Three weeks in Croatia was long enough to fall in love. I can’t say that I fully understand the place – the nuances are still a mystery. The language is foreign and for all I know there are hidden elements that I was never able to grasp. It made a hell of a first impression though.
Anyone who has attended my lectures knows that I am a strong advocate for getting out and seeing the world. If you ever need any inspiration to do just that, I recommend picking up a copy of Once While Traveling. It is the story of the adventurous minds behind the indisputable masters of the guidebook, Lonely Planet. It’s at once a global adventure as well as a wild ride along the ups and downs of building a business with the most unlikely of entrepreneurs. Good reading. I highly recommend it.
Summer. It’s time to travel, meet fascinating people, breathe in the diversity of culture and experience this world has to offer. But, the problem in my college days was that there was no possible way to afford it. If that’s your situation as well, take a look at Workaway, and enjoy the video introduction below.
Our National Monuments are in need of love right now (read this if you don’t know why). And with summer coming along, the mountains are awaiting your roadtripping escapades. My recommendation for this summer is to visit Giant Sequoia National Monument and the Trail of 100 Giants. It’s one of the most impressive sequoia groves you’ll ever see. And what’s truly wonderful is that you can stay right on the edge of it in a yurt at Redwood Meadow campground. Reserve in advance. Thank me later.
I spent a season long ago as a botanist on the Carrizo Plain, one of the coolest landscapes I have ever encountered, so I was a bit dismayed this week that it’s National Monument status might be up for revision by the new presidential administration. Then I read that Patagonia (yes, the retailer) was standing up to the attack on monuments (read about it here). It brought to mind one of the most significant and impacting films I have seen about adventure and the environment, 180° South.
I don’t know what is most intriguing about land art. Simply that it is in the outdoors, displaced, making the ecosystem and the natural world the museum by default? Maybe that it draws people out to the most random locations where they can then look back from a completely unlikely vantage point and reflect? Maybe my hope is that it will give people an appreciation for nature. Or perhaps it’s simply that many land art pieces are just extravagantly weird. Like the mirror house near Palm Springs pictured below. It’s a part of DesertX, a different kind of art exhibit, scattered across the entire Coachella Valley. Link to it here. It ends soon, and is so worth the roadtrip.