Are We Too Old to Be Climbing Volcanoes?

The weight of my backpack at 5:00 AM was brutal: 9 liters of water, 1 sleeping bag, and sundry other camping bits and bobs. And I was one of the lucky ones. Dan carried all that plus an old school (read: heavy) four-person tent.Even at this hour, it was steamy. Under the weight of my pack, I was glazed in sweat before we reached the crossroads for the chicken … [Read more...]

The Barber of Leon: A Living Time Capsule, A 360 Degree Panorama

Ah, the local barber. A ritual, a comfort of home.Not so for me. Every haircut is a new adventure: a different country, a new language and yet another man with scissors (or God forbid, clippers) who has his own ideas about style.During a recent ear-lowering interlude in Leon, Nicaragua (see our 360-degree panorama photo below), it struck me that barber shops … [Read more...]

What is Guatemala? A Photographic Answer

Guatemala surprises with its variety and delivers a diversity of humanity and landscape that belies its size.From the indigenous groups whose villages press into the hillsides of the Western highlands to the epic Mayan ruins of Tikal, there's a little something for everyone within Guatemala's oddly carved borders. … [Read more...]