Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza Debayle was known for his cruel and iron-fisted rule, but also for hospitality on a grand scale. Among his personal retreats was a coconut and sugar plantation on a beautiful stretch of beach on his country’s Pacific coast.
When the early autumn rains subside and the hurricane winds diminish to a whisper, look for me in a thatched-roof cabana under the palm trees on a sparkling white-sand beach south of Cancun, Mexico. The sound of the softly unfurling waves is nature’s irresistibly seductive lullaby.
“The last wild river in France” is the phrase you hear most often in descriptions of the Loire. Perhaps it isn’t completely wild, but absent are the hydroelectric dams, shipping locks and other water-management infrastructure found on most French rivers.
Driving past bright green fields adorned with lazy dairy cows along Virginia’s Route 220, you get the sense that you’re entering a world where you can completely unplug yourself from the nine-to-five grind. You are–but you don’t necessarily have to unplug all the way.
In the tall, dark, moss-draped, rainy forests of Oregon’s coastal mountains–a mysterious evergreen world captured perfectly in the novels of Ken Kesey–emerald rivers rush headlong to the grey, wild North Pacific.
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