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Trip: The World (Part 3)

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A Day At The Beach

USA | Saturday, 12 Jan 2019 | Views [25]

THERE IS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE AT THE BEACH.  And the Fort Myers area has a number of beaches to choose from.  The most costly are, appropriately, located on Sanibel Island.  Beach access is actually free but a combination of the $6 ... Read more >

The Same Old Song

USA | Sunday, 6 Jan 2019 | Views [29]

EXCEPT TO THOSE WHO ARE WORKING WITHOUT PAY, the government shutdown is hardly noticeable here in Fort Myers.  It’s not like much work has been getting done recently anyway.  The Ding Darling National Wildlife Reserve on Sanibel Island, ... Read more >

It Was A(nother) Very Good Year

USA | Tuesday, 1 Jan 2019 | Views [49]

THE HOLIDAYS PASSED WITHOUT MUCH FANFARE.  And nary a flake of snow.  Except for a few golf carts decked out in lights blaring carols and some half-hearted fireworks, Christmas and New Year weren’t much different than any other day in ... Read more >

Audubon Christmas Bird Count

USA | Saturday, 15 Dec 2018 | Views [30]

IF IT SEEMS LIKE WE ARE REPRISING the Winter of ’16, not only have you been following Vagabonds, you’ve been paying attention!  So it won’t come as a surprise that we are in Naples again.  We remember so much we could probably ... Read more >

Florida's East Coast

USA | Saturday, 24 Nov 2018 | Views [28]

WE REMEMBERED NORTH BEACH RV RESORT in St. Augustine as one of our favorites.  The sites are canopied by live oaks and it sits right across from the beach.  It also gave us a chance to visit my sister again.  Who knows at my age, when ... Read more >

Florida Bound

USA | Monday, 29 Oct 2018 | Views [24]

IT’S A LONG WAY FROM THE PLAINS OF THE SERENGETI to Plains, Georgia.  Heck, it took 35 hours just to get to Atlanta!  The RV was waiting for us at Carole’s farm, just as we left it, so after doing a couple of loads of laundry and ... Read more >

Photos: Snowbirds in Florida

USA | Wednesday, 17 Oct 2018 | Photo Gallery

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Safari's End

TANZANIA | Sunday, 14 Oct 2018 | Views [23]

BENDING TO GROUP PRESSURE (and flashing a smile at us) Omari stopped at the “official” African tourist store, something Connie admonished him about last time.  We shared our little joke as Becky looked for gifts, Andrea inspected the ... Read more >

Ngorongoro Crater

TANZANIA | Saturday, 13 Oct 2018 | Views [18]

WE LEFT MAKI MAKI AT SUNRISE for the drive south to Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area.  We climbed to the 8000 foot rim in low gear and didn’t go much faster on the 5000 foot descent, which made for wonderful — if vertigo inducing ... Read more >

A Lion Kill, Up Close and (Too) Personal

TANZANIA | Friday, 12 Oct 2018 | Views [18]

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY HOME FROM the Hippo Pool.  We came upon a group of lionesses and a cub stretching alongside the road.  While we were ooh-ing and aah-ing at the cub the lionesses came on alert.  They separated and took ... Read more >

Serengeti Cats — Cheetahs, Leopards and Lions

TANZANIA | Thursday, 11 Oct 2018 | Views [15]

TODAY WAS A DAY FOR CATS — Eine Katze Tag — although it began with a hopeful visit to the Mara River to watch the wildebeeste crossing.  Fifty Land Cruisers parked helter-skelter on our side of the river while the animals massed on ... Read more >

Serengeti National Park — Wildebeeste Migration

TANZANIA | Wednesday, 10 Oct 2018 | Views [16]

THE WILDEBEESTE ARE ON THEIR WAY BACK FROM the Masai Mara in Kenya, perhaps 1.5 million of them.  It appears they are bringing another million or so zebras with them but we've been told the wildebeeste actually follow the zebras.  Here in ... Read more >

Tarangire National Park

TANZANIA | Monday, 8 Oct 2018 | Views [13]

IT’S A LONG DRIVE FROM ARUSHA TO TARANGIRE SAFARI CAMP.  We took a break at an un-named lake in Masai country where Omari had to charm the women collecting water by explaining we were birding, not taking photos of them — which was mostly ... Read more >

A Night With The Masai

TANZANIA | Saturday, 6 Oct 2018 | Views [18]

THE MASAI DON’T ACTUALLY LIVE AT THE OLPOPONGI MASAI Cultural Center.  Only wasungu like us sleep in the pitch-dark, mud-wattle rondavals. There are no windows and no electricity except in the bar area and the bathrooms, only kerosene lanterns ... Read more >

Amani Biosphere Reserve and Mkomazi NP

TANZANIA | Thursday, 4 Oct 2018 | Views [19]

AMANI NATURE CENTER IS A UNESCO BIOSPHERE RESERVE at the end of a truly horrendous road in extreme NE Tanzania.  We have a no frills,  “one-bulb” room (when the electricity is working) but the food is good and there seems to be ... Read more >

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