Tales & Reflections

Wolves of Iberia

One May morning, I set out on foot from Luarca, a fishing town in Spain’s northwestern province of Asturias, on a still and quiet road that would lead to an encounter I’ll never forget....

Tea and Hospitality in Iran

I grew up in two distinct cultures, a progressive hiking and biking town in the Colorado Rockies and the cosmopolitan city of Tehran, but in both there stood a samovar. It was like a wormhole portal that naturally connected the two worlds....

The Whispering Lights of Lofoten

If it weren’t for the northern lights, I would never have found myself in Svolvær—the largest town on the Lofoten Islands archipelago in Norway, located just north of the Arctic Circle....

Art and Nature in New Mexico

I awoke to the “blue mountain” in the distance, framed by wintry cottonwoods, still exuding the presence and power that so captivated O’Keeffe....

Tripping Over Wildlife in Alaska

“In this weather, you’d step on a moose before you’d see one.” Larry Benz was standing with his hands on his hips, squinting out the glass doors of his hand-built cabin at the northern boundary of Chugach National Park, Alaska. The usual, sweeping vista of...

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