Photo by Sabine Bergmann.

Photo by Sabine Bergmann.

 

Andean Ancestors and the Point of the Wilderness

"Eight thousand years ago, among the towering Andes and their yawning canyons, one choice changed everything..."

(Originally published by Hidden Compass)

 

 

 

 

 

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 Image courtesy of  Sierra Magazine.

Image courtesy of Sierra Magazine.

 

A Stargazer's Guide to Protected Dark Skies

"For millennia, human beings have gazed into the firmament and been awed by the thousands of stars, galaxies, nebulae, and other cosmic wonders visible to the naked eye. But in recent generations, much of humanity has become divorced from these marvels..."

(Originally published by Sierra Magazine)

 

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 Image courtesy of  Bay Nature Magazine.

Image courtesy of Bay Nature Magazine.

 

Watching Wildlife Move Through Sonoma Valley

"Her four paws pad softly along the golden grass of the Sonoma Valley floor’s oak savannas, her black-tipped ears alert for the approach of danger or the rustle of prey..."

(Originally published by Bay Nature Magazine)

 

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 Photo by Sabine Bergmann.

Photo by Sabine Bergmann.

 

What Walls Witnessed in Morocco

""I was just passing through. I had arrived in the golden sun of Moroccan spring as one more student in Fes — a taller, blonder, less Muslim, and more female version than the city’s millennia-long running average — and made my first foray through the city on the day of prayer, when the shops were shuttered and the streets were bare..."

(Originally published by Adventure Collection)

 

 

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 Photo by Denise Filakosky.

Photo by Denise Filakosky.

 

A Child Explorer in the Amazon

"Dad’s duffel bag was permanently damaged, but it was a small price to pay to meet a superhero, in my opinion..."

(Originally published by Adventure Collection)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  Photo by Sabine Bergmann.

Photo by Sabine Bergmann.

 

For the Memories

"I cried twice while in Texas, one of them out of sheer terror. My dear boyfriend, Sean, was helping me load our gun when a 45-caliber pistol went off next to us, the violent blast so instantaneous that there was no time for my life to flash before my eyes..."

(Originally published by GeoEx Wanderlust)

 

 

 

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 Photo by  Octavio Aburto

Mexican Fisherman Juan Castro Montaño Saved his Beautiful Marine Ecosystem, and He'll Save Yours, Too

"The sea 40 years ago was calm and clear. It had what Juan Castro Montaño calls espejismo, which translates somewhere between mirror and mirage..."

(Originally published by Sierra)                   

 

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 Photo by Sabine Bergmann.

Photo by Sabine Bergmann.

 

Five Ways I'm a Better Person When I Travel

"When I travel, I change. One whirlwind trip through Bolivia showed me how, when I travel, I become..."

(Originally published by Adventure Collection)

 

 

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A New Narrative for Volunteering Overseas

Goodbye Benevolent Savior; Hello Flawed Altruist

"The narrative of a brave white savior swooping in to the developing world and saving the needy is dead. Or at least, it's no longer welcome..."

(Originally published by Ethical Traveler)

 

 

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Face-First Down the Rapids:

What if we turned our idea of watercraft on its head?

"Frankly, hurtling down whitewater on a piece of foam sounds insane. But here I am, gripping the handles of my riverboard—a chunky style of bodyboard one rides belly down and face first—as the South Fork of the American River sucks me toward a section known as the “Meatgrinder” rapids. The water surges up and down as waves start to peak around me, the rapids below crashing with the sound of breaking glass. I get the sense that I’m about to have an out-of-body experience..."

(Originally published by Adventure Collection)

 Photo by  Julie Munger .

Photo by Julie Munger.

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 Photo Credit: Rob Rand

Photo Credit: Rob Rand

A Tale of Two Quakes, Part 1: Ecuador

A Surf Town Looks to Tourists for Revival

"It started gently, just past sunset on a Saturday evening in Canoa, a touristy surf town in Ecuador. Peter Stromberg and his wife Maija were sitting on their couch for dinner, mere days before they planned to open the Canoa Suites hotel. Within a minute that hotel, like much of Canoa, would crumble..."

(Originally published by Ethical Traveler)

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Photo Credit: Sivani Babu

Ranch Recreation:

 Camping Out on Working Lands in Western Sonoma

An hour before April’s first sunrise, I wriggle out of my sleeping bag and unzip my tent flap to the chatter of birdsong. I listen for a moment—between the phrases of a robin’s song, there’s an owl hoo-hooing—but I don’t pause long..."

(Originally published by Bay Nature)

 

 

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Turbo-Charging the Hunt for ETs:

 This Will Give Our Decade a Shot at Cosmic Stardom

“In the 3.5 billion-year history of life on planet Earth, a century seems barely mentionable and a decade seems insignificant—but the new revelation of a project involving a Russian billionaire, three UC Berkeley researchers and $100 million just may have laid the groundwork for this decade’s shot at eternal distinction..."

(Originally published by California Magazine)

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 Image Courtesy  California Magazine

Image Courtesy California Magazine

Burning Discontent

 Here's Why a Regime May Need—And Secretly Want—Protests

“Do you really want to have secret informants in every single village?”...

(Originally published by California Magazine)

 

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Murder in the Muck

 Scientists Search for Clues to a Killer in the Eel River.

"In a long, rectangular laboratory with windows facing a dim October sky, Keith Bouma-Gregson casually shows me his collection of murder suspects..."

(Originally published by California Magazine)

 

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 The Monkeyface Eel. Image Courtesy of Monterey Bay Aquarium.

The Monkeyface Eel. Image Courtesy of Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Eat Local, Eat Weird

The Secretive Monkeyface Eel is Both.

"On an overcast afternoon in the fall of 1996, while casting his line from “Squack Rock,” a not-so-affectionately named craggy outcrop near Pescadero, Kirk Lombard paused to watch a skinny, middle-aged man in a beat-up wetsuit hop around the rocks with a bamboo stick..."

(Originally published by Bay Nature)

 

 

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What the Frack?

Lack of Info on Fracking Fluid is a "Pervasive Regulatory Failure"

"In the quest for natural gas, fracking companies may be pumping acutely toxic chemicals into the ground. Or maybe not. The problem is, no one knows..."

(Originally published by California Magazine)

 

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Twelve Years

A Generation of Student Researchers and a Detailed Record of the California Coast

"On a Thursday morning last December, Alina Rainsford arrived at the Western Wing of San Francisco's Moscone Center to receive a presenter's badge. The sprawling convention center was swarming with researchers..." 

(Originally published by Bay Nature)

 

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The Giving Out Trees

              Drought-Stressed Sequoias and Blue Oaks May Start to Vanish

"Todd Dawson’s research has taken him to forests, savannas, and deserts all over the world. But his recent investigations close to the UC Berkeley campus have taken him to the edges where ecosystem types transition..."

(Originally published by California Magazine)

 

 

 

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 Death Road     

"I leaned cautiously toward the road's edge, which gave way to a sheer cliff, a gashed rock-face stretching toward the distant earth..."

(Originally published by Traveler's Tales

in "The Best Travel Writing 2011")

 

 

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Seeing America, Again:

              Re-Imagined Art Project Connects Artists, Parks

"Shayna Roosevelt had a clue hanging in her kitchen and she didn't even know it..."

(Originally published by Bay Nature)