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Telling Manatee Tales

Originally published 1 December 2012. Greetings from Crystal River, FL! Things were getting a little chilly up in DC, so I cleverly scheduled a trip down to sunny Florida for December! Well, there was a bit more motivation than that. My friend Michael manages a manatee refuge down here for the US Fish and Wildlife… Continue reading Telling Manatee Tales

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Isabela: Queen of the Penguins

Originally published on 24 August 2015. Good morning! Today we set out on our last Galapagos adventure: the largest island of Isabela. If you look at a map, you’ll notice she looks like a seahorse wearing a wedding dress. =) And there are penguins! Though she’s the largest island, she’s not the most populated. There… Continue reading Isabela: Queen of the Penguins

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Puerto Ayora: We Saw Everything!

Back on Santa Cruz, there was much more to see! We got ourselves together for Marcos to take us on our next adventure, and our first stop was… A water taxi! Our not-so-favorite. And the seas were rougher than they had been the days prior! Fortunately for us, we only needed to take the water… Continue reading Puerto Ayora: We Saw Everything!

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Bear Sighting!

Originally published on 2 June 2012. Val and I got into a bit of a situation on our Appalachian hike today… Not only did we see two bears, the mama bear charged us! And we’ve lived to tell the tale! It all started when we decided to go hiking in the Shenandoah Mountains today. We were excited… Continue reading Bear Sighting!