As far back as he can remember, Dean Oswald has had an affinity for bears. Specifically, Black Bears, a common North American species. In 1984, Dean got himself a bear, and he took good care of it. People heard about his bear, so they brought him THEIR bears. Dean then had a whole bunch of […]
Mapula Lodge was the last stop on our 16-day journey that began in Cape Town (originating in Chicago), South Africa, so we had stayed in charming lodges and classy hotels along the way. This one–to the remote reaches of Okavango Delta in Botswana–was the most magnificent in a one-with-nature, take-your-breath-every-minute way. The greatest amenity at […]
The Amazon River basin is a tropical wilderness that is pretty much unchanged from when European explorers discovered it nearly 500 years ago. Read the rest of my story about our thrilling river cruise as published in the Journal & Topics Newspapers.
To catch a piranha, you need to find murky water. The Yanallpa Creek in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve in Peru will do just fine. The location is deep within the tropical rainforest and surrounded by thick tangles of vegetation. It’s about an hour by skiff from where the Marañon and Ucayali rivers merge to form […]
The Lion Encounter excursion is an extraordinary opportunity to hang out with lion cubs in their natural habitat. We walked beside them along a dusty trail, stroked their stubby fur, watched as they investigated their surroundings, and posed next to them for photographs. We have had many awe-inspiring adventures in Africa, but this one is […]
(I am repeating this post from the Cecil the Lion page because I feel it is so important that people see it. Posts eventually get buried as new ones are published, but the page will remain static. Thank you for reading.) We were in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, when Cecil the Lion was murdered outside his […]
It was my favorite kind of day, the serendipitous kind where you plan to do one thing, and you end up doing something you never imagined, and it turns out absolutely delightful. In our case, we stopped in Landrum, S.C., to visit the antique shops after a morning at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville. (Here’s […]