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The Ultimate Guide: Visit the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island

White Pelicans - Best Guide to the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island-061301

Whenever I am in Fort Myers seeing family, a visit to the JN “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge is always at the top of my to-do list. It’s a beautiful spot with walking trails, bike paths, an abundance of wildlife with over 245 species of birds.  Ding Darling is located on Sanibel Island, a popular vacation destination […]

Why the Zipline at Hunter Mountain is one of the Best in North America

View from the 1st Hunter Mountain Zipline

One of the most memorable experiences you’ll ever have is one that frightens you then ends up being tons of fun. Such was the case with the SkyRider, the zipline at Hunter Mountain in New York’s Northern Catskills, one of the fastest, highest and longest in North America. Why was I afraid you ask? I […]

UnCruise the Sea of Cortez: Don’t Miss this Amazing Small Boat Adventure

Sarah, our guide, snorkeling up toward the surface

Updated: December 29, 2019 “Here they come!” Racing toward us a huge pod of dolphins eager to ride the bow waves of our boat, their dorsal fins slicing through the Sea of Cortez like hot knives through butter. Propelled by the swell, they weave in and around each other with the deftness of a con […]

My Spectacular Botswana Safari at Selinda Explorers Camp

A lion peeking through some leaves

There are moments when the stars align and everything comes together and this is one of them. Above us, lounging in the crook of a sprawling jackalberry tree, an adult female leopard is bathed in golden light and to my delight, she knows how to work the camera. I can tell, it’s going to be […]

Celebrating the NYC Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival

No one would ever mistake Manhattan for being a touchy-feely city. People mostly keep to themselves and the pace can make even the most type – A personality long for a breath. But now and then a holiday comes along and the city softens. Crowds brim with laughter and smiles and the only goal is […]

See Al Capone’s Historic Prison Cell at Eastern State Penitentiary

Updated March 2019 If you’re like me, fascinated by the criminal mind, fading ruins, and history in its most infamous, Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia will make your day. It’s an icon of the world’s early penal system turned tourist attraction. You may recognize its cavernous cell blocks and post-apocalyptic vibe from the 1996 Sci-Fi […]

Marlon du Toit: Life on Safari Leads To A Career In Wildlife Photography

Marlon du Toit, wildlife photographer in Timbavati, SA

On a trip to Africa, my mission was two-fold: I needed to escape my A.D.D., a necessary evil if you want a career in Manhattan (Africa, I found, is one of the few places on earth I can truly relax and be present), and to improve my wildlife photography skills. I have a seemingly infinite […]

Swim with Sea Lions in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez

Sea Lions swimming near Isla Espiritu Santos?

As the sea lions swim past me––banking, rolling, diving, zooming around in loop de loops like Hotwheels on a track––I am sure of one thing, even if this UnCruise adventure sucked (which it doesn’t), the trip would be worth it for this one hour. The Island of Los Islotes We are at the base of […]

Scarface the Lion: The Masai Mara Legend

Photographing Scar the lion in the Masai Mara

It was he, Scarface the lion (Scar), curled up like a housecat in the grass, his thick dew-covered mane sparkling in the sun. His brothers Hunter, Sikio, and Morani were nearby; they also slept. The Four Musketeers, known for their prowess and savagery, instead looked precious where they lay. Updated Oct 2020 Though all are well […]

Try Duba Explorers Camp for One of the Best Okavango Delta Safaris

The fire pit on the main deck overlooking the bush - Duba Explorers Camp Okavango Delta, Botswana-978201

It’s mid-morning and I’m crossing the long, raised boardwalk leading to the island, my excitement building with each plank left behind. I’ve come to Duba Explorers Camp, in Botswana, part of the Great Plains Conservation portfolio, in the first half of an eight-day Okavango Delta safari. BK and Daps, two members of the Duba Explores […]