Tag Archives: animals

Postcard: The Zebra

zebra crossing road

Why did the zebra cross the road?

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Postcard from Wildlife Safari

3 brown bears and popsicle at Wildlife Safari in Winston Oregon

It’s a road trip weekend and a chance to enjoy the baking hot weather of southern Oregon. These three brown bears at Wildlife Safari (in Winston, Oregon), were trying to beat the heat with a bear-sized popsicle – a large block of ice with berries and other fruit frozen inside.

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No, I Don’t Want a Cracker

Parrot at Cougar Mountain Zoo in Seattle

While he was squawking up a storm earlier, this parrot at the Cougar Mountain Zoo in Seattle suddenly got quiet when I got out the camera.

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Photo Essay: A Day at Woodland Park Zoo

peacock at woodland park zoo seattle

  While Seattle may not be fully engaged in Spring, let alone tiptoeing into summer, there’s no denying that it’s been a lovely holiday weekend.  So with the sun peeking through, I headed off to Woodland Park Zoo, one of my favorite things to do in the nice weather.  Plus, the zoo has a few new exhibits that […]

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How to Spend a Day at Woodland Park Zoo

Humboldt penguins at Woodland Park Zoo

As big of a fan as I am of seeing the world, I’m likewise a fan of seeing my own community.  So it was with that in mind that I’m staying close to home this Labor Day Weekend.  The Seattle weather forecast is sunny and warm (score!), there’s tons to do around the King-Pierce-Snohomish area, […]

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Pamplona’s Running of the Bulls

Running of Bulls in Pamplona Spain

Each year, on July 6th, the San Fermin Festival kicks off in Pamplona, Spain.  It’s a festival filled with tradition, one of them a crazy, adventurous, daring, and downright dangerous tradition.  It’s the annual running of the bulls through the streets of the town.  The running of the bulls originally started as a practical means […]

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Australia’s Ahhhhh Factor

Kangaroo in Australia

Even well-traveled and jaded adults will succumb to what I call Australia’s “Ahhhhh” factor – the unusual, cute, and often cuddly-looking animals that you’re sure to find on the picture postcards from the smallest of our continents.  While there is much to see on holidays to Australia, seeing the animals always seem to be a […]

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The Desert Comes Alive in Palm Desert California

A community of meerkats

Over the past decade or so, Palm Springs and the surrounding desert communities have been working hard to change the stuffy image that they have long suffered from.  No longer just a haven for the retired, blue-haired geriatric set, the Coachella Valley has broadened its appeal and you’ll now see families and couples of all […]

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Visit Some Avian Friends at the World Parrot Refuge

parrot refuge center on Vancouver Island

Polly want a cracker? At the World Parrot Refuge on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, winged residents get lots more than a mere cracker. This non-profit, educational facility operated by FLOPRS (“For the Love of Parrots Refuge Society”) provides a “Home for Life” for previously owned pet parrots.  Parrots have a very long life span, so […]

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You’ll Never Want to Leave: Pantai Inn, La Jolla

For much of the northern hemisphere, January is winter and with it, the cold – often brutally cold – rain, […]

Introducing the Travel Reading List Challenge

Today I’m excited to announce the first of a couple of new projects that I’m launching for 2018 – the […]

2017: A Year of Travel in Review

While 2016 was a big year for international travel, 2017 represented a year spent enjoying destinations and activities closer to […]

A Most Wonderful Time of the Year at Universal Orlando Resort

Holiday magic is a real thing. A feeling deep in your soul. A feeling that brightens your smile, lights up […]