Amazing Alaska

Amazing Alaska by Chris McBeath Barely one per cent of visitors to Denali National Park make it this far into central Alaska.   Most stop at the Eielson Visitor Center, take pictures of Mount McKinley, then turn back.  But with a few extra hours, you can become one of the rarefied few and find yourself at an early 1900’s pioneer cabin at the end

Amazing Alaska2024-04-07T08:46:39-07:00

Cruising the Amazon on the Cheap

Cruising the Amazon on the Cheap by Chris McBeath Since chickens and bananas dictate your itinerary, cruise might be a misnomer for this meander up an Amazon tributary in northern Peru, but for adventurers, it doesn’t get much better – or cheaper. But be warned. Accommodation is intimately communal. Meals are whatever the tiny galley dishes up out of pots large enough

Cruising the Amazon on the Cheap2022-09-26T11:47:00-07:00

Prague on the Fly

Prague on the Fly A 48-hour sojourn by Chris McBeath Sometimes a cab ride, like the one I took in Prague, is an adventure unto itself. Although the railway station was only a few blocks from the Iron Gate Hotel in the heart of Old Town, the confusing journey along the city’s historic cobblestone streets took almost 25 minutes, and in the dark

Prague on the Fly2024-02-22T13:30:33-08:00

Coimbra – The Pride of Portugal

Coimbra - The Pride of Portugal by Chris McBeath When I think of robes and academia, the staff at Hogwarts comes to mind. Snapes billowing down ancient corridors, bats passing through mournful apparitions, and eclectic treasures appearing at every corner. Then I discovered Portugal's Coimbra University. Coimbra University Square; (Photo: Chris McBeath) One of the world's oldest universities (est. 1290)

Coimbra – The Pride of Portugal2022-09-26T10:51:12-07:00

The Evolution of Space

The Evolution of Space If cleaning is the biggest priority in the hospitality industry right now, the next biggest is redesigning hotel spaces with enough flexibility to accommodate every coronavirus-related rule of cleanliness and social distancing—all while keeping guest comfort and safety intact. InnFocus

The Evolution of Space2022-09-26T09:38:40-07:00

Mission Impossible: Mission Revealed

Mission Impossible: Mission Revealed by Chris McBeath Today, it is estimated that there are 42 active counter-intelligence agencies in the world, spending over US$30 billion per year. That’s about $82,191,780 per day.We were given two minutes to accept our mission before the room darkened and shielded us from the evidence. Just two minutes to assume our legend - our cover – which was to

Mission Impossible: Mission Revealed2022-09-07T10:11:20-07:00

Shifting Sands of Namibia

Namibia’s Shifting Sands by Chris McBeath Namibia has many names.  The bushman call it The Land God Made in Anger.  Seafaring Portuguese named its coastline the Gates of Hell, likely for the hundreds of shipwrecks still wallowing in the shallow waters.  And others speak of A Thirstland Wilderness.  Intriguing, harsh, and beautiful, Namibia is all these things. It is also a country

Shifting Sands of Namibia2022-09-06T15:25:09-07:00

Adventuring Through the Marquesas

Adventuring Through the Marquesas by Chris McBeath Before I was able to catch my breath, Tino’s strong tattooed arms scooped me up and, lifting me high above the crashing waves in which he stood, he delivered me over the side of the boat to shore like an irreverent feather. After nine-days of traveling together, we had all come to appreciate Tino’s dexterity

Adventuring Through the Marquesas2022-09-06T17:35:37-07:00

Poppy Power

Poppy Power ~ the Remembrance Flower by Chris McBeath In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In

Poppy Power2022-09-06T17:35:02-07:00

In Flanders Fields Museum

In Flanders Fields Museum by Chris McBeath Whether you’re in Ypres for a vacation or a Battlefield Tour, there are two must-sees: The Menin Gate, one of Europe’s most iconic memorials to WWI, and the In Flanders Field Museum which brings you up front and personal to the pointless carnage of that four-year, hellish struggle. That both sites should be in Ypres is

In Flanders Fields Museum2022-09-06T17:35:17-07:00
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