Caving

Women In The OutdoorsOur flashlights showed an eerie landscape of sharp-edged boulders scattered haphazardly across the damp, sandy ground. The echo of trickling water told of a stream running somewhere nearby. There was no sky overhead, just a ceiling of ragged rocks.

Pack the Hamper, James; It’s Ascot Time

NEWSDAY It’s a tailgate party unlike any other. But it’s an event until any other: the week-long Royal Ascot racing meeting. Scheduled for June 14-17, Ascot gives Britons one last chance for a proper garden party before going separate ways for the summer “hols.” Formality of fashion is the standard at Ascot. The men in…

A Weekend in Camelot

WoodallsIt’s a fine day in Revel Grove, England. Banners flutter in the wind; the aroma of meats cooking over open flames fills the air; and a juggler catches whirling globes with casual ease, while at the tavern, minstrels strum their lutes as they serenade patrons with songs of lost love and life in these Medieval…

Hunka Hunka Hawksbill Love

Whenever I go on an “up close and personal” nature excursion, I wonder who’s entertaining whom? “There’s a mountain goat that’s always here when we paddle this stretch of river,” the guide said on a rafting trip in Cody, WY. Every afternoon the rafts float by; every afternoon the goat — often joined by a…

Gridlock in Paradise

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Barbados – broad sandy beaches, mellow sunshine, incredibly friendly people, unintelligible patois, wonderful food, rum in all manner of concoctions – and traffic congestion to rival the Capital Beltway at rush hour. How is it that this tiny island – all of 21 miles long and only 14 at its widest point (roughly twice the…

A Desert Awakening

Women’s Sports Fitness: Bumping along Canyonland’s rough roads and rapids It’s 8 o’clock on a Sunday morning.  Johnny Cash’s gravely-voiced hymns soar from the tape deck.  The music is our spiritual link as we bounce down the road southbound from Moab, Utah. My four companions and I are heading with our guide toward Canyonlands National…

San Antonio: The Fiesta City

San Antonio El Hearldo San Antonio is synonymous with The Alamo. The legends and history surrounding the events of 1836 overwhelm the humble mission buildings and the city that grew up around it. But San Antonio is so much more than The Alamo. Sure, that’s on the must-see list. But this Tejano city boasts a…