Indonesia: Independent Trekking in Papua’s Central Highlands

Papua, Indonesia

Until 1930 the central highlands of Papua were believed to be completely uninhabited.  But when two Australian gold prospectors made an expedition into the western central highlands, those assumptions were shattered forever.  What they found were numerous tribes speaking hundreds of different languages and who lived in such isolation that they had no concept of the outside […]

Guide to Griffith Park

Griffith Park Observatory

Griffith Park, that giant swath of green at the eastern edge of the Hollywood Hills, is one of the largest urban parks in North America and despite being rather wild and rugged, is surprisingly close to Los Angeles proper.  It’s (apparently) sometimes referred to as the Central Park of Los Angeles, but whereas New York’s […]

Guide to Elysian Park

Angeles Point, Elysian Park

What’s that big green splotch surrounding Dodger Stadium?….its none other than the often overlooked Elysian Park.  Despite being overshadowed by its massive neighbor to the north (Griffith Park), Elysian Park is still packed with things to see and do.  Its home to Dodger Stadium and just a few minutes from Downtown LA, Hollywood, and Silverlake/Echo […]