Surfing Baja’s Pacific Coast With Ginni Callahan: Sea Kayaks, Grit, and Consistent Swell

Rosalillita Surf

By Mary Fairchild Ginni Callahan, Punta Santa Rosalillita, BCS. Although it is possible to ride storm surf, tidal bores, and swell, what provides us with ‘the finest waves to ride’ is swell arriving on a suitable beach.  Nigel Foster (1) During the first week of April, I was fortunate to be[Read more]

Taqiyya and the American Mosque

Taqiyya and America

By Mary Fairchild IMAMI Mosque, Streamwood, Illinois. The Islamic tradition of taqiyya stretches back to the sixth-century AD when, following disputes over succession after the Prophet Mohammed’s death, the minority Shiites developed taqiyya, or “holy deception”, to conceal their “true” beliefs from the Sunni majority and to maintain operational security[Read more]

International Sea Kayak Guide Snubs Registered Maine Guides: American Canoe Association’s Cover-up

Maine

By Mary Fairchild(updated 12/02/2015) This was my favorite play area from my 2011 guided Coastal Maine trip (2011 report). The sea kayaking community needs, perhaps most of all, to guard against any shift from safety to one of recognition and getting paid.  Known as “Ocean Camp Maine,” my second guided trip[Read more]

Exploring the Great Basin: Camping in the Anza-Borrego Desert, Hiking around the Calico Early Man Site, to Sand Boarding the Ancient Sand of Coral Pink Sand Dunes

Anza Borrego Desert

By Mary Fairchild (updated 11/2010) Anza-Borrego Desert The Great Basin stretches from southern Idaho to Southern California which includes all, or portions, of Oregon, California, Nevada, Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado.  Its southwestern parts are now known as the Mojave and Colorado Deserts of Southern California.  In this large, generally dry, mountain-studded region of the West[Read more]

Owsley’s Kennewick Man Research May be Trumped by DNA Tests Similar to Anzick Child

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By Mary Fairchild (updated 11/15) Many Native-Americans do not believe that archaeologists are capable of interpreting and preserving their past.  Last spring, Smithsonian’s curator Douglas Owsley publicly told the tribes that the Kennewick Man was not Native American, but this year, DNA analysis in Denmark appears to be proving Owsley’s research team was wrong. Both Indians and Anthropologists[Read more]