By JON MOOALLEM MARCH 20, 2019 A weeklong trip in Alaska was supposed to be an adventure. In an instant it became the experience that defined us all. The Voyages Issue Rick Steves Wants to Save the World, One Vacation at a Time It Was Just a Kayaking Trip. Until It Upended Our Lives. There Is No Reason to Cross the U.S. by Train. But I Did It Anyway. The Voyages Issue A weeklong trip in Alaska was supposed to be an adventure. In an instant it became the experience that defined us all. By JON MOOALLEM photo illustration by: DAVID BENJAMIN SHERRY The whale sighting happened right away, minutes into Day 1. Jon, Dave and I had just been dropped off on a remote Alaskan shoreline, an hour and a half by boat from the closest speck of a town. Jon was working as a sea-kayaking guide that summer in Glacier Bay National Park, and he had invited us up for a seven-day excursion during his week off. As the boat that delivered us vanished, the drone of its … [Read more...] about It Was Just a Kayaking Trip. Until It Upended Our Lives.
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By CAITY WEAVER MARCH 20, 2019 The particular sheen of America by Amtrak. The Voyages Issue Rick Steves Wants to Save the World, One Vacation at a Time It Was Just a Kayaking Trip. Until It Upended Our Lives. There Is No Reason to Cross the U.S. by Train. But I Did It Anyway. The Voyages Issue The particular sheen of America by Amtrak. By CAITY WEAVER photographs by: Holly Andres Tell your fellow americans that you plan to cross the United States by train, and their reactions will range from amusement at your spellbinding eccentricity to naked horror that they, through some fatal social miscalculation, have become acquainted with a person who would plan to cross the United States by train. Depending how you slice it — time or money — there are either 61 or 960 immediate reasons not to travel by Amtrak trains from New York City to Los Angeles. Those are the extra hours and dollars, respectively, that you might reasonably expect to … [Read more...] about There Is No Reason to Cross the U.S. by Train. But I Did It Anyway.
Wednesday newsletters always feature a luxury hotel and/or flight review. Last August, I enjoyed a great (but rainy and even snowy) stay in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, one of the world’s most pristine wilderness areas on a scale difficult to imagine. You can read my trip reports here: Trip report: British Airways A380 Business Class from London to Vancouver Review: Post Hotel & Spa Review: Fairmont Banff Hot Springs Hotel Review: Emerald Lake Lodge Review: Lake Moraine Lodge Review: Mount Engaldine Lodge (today) Review: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (to be published later) Trip report: British Airways B787-8 (Dreamliner) Business Class from Calgary to London Today (November 30, 2016): Review of Mount Engadine Lodge, a hidden gem in the Canadian Rockies. Hotel website: Mount Engadine Lodge Address:Canmore, Alberta, Canada Location: Google Maps Mount Engadine Lodge is a hidden, all-inclusive getaway in the pristine Spray … [Read more...] about Review: Mount Engadine Lodge, Rockies (Canada)
Sandstone, Minn. Grab your winter gear and head to the 14th annual Sandstone Ice Festival Jan. 4-6 at Robinson Quarry Ice Park. From Friday through Sunday attendees can enjoy ice climbing clinics and watch outdoor gear demonstrations. The weekend will also offer a winter camping clinic, an outdoor gear swap and a guest speaker. Registration required for clinics, $50 each (sandstoneicefest.com; 1-651-302-1774). Breezy Point, Minn. Enjoy a day of winter fun during the 24th annual Breezy Point Ice Fest Jan. 5 on Pelican Lake. All-day activities include a bonfire, a pond hockey tournament, snow golf, ice slides, tubing, horse-drawn hayrides, dog sled rides and live music, food and drink specials at local spots (tinyurl.com/y88rab6r; 1-800-450-2838). Lutsen, Minn. Also on Jan. 5 up on the North Shore, the Norpine Fat Bike Classic Race will draw spectators to watch the top-notch outdoor race, set against the scenic backdrop of Lutsen Mountains, as cyclists from around the country and Canada … [Read more...] about Quick trips: Outdoor winter fun and holiday lights
As if on cue, snow began to fall just after I turned onto the Gunflint Trail. Big, delicate, intricate flakes spiraled from the sky, swirling in the car’s wake. My sister and I were heading up Minnesota’s legendary road into the North Woods with skis, skates and snowshoes in the trunk. Each winter, an average of 100 inches of snow blankets the area around the Gunflint, which cuts inland from Grand Marais, in Minnesota’s Arrowhead region. More than 130 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails weave through forests there. As we zipped past towering evergreens laden with snow, we felt like we were heading straight into the heart of the season. Near mile 26, I turned down a narrow road to Bearskin Lodge. The family-run resort lines East Bearskin Lake with a lodge and its adjoining townhouses, historic cabins and some more recently constructed versions. Dusk was falling as we unpacked groceries and gear, but we soon clicked into our skis and set off for a pre-dinner loop. … [Read more...] about Why head to the Gunflint Trail in winter? Ample snow, 130 miles of cross-country ski trails and cozy lodges