Trekking into Biodiversity
By Chuck Graham   |   November 12, 2020

It wasn’t rain falling in the rainforest of the Corcovado National Park, located on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica, but it was raining leaves, bushels of them floating beneath the canopy that was so dense it blocked out the sun. The wind wasn’t blowing, yet the leaves continued to fall. Instead, there was a […]

McGinity’s Moves
By Richard Mineards   |   October 24, 2019

Montecito accountant Frank McGinity has just published the third edition of Get Off Your Street, a personal travelogue of his global jaunts. The 253-page book encompasses six new trips, including China, Cambodia, South Africa, Easter Island, Antarctica and Israel, and a six-page chapter on the mudslides, which had a major impact on his longtime home […]

 

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