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Uncomfortable Corners
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March 6, 2017

In this year's Travel Issue, we have tried to push deep into the unexpected, or even uncomfortable, corners of the West. These are not vacation stories, necessarily. But they are travel stories. They are as much inner journeys as outer, all prompted by the unique features of our great region, places often forgotten or ignored.

Feature

Raptors in flight
Raptors in flight
Enduring relationships begin with encounters.
Backpacking the blast zone
Backpacking the blast zone
At Mount St. Helens, they never say ‘recovery.’

Editor's Note

Current

Essays

Wait — this land is my land?
Wait — this land is my land?
A Southerner revels in the access of Western federal lands.
Growing up in timber country
Growing up in timber country
A writer returns to the old-growth forest of her youth.
Go North, young woman
Go North, young woman
In a place no one can see you, you can see yourself more clearly.
An expedition through the Edgelands
An expedition through the Edgelands
This landscape isn’t always beautiful — but that’s what makes it loveable.
The Yaak Valley’s ‘Dirty Shame’
The Yaak Valley’s ‘Dirty Shame’
In the infamous Montana saloon, a lesson about home in harsh places.
Together we pause
Together we pause
Sometimes we need to stop — to think about the ways we wreak havoc in the world.
Cowboys with surfboards
Cowboys with surfboards
How Hanalei, Hawaii, reflects small Western towns.

Conversation

Your uncomfortable Western corners
Your uncomfortable Western corners
Readers respond with unique encounters and uneasy revelations in the region.

Book Reviews

Relics of Montana’s everyday past
Relics of Montana’s everyday past
Abstract photos offer an unsentimental beauty.

Heard Around the West

OR show in CO?; runaway drone; an unexpected backcountry plunge
OR show in CO?; runaway drone; an unexpected backcountry plunge
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.

Dear Friends

A visit from our Bulgarian bureau chief
A visit from our Bulgarian bureau chief
At the HCN headquarters, young poets and seasoned reporters.
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