VIA Contributors

Behind every VIA article there's an intrepid reporter risking sunburn on an exotic Tahitian cruise, indigestion on San Francisco's best food tours, and over-exfoliation in the West Coast's most relaxing spas. These are the men and women who lived to tell the tale.

Alexander Wolff

Alexander Wolff is a senior writer at Sports Illustrated. His book Big Game, Small World: A Basketball Adventure will be published in January 2002 by Warner Books, and his column, "The Hoop Life," appears regularly at cnnsi.com. He lives in New York City with his wife, Vanessa. Though he had never before visited Carmel Valley, Vanessa was born in Carmel. So even if he hadn't made it to the Zen retreat of Tassajara, his trip had a pilgrimage quality.