Ansel Adams Wilderness, California. Afternoon Thunderstorm, Garnet Lake.

 The Ansel Adams Wilderness

Photographed by National Geographic’s Peter Essick

 

(The following is a guest post  by National Geographic Photographer Peter Essick, who was recently named named one of the 40 most influential nature photographers in the world by Outdoor Photography Magazine.  Essick has traveled extensively over the last two decades, making photographs that move beyond mere documentation to reveal in careful compositions the human impact of development as well as the enduring power of the land. Essick has photographed stories on many environmental issues, including climate change, high-tech trash, nuclear waste and freshwater. In his most recent book, The Ansel Adams Wilderness, Essick pays tribute to Ansel Adams and the craggy Sierra Nevada wilderness area.)

 

With poetic words and foresight, the U.S. Congress passed the Wilderness Act of 1964 establishing a system to preserve some of America’s most wild places. The act said, “A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.” The act was a victory for conservationists and was the first time in U.S. history that legislation was enacted not to promote resource development but to protect some land in its natural state.

 

Ansel Adams was one person who had fought for wilderness, using his camera as a tool to show his love of the High Sierra mountain range. Upon his death in 1984, Congress paid Adams the ultimate tribute by renaming the Minaret Wilderness for him. It was in this region that Adams first developed his love of nature and began to master the craft of black and white landscape photography. Adams did his photography while working for the Sierra Club helping with the logistics of their month-long summer outings.

 

Recently, I went back to this wilderness area with my camera to photograph this beautiful landscape. I wanted to pay homage to Adams and the work he did many years ago, but I also wanted to find my own interpretation. My hope is that these photographs will celebrate the wild lands and wild American spirit of those who fought to save them. It has not even been a century since Adams carried his view camera on burro to photograph the High Sierra wilderness. In the world of nature, that was only yesterday.  –text & photos by Peter Essick

 

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West Sweden Travel

Our Next Adventure:

West Sweden in a Volvo!

 

In the 5+  years that Mary and I have been a couple, we’ve been fortunate to go on many life-changing adventures.

 

We’ve visited hundreds of cities, nearly 30 countries and five continents, all while balancing our myriad freelance jobs and parenthood. And yet somehow we’ve never visited Europe together, despite the fact that it’s one of the world’s “greenest” and most accessible regions.

 

Never, that is, until now…

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KLM Airlines #FlatOrNot Competition

Win Two World Business Class Seats in

KLM’s #FlatOrNot Competition!

 

This sponsored post was brought to you by KLM Airlines.

 

As I mentioned in our story on the Negatives of Traveling back in 2012, I’m not historically a fan of long-distance flights. Because I’m 6’2” and built like a linebacker, being packed like a sardine, elbow-to-elbow with strangers for a dozen hours or more isn’t my idea of a good time. Add in a mysterious inability to sleep upright, and you have a recipe for a big, grumpy bear of a man when we fly internationally.

 

So I was immediately intrigued when the folks at KLM contacted us about their new #FlatOrNot promotion. The airline is debuting a seat that extends fully flat (which was developed by noted Dutch industrial designer Hella Jongerius) as a highlight of their new World Business Class. The seats offer each individual passenger more privacy and comfort, promising a more restful sleep and the freedom from worry about the guy in front of you unexpectedly plopping himself back into your lap.

 

 

To build buzz for their new World Business Class, KLM installed one of the full-flat seats in the middle of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. When unsuspecting travelers sat down in it, the seat was fully reclined into a bed, and their reactions were filmed via hidden camera. The first person who remained in the seat until it was fully flat was surprised with 2 World Business Class tickets.

 

Now, KLM is offering YOU an opportunity to get it in on the action and potentially win  two World Business Class tickets of your own. All you have to do is go to their #FlatOrNot competition website, watch the video and guess how each person reacted to the remote-controlled seat. But the competition ends May 20, so you’d best get to clicking!  –Bret Love

 

 

 

Hiking Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica

My Stupid Mistake in

Corcovado National Park Costa Rica

 

I’ve done some truly dumb things before on my travels, from letting a street hustler scam me out of $40 in New Orleans to getting chased by a camel in Jordan’s Dana Biosphere Reserve for getting too close.

 

What happened in Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica was one of those “fool me twice, shame on me” situations that makes you feel like an idiot in retrospect for your sheer ignorance/hubris.

 

But if I’m being honest, I blame the whole thing on some advice I got from respected National Geographic photographer Peter Essick.

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Glamping next to Rock Creek

Glamping next to Rock Creek. Photo via Ranch at Rock Creek

What is Glamping?

An Introduction to Luxury Camping

One of the biggest problems we encounter when we tell people that our site focuses on Ecotourism is that a lot of people actually have no idea what Ecotourism is.

 

Even when we explain that it’s relatively synonymous with buzzwords like “sustainable travel,” “responsible travel,” or “green travel,” there are still a lot of misconceptions, even among experienced travel industry veterans.

 

For people outside the travel sphere, the word Ecotourism seems to conjure up images of camping out in the middle of nowhere surrounded by nature, cooking everything over a campfire and using some sort of ancient herbal remedy to keep the bugs away.

 

And technically, yes, a trip like that could fall under the umbrella of what Ecotourism is all about, which is traveling in a way that respects (and hopefully benefits) the nature, wildlife and indigenous culture of a place.

 

But the truth is that Ecotourism is ultimately more about a philosophical ideal than a specific style of traveling. It encompasses experiences that run the gamut from rustic to elegant, from budget to luxury. And one of our favorite forms of Ecotourism, known as Glamping, offers the best of both worlds.

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Morocco- A Journey into the Atlas Mountains
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Penguins of Antarctica
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Top 5 Eco Attractions in Antarctica
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Laos- The Pastoral Paradise of Muang Ngoi
Malaysia- Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre
Malaysia- Orangutan Conservation at Sepilok
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Taiwan- Top 5 Eco Activities in Taipei
Thailand- Top 5 National Parks
 
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New Zealand- Kapiti Island
New Zealand- Tongariro National Park
New Zealand- Top 5 Ecotourism Attractions
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Tahiti- Moorea, Tiki Village Theater
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Churchill- Polar Bear Fight
Churchill- Polar Bear Photo Gallery
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FL- Crystal River, Swimming with Manatees
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GA- Top 5 Autumn Activities Around Atlanta
GA- Best Christmas Light Displays
GA- Top 20 Atlanta Christmas Events
GA- Jekyll Island Eco Activities
GA- Weekend in North GA Mountains
GA- Top 5 Eco Attractions in North GA
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HI- Hawaiian Mythology
HI - Top 5 Kauai Nature Attractions
LA- Mardi Gras Indians Super Sunday
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NC- Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
NC- Asheville's Green Restaurants Scene
NC- Greensboro Travel Guide
NC- Great Smoky Mountains National Park
NC- Outer Banks Wild Horses
NM- Top 5 Eco Attractions
NY- Going Green in NYC
WV- Outdoor Adventures
Yellowstone- Mammoth Hot Springs
Yellowstone- Lamar Valley
Yellowstone- Grand Canyon & Hayden Valley
Yellowstone- Upper Geyser Basin
Yellowstone- Lower Geyser Basin

MEXICO
Cancun- Cancun Underwater Museum
Cancun- Mayan Museum of Archaeology
Cancun- Swimming with Whale Sharks
Riviera Maya- Monkeys, Pyramids & Pottery
Riviera Maya- Rio Secreto
Riviera Maya- Tulum & Coba
 
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