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August 15, 2018

Joan Larsen’s Incredible Summer Adventure: Sailing to the Top of the World

August 8, 2018

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By Joan Larsen There are very few untouched wildernesses remaining in our world today.  Even as a quite young child, my dream was to explore the most remote islands I could find on our globe.  The High Canadian Arctic – until lately – remained isolated islands, mostly inaccessible with their nearly year-round ice.  It was […]

Jim Klobuchar Presents: From Ginger Rogers, A Squeeze and a Promise

August 1, 2018

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It is with pleasure and delight that I introduce you to a man of many talents: Jim Klobuchar – the daily columnist for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune for over 30 years (and probably the best-known name in the whole upper Midwest), named the nation’s top columnist in 1984, finalist in NASA’s Journalist in Space project (a […]

Joan Larsen’s Wild Adventures: Finding New Zealand’s Mt. Cook

July 25, 2018

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By Joan Larsen   Can you imagine a country where the only roadblocks you encounter are beautiful sheep blocking the road?  Welcome then to New Zealand — with its two islands holding 3 million wonderful people . . . and 60 million sheep – a proud welcoming committee, actually posing for what looks to be […]

Joan Larsen: Dipping Our Toes into Summer – the Dream that is Canada’s Vancouver Island

July 18, 2018

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by Joan Larsen   “Let the world go away” became our song this spring .  .  .  I am sure we all understand the feeling this year.  When summer arrived, we wanted to be “lost” in an idyllic destination that would feel as far from civilization as it possibly could.  And yet, yet, it could […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: Tales From Alaska’s Edge – Walking With Grizzlies

July 11, 2018

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By Joan Larsen As each of us look back on the good times — the getaways of life — there are a few that we find have lodged in our hearts.  They deserve, I believe, more than a backward look.  With a sweltering season in view this summer – the like of which we have […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: Summer Journey to the Far North – Home to the Polar Bear

July 4, 2018

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By Joan Larsen Already, our summer is breaking records for intensive heat in the United States. . . and our meteorologists are proudly stating that there will be more sweltering days and nights to come over the next two months. And so I am suggesting that it is not too late to book a simply beautiful journey by […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: Pure Vacation Enchantment – Utah’s Red Rock Country

June 27, 2018

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By Joan Larsen   Have you ever turned a single bend in a road, finding yourself so stunned by a scene of such beauty that you have felt a rush to your heart . . . or felt tears rolling down your cheeks? The threaded road with its unexpected curves and pull-offs – pull-offs where […]

Joan Larsen Travel: Searching for the World’s Most Beautiful Waterfalls

June 20, 2018

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By Joan Larsen Over a lifetime of travel, I have always looked for those hidden wonders of nature – mostly so far off the beaten track that they are not known by most travelers.  Some of the most spectacular hidden treasures have been waterfalls that had to be flown into or hiked into in quite […]

Joan Larsen Presents: To Melt the Heart – First Photos of the Most Loveable Brown Bears Ever Filmed

June 13, 2018

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By Joan Larsen Dedicated to my long-time friends and fellow explorers, Arthur and Mary Clark.  Arthur is a retired Air Force general, an aviator, and a veteran of World War II.  He has traveled extensively, much of it in Alaska, Siberia and the Arctic.     May I introduce you to Maria, the very becomingly […]

Joan Larsen Presents: Living Your Life With Passion – The Holstee Manifesto

June 6, 2018

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By Joan Larsen   Each year in my home,we celebrate a day that is private only to us. This year it began in early morning. A long thin wrapped gift lay on the dining table. On top, the heavy cream-colored envelope said only “My Love”. The note paper was heavy. My husband obviously had spent […]

Joan Larsen’s Best Life-Changing Trip of 2018: The Rocky Mountaineer

May 30, 2018

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By Joan Larsen The tantalizing call of “All aboard,” chimed by the conductor at Vancouver’s Pacific Central Station had us scurrying down the platform toward the sharply-uniformed train staff, waiting to warmly welcome us aboard “The Rocky Mountaineer”.   Yes, we have always heard about “Classic Rail Journeys” but not in my wildest dreams did I […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: Falling in Love With Fallingwater, America’s Most Extraordinary Private Home

May 23, 2018

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By Joan Larsen Can a person really fall in love with a house? I have. . . and I want to share my discovery with you. It seems almost like a fairy tale:   there once was a private home called Fallingwater, hidden in the forests of southwestern Pennsylvania, that even today I wish were mine. […]

Joan Larsen Presents: Tender Gifts From Birds – The Girl Who Gets Gifts From Crows

May 16, 2018

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By Joan Larsen Most of us have a soft spot in our hearts for certain birds in the wild.  We are taken with those beautifully colored small birds with the nicely rounded bodies. If they pose close to our windows, somehow we feel blessed. However, I tend to find crows — crows black as coal […]

Joan Larsen’s Australia at its Best: Climbing New Heights: Finding Sydney

May 9, 2018

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By Joan Larsen   How often do we get an opportunity to climb to the top of a bridge in the first place?  Now, how often do you get to climb a bridge that is the national icon of one of the larger countries in our world?  A bit afraid of heights?  So am I.  […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel Stories: A Toast With Chilean Red Wine

May 2, 2018

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By Joan Larsen Get ready to fall in love with South America’s most wonderful country – CHILE! I feel like I have been carrying a secret for years now, keeping the most beautiful country in South America to myself.  Chile – how can I tell you?  I find it extraordinary – and so I find […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: Living With Giraffes – An African Dream

