Swimming with Sharks

Waiting at the dock, the excitement is palpable.  Twenty-five miles off the coast of this island, giants are in the water.  We are on Isla Mujeres, “the Island of Women”,…

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Dias de los Muertos: Mexico

November 1st and 2nd, mark the Days of the Dead (Dias los Muertos) in Mexico. November 1st is in honor of deceased children and infants (Dia de los Inocentes –…

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Botswana’s Big Cats (Part 3 of 3)

3rd Up: Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) Location: Moremi Game Reserve Last night, we slept in a mobile fly camp in the Xakanaxa region of the Moremi Game Reserve.  Permanent water and…

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Botswana’s Big Cats (Part 2 of 3)

2nd up: Lion (Panthera leo) Location: Santawani Concession – operated by the local community and location of Botswana's Predator Conservation Progeam. This morning began with another game drive in the…

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Botswana’s Big Cats (Part 1 of 3)

1st up: Leopard (Panthera pardus) Location: Santawani Concession - operated by the local community and location of Botswana’s Predator Conservation Program. This is our first game drive of the safari…

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Baobabs and Elephants

Excerpt from Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa: “grotesque, comparatively short, deciduous trees with hugely swollen trunk: occurring at low altitudes in hot dry bushveld”.  Grotesque?  Webster defines grotesque…

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The Long Haul: Denver to Botswana

When you look at a world map, Botswana is positioned half-way around the world from Denver, Colorado. Last week, I had the opportunity to travel to Botswana for the first…

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Meeting the Locals

Often times when I travel, the most memorable experiences are those unexpected, spontaneous interactions with the “locals”. Maybe I'm sitting across from them at a dinner table learning about local…

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