Fathomaway Compass

Postcards tagged: Thrill

Eye Candy: Family Road Trip in the Andes

PERU AND CHILE – The sky changed from heavy gray to a dazzling display of faceted jewel tones. Rubies and topaz and amethyst and tanzanite set behind mountain peaks glimmered in the thin air.

A Serengeti Sonnet

SERENGETI, Tanzania – If the rain comes, they will all start to drop. So they run. Some give birth as they run. Run for their lives. 

Uganda on Safari: The Pearl of Africa

This is proper African jungle, and as the sun sets, villagers will take to the waters to cast their fishing nets and malachite kingfishers will lace figure eights in the skies above you.

Swimming with Whale Sharks

LA PAZ, Mexico – I knew it wouldn't attack me. Whale sharks eat plankton and algae, for goodness sake. But when a 15-foot anything is swimming towards you, and you're practically naked, it's freaky.

Draught Master, Pour Me Another

MONTREAL – As we enter spring break season, we pause to remind our readers that traveling for the beer can, in fact, be a noble pursuit. 

Spoiled Rotten in Switzerland

SWITZERLAND – Walking into the chalet, even my new leather pants experienced an inferiority complex. Amidst the heiresses in Hermès and runaways in Rodarte, Helmut Lang feels lame.

A Few Days in Vail with the Family

VAIL, Colorado – After a season of East Coast meteorological woes, one Connecticut family did the smart thing: They went to Vail. And found many reasons to go back.

Zambiana Jones

ZAMBIA – Newborn giraffes, charging rhinos, lazy lions, and beckoning waterfalls welcomed our adventure-seeker on her dream safari.

Hiking Nicaragua's Pleistocene Giant

COSIGUINA, Nicaragua – My guide tells me that he spent his childhood hiking the mountain — but always during dry season; it’s barely recognizable in the rainy summer months.

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