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MOUNTAIN TIME

It’s a study in contrasts, this sunburned landscape. Eroding sandstones, limestones and shales to the west, the pinnacled remnants of a long-ago volcanic eruption to the east, thunderheads rapidly retreating over the sagebrush-dotted high mountain desert to the south — and right here, sunset’s golden light suffusing our crescent beach with an otherworldly pink-and-peach glow.

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BEEN THERE, DONE THAT

This month, I had the opportunity to do three things I’d always wanted to do: I hiked and camped in New Mexico. I toured authentic cliff dwellings (Mogollon, not Anasazi). And I completed my first assignment for Backpacker magazine. In…

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ISLA ESPIRITU SANTO
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ISLA ESPIRITU SANTO

While the majority of tourists become acquainted with Isla Espíritu Santo by taking day trips from the nearby city of La Paz, I sought a more intimate experience: I opted for a four-day sea-kayaking trip to this island wilderness, which has the most intact ecosystem remaining in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur and is a United Nations Biosphere Reserve.

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