Muck Diving in Indonesia

Text by Mary L. Peachin with photos by Bill Kimball, Dave Lovitt, and Cam Azad

July, 2014 Vol. 18, No. 12

Blue Ring Octopus - Cam Azad

Blue Ring Octopus – Cam Azad

Muck what? Scuba diving, you’ve got to be kidding. Typically, the underwater world is praised for endless vistas with tropical and pelagic fish swimming amidst colorful corals. It’s a magical, weightless drift in warm gentle currents following interesting overhangs or swim-through reef walls. Continue reading »

Normandy’s World War II D-Day Beaches

June, 2014 Vol. 18, Vol. 10

German World War II pill box gun opening view

German World War II pill box gun opening view

Seventy years later, it’s still tragically and emotionally shattering to view what is now peaceful beaches scattered along Normandy in France then recall the horror of memories of  D-Day, the day when Allied Forces, literally “sitting ducks,”  were decimated during their attempt to invade Nazi forces from the English Channel. Today,  eight of the memorial zones include the five beaches of Omaha, Utah, Juno, Sword, and old, plus two infantry landing zones for the U.S. 82nd  and 101st Airborne and British 6th Airborne Divisions. High on cliff of the beaches, Pointe du Hoc’s standing pill box bunkers have pock marks from bullet holes and burnt ceilings from flame throwers. The Germans used these bunkers as living quarters with one having a telephone that provided exact coordinates for shooting guns aimed at the Allies. Continue reading »

Board Walk Lodge—Alaska’s Finest Fishing Lodge

Text and photos by Lee Allen

Vol. 18, Vol. 9

Alaska Boardwalk Lee Allen lodge fishing rods

Alaska Boardwalk Lee Allen lodge fishing rods

You truly have to walk a mile in somebody else’s mukluk’s to appreciate the world from their perspective. That opportunity arose for some outdoor writers who were invited to visit The Last Frontier and the salmon in Southeast Alaska didn’t stand a chance as we came at them from the four corners of the globe — New Hampshire, Virginia, South Dakota, and Arizona. Continue reading »

Hanoi’s Old Quarter Street Eats

text and photos by Mary L. Peachin

March, 2014    Vol. 18, No. 7

Hanoi culinary tour dried beef salad

Dried beef salad

The first caution ingrained in every traveler, “Don’t drink the water, eat unpeeled fruit or vegetables, and never buy food from street vendors.” I bluntly asked guide Windy Phong, “Are we going to get sick?”

He explained “Not with me, I only go to places that are clean.” We had to place our trust in Windy, an experienced Tours by Local guide, who serves as a consultant and culinary advisor for Chef Martin Yan, a television host of Yan Cook. Windy worked with the Chef on his Taste of Vietnam program which showcased a combination of fresh ingredients influenced by Vietnamese, French, and Chinese cuisine. Continue reading »