Krabi’s majestic limestone karsts stand as ever-vigilant sentinels looking over the verdant tropical landscape. To the adventuresome, the mountains call to be climbed. Climbing challenges us to overcome our fears, to patiently listen to our bodies, to move with planning and deliberation, and above all, to trust. Body and mind focus intently on feet and
Akira the Border Collie started agility training at 11 months old. This fun video of his first lesson shows what it’s like to keep going and to learn from our mistakes.
Mae Wang (แม่วาง) is a scenic mountain area winding along the banks of the Wang River–not to be confused with another Wang River (แม่น้ำวัง) which is one of the four northern rivers that flow into Thailand’s “Prince of Rivers”, the Chaophraya. Mae Wang is really more of a mountain stream whose headwaters begin just south and
Sticky Falls, or Namtok Buatong, in Chiang Mai is a rare natural wonder formed from carbonates that give a Spiderman-like grip even under the water. Take a look and learn how it got there!
This hike starts at Wat Mae Ton วัดแม่ตอน. The drive to the wat, on Road 1252, which comes off of Highway 118, winds through lovely mountain scenery with a plethora of charming coffee shops. From the Wat, turn right and look for the small brown signs with white lettering for Doi Langa. The trail is
“In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.” –Carl Jung In the Mediterranean region, diverse cultures and religions of Africa, Asia, and Europe chaotically churn like turbulent currents beating upon a rocky shore. The pounding water brings destruction and change, gradually reshaping the land over the centuries. At the same
Today’s image of Eve, the Serpent, and Adam in our series on Serpents, Seduction, and Sin: “The Fall” in Art Through the Ages is another illuminated manuscript from the Iberian Peninsula. The Codex Vigilanus (named for one of the scribes), also known as Codex Albeldensis (after the monastery in which is was made), is a
The Wisdom of the Ancestors The dark dampness of the cave presses like a weight upon Little Red’s skin. The pungent smell of burning herbs, mingled with the damp earthy scent of moss-covered stones, stings his nostrils. A low groaning hum resonates from deep in the shaman’s throat, echoing mysteriously in the dark abyss. Little
The Chinese have a word for their dreamy landscape paintings: Shan Shui 山水 – “Mountain Water”. These landscapes are often graced by wistful poems for nostalgic travelers, such as this one: 今曉日兼雨 This morning there was sun and rain, 土芳當腳髒 The earth is fragrant, and it’s fitting that my feet are dirty. 故鄉隔天末 My home’s beyond the edge of
We call it “The Green Season” now…because “rainy season” was misleading. There are many bright, beautiful days during the months of the Southwest Monsoon (about mid-May through October) here on the Andaman Sea coast of southern Thailand. But there are days of glorious, refreshing, cooling rains. Our perspective on rainy days is important…many might see