bristol, England, with a rubber cord tied to their feet. He tried it himself a few years later, bungee jumping off the 33-foot Pelorous Bridge near Nelson, New Zealand, using a…

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The San Juan Islands and My Purple Starfish

The San Juan Islands and My Purple Starfish

As I sit at my desk today I happened to glance at a photo I have of a purple starfish on my desk, I instantly had a flashback of my best memory from my recent adventure to the  San Juan Islands with Austin-Lehman Adventures. Growing up I have always been fascinated with aquatic life, having aquariums of my own. But I have always wanted to see a purple starfish in its true natural environment. I had mentioned this…

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Climbing Volcano La Soufrière

Climbing Volcano La Soufrière

On the Island of Saint Vincent one of the biggest natural attractions is a volcano named “La Soufrière” (=the Sulfurer), of 1234 meters of altitude. I climbed this volcano, and here is my experience about it: From Kingstown it takes about 1 hour to reach the base of the volcano, where the path starts. The last part of the road is definitely scenic! At the beginning the hike is not very hard, but the central…

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