You've heard the grim timelines: if warming continues, the Great Barrier Reef will be bleached by 2030; glaciers in the Swiss Alps, on Mt. Kilimanjaro, and in Glacier National Park will disappear in under 40 years; and Arctic ice melt will leave the North Pole bare and polar bears extinct.
I'd always dreamed of exploring Africa, ever since I read my first Tarzan comic as a child. Finally, in 2004, to celebrate my 60th birthday, I went to Tanzania to experience a safari and climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Seated next to me on the flight from California was Tanzania's minister of water and wildlife development. We talked for thousands of miles, and he made arrangements for me to visit a school in the Monduli district, east of Kilimanjaro.
1. Boston Marathon I was once a good runner. Not Olympic/NCAA good, but better-than-most-road racers good. I ran 32:50 for 10K and 50:59 for 15K and several times tried training for a marathon, but on each occasion got injured. This was 25 years ago. Now I have arthritis in one knee and can't run much, so I ride a bike. I have covered many Boston Marathons, but never ran it. I wish I had. I wish I had just sucked it up, qualified, and run it once relatively slowly, even in the years long after my prime.
Chelsea and England defender Ashley Cole has apologized to London police for a foul-mouthed tirade that led to him being arrested for drunk and disorderly conduct in the early hours of Thursday morning.
Ice cover in the Arctic Ocean, long held to be an early warning of a changing climate, has shattered the all-time low record this summer, according to scientists from the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder.
Patricia Pasechnick was sailing to some of the most romantic ports in Europe, but she'd left her husband home in New Jersey. Instead, she was sharing Rome, Tuscany and the French Riviera with her mother-in-law and 13-year-old daughter.
Conservatives love to bash the 1960s, but when you think about it, the ones who should really be distancing themselves from that activist decade are those who seek to warn us about the perils of global warming.
No one should miss out on certain experiences in this life -- and yet actually planning these trips can be intimidating, even paralyzing. We're here to help. It's time to spin the globe and think big. Tanzania's Mount Kilimanjaro is the first in a series of Budget Travel dream trip destinations. Check back each Tuesday for a new trip idea.
One wrote songs about village greens, humble homes with names like "Shangri-La," bickering sisters and night descending on Waterloo Station. Pete Townshend once said he should be poet laureate of England.