We have come through a dark three years into a world that is in some senses unrecognizable. From 2011 to 2019 I was fortunate to travel widely to many parts of the world that left me in awe of their beauty as well as enriched as a human being from the connections made with people all over the world. As a young twenty something I followed the normal gap/party year route through Europe, Scandinavia, Great Britain, Scotland, the United States, Western Canada, Mexico, Hawaii, the South Pacific, New Zealand and Australia. When travelling began to be possible again in midlife, I knew I wanted a different type of experience, one that allowed engagement with local and indigenous cultures, combining the natural history and social fabric of regions with connecting with the people inhabiting the areas. As a biologist with a keen interest in evolution, island destinations hold a particular fascination. As an amateur photographer, taking photos of life happening (whether rural or urban) is high on my agenda. As you may have guessed, Ecuador, the Amazon and the Galapagos islands were my first destinations in 2012. This was followed by 6 weeks in Africa starting in Rwanda and then travelling overland from from Nairobi to Cape Town. An amazing, amazing trip which changed my life. 2014 closed with a trip through Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile and the Antarctic. 2015 was marked by a trek through Vietnam and Cambodia and a celebration of my seventh continent visited. 2016 began with a trip through Costa Rica early in the New Year. 2016 closed with a long awaited trip to the Arctic including Svalbard, Greenland and Iceland! 2017 started with another anticipated trip in late February to Mexico, Guatemala and Belize. The focus was Mayan culture (an interest since my childhood), natural history and photography. Mayan sites on the list included Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Palenque, Tikal, Bonampak, the San Ignacio sites and Tulum. 2018 began with an incredible journey through Northern India in January, which more than lived up to expectations! 2018 closed with two shorter adventures. The first, three weeks in the Cariboo district of British Columbia exploring the history and beauty of the area. The second a week in Oaxaca Mexico experiencing and photographing Dia de los Muertos, the “Day of the Dead” Festival. 2019 was another awesome, thought provoking year beginning with a 2 week wildlife safari in Borneo in April and finishing with 2 1/2 weeks in Morocco in November.
Following a three year hiatus and a great deal of thought, I am starting up my wandering again. The first trip was a local one this fall to the Great Bear Rainforest located on the SW coast of British Columbia – specifically to photograph the Grizzlies. It was followed by a photographic journey through Mexico City and Oaxaca City. Both were amazing journeys and confirmed my wish to keep exploring this incredible planet of ours. 2023 will bring with it several trips. The main one, travelling through Nepal and Bhutan in the fall of 2023, plus one or two smaller journeys TBA.
This blog began as a personal travel diary and has evolved into something more. Over 500 people follow this blog and a number of you have sent in lovely comments over the years which I treasure, as well as the sense of connectedness to people all over the globe. I look forward to continue to share my travels with you all. Peace and blessings to you.
Travel widely and the crescent will become a full moon