Pipe Dreaming Saturday: Koh Lipe and Belize

If you’re like me and you have to look something up on a map before you do anything else, you’ll find that even Ko Lipe’s satellite view on Google looks spectacular. It’s like the head of Goofy surrounded by blindingly white shores and water that reflects every shade of blue. When you look up actual pictures of Koh Lipe, you’re not disappointed either. Like a tropical island … Continue reading Pipe Dreaming Saturday: Koh Lipe and Belize

Pipe Dreaming Saturday: The Skeleton Coast and Death Valley

I’m afraid this installment of PDS might be a little on the morbid side… For about 300 miles, the coast of southwest Africa becomes a deserted wilderness that harkens back to the days of whaling and shipwrecks. It’s called the Skeleton Coast, and it attracts travelers in need of incredible vistas and bone-chilling sights. The African Bushmen called the Skeleton Coast, “Land God Made in Anger.” The Portuguese agreed, … Continue reading Pipe Dreaming Saturday: The Skeleton Coast and Death Valley

Pipe Dreaming Saturday: Delos and Cahokia

The Mediterranean- center of ancient culture and knowledge, and ruins. Lots and lots of ruins. So much so that it can get repetitive: hordes of tourists, long lines, and pricey entrance fees. It’s gotten so bad in some places that these delicate, ancient places have lost their historical charm. But there is one place that’s different from its popular cousins: Delos, Greece. A tiny island of … Continue reading Pipe Dreaming Saturday: Delos and Cahokia

Pipe Dreaming Saturday: Fraser Island and Vancouver Island

An Aboriginal tribe originally settled on the world’s largest sand island thousands of years ago. They called it K’gari- their word for ‘paradise.’ In the 1800s the island was infamously discovered by shipwrecked Europeans, and came to be known by a new name: Fraser Island. Today, people still have reason to call Fraser Island ‘paradise,’ as much of the 710 square mile sand island looks just … Continue reading Pipe Dreaming Saturday: Fraser Island and Vancouver Island

Pipe Dreaming Saturday: Dalmatia and Niagara Falls

Travel magazines of all varieties are absolutely in love with Dalmatia. Croatia’s southernmost region, Dalmatia is a paper-thin slice of mainland breaking into hundreds upon hundreds of islands jaggedly rising from the spectacularly blue Adriatic Sea. Dalmatian coasts, islands, and towns have been photographed countlessly and featured in National Geographic Traveler, Travel and Leisure, Conde Nast, and more. A decade after the balkanization of Yugoslavia, … Continue reading Pipe Dreaming Saturday: Dalmatia and Niagara Falls

Pipe Dreaming Saturday: Patagonia and Zion National Park

No, the image below is not a painting.                 It’s a picture of the Torres del Paine in Chile’s national park of the same name. Granite pillars, rich green hills, and strikingly blue lakes are scattered about this 935 square mile natural wonderland. Before 1959, the park was actually a giant sheep ranch, and has yet to fully … Continue reading Pipe Dreaming Saturday: Patagonia and Zion National Park

Pipe Dreaming Saturday: The Seychelles and the Caribbean

Chances are, when you close your eyes and imagine the perfect beach, you’re thinking of a stretch of sand in the Seychelles. An island chain about 300 miles off the eastern coast of Africa, the Seychelles consist mainly of granite islands (the world’s oldest) and coral atolls in the western Indian Ocean. And the thing people come for is the abundance of spectacularly picture-perfect shores- often … Continue reading Pipe Dreaming Saturday: The Seychelles and the Caribbean