This story was written for Intrepid Travel and posted on their website on November 9 2017. Below is an excerpt, but you can read the full article on their website here:

The Badlands.

I had heard the term hundreds of times, but it was only when I started venturing out in the world that I appreciated the remarkable place where I was born – Drumheller, Alberta.

Canada’s Drumheller Valley looks like a layer cake – sedimentary layers of red shale, grey bentonite and black coal stacked prettily, one on top of the other, with dinosaurs squished in between.

“This place is one-of-a-kind! The most beautiful scenery in the world!”, my dad would boast. And I believed him, because daddies are always right.

Then I went to Bolivia.

My goal was to see Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flats.  A mass of white that touched the horizon and hung off the edge, like you had reached the end of the earth.

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