Tales & Reflections

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. “Now I see why they warned us!” my mother sighed. As always, mom was right: the locals who met our group of explorers had...

Ryoanji: Six Stones

The rock garden at Ryoanji Temple in Kyoto is one of my favorite places in Japan and one of the most sacred places on the planet for me. In its sere simplicity, its stark purity, it’s a place that slows me down, quiets me, leads...

25 Things I Love About Brazil

As much as I love exploring the wilderness areas of Brazil, it’s the people and culture that most touch my soul. After five months there, what I remember most are the endearing characteristics of the Brazilians I met, from Teresopolis to Rio de Janeiro to...

Unexpected Adventures in a Moroccan Bathhouse

We did what was customary. As soon as Saadia and I were well within the vestibule of her neighborhood’s bathhouse, the local hammam, we paid the bath attendant and took all our clothes off, except for our underwear....

Treks and Painted Caves in Southwestern France

“I love this work. I especially love seeing your eyes,” confessed our guide to the three of us standing in the cave. “When you see these engravings and paintings for the first time, the wonder on your faces is incredible. I never get tired of...

A Sea Turtle Surprise in Costa Rica

Standing on an empty expanse of sand in a tropical downpour at dawn, I witnessed one of nature’s most moving wonders: On Costa Rica’s southern Pacific coast, tiny green sea turtle hatchlings were being released to the sea....

An Irresistible Glow: The Hypnosis of Bioluminescence

Their traps were set: Along a dark, dripping wall of stone, silk strands dangled in waiting. The victims, attracted to an irresistible glow, would be caught in the pearls of glue that shone like drops of dew in my flashlight beams....

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