Spotlight

  • “A Superior Trail,” Backpacking Isle Royale National Park’s Greenstone Ridge Trail

    The morning sun fills our tent with light, and the warm rays have never been more welcome.

    Backpacker, September 2018

  • Hiking Japan’s Kumano Kodo

    A thin layer of moss coated Buddha's face with green, and time had worn his little head into a featureless globe. The sheer age of Japan's rural monuments is breathtaking. Yet this 500-year-old Buddha ranks as a mere adolescent compared with the Kumano Kodo itself, a religious pilgrimage route akin to Spain's St. James Way.

    Chicago Tribune, July 29, 2018

  • “Into Africa,” Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve

    Forty-five minutes after takeoff we bumped back to Earth amid a herd of curious wildebeest and zebras at the northwestern edge of the Mara Triangle that stretches between Kenya and Tanzania. In these parts, each lodge lays claim to a private red gravel airstrip and the safari begins before your plane touches down.

    Long Island Pulse, March 2018

  • “City by the Sea,” Cape Town, South Africa

    How to build an exciting waterfront district around a core historic landmark? Carve a cluster of abandoned grain silos inch-by-inch to create the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa.

    Long Island Pulse, February 2018

  • “Luge Your Mind,” Muskegon Winter Sports Complex

    "Track clear. Track clear." The call sounded tinny through the speaker overhead. I swallowed hard, leaned back and tightened my grip on the 30-pound steel sled.

    Midwest Living, November/December 2017

  • “Handmade Holidays,” German Christmas Markets

    Across Germany, visitors and locals alike flock to Christmas markets--and for good reason.

    AAA Texas Journey, November/December 2017

  • “Tracking Rob Roy,” Hiking Scotland’s Rob Roy Way

    Two hundred years ago, Sir Walter Scott penned one of the world's great tales, "Rob Roy." Published in 1817, the book heaped fame on a man Scott described as "still remembered in his country as the Robin Hood of Scotland, the dread of the wealthy but the friend of the poor..."

    Chicago Tribune, August 27, 2017

  • Heartland Getaways

    These mid-American cities, perfect for a quick escape, are sizzling with new energy and cultural excitement. We toured the towns, talked to the locals and got the lowdown on what's going on. Trust us, it's plenty.

    AARP The Magazine, October/November 2017

  • Luther Country

    Wittenberg, Germany—for the world's roughly 800 million Protestants, a small corner of eastern Germany is their spiritual home, a place that takes on added importance this year: the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

    Chicago Tribune, October 3, 2017

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