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My wife, Julie, holding our smoked omul in Listvyanka, Russia.

Smoked Omul, Babushkas, and Lake Baikal

“Should we try it?” my wife and I said to each other, apprehension on our faces. All around us stood old babushkas, heads covered in checkered red scarves, the deep canyons that covered their haggard faces indicativ...
by Jim Cheney

A Whirlpool Jet Boat splashes through class-5 rapids on the Niagara River.

How I Stopped Being a Wuss: Surviving the Whirlpool Jet Boat at Niagara Falls

Hurtling towards the rapids ahead of us, their peaks and valleys rising and falling like a majestic mountain range, my heart started to beat faster. Suddenly, our boat started to climb, and then just as quickly dippedĀ into the...
by Jim Cheney


The area around Yangshuo, China, is perfect for a bike ride.

Getting Utterly Lost in Yangshuo, China’s Yulong River Valley

There is an odd mix of desperation and uneasiness that sets in when you’re lost in a foreign country. Doubly so when you’re lost in a country like China. It took me aboutĀ 2 seconds to realize my Chinese, which cons...
by Jim Cheney