To honor St. Patrick, climb his mountain

Mar 7, 2015

To honor St. Patrick, climb his mountain

by Helen O'neill

Shrouded in mist, the sacred mountain rises above the countryside, majestic, mysterious and a little foreboding. Here, on this rocky west coast promontory overlooking the Atlantic, St. Patrick is said to have fasted for 40 days and nights as he wrestled with demons and ...

A winter world of monkeys and men

Feb 28, 2015

A winter world of monkeys and men

by Davey Young

My overnight bus from Ikebukuro, Tokyo, packed full of bleary-eyed college students on holiday, rolled into Shiga Kogen around dawn and began making stops along the belt of 21 interconnected ski resorts that make up Japan’s largest ski area. I disembarked toward the end ...

Finding thrills on plum blossom hill

| Feb 21, 2015

Finding thrills on plum blossom hill

by Kit Nagamura

February is a tricky month for venturing out in Tokyo. Daylight hours lengthen and the light softens slightly, but the weather itself seems controlled by a sadist at the thermostat. Blissfully warm one moment and freezing the next, it’s 50 shades of uncertainty. Nonetheless, ...

Panama Canal: Storied waterway links two great oceans

Feb 21, 2015

Panama Canal: Storied waterway links two great oceans

by Joe Kafka

Nina and Fred Fenton have gone on 40 cruises, including five times through the Panama Canal since 1998, but they keep coming back. While aboard the Norwegian Sun on their latest journey into the storied waterway linking two great oceans, the retired couple from ...

'Wild' may attract more to Pacific Coast Trail

Feb 14, 2015

'Wild' may attract more to Pacific Coast Trail

by Beth J. Harpaz

More hikers are expected on the Pacific Crest Trail this year thanks to the movie “Wild,” according to the Pacific Crest Trail Association, which preserves and promotes the trail. The book “Wild,” which has been a best-seller for nearly two years, led to a ...