Isolated and off-the- beaten path: The Forks, ME
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Isolated and off-the- beaten path: The Forks, ME

With a full-time population of about 30 people, I have been in Starbucks more crowded than The Forks, ME. (google maps). People come here for the Kennebec River, for fishing, rafting and ford moose. I came to this corner of northern Maine on the Kennebec River to catch some native brook trout and landlocked salmon…

Hostile Border Crossings: Smugglers Paradise Paraguay / Brazil
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Hostile Border Crossings: Smugglers Paradise Paraguay / Brazil

This is the third in a series (see posts East Berlin and Bulgaria). In 1993, my pregnant wife and I were Caught smuggling Kilim rugs and a tea set at border crossing between Foz do IguaƧu, Brazil and Ciudad del Este, Paraguay. We spent a day in Cuidad del Este in Paraguay and crossed the…

Isolated and off-the- beaten path: Masirah Island, Oman
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Isolated and off-the- beaten path: Masirah Island, Oman

Masirah Isand, Oman, not so much a tourist destination as a landing strip on a desert island in the Arabian Sea for C130s delivering supplies to the US Navy. I have been on this island and anchored off shore too many times to count. The USS Niagara Falls would make runs from Diego Garcia BIOT,…

Isolated and Extremely Off-the-beaten path: Diego Garcia, BIOT
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Isolated and Extremely Off-the-beaten path: Diego Garcia, BIOT

Strictly speaking it’s a top secret military base and an alleged black-ops CIA location in the middle of the Indian Ocean and closed to travelers. I have been to Diego Garcia at least a dozen times while in the Navy, and the last time I was there was 1983. It’s beauty is unmatched by any…

Isolated and Off-the-beaten Path: Oglala National Grasslands, NE
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Isolated and Off-the-beaten Path: Oglala National Grasslands, NE

Leaving Rapid City (see post) for a fall fishing trip in Wyoming, I purposely drove through this isolated northwestern corner of Nebraska to experience one of the largest intact grasslands in the upper midwest. Here you’ll find the expansive landscape of native Grasslands with forested streambeds and steep, worn, formations created by water and wind…

Isolated and Off-the-beaten Path Destinations
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Isolated and Off-the-beaten Path Destinations

I’m starting a new weekly series of posts about off-the-beaten path and isolated destinations I have been to with a focus on locations in: Asia Europe US Central & South America Middle East Indian Ocean There were times where I was the only westerner or foreign traveler in these destinations, or one of only a…