Thelma & Louie

Thelma & Louie

The Great Desert Drive   My BestestCuz and I took a three day tri-State drive from Las Vegas recently taking in The Valley of Fire (NV), Zion National Park (UT), Bryce National Park (UT), and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park (AZ). Here’s a few photos from the adventure that included lotsa laughs and lotsa rocks! (Click twice on the photos to see the full size...

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The Andes, Sth America’s Backbone

The Andes, Sth America’s Backbone

Note: I had been a journalist and a traveller concurrently for a number of years – attacking both with equal but separate passion – when a good friend of mine, a travel editor for House & Garden asked me to write a story about my upcoming adventures in South America. It was my ‘aha’ moment. Before that point I had never thought to combine the two things I loved to...

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Amazonian Anomalies

Amazonian Anomalies

To date there have been 25,000 confirmed plant species, 2,500 fish (a third of the world’s fresh water total), 10 per cent of the world’s bird species, as many as six million insect species found and up to 2,000 butterflies cataloged. Is it any wonder that nature challenges the norm here?   The river itself pushes nature’s boundaries. Even after two weeks of exploring the Amazon, it’s...

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Isolation on Easter Island

Isolation on Easter Island

Experience #924   Walking along the statue strewn slopes of Easter Island’s extinct volcano Rano Raraku is a magical, almost spiritual experience. Essentially the main quarry and workshop for the island’s famed statues, it is here the volcanic rock was carved into life by the Polynesian islanders. What remains today is an empty studio of enigmatic statues in various states of progress,...

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New York State of Mind

New York State of Mind

Experience #530   For those bored by Broadway, tired of traffic, or caught up in the chaos that is New York, a nearby Zen Buddhist monastery offers peace of mind in meditation.   Nestled in the Catskill Mountains, little more than one hundred miles north of the ‘City that Never Sleeps’ those seeking spiritual enlightenment can find it at the Dai Bosatsu Zendo Kongo-ji monastery....

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Polar Bear in Peril

Polar Bear in Peril

Best be quick if you want to see a polar bear in the wild. By some scientific predictions two thirds of the world’s polar bear population could be dead by 2050 and possibly extinct by the end of this century if global warming continues unabated. In May 2008 the majestic polar bear – the world’s largest land predator – was registered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) as...

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Vancouver: New Park Discovered

Vancouver: New Park Discovered

Experience #2101 The joy of discovery. The thrill of stumbling across something new and feeling that this is your discovery. Yours, and yours alone. The people, if there are any, whether they be tourists or locals, they simply blend into the background while you make a personal connection with your newest find. Today I discovered a new park in Vancouver. Of course as its ancient trees would...

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