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Our driver slows the SUV, he sees something off in the distance to the right. Soon we are aware that it’s a lioness and we see that she is followed, in single file, by eight more girls, each spaced about ten feet apart. They cross the road before us and continue into a field dotted with hillocks and termite mounds. As they gather into three or four tawny furred groups, they gaze around like chiseled periscopes in their sea of grass. The alpha female remains alone at the front of the pride. Off again to the right we see two adult female warthogs with a baby. Many of her siblings have perished. One of the adults perches atop the road tailings for a better view across the road. “See the lions!” we scream silently, “Run!”

They cross the road, again one adult perching atop the tailing. She seems to notice the alpha lioness, but what about the others? To our horror, she leads the other female and the baby directly into a path through the lions, tails held high, unknowingly headed into danger. In a flash, the lions are in motion. They trap the adults and isolate the baby. She is grabbed instantly, feet wiggling, screaming in the jaws of the great cat. They let the adult warthogs run off. “She’s gone” says the driver. But she is not gone. The lioness holds her clenched firmly in her mouth for minutes as the baby squeals and tries to struggle free. We want it to be over. Read More »

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The Mara Reserve Oloololo Gate is inhabited by an unexpected tenant. She’s eight years old, cared for by the guards since she was an orphaned baby. Named Lucky in Swahili, she’s an Eland, and just about as affectionate with her saviors as a domesticated dog, but this baby sports huge horns and powerful legs that could send someone clear to Serengeti should they be nuzzled too hard. Read More »

Writing from the porch of our tent perched upon the Ewaso Ng’iro River, flowing red and rapidly through the campsite swollen from the previous night’s rain up river. Despite the continued drought with loss of animal life and much detriment to the human life in this part of the high country.

 

Here in this magical and tranquil prairie surrounded by mountains, luminous soils and canyons and billowing clouds life has adapted to less water than in other parts of the country. Doum palms silhouetted against a multihued sky provide a desert theme. Male lions have very short mains since the average air temperature midday is too hot to support a full blanket of fur around their massive heads. Many animals derive their water from the food that they consume. Read More »

Bridge climber, latest addition to my resume

The first leg of this journey starting in San Francisco includes New Zealand, Thailand, Kenya, Egypt, England, Ireland, and New York for the holidays (2009), ending the trip while beginning the New Year back in San Francisco.

This is the first time that Kaze has had an opportunity to take an extended vacation with me. He has wanted to go to New Zealand for years and I have wanted to take him on safari but his work has prevented him from taking time off. Jon and Inge have wanted to go on safari, but like Kaze have not had the time. Jenni just loves going to Africa. A new member of our group is Mr Flat Stanley. Read More »

Hello from Jenni! It’s been awhile since the website has been updated with Michael’s gorgeous photos and my postings but with good reason! We’ve continued our journey of the last ten months with some shorter versions of this long beautiful exploration of the world, spent lovely time with family, raised some polywogs in the hot tub, and are working vigilantly to edit thorough thousands of photos taken during the last trip which inlcuded Singapore, South Africa, Rwanda, Masai Mara and Serengetti, Mali, Senegal, Marac, Barcelona, Southern Bavaria and the Romantic Road, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and Prague.

We added a wonderful Morrissey Family Reunion in the Poconos, a fabulous trip with dear friends to New England and the Maine Coast which inlcuded sailing a Friendship Sloop and taking an exciting glider ride one mile high over Acadia National Park. Still to come are additional photos from Lao, Vietnam, Cambodia and Nepal. It’s been quite an exciting and fulfilling year which we are blessed to be able to share with everyone in the comfort of your own home. Read More »

From Jenni: So often in our travels we encounter cultures and communities of very poor people living on the rim of subsistence. No shoes, no fresh water, no electricity and very little food, no medical attention. This is not to say that their cultures aren’t rich. Read More »

We were pleased to visit the imbali visual literacy project store located in the Museum Africa building in Johannesburg. Most items are made from simple or recycled materials. The originality, fine craft, and design of the wares are superb! We were shocked at the elegance, capriciousness, and quality of the items featured which are shown in Michael’s photos. Read More »

We took a boat down the Sangker River across Tonle Sap ( the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia), a designated UNESCO biosphere in 1997. During the monsoon season, water is pushed up from the Mekong River into the lake, flooding surrounding fields and forests making Tonle Sap one of the most productive inland fisheries in the world and extremely important for the Cambodian economy. However, in the dry season (roughly February to May), the receding waters can make it impossible to travel by boat. Read More »

The Kingdom of Cambodia is one of the world’s greatest conundrums. From the inspiring and dramatic ruins of Angkor Watt to the chilling reminders of Pol Pot’s Killing Fields this tiny country represents both a Heaven and a Hell. Read More »

Hello from Jenni! Picture the tawny rolling grassy hills of South Africa, strains of Ladysmith Black Mombasa playing in the background and a dozen five month old lion cubs, half of them white, with their massive paws around your neck, licking up and down your arms, nibbling on your skirt and you have an idea of the glorious endowment provided us as we were welcomed into this vast and gracious country. Read More »