Say Hello To “Smiley” & His Relatives!

My first trip to Africa was in 2000. Because my wife and I were flying on frequent flyer miles we could not get the flights we wanted (as you can see things have not changed in almost 15 years). We ended up with a few days to spare before our Safari departure so gave in […]

Another Magnificent Animal Lost to Poaching

Rhino Horn and Elephant Ivory poaching are still a big problem in Africa. It is a wasteful tragedy of wildlife. More than 442 Rhinos have been killed this year in South Africa alone. Rhino Horn is merely keratin, the same stuff your fingernails are made out of and is not an aphrodisiac nor can it […]

Great News About The Serengeti Highway (Or Lack Of One)

Starting back in 2010 I wrote about the fear I had that there were plans to build a paved highway through the Serengeti. Since that time I have reported on developments as they happened. The building of the highway would have been a disaster on so many levels. It would have affected, habitat, wildlife, local […]

On The River

The boats are loaded. The “groover” is strapped down along with the rest of the gear and everyone has their hats, sunscreen and PFDs (Personal Flotation Device). It is time to start down the river. The San Juan River is a tributary of the Colorado River. It is 383 miles long (although we only did […]

Getting Ready For The River

After our wonderful train ride we arrived at the Flagstaff Train Station early in the morning where we were met by our good friend and intrepid river guide Dave Gunn. After a short rest off we went to breakfast at a place called the Breakfast Palace. The place while neatly decorated may not have been […]