The Great White Place: Etosha National Park

John and I wanted to get out of town and see some real African wildlife. So, we headed up to Etosha. Sprawling, desolate and flat, Etosha National Park is home to hundreds of species of animals. It’s located in northern Namibia and covers over 22,0000 square kilometers, making it one of the largest parks in…

A Drink with Friends: in Tokyo

Having friends that travel or live in other places of the world is great. Imagine meeting your buddy for a drink in the heart of Bangkok, or shopping with a girlfriend on the Champs-Élysées (or at least window shopping!). That’s just what we did in Tokyo. One of the benefits of social media is the ability…

Living in Namibia

A lot of people have asked us “what is it like to live there?” You know, it’s not as different as you’d think. Right now I’m sitting in a café in downtown Windhoek, drinking a beer and indulging in some people watching. It’s Saturday, so families are here with their kids, who are playing on…

It’s Official!

Say hello to the newest bush pilot at Wilderness Air… John accepted a formal offer of employment yesterday. We’re opening the champagne tonight! As many of you know, John put himself through flight school, which left a financial burden on him for years. He worked odd jobs, painted houses, put up drywall, and finally took…

Grocery Store Adventures

Living in a foreign country means we discover lots of new and interesting products at the store. There’s never a dull moment when we go shopping. Check out some of the things we found at the local supermarket today. Don’t worry, there’s plenty more where this came from… Hair feeling tired? Try Caffeine Shampoo! Every…

Dune 7

I know you have at least heard of Lawrence of Arabia. We spent a few days in Swakopmund, a coastal town I would describe as “Lawrence of Arabia meets Bavaria.” The stark desert runs right up to the icy Atlantic ocean, with Swakopmund right in the middle. One evening we set out on a mini adventure. Turning…

The Darkest Night Sky

We arrived in Namibia in the pitch black of night, after driving through the South African border. The B1 “highway” is a narrow, two-lane strip of pavement that extends the entire length of Namibia. At night, it is absolutely, 100% dark. The only other lights to be seen for hundreds of kilometers, are those of massive semi-trucks…

Photo Updates From the Road

We are gearing up to hit the road this morning….bound for Namibia! The drive from Cape Town to Windhoek is about 17 hours, and we are doing it in two days. What have we been doing in the last two weeks? Well, we drove nearly the entire Garden Route and back. The Garden Route was…

Chico Goes for a Spin

We’re mobile! After a brief trip to the mechanic, our car Chico is ready for a road trip. The VW CitiGolf is a really fun car to drive, especially on the left hand side of the road. The car doesn’t have AC,  power steering, or a computer. It also has a choke…like a lawnmower. It’s…

Exploring Cape Town

We’ve spent the last few days enjoying all that Cape Town has to offer. The day after the full moon, we trekked up Lion’s Head to watch the sunset and moonrise. John took some phenomenal photos as you’ll see below…but of course, photos hardly do it justice! We’ve also spent time at the aquarium, rugby…

We’re in Love…

…with Cape Town. So far, this is my favorite city. We’ve been here for nearly five days and we are savoring every moment. We’re staying in Greenpoint, in the shadow of Signal Hill and very close to Table Mountain. Our apartment overlooks the V&A waterfront, Cape Town Stadium, and Table Bay. The view is fantastic….

Last Days in Thailand

HOT food, nice people, gorgeous weather, and a beautiful landscape. What more could you want from a vacation in Thailand? We spent a few more days down at the beach, and were able to hook up with our friends Alli and Chris again. One evening, we decided to try the Tiger Temple near Krabi town….