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The Insanity of Learning to Surf at my Age – On the North Shore of Oahu

The Insanity of Learning to Surf at my Age – On the North Shore of Oahu

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I can remember exactly the first time I felt I had to surf….against all expectations, as I am uncomfortable in the ocean when my feet don’t touch a sandy bottom. Surf movies were projected onto the walls of the hip restaurant where we celebrated my daughter’s birthday.  Watching surf movies is like seeing poetry come […]

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Would I Do It Again? Bike Across America?

Would I Do It Again? Bike Across America?

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Six months after our return from the 3,115 – mile bike trip, I am repeatedly asked if I would do it again. NO!  Biking across the USA is not an easy achievement. A year of my life was dedicated to training 6 hours a day, then riding the 3,000+ miles and then 4 months of […]

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National Geographic Radio: Hear the inside story about Rapa Nui – Easter Island

National Geographic Radio: Hear the inside story about Rapa Nui – Easter Island

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My interview with Boyd Matson, National Geographic Radio, XM Radio, NPR  is streamed on the National Geographic Website and is available on itunes. The question I’m asked the most is: Where is Easter Island? In the middle of nowhere, no really, it’s roughly equal distance from Tahiti and Peru and Chile, at 29′ South latitude. […]

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Questions about Easter Island – Why and How?

Questions about Easter Island – Why and How?

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Despite its isolation in the middle of the South Pacific (roughly equal distance from Tahiti and South America), Easter Island is at the center of a lot of questions. WHERE DID THE HEADS COME FROM?           HOW WERE THEY TRANSPORTED? The giant heads were carved our of a dead volcano, which contains over 400 Moai; one […]

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Shorter Flights from Peru to Easter Island

Shorter Flights from Peru to Easter Island

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How remote is it? Close enough for a several day “add-on” to a trip to Peru Easter Island, known as Rapa Nui (pronounced Rapa New-ee) is known as one of the most remote inhabited island in the world, and a five-star world heritage site. New direct LAN flights from Peru just made the trip easier […]

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Where in the World is Easter Island? A Speck in the Pacific Ocean

Where in the World is Easter Island? A Speck in the Pacific Ocean

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The coast of Chile and Peru is 2,400 miles and a 5-6 hour flight away and just about as far from Tahiti in the other direction. The nearest inhabited island is Pitcairn, 1,200 miles to the west(of HMS Bounty and Mutiny fame). Native Eastern Islanders, or Rapa Nuians, called their home the Navel of the […]

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Hawaii five Adventures – Bike the Rim of the Volcano

Hawaii five Adventures – Bike the Rim of the Volcano

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Bike the Rim of the Volcano The forty-five minute drive from Hilo to Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park leads you to one of the twenty World Heritage sites in North America and the only one in Hawaii. The Visitors Center was a good place to get our bearings and hear the ranger’s talk before we joined […]

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Grass Roots Philanthropy. Biked 3,115 miles Across America for Charity and Challenge.

Grass Roots Philanthropy. Biked 3,115 miles Across America for Charity and Challenge.

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No stilettos. No shopping… just pedaling to promote strong bones for life!    www.bondgirlsbikeamerica.com The Bond Girl Team, composed of Marybeth, her 22-year-old daughter and a friend, biked 3,114 miles from the Pacific to the Atlantic and raised $52,000 for the National Osteoporosis Foundation for research and education. Their all-female campaign brought awareness to the […]

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Perfect Days in Patagonia

Perfect Days in Patagonia

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I’m on the edge of beyond in Northern Patagonia, where the wind howls down the plunging valleys and ricochets between the imposing mountains, forests, rivers, and endless, barren steppes. Traveling through Patagonia is no small undertaking. Today I flew two hours south from Patagonia to an area renowned for its fly-fishing and remoteness. I have trouble pronouncing the main town’s […]

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Touchdown in Chaotic, Exotic Nepal

Touchdown in Chaotic, Exotic Nepal

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No one taking a daytime flight into Nepal should miss the jaw-dropping sight of the Himalayas along the northern horizon. In the Bangkok Airport my daughter and I requested window seats on the right side of the plane in hopes of seeing the massive peaks. TIP: Arrive at the airport early to snag a window […]

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