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In the remote region of Hpa An, a ceremony welcoming girls into the Buddhist nunhood in Hpa An included an elephant.

In the remote region of Hpa An, a ceremony welcoming girls into the Buddhist nunhood so to speak or more formally known as Bhiksuni in Hpa An includes an elephant.

A woman playing drums at a waterfall in a remote region near Hpa An, Myanmar (Burma). Photo taken in December 2014.

A woman playing drums at a waterfall in a remote region near Hpa An, Myanmar (Burma). Photo taken in December

The box canyon of Champney Falls is an ice climbing classroom, a training area that also holds clinics.

Mount Washington Valley Ice Fest, a preview - The Boston Globe

The box canyon of Champney Falls is an ice climbing classroom, a training area that also holds clinics. Climbed in 2002 or

Wide-ranging views, towers, cabins, and more attract visitors to New England’s peaks no matter the season.

The region’s lofty peaks offer wide-ranging views

Boston Globe: Wide-ranging views, towers, cabins, and more attract visitors to New England’s peaks no matter the season. Explore ski regions nearby then warm up at Union Gables by our gas fireplaces!

Climbers top-rope at Champney Falls, a popular practice area off the idyllic Kancamagus Highway.

Mount Washington Valley Ice Fest, a preview - The Boston Globe

Climbers top-rope at Champney Falls, a popular practice area off the idyllic Kancamagus Highway.

A 10-minute drive from Eastport, Maine, the town of Perry’s claim to fame is its location on the 45th parallel, halfway between the equator and the North Pole. A red granite stone first commemorated this celebrated latitude in 1899, and a relatively new interpretive panel notes that Perry joins the Bordeaux region in France and the deserts of Mongolia as other areas that reside on the 45th parallel. Yet, how many of those locales have their own 45th Parallel store?

In Perry, Maine, shopping halfway to the North Pole at the 45th Parallel store

In Perry, Maine, shopping halfway to the North Pole at the Parallel store - The Boston Globe

New England's lofty peaks offer wide-ranging views

The region’s lofty peaks offer wide-ranging views

The region’s lofty peaks offer wide-ranging views - The Boston Globe

At Yosemite, a remote alpine peak, smoke, and thin air

At Yosemite, a remote alpine peak, smoke, and thin air

At Yosemite, a remote alpine peak, smoke, and thin air - The Boston Globe

The water and sand were so bright that I was squinting through sunglasses.

Safe harbor in Turkey: The posh beaches and quiet coves

Safe harbor in Turkey: The posh beaches and quiet coves - The Boston Globe

Five wild and wonderful refuges in New England

Five wild and wonderful refuges in New England

Five wild and wonderful refuges in New England - The Boston Globe

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