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Teen Travel: South Africa!

Me at Boulders Beach, a beach known for it’s odd shaped boulders (of course) and the thousands of penguins that inhabit it

As our own children transition from infants to kids to teens, we are becoming more and more interested in the teen perspective on travel.  What are the best ways to prepare for a trip and what kinds of experiences are most memorable?  A great example of a teen trip well taken is our friend Fiona’s recent adventure in South Africa.  Fiona is 13 and, while she was traveling, she wrote a fabulous blog about her adventures.  We enjoyed reading all about her trip so, when we caught up with her over the holidays, we asked her some questions about her trip, about how much she had prepared, and about what she learned and enjoyed most.  Read more »

Wildlife, Trailers, and Camo

Zoey is right about the wildlife in Alaska, it’s right there for the viewing.  One day we’re on a tour boat out of Seward and through the fjords to the glaciers, and two days later we’re jumping off a bus in the middle of Denali National Park and climbing through the tundra.  And between them it might be easier to list the wildlife that we didn’t see. Read more »

Get Off the Bus

We arrived at Denali National Park after a 6hr drive from Seward.  We then had the choice of booking a 6-hr bus-ride, an 8-hr bus-ride, or an 11-hr bus-ride.  They all sounded dreadful.  A scan of the 3-D map and the available start times (for example, booking a bus ride for 6am was out of the question) left us with only one serious option … an 8-hr bus ride leaving at 9am the next day.  Still sounds miserable and, note, the day after the bus ride we have a 4.5 hr drive and a 3.5 hr plane ride. Who planned this trip?

The bus driver introduced himself as Scott Richardson.  You should write that down because if you ever go to Denali, it would be worth the trouble to try to get on Scott’s bus.  He loves that park and he is everything you might want in a bus driver (almost – it would have been swell if he could have fixed the leaky coolant) and more.  He talked about the plants, ecology, history, the moose by the side of the road (cool!).  He’s not an official guide; he’s “just” a bus driver so he can only answer questions but he encourages so many questions and he answers them so well that you might be confused about whether or not you are on a guided bus ride.  Eventually, we also rode with Barr, Cindy, and Kat.  They all loved the park and provided information, helped us spot wildlife, etc.  But I guess you never get over your first bus driver.

You can hop on and off the bus anywhere in Denali National Park (except where it is Read more »

Wildlife I Saw in Alaska

Mendenhall Glacier Camp

  • Bear

Seward

  • Moose

Boat tour-Seward

  • Dalls porpoise (pod)
  • Humpback whales (x3)
  • Sea Otters (x3)
  • Stellar Sea Lions (whole herd)
  • Tufted Puffin
  • Horned Puffin
  • Bald Eagle
  • Coastal Black Bear
  • Harbor Seals (x2)

Denali National Park

  • Moose (x4)
  • Moose Calfs (x2)
  • Wolf
  • Lynx
  • Dalls Sheep (3 separate herds)
  • Golden Eagle
  • Arctic Ground Squirrels (x5)
  • Grizzly Bear (x2)
  • Caribou (x2)
  • Chick-a-dee
  • Red Fox (x3)
  • Mew gull (x2)
  • Grouse