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Exploring the world by your own two feet: hiking and climbing are not for the hurried. Whether you’re on an epic trek like the Camino De Santiago or the Appalachian Trail, or an afternoon walk in the woods in an urban forest, hiking can be a walking meditation, soothing stress. Climbing, on the other hand, takes a Zen-like focus to detail. Each involves your feet, your hands, and your attention to your body. Set your own pace and enjoy the journey!

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Hiking and Climbing: The Bucket List


The Lone Swimmer

Swimming in Sacred Water: Semuc Champey of Guatemala

As I look down from the heights of El Mirador, the pools of Semuc Champey appear as expanses of turquoise set between limestone ridges. It occurs to me that El Mirador -- it means a viewpoint -- is a name far too common in Central America or, at the very ...
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Beautiful tufa towers of Mono Lake. Photo by Yvette Cardozo.

Wandering The Tufa Towers Of Mono Lake

Years ago, I stopped at California’s Mono Lake on a bike trip. I was hot, tired and ready for the day to end. I briefly looked at the lake’s famous tufa mounds, felt the greasy, salt-laden water and left. I’ve always wanted to go back. And finally, this April, got my ...
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Starting the hike up Mt. Teide. (©Melanie Radzicki McManus)

Climbing Mt. Teide in the Canary Islands

For the umpteenth time, my young guide stops to text. It's starting to tick me off. I want to learn as much as I can about the hardscrabble volcanic mountain we're climbing, not watch his orange hoodie-clad head bent over his flying fingers. As if sensing my irritation, he suddenly ...
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Macaws rescued from illegal trafficking in Bolivia (©Coen Wubbels)

Taking a Break at Biocentro Güembé in Santa Cruz, Bolivia

"Another Inca ruin?" "Again so many hours in a bus?" "Can't we go swimming somewhere?" "More markets? I want to go swimming! Please!" I don't have kids but I can imagine this being a frequent scene between kids and parents on vacation (or maybe it's a memory of my own childhood vacations…). Bolivia is ...
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This is the most treacherous waterfall of all (©Coen Wubbels)

Strolling Around Iguazu Falls in Argentina

The 275 waterfalls that make up Iguazu Falls lie on the Argentinean-Brazilian border and I already saw them in Brazil. Yet, I wanted to see this UNESCO World Heritage Site from the Argentinean side as well, even though I wasn't sure this side would anything to the experience. These falls have ...
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Looking into the grand Canyon

Day Hiking the Grand Canyon in Northern Arizona

The trail doesn't seem especially steep going down, but the faces of people hauling themselves back up tell a different story. Truth is: While the grade might not seem rigorous when you're descending, it is constant. Constant equals relentless on the way back up. I've just passed a sign on the ...
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