A lot of sports look easy until you try them, and nothing looks easier than windsurfing. You just stand up on a nice, wide surfboard, grab the bar that controls the sail and rocket across the white caps, right?
Rain and fog aren’t the best conditions for a hike, but I wasn’t about to let that stop me from conquering one of Germany’s highest mountains during a recent trip to Garmisch. Especially not after wind canceled my plans for paragliding for two days straight.
It all started with a leisurely trip to Fethyie, Turkey. My friend Brian Okes suggested that while we were in Fethyie, about a five-and-a-half-hour drive from Izmir, we should go paragliding. It sounded extreme, so I replied: “Why not?”
Visitors can view Germany’s curious Felsenmeer in a number of ways: an archaeological hotbed, a geological marvel or a historical focal point. But most kids see the park in its purest form: It’s a great pile of rocks to climb on.
At a time when much of the ground-level U.S. role in Afghanistan is receding, medical evacuation crews continue to play a major part in the conflict, providing a service that Afghans appear incapable of fielding on their own.
Once a favorite destination for travelers on the Hippie Trail, this idyllic provincial capital high in the Hindu Kush mountains is now famous for what’s not there. Three glaring holes in the cliffs that rise over the town tell the story of what Bamiyan lost 12 years ago.
In Afghanistan, where conservation has taken a backseat to war for 35 years, a “national park” designation is largely conceptual: People acknowledge the place is beautiful and deserves preservation, but the details remain fuzzy.
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