A few years ago I went to North Korea to write about the country’s first, best, and only luxury ski resort, a story that made it into Best American Travel Writing. Before I hit the slopes, though, I spent a few days in and around Pyongyang visiting the sites we foreigners are allowed to visit, including a stop at the Fatherland Liberation Museum dedicated to the north’s wildly inaccurate version of the Korean War. While at the museum I met an army officer named Miss Rhee who doubled as a tour guide. She was by far the most memorable person I met on that trip namely because she was so…lovely. World Nomads let me write about her. Here’s a link to story I’ve been wanting to publish for years.
The new downhill course for the Beijing Olympics (📸: Chinese friend on WeChat). #skiing #beijingolympics #wintergames
Better late than never reading this. Richard Powers, The Overstory
Best lift of the winter so far. #skiing #pnwonderland #oregonexplored #mtbachelor
Some jargon: Icy, wind-blown hard pack with soft spots filled in here and there, then a rutted-out run out through old-growth trees, and this kid still crushed her first cone.
My latest for @nytimestravel #skiing #snowboarding #travel #covid_19
“I go so far sometimes as to imagine that a fish thinks pretty thoughts. Before I made the cast, I imagined the fish with the black back lying cool in the carbonated water full of bubbles from the waterfalls. He was looking down river and watching the foam with food in it backing upstream like a floating cafeteria coming to wait on its customers. And he probably was imagining that the speckled foam was eggnog with nutmeg sprinkled on it, and, when the whites of the egg separated and he saw what was on shore, he probably said to himself, ‘What a lucky son of a bitch I am that this guy and not his brother is about to fish this hole.’” – Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It