The thrill of a 21-mile ride on an authentic steam train carrying you back to the fabulously wealthy silver mining history of Nevada should be high on your must-do exploration list regarding the American West.
My Chinese publisher has just come out with the ebook translation of my travel/literary book Travels in an American Imagination: The Spiritual Geography of Our Time. This is my second book in Chinese.
Outdoor travel adventures possible near Las Vegas include visits to Lake Mead, Hoover Dam, Red Rock Park, Valley of Fire Park, and the Overton Lost City Museum.
Las Vegas attracts with appeals far beyond gambling, including upscale resorts, spectacular entertainment, fine dining, and spas. Both the Strip and downtown Fremont Street have their fans. The Mob Museum, the zipline hovering above Fremont Street, and the Neon Museum are among the newer attractions. .
I am posting some excerpts from my memoir about growing up in Minnesota, titled Minnesota Boy: Growing Up in Mid-America, Mid-20th Century. This post is about love of the outdoors.
I am posting some excerpts from my memoir about growing up in Minnesota, titled Minnesota Boy: Growing Up in Mid-America, Mid-20th Century. This post is about Minnesota American values.
I am posting some excerpts from my memoir about growing up in Minnesota, titled Minnesota Boy: Growing Up in Mid-America, Mid-20th Century. This post is about the power of religion in shaping us.
I am posting some excerpts from my memoir about growing up in Minnesota, titled Minnesota Boy: Growing Up in Mid-America, Mid-20th Century. This post is about the wonder of childhood, in all its little details.
I am posting some excerpts from my memoir about growing up in Minnesota, titled Minnesota Boy: Growing Up in Mid-America, Mid-20th Century. This post is about the toughness of my ancestors, who settled Minnesota.
Chris Baker, my good friend and colleague, motorcycled through the San Francisco region this past week and left us with a lot of insights about his favorite expert subject—Cuba.
The prospect of a long and healthy life is a joy and a gift, made possible by my circumstances, nutrition, and genetics. The Kenya tribes people I met when making this photo were doomed to a significantly briefer length of life. A possible long life is a special aspect of life in our time.
There is a universal desire in humans to create something positive with our lives, especially if we think of creativity in a broad sense rather than the narrower world of artistic artifacts. The creation of song in Nashville has always epitomized to me this deep human longing to create.
The hard work that human beings perform around the globe to survive and provide for their families has always seemed to me epitomized by the industriousness of Hong Kong.
The destructive energy of religious hatred, so major a force in our time, struck me in Yugoslavia, when I was there at the start of an earlier conflict, as Christians and Muslims began to slaughter each other.
The joyful sensuality of life, with all its sexual, taste, sight, hearing, smelling, and feeling intensities, has always been epitomized for me by Hawaii.
Lee Foster’s main California travel guidebook, Northern California Travel: The Best Options, has been released in China in Chinese.
With ISIS now sledgehammering the great cultural heritage of Syria and Iraq into rubble, it is worth noting that Egypt offers a satisfying historical experience for the modern traveler interested in what early mankind achieved in the region.
The brevity and individuality of my own life, compared to the long continuum of life and the remarkable diversity of life forms, was a mystery particularly poignant as I sailed in a small yacht through the Galapagos.
Lee Foster’s literary memoir about growing up in Minnesota has been re-published and released as Minnesota Boy: Growing Up in Mid-America, Mid-20th Century.
The marvel of space flight is surely one of the most wondrous aspects of our modern world. It is amazing to think that only 66 years passed between the first halting flight at Kitty Hawk and man's first step on the moon. On a visit to Cape Canaveral, your imagination can lift off, as have so many adventuresome rockets.
The beauty of nature, in all its ravishing diversity, is one of the main joys in life that we as humans may be fortunate to experience. Yet nature, in all its loveliness, does not care about the anxiety that we may feel regarding our brief human presence on this earth.
It is presumptuous that we think we understand the meaning of life as felt by other people in different cultures in our own time. What about people living in a different era? I thought about this as I looked at the Anasazi ruins at Mesa Verde in Colorado. What did life mean to an Anasazi?
The ongoing reality of terrorism worldwide is now a daily factor in our lives. Occasionally, we may think back on that fateful day in New York 9-11-01 when the first major terrorism shock of the new century occurred.
The shocking refreshment of art, giving me a new appreciation of life, has occasionally enhanced my life.
In Brazil I experienced firsthand the loss of species as I visited the Atlantic Rain Forest outside of Rio. Many species there have gone irretrievably extinct. I also happened to see up close a live jaguar in the wild, which was a thrill.