Our Newest Bucket Trips

The author rides the bow through class-4 rapids. Credit: Rios Tropicales

River Rafting in Costa Rica

I perched in the front of the bouncing rubber raft like a figurehead, clinging to the side straps for dear life, forgetting not to scream as wave after wave slapped my face and filled my mouth. Peals of pure laughter followed my shrieks of  joy while my raft mates paddled furiously. Then all was calm.Read More


Visiting the Durham Home of the Prince Bishops

It is difficult to imagine a defensive structure more strategically situated. Guarded by steep slopes descending to an almost complete loop of the River Wear, Durham Castle remained impregnable for eight centuries. Yet even this fortress is dwarfed by the huge cathedral that shares its peninsula. Having grown organically through centuries, Durham city is notRead More


Early Season Skiing at Killington, Vermont

Sometimes it’s the ritual that matters. Vermont’s Killington Ski Area is one of the East’s iconic ski areas, and it makes a point of having the longest season in the East, as well as being among the first, if not THE first, to open every year. To be honest, that first day of skiing —Read More