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HIGH ON ADVENTURE, an adventure travel magazine 
Feature stories and photoessays for the Adventurous Traveler
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MAY/JUNE, 2016 Vol 20 , No. 3  Lynn Rosen, Content Editor; Steve Giordano, Web Editor

  Cuban art   Lost Coast Trail   Florida Panhandle oyster fisherman  

Canadians and Europeans have always been able to travel freely to Cuba. US travel restrictions are easing on Cuba and commercial flights between the two countries are slated to start by fall of 2016. Lynn Rosen continues her travels to Havana on a "People to People" trip following an itinerary packed with Cuban people, their history and rich culture.


When engineers were building a highway along California's coast, the outlook for extending the road along one far northern California section was simply too daunting. The challenges included the King Range mountains that rise steeply along the coast coupled with the area's proximity to the San Andreas Fault. Instead, the highway was relocated inland. The section it skirts has become known as the Lost Coast.


Oyster fishing...is that the term?...is done here the old-fashioned way. Two guys go out in a wooden skiff that they probably built themselves. One drives, the other stands on the side with long, wooden tongs that look like giant chopsticks with a metal basket on the end. He dips the basket into the water, wiggles it in the oyster bed to loosen the oysters, grabs a batch, swings it up and across to a shelf at the bow of the boat.



Coast Starlight
Snapshots from Amtrak's Coast Starlight


Tassajara Zen Mountain  Center
Tassajara Zen Mountain Center Summer 2016



Real Skifi Skis Downtown Stockholm Minus Snow



Once the rainy season gets underway, these hills will turn the kind of brilliant green that hits you in the back of the eyeball, and stay that way until March when the grass dries out to a straw color. (Some call it "golden", to support the image of the Golden State.)


Nestled in a mountain valley, inland from the Big Sur coast in a remote part of the Ventana Wilderness, Tassajara has been long known as a place for self-discovery, healing and an escape from the stresses of everyday life.


The Finnish skiing collective Real Skifi, a ski + video outfit, has been dubbed as one of the sport's true innovators. In video Episode 15, below, the group visits a snow-free Stockholm, Sweden. This forces the skiers to be more creative than ever.


Maui beach


If there is a perfect world, it could be seen from my lanai at Napili Kai Beach Resort (www.napilikai.com) as I write these words in March 2016. The eternal blue Pacific is tepidly angry. Some record waves had recently visited the islands, attracting surfers from around the world. The palms sway in the twilight. The humpbacks are breaching, just two miles away. The dimming light reveals and conceals the islands of Lanai and Molokai.









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