Time to spare, go by air -Death Valley

  Day 2, Sunday: No communication from Air Canada.The AC rep had informed Mom that FedEx didn’t work on Sunday, but promised to request permission for same day service with an alternate delivery service for Sunday or same day service FedEx service on Monday. Mom emphasized that she’d only be at Death Valley for four days,…

The orang utans of Kalimantan

Orang utans, the People of the Forest, are found only in the rainforest islands of Borneo, Indonesia, and Sumatra, Malaysia.   We visited the orangutan, Pongo pygmaeus, in the Indonesian province of Kalimantan, Borneo. Wild orangutans are endangered.  Approximately 50,000 orangutans inhabit the forests of Asia.  Threats to wild orangutan populations include: habitat destruction by major agribusinesses that…

The journey is the destination

DATELINE: Kalimantan province, Indonesia, Island of Borneo, August 2016. After a peaceful night in Jakarta, we flew Trigana Air to Pangkalan Buun (Mr. Buun’s Jetty), our first destination in Kalimantan. As a former airline pilot, I’d researched Trigana Air. I was a bit nervous about Trigana but they provided the only air service there from Jakarta!  At…

Camp Leakey

For years I have wanted to visit Camp Leakey, a wilderness refuge for orphaned, abandoned, and rescued Orang Utans started by Dr. Birute Galdikas in the 1970s. Camp Leakey (after the primatologist Louis Leakey and should not be confused with “leaky boat”) is one of three refuges within Tanjung Puting National Park, Kalimantan, Indonesia, on…

Fire & Ice. Sand & Steam.

CHILE: FROM THE ATACAMA DESERT SOUTH, TO THE END OF THE WORLD. DAYS 8 – 16: IN PATAGONIA… Days 9 -12 Cruising with MV Via Australis Though we were both excited about experiencing the tip of the iceberg on the tip of the continent, Jeff was also a little excited about a small boat cruise and…

Fire & ice. Sand & steam.

CHILE:  FROM THE ATACAMA DESERT, SOUTH TO THE END OF THE WORLD DAY 1:  The Atacama Dense jungle and deserts are my favorite places in the entire world.   Enchanted by the jungle I moved to the Mayalands of Mesoamerica where I lived for 3 years.  Perched high upon a camel I had lumbered across Morocco’s…