Surfing BVIs: Tortola waves are big and plenty (shhh!)

Tweet Nobody goes on vacation to get beaten up by a fireman. So lissen up! If you’re looking for a place to surf, forget Tortola. Too inconsistent. Too rocky. Nothing to see here, folks. Head to Barbados, or Puerto Rico. Sure, people surf in Tortola, the largest and most populous of the British Virgin Islands.…

Pisco in Peru: Sipping by beach, rivers and mountains

Tweet Pisco-Sipping and Other Pleasures in The Land of the Incas Never refuse a free drink. A sound policy, but my commitment is wavering as a Peruvian Woody Allen look-alike (same physique, head shape and beady, bemused gaze) leads me around an oddly appointed brandy cellar, doling out shots of liquor from centuries-old clay casks.…

Old West Stays Vibrant

Tweet In the Arizona Desert, an Eccentric Town Moves Forward While Preserving its Colorful Past Students of that classic desert feud, Roadrunner vs. Wile E. Coyote, have long pondered where in the Wild West Coyote procured all the oddball products he used in schemes to ensnare the mercurial bird. A partial list: Batman outfit, earthquake…

Playing in the Parks

Tweet In Death Valley, only a true duffer finds water in the desert. Twice. At sea level, a golf ball struck squarely by an average player could travel about 220 yards by air and 25 more on the roll. In the thin air a mile above sea level, that same ball might fly 230 yards…

Got back pain? Want relief? Get moving!

Tweet In the confounding debate over how best to relieve chronic back pain, a recent study published in a top-tier medical journal gives a nod to a gentle form of yoga. But it also acknowledges the benefits of general exercise in alleviating back discomfort and tightness. So, you ask (shaking those ibuprofen like dice), what…

Working Out Your Issues

Tweet The Latest Twist in the Exercise-Mental Health Movement: Do Crunches While Talking Through Problems The body of evidence supporting exercise as a treatment for depression and other mood disorders continues to grow. Many psychiatrists and psychologists urge their patients to get more exercise and make other lifestyle changes. But perhaps no one takes this…

Back to Bali

Tweet Tourists Return After a Tough Year “You wait, okay?” A Balinese schoolgirl wearing a purple lace blouse approaches and touches my arm. “The ceremony starts.” Her three teenage friends giggle at her overtures to my friend Bill and me, but her timing is superb: After watching a scattered crowd of Hindus make ceremonial preparations…

Oldest Living Disciple Of Joseph Pilates Tells All

Tweet I confess. It does me no credit, but I looked to have sport with 79-year-old Romana Kryzanowska. How could a woman billed as the oldest living disciple of Joseph Pilates, the maddeningly particular German developer of the eponymous core fitness discipline that has exploded in popularity, not be an easy target of ridicule? Be…

Colonoscopy Has Tense Moments, Painless Ending

Tweet By the time I climbed onto the hospital bed, I could feel the first goofy nudges of the Demerol. Following orders of the nurses, I rolled onto my left side. Through the gauzy narcotic shroud, my brain told me to brace myself for certain pain. I gripped the rail of the bed and waited.…