Several dozen heat enthusiasts crowded around a large digital thermometer outside the Furnace Creek Visitor Center in Death Valley, California, on Saturday afternoon, convinced they had just witnessed a new world record temperature.
As theme park season approaches, roller-coaster enthusiasts living through the pandemic most likely have questions, starting with: Is it still possible to scream with abandon while hurtling through the air at whiplash speeds if you're wearing a mask?
Arriving into Mahé at breakfast time, it’s off the plane and straight out into the hairdryer heat of an equatorial morning on this, the largest of the 115 islands that make up the Seychelles archipelago – beautiful islands that are scattered like jewels across the western Indian Ocean. Mahé, however, is not my final destination, for I am headed for the tiny island of Cousine.
Several years ago, my writing routine was stalled, arthritic. When I sensed a poem forming in my head, I’d hold off writing it — often for a few days — as I had to write it at my desk, surrounded by my books. I was teaching at a college in Vermont, with four collections under my belt, but I felt my poems needed to change. I wanted to write in a more immediate, open fashion, on the spot in buses, trains, restaurants, the street. I tried to break my habit, but it wasn’t working.
Since travel has been restricted, I've missed my frequent visits to the States, and it's made me nostalgic for a road trip I took with my father through Oklahoma a few years ago. It's a place that echoes through my new novel Journey to the Heartland, which I wrote during lockdown.
The African rhino is one of the most iconic species on the continent that every safari-goer dreams of seeing. But spotting a rhino, either the docile southern white or its grumpier cousin, the black rhino, has become increasingly difficult as numbers plummet and anti-poaching protection has ramped up.
In the early days of the pandemic, New York was the focal point of the outbreak's wrath. Now, after shutting down for months to flatten the growth curve of the novel coronavirus, the city is opening up again, for residents and visitors alike.
Did you ever feel you were born in the wrong age? That you should have been around in the days of servants and barouches, lady's maids and butlers? Well, that's how I felt the first time I visited the mansions in Newport, Rhode Island.
It's amazing how much you actually pack into a cruise. Last week I wrote about the first few days of a week-long trip, taking in Miami, Puerto Rico and St Thomas - one great city and two very different and beautiful tropical islands. But there's even more to see. Leaving the capital of St Thomas, Charlotte Amalie, it's only a short overnight hop to Philipsburg, the corresponding capital of the next island.
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