CW Travelogue

Taste of Place | By Jane Agran, Nov 14, 2014 12:51 pm

Recently, I was lucky enough to experience the warm culture, ancient history, and breathtaking views of Bhutan. As a traveler on a Country Walkers Guided Walking Adventure there, I wandered the bustling streets of Thimphu, walked the rice paddies of the Punakha valley, and climbed high mountain passes to ancient Buddhist monasteries. While I expected all those things people tend to associate with Bhutan—soaring Himalayan peaks, beautifully painted temples, and rampant prayer flags—there were many experiences that caught me by surprise. Here are a few that stood out for me...


All the Best of Yellowstone

The American Bison stands six feet tall at the shoulder and weighs over two tons, so it’s an imposing slab of local color to meet on the trail. Walking a quiet path through Yellowstone’s Hayden Valley, say, it can be a shock to encounter one of these gentle giants grazing in the sagebrush or wallowing in a patch of dirt. With dark woolly fur, mud-flecked horns, and an imposing head securely fixed to the mother of all hunchbacks, bison seem like something ripped from another time, space, or ecology. In a way they are: as the largest land mammal in the Western Hemisphere, they’ve become indelible icons of a bygone West, the poster children for an ecosystem that’s rapidly vanishing...


7 Unexpected Experiences in Africa

Recently, I had the pleasure of joining a CW Safari group on an epic journey through South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, and Zambia. And while our days were filled with the classic experiences I’ve come to expect from a safari—spectacular lodges and camps, fantastic guides, cool sundowners, jaw-dropping wildlife encounters, delicious food, and stunning scenery—what struck me most were all the experiences you don’t expect. Africa offers so many surprising moments, from little gracenotes during a game drive to captivating, all-day adventures that you share around the campfire each evening. Here are a few of my favorites...