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Canoeing the Everglades

Everglades Aligator

Tweet Muggy! It’s that feeling that propels you to want to die because it hurts to keep on living. The air is almost too thick to breathe. Your sweat is sweating. And mysterious bugs feast on your blood. All while the sun’s rays are beating so harshly on your skin that it feels like it’s piercing right through it. This is how the state of Florida feels most of the year. And even more so in its natural wetlands, which covers much of the southwestern part of the state. This is the the Everglades. It’s not an ideal environment for … Click to Read & View Photos

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Secluded at Spitting Caves

Spitting Caves

Tweet Hawai’i Kai is arguable the most affluent community on O’ahu, Hawai’i’s most populous and richest island. The craggy and lush Ko’olau mountains flank one side of this community, while the vast and blue Pacific ocean flank the other. Homes in this area of the island are typically in the million dollar (USD) range. But, despite being the home to the lucky 1% of the island’s residents, anyone on O’ahu can still take advantage of this area. This is because in between these beautiful mansions there are several access pathways to sandy beaches and lookout points. In Hawai’i all of … Click to Read & View Photos

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Alaska’s Beluga Whales

Belugas

Tweet In my visit to Anchorage earlier this year, I was introduced by my limo driver to a lookout spot and hiking area called, Beluga Point en route to the Alyeska Resort (as pictured above). During that time, the water was still very cold, even icy in some areas. For these reasons, there is almost no life here during this time. Belugas leave this area during the cold because inevitably they will get trapped in the ice and die. But now months later, the environment is different and the waters fill with life once again. Its largest and most noticeable … Click to Read & View Photos

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On the Mediterranean Steps

Meditteranean Steps

Tweet I realize its been a while since I updated my travel Website. However, during my travels through Europe, I suffered a major technical difficulty. And, while I did try to resolve it, I was unsuccessful, even after trying in three different countries. So I gave up and decided to just travel and enjoy. Now I am back, free of technical difficulties and eager to re-live some of the happier moments of my summer in Europe. I begin with an unassuming trip to Gibraltar (a common wealth of the United Kingdom along the Mediterranean Sea). After spending weeks in rural … Click to Read & View Photos

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“Colorful Life at Cannon Beach”

Colorful Seastars 2

Tweet Cannon Beach is a picturesque beach community right on the beautiful coast of northwest Oregon. It is a scenic 90-minute drive west of Portland along winding open roads filled with tall evergreens, rolling hills, and vast spaces. Flanked by the Pacific Ocean on one side and the Oregon Coast Range on the other, Cannon Beach was once just a small artists’ community, but now it has blossomed in popularity for its quaint charm and coastal living. In fact, it is my favorite beach town on the United State’s west coast. So on a somewhat cold and mostly wet spring, … Click to Read & View Photos

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“Snowshoeing in Paradise”

Snowshoes

Tweet I’ve never been fond of extremely cold temperatures, especially the snow and ice: its hard to drive on, conditions make it uncomfortable to breath, and worse of all the cold air dries my skin! I thought maybe I’d learn to like the snow and ice if I learned to ski or snowboard. Everyone always looks like they are having fun and I probably would as well. So I took one of those expensive lessons and attempted to learn. But after half a day of listening to a frustrated instructor along with numerous falls and bruises later, I still failed … Click to Read & View Photos

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“Playing with Endangered Sea Turtles”

Mexico, Campeche: Turtle baby.

Tweet Continuing my eco tour through Mexico, I find myself in the heart of Mazunte in the province of Oaxaca where I spent several days playing with it most famous inhabitants: the sea turtles. These once resilient animals are currently endanger of extinction. And the reason for this is in large part due to one of the most cunning and vicious predator: humans. But here, in Mazunte, they are thriving! There are eight species of sea turtles worldwide. The state of Oaxaca in Mexico has four of those species: the Olive Ridley, the Hawksbill, the Leather Back, and the Black … Click to Read & View Photos

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“Crocodile Hunting in Mexico”

Angry Crocodile Mexico

Tweet In the small Mexican beach town of Mazunte in the state of Oaxaca, there are no cruise ships calling, no college-age hooligans binge drinking, and no towering hotels along the sands. Instead, life is much simpler. Locals come here to dip in the ocean. Kids play beach soccer with sticks in the sand as goal posts. People lounge on hammocks, their homes, just a few hundred yards from the beach. Though there are a number of flights available from U.S. cities straight to Oaxaca, the road to the coast going to this town is a rough one. And after … Click to Read & View Photos

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“Close Encounter with a Killer Whale”

Orca Jumping

Tweet Just 80 nautical miles from Seattle, the waters off the San Juan islands of Washington are home to native and migratory pods of orca whales, also known as killer whales.  Beautiful and powerful, these whales are particularly active in the summer as they migrate north to feed. Luckily the 170-odd islands of the San Juan offer prime spotting territory for these majestic orcas. Sheltered by the Olympic Mountains, the San Juan islands sit in a “banana belt,” a sunny swath that receives just about half of Seattle’s average annual rainfall.   Each of the islands is distinctively beautiful and uniquely … Click to Read & View Photos

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