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Destinations :: Cumberland, British Columbia

On the east coast of central Vancouver Island, British Columbia, you’ll find Cumberland, a gateway to Comox Lake 60 miles northwest of Nanaimo. What makes Cumberland and its 3,000-plus residents unique is the welcoming community and world-class recreation possibilities. Unlike other touristy stops on Vancouver Island, like Tofino and Coombs, Cumberland has kept its quaint…

Killer Bees and Killer Cracks: Overcoming Fear at Cochise Stronghold with 57 Hours

Photography by Richard Giordano “Have you heard about the killer bees?” my climbing guide Jayci asked. We were scrambling over boulders that dotted a dry riverbed in Arizona’s Cochise Valley. “I have not,” I responded nervously, eyeing trunks of decayed oak trees and overhead branches, urgently scanning for a hive. We were hiking the approach…

Escapar a la Baja Tres: A Vanlife and Overlanding Meetup, Feb 2022

Escapar a la Baja, an Overlanding and Vanlife Meetup Baja season is approaching quickly, and for those heading south of the US border this winter, you’ll definitely want to check out Escapar A La Baja Tres. This weekend-long vanlife and overlanding rendezvous at Playa El Tecolote (just 30 minutes outside La Paz) is scheduled for…

Destination: Shipwreck Lodge, Skeleton Coast, Namibia

Namibia’s northern Atlantic Coastline was given the unofficial title of the Skeleton Coast in 1944 due to the whaling industry’s activities which left a surplus of bones littering its sandy shores. These days, you are less likely to find the bones of whales; however, you will find the skeletons of numerous shipwrecks scattered up and…

Destination: A-frame Cabin, Flagstaff, Arizona

The city of Flagstaff has some of the best access to outdoor recreation an adventurer could ask for. It is located in north-central Arizona, just south of the San Francisco peaks and the Kachina Peaks Wilderness which contain the highest summit within the state (Humphreys Peak, 12,633 feet). Additionally, the 1.8 million-acre Coconino National Forest…

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Telkwa Pass—British Columbia’s “Shortcut” between Smithers and Terrace

Photos provided by ridingfullcircle.com, Uncle “M” (advrider.com), and Jillian Kofoed (Totem Auto Group) He’s about to suggest riding something I won’t like and will do everything he can to convince me. Dave’s been scouring Google Earth and paper maps for a few hours now and has found a little side tour over Telkwa Pass—a rugged 71-mile…

Destination: Cochise Stronghold, Coronado National Forest, Arizona

East of Tuscon, Arizona, the remote Dragoon Mountains rise high above the surrounding desert landscape, reaching elevations of over 7,000 feet. This arid, rocky landscape was the final stronghold of the indomitable Chiricahua Apache Chief, Cochise. After many failed attempts by the US Army to imprison Chief Cochise (he escaped every time he was captured),…

Destination: Manshausen Sea Cabins, Steigen, Norway

If you love remote coastlines and simple, modern architecture, then be sure to add the Manshausen Sea Cabins in Steigen, Norway, to your must-visit list of Arctic Circle destinations. Located southeast of the Lofoten Islands, you’ll find this collection of seven unique cabins perched on the rocky shores of a 14-acre island just off the…

Destination: Cannon Beach, Oregon

Photo: Kirkouimet, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons Ask anyone to describe the quintessential Pacific Northwest coast, and they will likely paint you a picture of windswept pines overlooking expansive sand flats punctuated by silvery driftwood logs and rocky sea pinnacles. That’s this week’s destination in a nutshell. Cannon Beach is a city in Northern…

36 Hours of Adventure :: Exploring Colorado’s San Juan Range

This 36-Hours of Adventure is Presented by: Colorado’s San Juan mountain range is arguably one of the most spectacular groupings of peaks within the state. Characterized by extremely steep (and often crumbly) multi-colored slopes interspersed with vibrant green meadows and expansive stands of aspens, this region in Southwestern Colorado was formed by the collision of…

Destination: Peachland, British Columbia

Photography by Richard Giordano Nestled on the western shore of Okanagan Lake, the charming town of Peachland, British Columbia, is located in the south-central region of the province, midway between the sizable cities of Kelowna (to the north) and Penticton (to the south). While Peachland itself is worth a visit, what truly captures the hearts…

Rwandan Legacy

There is a mist that hangs over this small landlocked country in the Great Rift Valley. The clouds fall gently over the mountains, quietly holding the land and shrouded forests even when the sun shines. Rwanda is not the first place you would visit in Africa, but it’s a short distance from Tanzania or Kenya…

Destination: Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick

Beyond the deep, verdant green of the Acadian Forest, past the wildflowers, cascading waterfalls, balsam fir trees, and woodferns, lies a 250-kilometer stretch of rocky shoreline on the eastern coast of Canada that lays claim to the highest tides on the planet. Located between the Maritime provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, the Bay…

United States Lighthouse Society Database of Lighthouse Rentals

All photos courtesy of the United States Lighthouse Society   The United States Lighthouse Society is a non-profit historical and educational organization that seeks to preserve and share the history of lighthouses and maritime culture in the United States. As part of its mission, this organization maintains a database of lighthouses that are available to…

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Destination: Earthship Biotecture Community, Taos, New Mexico

Photos courtesy of Earthship Biotecture   One quality that I believe all overlanders can appreciate is self-sufficiency, and in many ways, we put it into practice every time we venture out on the road or trail. It manifests in many forms, including preparedness with items like extra fuel, a water filter, and recovery equipment. But…