John Flinn writes in today’s San Francisco Chronicle Travel section about chance meetings on his travels to some not so random locations around the globe.

These seemingly chance meetings happen to me so often I’m no longer surprised by them. Those of us who love to travel are linked by an invisible web of connections that often sends us to the same remote places at the same time. The late photographer Galen Rowell, who experienced many of these encounters, wrote that like-minded people travel down hidden corridors that often converge unexpectedly.