Jazmine helps an orangutan baby for a year!

Jazz and Mas, her new orangutan baby, have much in common: they both have a humbling “knowing” in their eyes, they are both very intelligent, they both make you smile, they both like to eat fruit and they both have a big interest in their finger nails. Jazz would help any animal, so when the Orangutan Rehabilitation Center said they needed help to feed the … Continue reading Jazmine helps an orangutan baby for a year!

PIT VIPERS! They didn’t mention that in the brochure!

Often, we use trip reports to guide our decision making process. We lean toward independent travel, but found a trip report on the benefits of hiring a guide for a trip to Bako National Park. Hmmmm. What would it say? well it was written by a person who was an independent traveler wondering why people hired guides — the trails are very well marked. But … Continue reading PIT VIPERS! They didn’t mention that in the brochure!

Sabah’s longest river

In the morning we wake to birdsong, the moist air from the previous night’s rain covers the misty river, the jungle is in full chorus. Our boat putters along the Kinabatangan River (Sabah’s longest at 560 kilometers), the surface a glistening mocha fondant in the early-morning light under a sky of silvery sateen. The area is only accessible by boat, our lodge the Bilit Rainforest … Continue reading Sabah’s longest river

Jungle trekking in Sumatra

We trekked in Gunung Leuser National Park (GLNP). It is one of the most biologically diverse habitats on the planet. The region is located in a remote part of Indonesia’s largest island and straddles the provinces of North Sumatra and Aceh. It is a land where mountains rise sharply from the lowlands with peaks that stretch out and into the clouds. The jungle, scarred at … Continue reading Jungle trekking in Sumatra

Santiago, Chile

We found Victor on the Internet and I am so glad we did. In a building across from Santa Lucia park, in downtown Santiago, Victor owns/lets 8 apartments. There are amazing views from our balcony! He has allowed us to book for our different intervals and more importantly, maintain a duffel in the building when we are gone. That duffel allows us to choose clothes … Continue reading Santiago, Chile

Million Dollar Bridge, Cordova, AK – June 24 – 27

Bridge to Nowhere or Million Dollar Bridge. Leaving the 5th wheel parked in Valdez, we took a 3-hour ferry ride, along with the truck, to Cordova.  Cordova is a small city located near the mouth of the Copper River at the head of Orca Inlet on the east side of Prince William Sound. Cordova is a uniquely Alaskan community, shaped by its dramatic natural setting, … Continue reading Million Dollar Bridge, Cordova, AK – June 24 – 27

Zambia – Feb 13 – 19, 2013

We stayed in a lovely guest house named Green Tree Lodge. When we entered Zambia we paid for and received a 2 entry visa since we were planning to go over to Zimbabwe as well. In Zambia, we spent two days viewing Victoria Falls in Zambia and Zimbabwe (separate post), evening dinner cruise with unlimited alcoholic drinks, canoeing down the Zambeze River, and walking with … Continue reading Zambia – Feb 13 – 19, 2013