Ancient Olive Trees in Crisis

Ancient Olive Trees in Crisis

Journey to Puglia Lynn and I traveled to Italy with our friends Joe and Mary in September of 2017. After a night out in Rome we met up with our Italian friends and tour guides, Stefania and Orazio of Casa Stefazio fame. They planned and accompanied us for a journey around the Puglia region. We were treated to so much good food – too much really. And we drank our fair share of wine as well. There were so many wonderful overnight stays in places we would never have found on our own. Our stay was for 2 weeks but Read more »

Lynn & Charles headed Down Under in 2018

Lynn & Charles headed Down Under in 2018

A long flight and recuperating in Sydney Lynn and I took advantage of a United sale and headed “Down Under” in early September to explore the East Coast. A 16 hour direct to Sydney flight is a little more bearable when you’re setting up front. A couple of glasses of bubbly, a little whiskey, wine, and an ice cream sundae certainly encourages napping. We spent three nights in Sydney which let us hit the normal tourist spots and museums with all the other tourists. We also managed to get a little way off the beaten path to places like Paddington Read more »

Time Traveler, Episode 1

Time Traveler, Episode 1

OK then. Here’s where I start making up for all the times I haven’t posted and should have. As most of our regular readers (heh, heh) know, Lynn and I have been doing lots of traveling over the past few years and if you haven’t been over for dinner then you haven’t seen many photos from us so I’ll try to change that starting now. Those of you who have been to dinner, thanks for putting up with me. Now these aren’t going to be in chronological order ’cause I’m not that anal. And mostly because some stuff is on  Read more »

Wyoming Beauty

Wyoming Beauty

Well time sure flies don’t it. Here I’d planned on doing regular posts since I’m retired now. Anywho, here’s a photo from our trip to Jackson Hole to visit with our friends Beth and Jeff Schenck who are getting ready to build a house there. This is a 3 shot panorama with a Leica M-P and the APO 50mm lens. The detail is incredible. Many, many thanks to Beth for printing this for me! It’s out for framing right now. The little white spot on the left edge of the light green shoreline is actually a boat in the water Read more »

Saturday, Jan 10th

Saturday, Jan 10th

It’s our last game drive at Tintswalo and the weather is not promising. The sky is overcast and it’s still a little cool at 5:30am when we hit the road. We still haven’t seen the honey badger and everyone is ragging on Darren and Foster. Except for me – I’m a nice guy. Where’s the dang hippos you’ve told us about? And the rhinos? Get it together. Zebras are losing their luster as we’re seeing them almost every day. But on our way to chase down the elusive hippos we run back through the Cape Buffalo herd from yesterday. Everybody Read more »

Friday Evening, Jan 9th

Friday Evening, Jan 9th

We’re on the road for almost an hour this afternoon before we see 2 cheetahs sneaking up on a big herd of impalas. At this point we’re between them and the dinner they’ve imagined themselves having shortly. Unfortunately for them there’s a small herd of zebras who aren’t going to let these bullies beat up their friends. The two cheetahs move up slowly passing us in the trucks and the zebras separate from the impala herd moving toward these bad boys. The guys in the striped suits are having none of it and look like they’re about to throw a Read more »

Friday Morning, Jan 9th

Friday Morning, Jan 9th

Friday dawned crisp and clear with a beautiful orange sunrise and waning moon. We’re on the road at 5:30am and see a lone Cape Buffalo with his own private mud bath. He’s not particularly happy to see us and moves off fairly quickly. On down the road we saw some little ferret type creatures and some zebras with Big Macs. Just down the road, although at the speed Darren was driving it might be a couple of miles, we see our first cheetah! He’s feasting on an impala and it’s quite a sight. He’s out in the open and keeping Read more »

Thursday Evening, Jan 8th

Thursday Evening, Jan 8th

The evening game drive brought several surprises for our little group. The first of these was a warthog family with a youngster. They burst out of the bush about fifty yards in front of us and I had to scramble just to get a couple of shots off. Not surprising really as we were probably doing 30mph with Lynn and I in the back row. They didn’t turn out very good at all but I’ve stuck one in the slideshow anyway. Not long after seeing the warthog family we came upon a herd of elephants with several young ones in Read more »

Thursday, Jan 8th

Thursday, Jan 8th

Getting up at 4am is getting to be a lot like going back to work but I guess some of the sunrises have made it worthwhile. And we’re not the only ones up and moving around. Here’s an old Cape Buffalo bull just coming out of his morning mud bath. Before our stay here is over we’ll see these guys by the hundreds plus something special coming up tomorrow. Now the Manyaleti Game Reserve is about 50,000 acres and quite a bit larger than the area we covered at Sabi Sabi. The other big difference here was the vehicles used. Read more »

Wednesday evening, Jan 7th

Wednesday evening, Jan 7th

After a short 15 minutes flight from Sabi Sabi to the Manyaleti Game Reserve we land on a short dirt  strip near Tintswalo where we are met by our new ranger Darren and Foster our tracker. Tintswalo has seven suites and Lynn and I are in the Burton suite named after Richard Burton the English explorer. Talk about posh – outdoor shower and hot tub secluded from our neighbors. Of course we’re again admonished about going outside after dark. Leopards aren’t afraid of water apparently. Anyway, we grab lunch and go for a quick nap before heading out on the Read more »