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The Green Life: The Wild Life

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April 11, 2007

The Wild Life

Planetearth_2I was laid up by the flu for almost a week, so the only adventuring I've been up for has been of the armchair variety. The "Ice Worlds" segment of the Discovery Channel's 11-part miniseries Planet Earth promised (and delivered) a cooling respite from my feverish state. It clearly took some extreme filmmaking to get these amazing views of life at the polar ends of the Earth: Hundreds of male penguins clustered wing-to-wing to protect their eggs through weeks of frigid storms, a polar bear swimming miles to find food and desperately stalking a walrus herd, and the first steps of baby musk ox, among other memorable, gorgeously shot scenes. The series airs Sundays through April 22 and is available on DVD.

Gowildlv_2Closer to home, Go Wild! Outside Las Vegas showed me what I was missing on my last trip to Sin City: spectacular rock climbing, scenic hikes, and restful soaks in flower-laden springs--just a stone's throw from the slot machines. Writer/director Doug Robinson, a longtime climber, is a congenial guide to these little-known desert treats.

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