Tuesday, January 10, 2017

A Day Trip to Chobe National Park in Botswana

One of the highlights of the African Adventure was a day trip and safari to Botswana.  I was staying at The Livingstone Resort in Zambia and the day trip was offered through the resort. It would be an hour drive to the border crossing into Botswana followed by a morning safari driving in Chobe National Park followed by lunch. After eating we'd be treated to an afternoon river safari on the Chobe River by boat.  Quite a day in store!

The driver arrived bright and early and we were off to Botswana at 6:30am.  An interesting drive through the outback of Zambia for an hour. As we approached the border crossing there was a line of eighteen wheelers all loaded to the max.  Truck after truck after truck all parked in a line on the side of the road.  Talk about chaos.  The roads already are not good. No shoulders and only two lanes. Throw in about two hundred big trucks and it was a total mess.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

A Helicopter ride over Victoria Falls

One of the excursions offered by The Livingstone Resort where I stayed was a helicopter ride over the famous Victoria Falls. I couldn't pass that up! Thirty minutes in length with two parts. The first part was circling the spectacular Victoria Falls.

The second part was zipping down into the Zambezi River gorge flying low over the river rapids! What an adventure! A driver picked us up and we made the twenty minute drive over to the helicopter pad. Right behind our helicopter was the most awesome baobab tree. Check it out!


Friday, September 16, 2016

Puerto Rico - A day in El Yunque Rainforest

Puerto Rico is known for its beautiful beaches, towering Spanish Forts, charming Old San Juan with its shopping and definitely some of the most amazing beaches in the world.  Many visitors never leave San Juan, but only thirty minutes east is the impressive El Yunque rainforest.  A total world apart from the white sand beaches so very close. 

Take a day and get out on an adventure!  A simple drive east will get you there. Renting a car is easy and not expensive on the Island.  I was impressed with the polite drivers and easy to navigate roads.  I had read differently, but after some harrowing drives in Peru and Iceland, San Juan was a piece of cake.  Signage is good once you get in range. Just be aware and I don't think you will miss El Yunque.



Monday, July 18, 2016

Jokulsarlon Lagoon - A must see when visiting Iceland

Tucked away in the southeastern corner of Iceland is a little gem of an attraction that no tourist should miss.  Amongst the many tendrils of the Vatnajokull Glacier is the incredible Jokulsarlon Lagoon.


Monday, January 11, 2016

A Wild Soccer Saturday in London

Last week my friend Jordan and I embarked upon a winter soccer adventure.  It was an eight day trip with the focus being a Super Saturday in London.  Our plan was to take in an EPL double header.  12:30 would be attending West Ham United against Liverpool at Upton Park followed by a trip all the way across town for a 5:30 Watford - Manchester City clash in Watford.  It was going to be tough but we thought we could pull it off.

Prior to Saturday we had already attended Manchester United v Chelsea at Old Trafford and Queens Park Rangers v Hull at Loftus Road. Our appetites had been wetted for Super Saturday.  It was not all to be easy though. As of Friday night 10pm we still had no tickets to either match!  Both games were sold out within minutes and being non-members on the Watford and West Ham websites there was no chance to get tickets through the club.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

A Colorado Gold Adventure 2015

One of my favorite hobbies is getting out and doing a bit of gold prospecting.  I have been to several locations around the United States hunting the beautiful stuff including North Carolina, South Dakota, New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado last year.  The 2014 Colorado trip was only a couple of days on Cache Creek south of Leadville after a soccer tournament in Denver.  This year I planned a bit more adventurous gold hunt to go along with the soccer trip.

I was going into Denver a couple of days before the soccer tournament began to catch the MLS All Star Game that was being played at Dicks Sporting Goods Park.  It also gave me the opportunity to get a little gold prospecting in during the day.  I did some internet research and decided on trying my luck in the South Platte River just north of downtown Denver.  The location was only about twenty miles from my hotel so I picked up my rental car and off I went.

Westward on 70 and then northwest on 270.  A little jaunt onto York Street and I was there.  I had no idea what to expect and truthfully my expectations were pretty low.  Boy was I about to get a surprise. To my luck there was a guy already set up sluicing when I climbed down the bank so I went over to get some local knowledge on the lay of the South Platte River and such.

Monday, October 12, 2015

The Wildlife of Iceland

Iceland awaits for the explorer inside all of us.  Channel your inner Lewis & Clark or your Hiram Bingham and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime. Over a hundred volcanos dot the landscape.  Monstrous glaciers.  Lava flows as far as the eye can see.  Bubbling hot springs.  Steam vents shooting forth sulphur based gases that remind you of the worst rotten eggs you have ever smelt in your life.  Geyser's launching high into the air.  Apocalyptic scenes beyond your wildest imagination.  That is Iceland my friends.

For thirteen days I circled the entire island.  I saw spectacular waterfalls around almost every bend.  Blasting geysers. Geothermal fields that looked like something from the end of times with hissing steam vents and bubbling hot pools of mineral water.  Glaciers that looked like tidal waves of ice careening down high valleys.

Oh and did I mention wildlife?  The island doesn't have a wide diversity of wildlife, but what it has will wow you.  The most beautiful horses on the planet. That is saying something coming from someone living in the heart of cutting horse country, but the Icelandic horses are something special.