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JAN/FEB 2021, OUR 25TH YEAR
A bi-monthly adventure travel magazine
by a Pacific Northwest consortium of journalist/photographers.


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  FEATURED TRAVEL STORIES FOR JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2021  
     
 
  Iceland geyser  

EDITOR'S MESSAGE ON OUR STORIES DURING THE PANDEMIC by Lynn Rosen

We have begun to share some past travel experiences, including adventures taken before the COVID-19 shutdown. A number of our writers have shared their crisis experiences as well.

 
         
  Kew Gardens family   KEW GARDENS: London’s Amazing Botanical Kingdom by Lee Juillerat
Kew is known for housing the “largest and most diverse botanical and mycological collections in the world.” As we learned, seeing is believing. Even after a full day of meandering about Kew Garden’s 300 acres, we were nowhere near satiated.
 
         
  Fat biking, McCall, Idaho  

WINTER MERRIMENT in a Wacky World
by Vicki Hoefling Andersen

I’d never discourage anyone from choosing lift-served turns, but there are all sorts of options for snow play that can be enjoyed as the notion arises, on a solo basis or with a friend along to share the adventure.

 
         
  Battery charger  

GEAR REVIEW by Lynn Rosen

We plugged our favorite paleblueearth.com batteries into our favorite rechargeable eggtronics.com charger in a double effort to both spend time outdoors away from the grid and to save the planet.

 
         
  Fisher with Lahontan cutthroat trout   PYRAMID LAKE, NEVADA, and OTHER EXPLORATIONS by Larry Turner
Pyramid Lake is part of the Paiute Tribal Land where fishing and other activities on and around the lake are regulated by the native Paiutes. It is famous for fishing the ancient (two million years old) Lahontan cutthroat trout, so named by the distinctive red coloration on the lower jaw.
 
         
  Iceland diners  

TRADITIONAL ICELANDIC FOOD
by Yvette Cardozo


Nothing is more dear to an Icelander than food and in February, after a damp, dark winter where genetic instinct has been screaming, "eat!!!" it all comes to a head in the frenzy of the Thorrablöt festival.

 
         
  Rio de Janeiro beach   TRAVEL BEFORE COVID - RIO DE JANEIRO by Brad Hathaway
Travel lingers in memory so that, when you can't travel, you can still recall great moments from great trips. Our store of memories, stimulated by the photos we took then, bring back the pleasures of that past.
 
         
  Canoeing the rapids  

WHITEWATER ADVENTURES: GET TO KNOW YOUR RAPIDS by Mark Armstrong

Rapids can be great fun on a boat, raft, kayak, or canoe, or even when you’re swimming. However, no matter how you’re moving through the water, it’s essential that you know what rapids are up ahead.

 
         
     
 
Jacob’s Journey
In 2019, at 12 years old, Jacob Smith became the youngest legally blind skier to descend the Big Couloir at Big Sky.
Watch Jacob's journey as he takes on one of Lone Mountain's most iconic runs.
 
   
     
 

North Country’s The Oldest Ski Shop in America

One hundred-year-old businesses don’t exist. The retail industry is dead. In the rugged White Mountains of northern New Hampshire, Lahout’s has remained open 365 days a year since 1920. While e-commerce and conglomerates have stripped the country of local, independent retailers, a family of Lebanese immigrants has prevailed for a century, beating the Great Depression, World War II, the Dot Com Crash and Great Recession.

Award-winning director Nick Martini and cinematographer Cam Riley have teamed up with executive producer Anthony Lahout to captivate a nation consumed with hashtags instead of history. This film tells a timeless short story of the American dream and the family that put a community on skis. After 100 years, Lahout’s is still a family business moving onto its fourth generation. Through past and present, we learn the true root of the store's success.
We hope to inspire immigrants, millennials, family businesses, and outdoor enthusiasts that all in America is not lost.

Learn more about Lahout's - America's Oldest Ski Shop:
lahouts.com    instagram.com/lahouts    facebook.com/lahouts

 
 

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