Snorkeling with Whale Sharks in Los Cabos Mexico

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We’ve been to Los Cabos Mexico before, mostly in the party town of Cabo San Lucas and in and above the water; swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving and game fishing. This time we spent most of our time in San Jose del Cabos, the smaller, more sedate sister town of San Lucas. Our trip was motivated [Read more …]

Tonga–Beyond the Whales

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Mourelle Cove Our final day on Kappa Island was something of a deceleration and a bit of relief from our previous day on the rough open ocean. We walked down one side of the island to a beautiful, sandy cove for a bit of snorkeling in calm clear water. After selecting our spot along the [Read more …]

Snorkelking with Humpback Whales in Tonga

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Snorkeling with Humpback Whales in Tonga Humpbacks whales live and feed primarily in Antarctica. They “summer” in the South Pacific during their annual breeding and birthing periods. And, since it is breeding season, you can hear the enchanting songs of the males from miles away (the 150-200 decibel calls can be heard up to 100 [Read more …]

Tonga—Its More than the Whales

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Tonga, an independent country, is the only kingdom remaining in the South Pacific. It is, however, governed democratically by a parliament that is split between nobles and popularly elected citizens. Small, with a population of only about 115,000 people, it consists of several hundred, primarily small islands in geographically distributed groups that total about 750 [Read more …]

Snaefellsnes Peninsula Iceland

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The Snaefellsnes Peninsula is at the westernmost edge of Iceland. It is home to quaint fishing towns, mountains, waterfalls, beaches, dramatic scenery, a national park (Snaefellsjokull) and a glacier and mountain that are reputed to be the most picturesque on the island and the setting for Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth. [Read more …]

San Jose del Cabo Mexico

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San Jose del Cabo San Jose del Cabos is the atmospheric, albeit rather sleepy sister town to Cabo San Lucas’ party-central. Built around a large, open square with its historic church, the small downtown area is packed with galleries, restaurants and a handful of bars, including the ever popular tourist spots such as Baja Brewery [Read more …]

A Primer on Polar Bears

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We came to Churchill Manitoba Canada on a tour to learn about and to see the world’s largest land predator—polar bears. Polar Bear Backgrounder Polar bears evolved from brown bears about 200,000 years ago, to better accommodate to cold climates. These accommodations include larger size, white fur, higher fat diets and relatively smooth teeth designed [Read more …]

Churchill Manitoba

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Churchill Manitoba We went to Churchill Manitoba Canada to see polar bears in their natural habitat. This 900-person frontier town is one of the true polar bear and beluga whale capitals of the world. Cloud cover permitting, it also provides a great opportunity to experience the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights. Churchill is located in [Read more …]

Salem Massachusetts

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Salem Massachusetts One can love Salem Massachusetts for the simple beauty of its historic, 17th-century, clapboard, pitched-roof houses, its 18th- and 19th-century brick ship captain and merchant mansions and its initiative of turning the disadvantages of poor agricultural land and rugged, deep, rocky shoreline into a seafaring powerhouse that was the fifth largest, and of [Read more …]

Niagara-on-the-Lake Canada

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Niagara-on-the-Lake Canada It had been 7 years since our last visit to Niagara-on-the-Lake Canada. This lovely, historic town on the shore of Lake Ontario is the home to Ontario’s wine region, the George Bernard Shaw Theater Festival and a number of credible, if not especially memorable, restaurants. The Victorian-era, tourist-centric town retains its charm even [Read more …]