April 25, 2018

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By Joan Larsen I left Africa that first time, believing a journey into its wild places would be a one-time thing.  I was so wrong.  The animals – more than anything else – remained in my heart.  They called me back — in those unlikely moments when we stop,  looking back on life and the […]

Joan Larsen’s Southern California Dreaming – The Allures of Vacationing in Glorious San Diego

April 18, 2018

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By Joan Larsen   Spring is definitely in the air . . . and, if you are like me, you avoid the packed highways of summer travel, knowing that a far less crowded season awaits either Spring or Fall– with all the hidden delights that California seems to pull out of its sleeve for the […]

Joan Larsen’s Most Unforgettable Countries: Wildly Wonderful Norway

April 11, 2018

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By Joan Larsen Life holds the most unexpected surprises, the forever memories, to those who are open to them.  Isn’t that true?  But, on this day of astonishing splendor that, truly, only a few countries in our world can offer, this journey — to the edge of the world that was Norway —  had been […]

Joan Larsen Discovers a Ghost Island – A Look Back at the Indian Ocean’s Ross Island, Abandoned and Overtaken by Nature

April 4, 2018

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By Joan Larsen My dream in life:  chasing down the most remote islands on this earth.  The small dots on any map are many; my determination has been great.  Getting there has been an adventure.  Once ashore, the fear of getting lost, falling into holes, being chased by creatures far larger than I – well, […]

Joan Larsen’s Dream of a Vacation: Mountains of Our Imaginations – Adventures in Wyoming’s Grand Tetons

March 28, 2018

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By Joan Larsen We call them “second honeymoons” – and they are.  But there are just a handful of  special places in the United States that will draw us back time after time.  We have never been disappointed.  An authentic Swiss chalet in the mountains of Wyoming, aptly named The Alpenhof Lodge, has been our […]

Joan Larsen’s Glimpses of Paradise: the Amazing Sex Life of the Most Beautiful Birds in the World

March 21, 2018

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By Joan Larsen The love lives of birds really hadn’t been one of my greatest interests in life.   But on our expeditions to my favorite places in the southern hemisphere of our world – like Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, and some pretty unknown islands that abound down there – we were guided down trails […]

Joan Larsen’s Most Breathtaking Places on Earth . . . Chilean Patagonia – The Journey of a Lifetime

March 14, 2018

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By Joan Larsen So much of my life has been spent in the world’s most remote places, and often many of my fellow companions are the crème of the crop of the world’s most famous photographers – the ones vying for those National Geographic covers. They have climbed the highest peaks, photographed underwater, and been […]

Joan Larsen Presents: The Unexpected Delights of a Painter and His Gifts

March 7, 2018

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By Joan Larsen Out of the blue – truly out of the blue – a gift of a short film arrived in my mailbox. The accompanying card – from my dearest friend – read: This is for you. Sit down, put in the film — and prepare to be enthralled by this rather young English […]

Joan Larsen Writes to All Women: Living Our Best Lives – With a Room All Our Own

February 28, 2018

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By Joan Larsen So often, we do not have time to smell the roses, do we?  Sometimes, it feels as if we have just run a marathon  .  .  . and yet there is still more to do.  Perhaps I am prejudiced, but women are responsible for so many things in our world of today.  […]

Joan Larsen Walks on the Wild Side… The World’s Most Spectacular Footbridges

February 21, 2018

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by Joan Larsen First things first:  nobody has fallen off this scary looking bridge.  .  . and it is the only way to get to the other side as you are here to climb Mt. Nimbus – that gorgeous peak rising like a point just ahead.  The Canadian Rockies – in the western part of […]

A Valentine From Joan Larsen: Love Letters

February 14, 2018

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By Joan Larsen Now, all but past the middle age of life, I still remain a total romantic.  I don’t expect to ever get past that phase.  .  . and I often wonder how many others feel the same way.  I feel a life without love is no life at all.  And, as the years […]

Wayne Ranney: The World’s Most Unique Natural Masterpiece – Exploring the Galapagos Islands

February 7, 2018

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By Wayne Ranney Roughly 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, and slam-bang on the equator, lie Darwin’s “Enchanted Isles”, the Galapagos — a place of beauty, of wonder around every corner — and islands that I found to be like nowhere else in this world.  You find yourself face-to-face with more fearless and more […]

Joan Larsen’s Wildest Adventures: Exploring Australia’s Untamed Wilderness

January 31, 2018

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By Joan Larsen We were young and adventurous when this wilderness beckoned us.  Crocodile Dundee walked in our footsteps sometime later… but we paved the way.  For the most part, the roads in the Top End were not paved.  The largest national park in Australia lies there, a “must-be-seen” wilderness called Kakadu… a journey to […]

Joan Larsen’s Life Stories: Are You Given Your Doctor’s Full Attention Any More?

January 24, 2018

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by Joan Larsen I am going to be honest in the telling of my story.  In choosing my internist long ago, I wanted “the best” there was:  a person very sharp, knowledgeable, and let’s not forget “caring”.  Over the years, I developed a personal relationship with him as well.   He beamed when he saw me.  […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: Don’t Look Down! In Photos — The World’s Scariest Hike

January 17, 2018

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By Joan Larsen Its name – El Caminito del Rey (in English: The King’s Little Pathway) … makes it sounds like it would be a delight for a child. But, in fact, this walkway, built in 1905 and attached to the steep walls of El Chorro gorge in southern Spain’s Malaga province, became – much […]