High Points of the Americas
Hike with a team of young explorers as they journey through the Americas climbing each nation's highest peaks. From their Web site at www.23peaks.com survey the colorful journal entries and view the photo albums of the various treks. Discover what the explorers are eating to stay pumped up, the type of wildlife, insects and hazards they encounter, and what they do to prepare for the climbs. Ask your own questions, too, by sending e-mail to the 23 Peaks Expedition team. Put on your hiking boots, grab your walking stick and go! (This site is no longer available.)
Navigate the Pacific With the Youngest Sailors on the Web
Nicolas, Mathieu and Lucas Laffitte are sailing the Pacific for two years, and you can go along via the WWW. Sail to www.goals.com/kyrnos/kyrnhome.htm where you can cruise the boys' latest adventures in their log, sign up for their e-mail list, and talk to them through e-mail. These brothers will inspire all you adventurers to do your own on-line exploring!
Dear Shelly: Maybe there are some libraries near you that have computers on-line. Call them and ask. They may also know of community centers and businesses that have computers you can use this summer. My dad says there is a coffee shop in our town that lets customers use the Internet. You can also check with a local college or university to see if they offer an Internet training course or look in the Yellow Pages and the newspaper for Internet providers.
Dear Amy: What's the best modem to buy? I want to go really fast on the WWW.--Pete, Indianapolis, IN
Dear Pete: I don't recommend brands in my column, but you should buy the fastest modem your Internet provider can support. Also ask your provider if it plans to upgrade their modems soon. Currently, a modem with a speed of 28.8 baud is considered fast. There are faster modems available, but Internet providers may not support them. In the meantime, you can turn off automatic image-loading in your browser software. Then you don't have to wait for the pictures to load when going from one Web site to another.