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Entries Tagged as 'Adventure'

The Real Hell’s Kitchen

March 28th, 2020 · No Comments · Adventure, Eating

Bookseller and former desert rat Karen Wright recalls a cooking gig in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. The Black Rock Desert is best known as the location of the famous “Burning Man” event, where the ghosts of all those naked hippies and yuppies return from time to time to float like specters across the plain. The […]

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Aloft and Furl

July 30th, 2018 · No Comments · Adventure

Karen Wright overcomes misgivings and climbs up a very tall ship. When you work on a traditionally-rigged sailing ship, the most fun is going aloft to furl or unfurl sails. But when I first started, everything about the foreign world of traditional ships intimidated me. Their size…massive, their height…lofty, their power…a stout wind. I hung […]

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An Education in Greece

December 18th, 2013 · No Comments · Adventure, Travel Memoir

When Shelley Buck set out  on her own in 1972, hoping to travel overland from Europe to India, she did not realize how resourceful she would need to become in order to make the trip.  In this selection from her travel memoir, East: A Woman on the Road to Kathmandu, Shelley tells  how she acquired […]

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January 16th, 2012 · 3 Comments · Adventure, Road Less Travelled

Novelist Margaret C. Murray returned in December from a journey to South Africa. The things she brought back will not fit in any backpack or suitcase. I just returned from a trip to South Africa with my two sons. I wish I could do it over again, not to change anything or do it differently, […]

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Not a bird

July 15th, 2010 · No Comments · Adventure

In this excerpt from his novel, Chameleon, John Joss describes the ascent of Mt. Patterson, in the Sierra Nevada Mountains—by sailplane. Mt. Patterson is near the California-Nevada border. Mount Patterson consumes my attention. I should not have come up, a `climber without ropes’ –an earlier decision, a modest task. My instructor said, years ago: “Don’t […]

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