Building a hotel in the treetops is hardly a new idea: Brazil's Ariau Amazon Towers Hotel has been inviting guests to explore the jungle canopy from its rooms since the mid-1980s. But the concept has blossomed; today you'll find them everywhere from Massachusetts to China.
In early 2014, a 27-year-old Alaskan named Cody Roman Dial embarked on a grand and rambling overland journey through Mexico and Central America. He was the son of National Geographic Explorer Roman Dial, a biologist and multisport virtuoso renowned for audacious feats in mountaineering, ice climbing, rafting, and grueling backcountry endurance races.
On a recent Sunday morning in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia, a few dozen people gathered in a tin-roofed church to hear a former warlord preach. His name is Joshua Milton Blahyi, but most Liberians still know him by his nom de guerre from the nineteen-nineties: General Butt Naked.