Oceania

Into Africa – Kenya Safari – Annual Wildebeest Migration

Into Africa – Kenya Safari – Annual Wildebeest Migration

… A vast, undulating herd of zebra and impala, gazelle, topi and eland, extended families of elephant and giraffe along with resident hippo, warthog, baboon and Cape buffalo. A teeming, writhing, rumbling mass of frenzy and fury, grazing and rutting, birth and death. A moving landscape that creates its own eco-system as it marches ever forward in a steady rhythm across 6,000 square miles of the Maasai Mara and the adjoining Serengeti Plain…

Into Africa – Kenya Safari – Lake Nakuru

Into Africa – Kenya Safari – Lake Nakuru

If you are a newbie to the African safari circuit, welcome aboard rafiki (friend) and hang on tight because this is one heck of a ride! Where to begin? If you want the biggest bang for your buck, you begin in Kenya, East Africa, one of the least expensive options available. And since the migration follows the rains, the best time to go is usually July through October. First stop: the world famous Lake Nakuru.

Pyramids Among Us – Chichen Itza

Pyramids Among Us – Chichen Itza

Built by the Mayan people on a limestone plateau in the early 10th Century, the magnificent and aptly named El Castillo (the castle) is not only the focal point of Chichen Itza, but looks eerily like the step pyramids of Saqqara, Egypt. And while scholars still struggle to decipher the true meaning of Egypt’s pyramids, the Yucatan’s Mayan culture recorded everything, leaving no doubt as to what mischief was afoot.

Whale Sharks of Isla Mujeres

Whale Sharks of Isla Mujeres

Almost twice as big as a full size SUV these babies look huge from water level and there are several coming at me full steam ahead. I don’t know if they can’t see me (with their tiny black eyes) or if this spawning stuff is like a crack buffet to them, but I find myself scrambling to get out of the way so I don’t end up in a head on collision. The giant passes me by with complete indifference; not even a subtle nod of recognition marks my passing.