Category Archives: Walking

Homage to Dian Fossey

By Elizabeth Royte, NG, Sep 2017 On an overcast morning, with temperatures in the mid-50s, it takes me nearly two hours to hike from the outskirts of Bisate [Rwanda] through calf-deep mud and shoulder-high nettles to the research site established … Continue reading

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Cheonggyecheon: Seoul’s Urban Park and Artificial Stream

A couple of years ago, I had a 12-hour layover in Seoul, Korea.  I took the opportunity to sign up for a tour of downtown Seoul.  As it turned out, the most interesting portion of the tour was Cheonggyecheon, Seoul’s … Continue reading

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Ani: Capital of an Ancient Armenian Kingdom

In 1989 when my twin sons graduated from high school, the 3 of us made a 4-week tour of Turkey.  We selected Turkey because of its rich and varied history.  Of particular interest to me were the ancient Armenian ruins … Continue reading

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Trekking Through the Middle Ages (in Ethiopia)

During my LDS Mission to Belgium and France, I fell in love with all things medieval; I particularly wondered about the living conditions of ordinary peasants.  As a result, as an undergraduate at BYU, I majored in history with a … Continue reading

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Galapagos Islands: Walking with Charles Darwin

I recently spent 5 days in the Galapagos Islands with my grandson, my brother, and my sister-in-law.  It was a great experience.  While the geology, geography, sea life, land biota, and scenery are great, it was the experience of walking … Continue reading

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Searching for God While Wandering in Dark

Updated:  26 Apr 2014 From the moment God declared, “Let there be light,” the Christian, Jewish, and Islamic scriptures have anointed light as holy and condemned darkness as evil. For this reason, most seekers of religious truth spend their time … Continue reading

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Am I a Syncretist, an Agnostic, or Just a “None”?

The fastest growing religious category in America is “None,” or no affiliation.  I think I could be comfortable there.  Although, I generally categorize myself as an “agnostic” with a long Mormon heritage.  Even though “syncretist” has a generally negative connotation, I … Continue reading

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