Dr. Jane Goodall’s curiosity and love for animals blossomed at a very young age. At four, she was already making behavioral science observations with hens “to see where the egg came out.” 1 Then, at eleven, she fell in love with Tarzan. “But Tarzan’s Jane was a real wimp. I thought I would be a
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Explorer of the Cosmos, Journeyman of the Mind (1934-1996) If constellations had been named in the 20th century, I suppose we would see bicycles. Professor Carl Sagan This inspirational bicycle quote from Carl Sagan is a great example of how astronomy isn’t just a science, but a passion. Our discussion of popular space projects, such
With our friend, Vilmar Tavares, updating us on his adventures from Way Down Under, and our cover story on Professor Graham Collier, chronicling his Antarctic excursions, it is only fitting that our Explorer of the Month is the man who inspired the world with his pioneering Antarctic explorations — Robert Falcon Scott. An officer of
Photos by Lisa Kristine Once again, photographer Lisa Kristine brings us the extraordinary peoples from far-off worlds. This time, Mali and Morocco. Hiking 15 miles a day in sweltering heat and Sahara winds of 60 miles an hour, Lisa admits that it was a difficult trip. There was no shelter of trees, she had to
By Stacy Fowler with Elz Cuya Our nine to five jobs certainly take a toll on us. That’s why you want to be certain you get the most out of your vacation. One World Bicycle Expeditions in Thailand promises exactly that, through eco-tourism. Eco-tourism offers participants an opportunity to become immersed in a different culture
“Yes, One Person Can Make a Difference. But it’s Going to Take All of Us.” By Julia Hill with Elz Cuya. In December of 1997, Julia Butterfly Hill climbed 180 feet (18 stories) up a thousand-year-old redwood tree to protest the clear-cutting of this endangered ecosystem. What was supposed to be a two-week tree-sit turned
Tattoo artist Aleks Figueroa spends many hours of the day permanently staining people’s skin with art, but he admits he doesn’t always know what he’s doing. Now, he’s on a mission to find out. “I want to understand the history of tattooing,” Aleks says. “I’m a part of something, and I want to know what
“What’s Your Favorite Poem?” Over the past three years, third-time American Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky traveled across the nation asking governors, teachers, children, retirees, the homeless and Hollywood stars alike, what is their favorite poem and why. He got an enormous response. Americans everywhere gathered for poetry events to read aloud their favorite poem. And
In celebration of National Poetry Month, I sought a story on traveling poets — it wasn’t difficult. It seems that the theme of journeying is a universal one. Enjoy this story on traveling poets, Joi Barrios and Abena Songbird.
Cheryl Friedman can’t hold the same job for more than three years. This isn’t because she’s irresponsible, or untalented, it’s because she can’t let three years go by without taking a long trip.
Imagine riding your bike 7,000 miles to Nepal, carrying a year’s supply of gear and food. Next, think about carrying 143 pounds, unassisted, up to Everest Base Camp. Now picture yourself climbing the world’s tallest mountain alone, completely self-contained, without the help of Sherpas and without bottled oxygen. Sound impossible? In May of 1996, a Swedish mountaineer named Göran Kropp accomplished just that. Then he packed his gear and biked back home.
Argentine Tango: An Emotion that turns into Dance.