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.
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"They’re here," announces Stig Sletten, breaking off our conversation as his eyes shift from mine to the window behind my head. I freeze, a glass of red halfway to my lips. "You can look," he continues in a low, steady tone. "But gently does it. No sudden movements." I twist on my sofa and peer into the darkness. A shadowy canine shape enters stage right. As it trots into the light from our lodge, I see that this is no dog – at least, not one you’d ever find on a lead. The shaggy ruff, piercing eyes and brindled coat announce our nocturnal visitor as a full-grown wolf. Another soon arrives. The two touch muzzles, then pad on into the night. • 19 photographs that prove Norway is Europe's most beautiful country My companions and I are the first overnight guests in the Wolf Lodge. This innovative retreat opened in January inside Polar Park, an animal sanctuary one hour from the Norwegian town of Narvik, itself about 140 miles (225km) inside the Arctic Circle. … [Read more...] about Narvik, Norway: Welcome to Wolf Lodge
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Alexander Burns, Jonathan Martin and Maggie Haberman New York Times January 26, 2019 President Donald Trump’s defeat in his border-wall standoff with Congress has clouded his already perilous path to a second term in 2020, undercutting Trump’s cherished image as a forceful leader and deft negotiator, and emboldening alike his Democratic challengers and Republican dissenters who hope to block his re-election.The longest government shutdown in history inflicted severe political damage on the president, dragging down his poll numbers even among Republicans and stirring concern among party leaders about his ability to navigate the next two years of divided government. Trump, close associates acknowledge, appears without a plan for mounting a strong campaign in 2020, or for persuading the majority of Americans who view him negatively to give him another … [Read more...] about After shutdown defeat, Trump’s prospects for 2020 are cloudy
Uncovering approachable routes for the everyday climber in South Patagonia Author: Andrew Bascue Publish date: Feb 23, 2016 This story originally appeared in the November 2014 issue of our print edition. The wind was a phantom, raking across the Central Tower and curling into the grooves of the heavily textured orange granite, haunting every move and chilling us to the bone. It ripped back on itself, building speed through the gap between the North and Central towers. As the sun began to rise, rays etched an outline of the Central Tower on the enormous east face of Cerro Escudo far across the valley. I could imagine my position way down on the edge of the shadow. Little hairs on my neck stood on end as I contemplated the vertical distance to the summit. I belayed André Labarca up the third pitch of the Central Tower’s über-classic Bonington-Whillans (V 5.10, A1, 800m), wondering if we could climb 15 more pitches in this wind and survive the trip back … [Read more...] about Feature: Climbing Torres del Paine’s Secret Moderates
Beach Blanket Babylon’s New Year’s Eve spectacular pulls out all the stops. (Courtesy Rick Markovich) Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Beach Blanket Babylon, San Francisco’s famous comic revue. (Courtesy Rick Markovich) Peaches Christ headlines the San Francisco Symphony’s New Year’s Eve festivities. (Courtesy JagC Photography) Conductor Edwin Outwater takes the baton for the San Francisco Symphony’s New Year’s Eve concert. (Courtesy Sean Puckett) The San Francisco Symphony’s holiday festivities continue through the entire month of December. (San Francisco Symphony) The San Francisco Symphony’s New Year’s Eve plans promise fabulous festivities, with a show that includes Jane Lynch of “Glee” fame. (Courtesy Jake Bailey) Holiday trees and decor adorn the lobby of Davies Symphony Hall. (San Francisco Symphony) Show Caption of Expand By Angela Hill | PUBLISHED: November … [Read more...] about The ultimate Bay Area New Year’s Eve