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19 12, 2023

Taking Flight in South Texas

2023-12-19T02:04:33+00:00Categories: North America, United States|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

By Chris McBeath There were, perhaps, 150 of them, swirling around our heads like a scene out of Hitchock’s movie, The Birds, and still we couldn’t get enough. Every few minutes, another group of five or six Green Parakeets would join the squawking social gathering that had taken temporary residence on the telephone lines above. With our binoculars trained skyward, we could see the intimate antics of each bird [...]

19 12, 2023

BEYOND THE BEACHES : Outback Safaris reveal Dominican Republic Disparities

2023-12-19T00:44:38+00:00Categories: Caribbean, South Pacific|Tags: , |0 Comments

By Chris McBeath Hispaniola is an island divided. The larger portion comprises the Dominican Republic, best known for its lushly appointed beachside resorts set against hills of tropical rainforest. Beyond those hills, however, and a highly patrolled, barbed wire border lies hurricane-ravaged Haiti, one of the poorest and most distressed countries in the world. It's a dichotomy that rarely touches the consciousness of visitors, yet to the observant eye, [...]

18 12, 2023

Teeing off along the RTJ Trail

2023-12-18T23:43:06+00:00Categories: North America, United States|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

By Chris McBeath Stretching from one end of Alabama to the next, with 432 holes of world-class golf on ten sites, the Robert Trent Jones Trail can only be described as a Golfer’s Nirvana. But don’t just take our word for it, the New York Times calls it “… some of the best public golf on Earth”, Golf Magazine describes it as “… the American golfer’s equivalent of Disney [...]

14 12, 2023

Windjamming Sails into a Bygone Era

2023-12-14T17:51:22+00:00Categories: North America, United States|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

By Chris McBeath The cheers from below fueled my courage. Still, with every step the air currents seemed ever stronger, my knuckles grew ever whiter as my fingers clutched the rigging, and my refrains of ‘Yo Ho Ho’ sang out with ever decreasing bravado. But there was little choice. My ascent was a matter of honor borne out of a cheery time the evening before when I had blithely [...]

14 12, 2023

Caribbean’s Conch Culture

2023-12-14T00:21:01+00:00Categories: Caribbean, South Pacific|Tags: , , |0 Comments

By Chris McBeath When I think of the Turks & Caicos archipelago, captivating images of coral reefs, dazzling white sands, aquamarine waters and cerulean blue skies seduce my thoughts. Naturally, my imagination has photo shopped them to a perfection that reflects reality. Or does it? In truth, donkeys, horses and cattle still have right of way on many of the region’s islands, cays and spits. The tempo is soft [...]

13 12, 2023

Dresden’s Radical Renaissance

2023-12-13T00:53:53+00:00Categories: Europe, Germany|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

By Chris McBeath For three long February nights in 1945, some 1,100 Allied Forces aircraft dropped more than 3,000 tons of munitions onto the city Dresden, creating a swirling firestorm that had the force of a hurricane. For eight nights the burning glow could be seen more than 160 km away. And when it subsided, the city’s core had been reduced to 15 sq km of smoldering rubble. The [...]

12 12, 2023

Desert Waters

2023-12-13T00:02:48+00:00Categories: North America, United States|0 Comments

By Chris McBeath As Nevada’s scorching desert sun soaked into my shoulders and back, I tingled all over at the prospect of plunging into the cool Mohave waters. And with only desert hills, the scent of sagebrush and a family of big-horn sheep for company, I inched forward until SWOOSH, GIGGLE, SPLASH, the heat of my naked body met its chill factor. But within minutes, I was back on [...]

12 12, 2023

Fire and Water

2023-12-12T22:50:33+00:00Categories: North America, United States|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Hanging Ten with Oahu’s Fire Fighters By Chris McBeath There were 15 of us, all lined up like beached whales flailing our arms in the air, kicking our feet into the soft Hawaiin sand, and trying to be very attentive. But that was easier said than done. The distractions were intoxicating - sun, surf, and bronzed cut bodies of firemen who looked as if they had stepped out [...]

2 12, 2023

Temple House Country Inn

2023-12-02T01:19:54+00:00Categories: Europe, Ireland|Tags: , |0 Comments

Where the Knights Templar meet the Wild Atlantic Way By Chris McBeath The cigars were more than years old yet they tasted as if they had been rolled yesterday, and amidst the billows of smoke, we were transported into a bygone era. And that’s what a visit to Temple House in County Sligo is all about.  Surrounded by a history tangible enough to taste, you feel like a [...]

2 12, 2023

Unexpected Treasures of the Caribbean

2023-12-02T00:48:01+00:00Categories: Caribbean, South Pacific|Tags: , , |0 Comments

By Chris McBeath We landed smack down in the middle of their soccer practice, taxiing up the rough, grassy airstrip that moments before, had seen the centre forward thrust a ball headlong into the net. Islanders on Little Cayman take their soccer seriously, and with an upcoming inter-island championship, our De Haviland Otter had rudely interrupted vital practice. But when you consider the airstrip doubles as a soccer field, [...]

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