Journalist for Life

The Great Outdoors

Imagine a Ferris wheel, filled with water and boats

FALKIRK, Scotland — There was a time, a couple of centuries ago, when the best way to move people and freight across the land was on canals. Scotland, surrounded by water on three sides, became the first nation in the world to dig intersecting cross-country […]

The Lake District: meadows, mist — and a mishap

Even from the back seat of a tow truck, England’s Lake District is lovely. Gentle slopes give way to steep hills, often faced with granite. Lush green meadows are stitched by stone walls, to corral the livestock. On a chill fall morning, horses wear blankets, […]

Ratcheting up the fun in Alaskan ports

JUNEAU, Alaska — Larry Stauffer’s job assignment the past 15 months or so has been pretty straightforward: Figure out how to make the standard shore excursions in the busy Alaskan market so special that passengers aboard the Disney Cruise Line’s first-ever trips there in the […]

Wales rolls out a 7,493-yard-long welcome mat

For the first time in its 83 years, the Ryder Cup — one of golf’s most-intense competitions, comes to Wales, on a course designed just for the event.

Yosemite National Park

Built to attract wealthy visitors to Yosemite, The Ahwanee hotel lavishes guests with elegance and eye-popping panoramas. This is what it’s like to be wealthy, the hotel architect wanted you to know. Wealthy, and with a 2,425-foot-tall waterfall in the back yard. End Bag, the […]