Birding in a Tainted Paradise

The next stop in our Panama Canal cruise, after leaving Panama, was Puntarenas, Costa Rica. We had booked something called T├írcoles River: An Eco Adventure, one of eleven different excursions available at this port of call. It is promoted as Jungle Crocodile Safari, which is a bit of a misnomer. But they also promote it […]

Monkey Watch

Monkey Watch was one of the excursion options on our recent Panama Canal cruise. The tour left from the pier at Panama City, after we had transited the canal itself. Panama has a large harbor but it is not set up to accommodate cruise ships so we took one of the tenders to get to […]

Transiting the Panama Canal

The Panama Canal was listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the Industrial World in a BBC miniseries produced in 2003. A marvel of engineering, the story behind it is truly incredible. Almost everyone has heard of it, but few know much about it. We had the privilege of taking a cruise from Fort […]

The Weaver Creek Salmon Run

Follow us on Facebook! The life cycle of the Pacific sockeye salmon is a fascinating one. Although salmon are a salt water fish, they start life in fresh water. Every year in October thousands of salmon migrate back to the river of their origin to lay eggs. The eggs are fertilized by the males and stay […]

Photo Gallery: Mammoth Cave, Western Australia

Follow us on Facebook! Here are some additional photos from our visit to the Mammoth Cave in Western Australia. The one above is looking at the sinkhole from near the exit. The first chamber we entered. This photo was taken with a flash. Compare it to the one without flash in the original blog post. Some […]

Mammoth Cave, Western Australia

Follow us on Facebook! One of the highlights of the Margaret River Region about 300 kilometres south of Perth, Australia is a series of caves stretching from Dunsborough to Augusta. There are over a hundred of them and four have been developed as tourist attractions.  These are the Ngilgi Cave near Yallingup, the Mammoth and Lake […]

Photo Gallery: Rottnest Island East End

Follow us on Facebook! Here are some additional photos from the East End of Rottnest Island. Overlooking Pinky Beach from the Bathurst Lighthouse The Bathurst Lighthouse Sculptured shoreline near the Bathurst Lighthouse Some local residences on Rottnest Island. Some are available as rentals. No quokkas allowed!  Perth seen from Rottnest Island, 19 kilometres away. Salmon Bay […]