Zoo Take 2

Empathy. I recently heard a very inspiring talk at the Minnesota Zoo about how empathy is the beginning of the journey to conservation. I have to agree. I had the privilege of growing up in a family that spent every free weekend, holiday, and vacation hiking, camping, horseback-riding, fishing or skiing in the Rocky Mountains….

Travel

In a Minnesota suburban YMCA I overheard a woman describe her trip to Alaska as “It’s just like Minnesota but with mountains.” She went onto convey the banality of the trip. I couldn’t believe my ears. Does this look like MN? Alaska is spectacular, as is Minnesota. There are similarities, but to compare the two…

Italy

Why on earth would I visit the typical sites in Italy? I would much rather see the less known regions.  So when I received a brochure for the East coast of Italy I booked the tour for my daughter and I. We flew into Bari, Italy and stayed in the town of Polignano. We explored…

And now for Norway

It’s been just over a year since I posted scenes from our cruise ship en route to Norway. Life and other travels have delayed posting the photos from the country itself. I think it’s about time. Norway is not only breathtakingly beautiful it is also keenly aware of social responsibility. We found that refreshing. Our…

So, Ireland

It seems visiting Ireland is on everyone’s to-do list. It was certainly on mine, but I wasn’t allowed to take one family member without taking the others and that never seemed quite do-able. So, when a brochure arrived in the mail offering a one-week trip to the “Wild Atlantic Way” with no single supplement fee,…

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

“A World Heritage site is a landmark or area which is selected by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as having cultural, historical, scientific or other form of significance, and is legally protected by international treaties. The sites are judged important to the collective interests of humanity.” (Wikipedia) I’ve had the privilege…

Tanzania – Landscapes

Perhaps the most astonishing and magnificent feature of certain areas of Tanzania is the vast openness of the landscape. At times, as far as the eye can see, there are no man-made structures.  These photos are from the Ngorogoro Crater, the Serengeti, and Lake Ndutu areas.                

Tanzania

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. But even a thousand pictures cannot adequately capture the grandeur and magnificence of Tanzania. Though it is impossible to fully convey the extraordinary experience of visiting Tanzania, I know that if I don’t try I will dishonor the wonder of that journey. So, let’s step into this…

Uplifting

The holidays have passed, the Superbowl is over and we still have 8-12 weeks of winter left (at least where I live). So its time for some loftier views. All photos were taken at the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival.