World’s Top Nighttime Adventures

My story this week on Travel+Leisure.com, “World’s Top Nighttime Adventures,” includes a mix of outdoor adventures and travel activities that happen to take place after dark. Take the San Juan Islands Kayaking Weekend, a program offered by REI Adventures. After a day of sea kayaking in Washington’s Puget Sound, the objective is to see a luminous species of tiny creatures called dinoflagellates that glow in the cold waters of the San Juans. “It’s like silver sparklers in the water,” said guide Clark Casebolt.

My story begins with a description of a night hike I took two months ago to spot animals at Black Rock Lodge, an eco-resort in Belize’s Cayo District. It was 10 p.m. on the banks of the Macal River, a whitewater stream in the mountains of Belize, and Carlos Quiterio, my guide, stopped to tell a rhyme: “Black and yellow, kill the fellow; yellow and black, kill the jack.”

Quiterio’s rhyme — a mnemonic device culled from a childhood of jungle play — was made to aid in the identification of deadly snakes. “Let’s watch for the fer-de-lance,” he said, referring to an aggressive viper he’d recently seen on a riverside walk.

Read on to see the 10 “World’s Top Nighttime Adventures,” from a nocturnal zoo to a party during full moon on a beach in Thailand. See the full story is here: http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/worlds-top-nighttime-adventures

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Stephen Regenold is Founder and Editor-In-Chief of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for nearly two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of four small kids, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.

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