Fifty-three determined men and women will sport Nigeria's green and white colors during the London Games -- the second-biggest Olympic team hailing from Sub-Saharan Africa -- carrying the nation's hopes for the first gold medal in 16 years.
The sun rose over the Florida Straits Saturday with endurance swimmer Penny Palfrey covering half the estimated distance of her swim from Cuba to the United States, said a Florida meteorologist who is advising Palfrey's team.
You've probably never heard of the race, but there's no doubt you'd appreciate the action. The athletic skill and white-knuckled bravery possessed by Green River Narrows whitewater kayak racers can only be described as impressive.
A renowned South African whitewater guide and outdoorsman was apparently pulled from his kayak by a crocodile in the Democratic Republic of Congo and is presumed dead, expedition sponsor Eddie Bauer said.
No one cares that the water is cold. The kids splash at the lake's edge, play on the small sand beach as older, daring ones splash in the water and peddle kayaks, rowboats and paddleboats. Our pup eyes them all curiously.
This week in iReport, we blast off into the skies and splash into the vast waters of the Mississippi River. Take a look at how a group of college students send a weather balloon into near space. Meet iReporter Neal Moore who's documenting his journey down the Mississippi River. And check out two of our talented artists, Brixton Doyle and Jim Brenneman.
The changing leaves are just one lure for outdoor adventurers during the fall season. The tourist crowds of July and August have dissipated, and in many spots, the blistering summer heat has passed. And happily, an abundance of premier tour operators offer ready-made autumn adventures that are relatively easy on the wallet. They bring expert guides and top-quality gear and arrange all meals and accommodations -- you just bring your thirst for adventure.
We know your summer vacation time is precious: You want to land where you can truly relax, breathe fresh air, get in some exercise and eat well -- without breaking the bank. That's why we teamed up with a panel of travel and health experts to help us find the healthiest of the nation's most popular beach and lake towns.
As we carry our kayaks down to the rocky shore, the morning mist thickens into a steady drizzle. Dawn breaks in the distance, revealing a cloud-roiled horizon. The surrounding mountains disappear into the low-hanging overcast, making their barren flanks seem even more ominous. I shiver as I slip into the kayak, fasten my spray skirt and follow my companions out over the leaden waters of Loch Nan Ceal toward the tombstone peak of An Sgurr, 10 miles ahead. Leading the flotilla is our guide, a hardy Scandinavian named Olaf Malver.
You salt away 10% of your pay into a retirement plan, but this "retirement" thing can feel pretty abstract. What will it be like? To judge by the pictures in personal-finance magazines (including Money), there will be a house by the water. And Adirondack chairs. And the occasional sea kayaking expedition.
"Don't get speared by the shark's tooth," my kayaking guide warns. "Stay low." Then his neon green boat disappears through a small gap that separates the Pacific from a towering cliff. I follow, hesitantly.
Imagine yourself on a ferryboat deck with a latte in one hand, your overnight bag at your feet, and the dazzling Seattle, Washington, skyline filling the horizon behind you. While the boat churns across Elliott Bay, the Space Needle disappears from view and a shoreline materializes in the distance.
The hardship tales of American Olympians have included endless pre-dawn swim practices for the chlorine crowd, home-equity loans for elite triathlon training and the sound of Coach Bela Karolyi exhorting gymnasts to "eat air."
Penobscot Bay may be one of the world's great cruising grounds for sailors, but you don't need a mast to fall under its watery spell. Kayakers love it, too. Ancient glaciers sculpted the big bay's granite coast, creating countless inlets and coves to explore. The setting offers snug harbor towns and inviting inns, many an easy paddle apart. Throw in the world's tastiest lobster and you have all the ingredients for a self-propelled trip that's more relaxing than taxing.
If the thought of spending a holiday slathered in mud conjures images of a spa - well, you probably haven't been fossil hunting in Florida lately. That's how I spent part of a recent visit, and somewhat to my surprise, I found it as relaxing as a massage and a lot more stimulating.
Whether it's dining, shopping, culture, nightlife or people, everybody has a favorite city. Some cities are great places to live and raise a family. Others provide the backdrop for that once-in-a-lifetime vacation.
We've been hiking for hours along the Inverness Ridge Trail, above the shining blue ribbon of Tomales Bay, and we're ravenous. Maybe it's all the gazing at the water that leads my boyfriend, Peter, and me to look at each other and mouth the same word: "oysters."
When the Duke of Medina Sidonia captained the Spanish armada into battle against the English navy in 1588, he had no idea he was sailing his fleet into the biggest upset in naval history. Se�or Duke probably couldn't have done much with the motley crew stationed in McCovey Cove during Monday's Home Run Derby festivities, either.
It's one of those clichés that has its roots in the truth: Many American visitors to Norway are descendants of the roughly 800,000 Norwegians who immigrated to the U.S. between 1825 and 1925. They want to go back and see what life was like for their grandparents and great-grandparents. Times have changed, of course, especially since the country became rich with oil. So the Norwegian Ministry of Agriculture -- in an effort to preserve the rural landscape and culture -- has been subsidizing the conversion of farmhouses to inns.
The islands of the Caribbean beckon with warm trade winds, pristine blue waters, and a laid-back pace. And they offer something special for every style of traveler: nature-lovers, art enthusiasts or simply daydreamers seeking to unplug with a healthy dose of relaxation. We've selected three islands that exemplify these ideals.
While the land area of the ACE Basin is small enough for a weekend trip, the natural beauty of this great, green place in the South Carolina Lowcountry will make you want to linger longer. Walking trails, canoe trips, nature tours and more await.
Baja California, the 1,100-mile-long Mexican peninsula jutting south from California, has long been a playground for the adventurous. But until recently it was mostly Southern Californians who crossed the border, and they often limited their sojourns to day-trips in Tijuana or weekends in Cabo San Lucas.