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Cowgirl Dreams: Riding in a Wyoming Cattle Drive

Cowgirl Dreams: Riding in a Wyoming Cattle Drive

I awake to one of life’s greatest delights: the smell of bacon sizzling in the kitchen. Outside the window of the old ranch house, birds cheerfully chirp as the sky is turning pink with the dawn. It’s several hours before I usually wake up, but today I don’t mind. Today I am joining a group of real, authentic ranchers for a real, authentic cattle drive. Spring arrived late in Wyoming this year, as late-season snows battered the mountains and plains…

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Dahab: Fun in the Sun on Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula

Dahab: Fun in the Sun on Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula

January 13th. 12 pm. Dahab, Egypt. My gray Arabian horse, Oscar, starts prancing beneath me. I feel his powerful muscles coil in anticipation as we turn off the paved road and approach a mile-long stretch of hard-packed sand. “Are you ready?” my guide asks. “Ready,” I reply, and release my hold on the reins. Seconds later we’re thundering down the straightaway, galloping through the sand as Arabian horses have for millennia. These animals are bred for the desert; every drop…

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Saqqara, Memphis, and the Pyramids – Touring Ancient Egypt

Saqqara, Memphis, and the Pyramids – Touring Ancient Egypt

January 4th. 5 am. Cairo, Egypt. I’m listening to the call to the prayer (the first of five for the day) from the nearby mosques. Through the walls of the hotel room, the beautiful, haunting sound reverberates loudly, assuring everyone is awake. Well, not to worry – with the jetlag, I was already wide awake anyway. I’m sitting in what’s arguably the softest, most comfortable bed I’ve ever slept in. The funny thing is that the 3-star hotel we’re staying…

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Horse Riding in Bali: Temples and Rice Terraces

Horse Riding in Bali: Temples and Rice Terraces

I don’t often wake up before my alarm. I’m not what you’d call a “morning person.” However, there are exceptions. And one of those is when I’m about to go horse riding in Bali. I awoke at 6am on the outskirts of Ubud at the charming Kamandhani Hostel. (A little gem of a place, tucked at the end of a very quiet street but only a few minutes’ walk from the liveliness of Ubud.) A few cups of insanely delicious…

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