North American ALPS

Many tall waterfalls occur where meltwater from mountain glaciers drop down a headwall, which are common occurrences in the North Cascades. Many waterfalls, despite their great height, are non-notable as they are not clearly visible and often have low volume. Seahpo Peak Falls, despite its great height at nearly 2,200 feet (670 m), is an example of one of these waterfalls. A few notable exceptions do occur; Sulphide Creek Falls occurs where meltwaters from two of the largest Mount Shuksan glaciers are forced through a narrow chute over a 2,183-foot…

Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon)

Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) is an island nation south of India, in the Indian Ocean. Its diverse landscapes range from rainforest and arid plains to plateaus and sandy beaches. It is famous for its ancient Buddhist ruins, including the 5th century Citadel of Sigiriya with its palace and frescoes. The city of Anuradhapura, the ancient capital of Sri Lanka, has many ruins over 2,000 years old.

Saona Island

Saona Island lies off the southeastern tip of the Dominican Republic. Part of the East National Park, it’s known for mangroves and coral reefs and palm-fringed beaches like Palmilla Beach. The island’s shallow waters are home to starfish. Mano Juan is a laid-back fishing village near Flamingo Lagoon, with colorful shacks and a turtle sanctuary. To the west, the Cave of Cotubanamá has pre-Columbian rock art.