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Joshua Tree Folly: Off Grid SoCal Desert Retreat

Photos courtesy of Malek Alqadi, Dwell.com   With the arrival of fall comes milder daytime temperatures and cool evenings—it’s the perfect time to escape to the desert (in the Northern Hemisphere). And if you happen to be near Southern California, Joshua Tree’s stark, rocky landscape offers shimmering starry skies and plenty of peace and quiet….

Destinations :: Holy Fire Lit Place, Ruicheng China

Photos: Cao Baiqiang and Zeng Tianpei, Courtesy Urbanus Architecture and Design   A spectacle of modern design, intriguing architecture, and also a unique archeological site, the Holy Fire Lit Place in Ruicheng, China, was updated to its current configuration to coincide with the 2019 2nd Youth Games of the People’s Republic of China. The site…

Destinations :: Tye River Cabins in Skykomish, Washington

Photo Courtesy: Tye River Cabin Co.   Do mountain retreats get any more romantic than the classic A-frame cabin? These simple structures have been built all over the world in mountainous environments where they excel at shedding huge loads of winter snow. But their renewed popularity in modern culture can be attributed to more than…

Hidden in the Arizona Desert: Casa Caldera

Editor’s Note: Photos Courtesy of DUST and photographers Jeff Goldberg, Cade Hayes, and Gabriel Flores   Formed from a mix of concrete and lava rock, Casa Caldera is a simple, modern home that hides amongst the desert scrub and brush, about two hours southeast of Tucson, Arizona. Despite its stark, simple exterior finish, it offers…

Destinations :: Skylodge Adventure Suites, Peru

Since you are visiting Expedition Portal, we’ll assume that you’re an adventurer. But just how adventurous are you? Would you scale a sheer cliff face or ride an exposed zip line to get to your evening accommodations? If you find yourself in Peru’s Sacred Valley, don’t pass up the opportunity to visit the Skylodge Adventure…

Destinations :: Rocky’s Treehouse

Rocky’s Treehouse is a mountain escape located three miles down a 4WD/AWD access road high in Utah’s Wasatch Range. This unique cabin sits above the ground on stilts and is a perfect vantage point to take in the beautiful Utah scenery from the height of the surrounding treetops.     This all-season playground is a…

Destinations :: Trona Pinnacles

  If spectacular desert landscapes get your heart racing, you should add Trona Pinnacles to your bucket list and make sure to bring your camera when you go. Trona Pinnacles is located on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) managed land near Ridgecrest, California, southwest of Death Valley National Park in the expansive California desert. What…

The Efjord Cabin is a Glass Masterpiece

Norway is lucky to have some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. It is a landscape of extremes, where snow-capped peaks plunge into icy fjords, and quaint fishing villages bask under the ethereal glow of the aurora borealis. Because of the almost never-ending scenic vistas, the Norway countryside is a fitting setting for…

Destinations :: Lesotho

This article was originally published in Overland Journal’s Summer 2019 issue.  By Emily Sheff Images by Emily Sheff Lesotho’s smooth rolling hills and intermittent rocky crags, and the way each mountain’s many shades of green reflect a sheen onto the unfettered landscape will leave you breathless. Meeting Lesotho’s people, who are warm and quietly affectionate…