Mountain Passages: Insider Info on Travel to Cuba

Thinking of traveling to Cuba anytime soon? Here are some thoughts, possibly useful, that will help. By Alan Stark When you arrive at the Havana airport there are no jetways, only mobile ramps the ground crews roll up to airplane doors. These ramps look like they were made on a bad day in Romania. The plastic … Continue reading Mountain Passages: Insider Info on Travel to Cuba

Postcard: Black Sheep in Stagecoach, Colorado

We’ve all felt like this guy at some point — like we simply didn’t fit in. But as he and his flock showed during our brief encounter last week in Stagecoach, Colorado, the color of your wool matters less than your attitude and ability to be productive in society. Stark as his appearance may have … Continue reading Postcard: Black Sheep in Stagecoach, Colorado

Postcard: Steamboat Springs, CO

It’s incredible what a 3,000-foot change in elevation brings in May in the West. The heavens were puking snow when we left our house. Two hours later, the scene had turned from gray and angry to green and inviting. Bounding down a trail that slithers through an aspen forest is enough to make a man happy and … Continue reading Postcard: Steamboat Springs, CO

Mountain Passages: Cuba Tres, Bear Salsas

At loose, sort of, in Cuba, Bear drinks in music and art, gets out on the dance floor (with the help of some rum), and wonders why Cubans like us. By Alan Stark Cuba is about the music and dancing, the people, and their art. Traveling here is an opportunity to observe a very odd … Continue reading Mountain Passages: Cuba Tres, Bear Salsas

Monumental Wilderness in Idaho

Idaho legislators have a plan for a new wilderness in the Boulder-White Clouds; conservation groups want a national monument. Who speaks for the land? By Mike Medberry Once upon a time, Idaho’s forests were green, water ran gin-clear from the mountains and the sky was not cloudy all day. In those days, there was no … Continue reading Monumental Wilderness in Idaho

Mountain Passages: Cuba, It’s Complicated

Landed in Cuba, Bear explores the crumbling beauty of Havana, enjoys the country’s fabulous people, and ponders how such an ineffectual government can work. By Alan Stark. “It’s complicated,” A Cuban says with a half-smile on her face. Blue-Eyes and I are on a cultural tour of Havana and the western mountain region including the … Continue reading Mountain Passages: Cuba, It’s Complicated