Campfire Tale: Stalked by a Leopard

In December of 2009, I was stationed at the Mbari River, where I would carry out a handful of lengthy tasks, the first one being to finish building a permanent camp along the river. Once this boring work was completed after two weeks, I moved on to the exciting job of investigating new saltlicks in... Continue Reading →

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Snake Encounters in the African Bush (part 1)

As I write the title of this short narrative, I can confidently label it as "part 1" without ever having considered a prequel. Simply put, I encountered that many snakes during my 5 years in Africa. ...Black and green mambas, Mozambique spitting cobras, Egyptian and forest cobras, a banded water cobra, puff adders, night adders, boomslang,... Continue Reading →

Monster Crocodiles of Central Africa

A frightening encounter with a dinosaur...       (Please enjoy a condensed, teaser version of a chapter in my upcoming travel memoir. What you wont find in this version, is encounters with man-eating crocodiles, wresting 5 foot crocodiles, and also getting bitten on the arm by one of the reptiles- you'll have to wait... Continue Reading →

Backcountry Alaska on a budget

Not long ago, getting far into the Alaskan backcountry meant paying a bush pilot upwards of $2,000 to fly you out and drop you off in a remote spot. Not so today. Public transportation along with gear innovations, now mean that even the most budget savvy travelers can get out into the remote Alaskan wilderness... Continue Reading →

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