A mule deer roams around Webb Lake Ranger Station in the Scapegoat Wilderness.

Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex

The largest wilderness area in Montana, the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex occupies 1.5 million acres of protected land. Learn about this area’s amazing namesake crusader and how this amazing area came to be so large.

A mock bullfight staged at Christmas in Tacuba.

Holidays and Festivals in El Salvador

Salvadorans are festive folk and celebrate a number of holidays during the year. Depending on how you feel about crowds, you might want to plan your travels to coincide with holidays and festivals or to avoid them.

Amongst the ecologically fragile mangroves of La Tirana, Jiquilisco.

El Salvador’s Coastal Mangrove Forests

There are two major mangrove forests on El Salvador’s coast: Barra de Santiago in the west, and Bahía de Jiquilisco in the east. The mangroves are one of the most biologically complex ecosystems on earth, and, as highly effective carbon sinks, front-line defense against climate change.

The Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw can “back and ram” its way through walls of ice as high as 10 feet.

The Lake Effect in Michigan

The Great Lakes ‘lake effect’ hugely impacts Michigan weather. Learn how this in turn effects tourism, notably skiing, swimming, & pre-season preparations.

A Laysan albatross and its chick on Oahu.

Human Impact on O‘ahu’s Environment

Human impact on O‘ahu’s environment is a sticky issue: artificial constructs can both destroy and preserve its natural beauty, and it’s worth noting that same constructs wouldn’t become necessary except for human interference in the first place. Nowhere is this impact more obvious than on O’ahu’s beaches.

Colorful murals adorn homes in Ataco, El Salvador.

Etiquette in El Salvador

Etiquette in El Salvador isn’t particularly complicated, but there are day-to-day situations these useful phrases and tips will help you smoothly navigate.

In the 1940s an environmental tragedy nearly wiped out the Bermuda cedar.

The Bermuda Cedar

The Bermuda cedar (Juniperus bermudiana) is a symbol of survival for islanders, who have depended on the sturdy evergreen from the first days of human habitation on Bermuda. Nearly wiped out in the 1940s, the cedar is slowly making a comeback thanks to strong reforesting efforts.

Looking across the Great Sound, Bermuda.

Bermuda Landscapes: Geography and Geology

An archipelago arranged as a fishhook, “The Island” comprises a total of more than 100 islands encircled by a collar of coral. Bermuda landscapes are a diverse range of natural habitats—from marshland to sand dunes and cedar woodland—that support an equally varied ecology.

Small bottles of maple syrup shaped like leaves are for sale at a farmers market table.

Hudson River Valley Agriculture: Maple Syrup

Some 4,000 farms cover nearly 20 percent of all land in the Hudson River Valley, producing everything from beef, poultry, milk, and cheese to apples, sweet corn, organic produce, wine, hay, and flowers. Here, a handful of farmers produce delicious maple syrup the good old fashioned way.

Bermuda’s cultural ambassadors are the gombeys, a name meaning “drums” given to African-inspired dance troupes adorned in elaborate outfits featuring feathers, beads, and sequins.

Gombey Troupes of Bermuda

Bermuda’s cultural ambassadors are the gombeys, a name meaning “drums” given to a dance troupe grassroots tradition that borrows elements from Native American, British military, and Caribbean influences.