Thanks to some Delta Skymiles, we find ourselves in Montana, with a base of operations in Bozeman. This turned out to be the easiest of hops from Knoxville with a 6:45 departure, then one hour and 50 minutes to Minneapolis with just 50 steps to…

Bird fans! Before our Africa trip disappears into the rearview mirror, I wanted to include some posts of our feathered friends. Yes, we went to Africa to see the elephants, hippos, giraffes and other exotic mammals but the wide variety of bird life proved to…

In April 2018, the King of Swaziland decided to change the name of his country to Eswatini. The new name, eSwatini, means “land of the Swazis”… Wait, isn’t that what Swaziland means? The change was unexpected, but King Mswati has been referring to Swaziland for…

It may be a distant future retirement task to process through the 10,500 pictures I took on our Africa trip, but while I am still fresh, I wanted to post as many subjects as I can before I am back to my day job. Today…

Africa, why? I heard that from more than one person when asked about our next trip. The picture blog below answers that question. Our guide said that he had never seen elephants swimming. We watched two different packs swimming across the Chobe River, just 30…

We left Zimbabwe behind this morning and now we are in Botswana. Every picture and place that we have visited so far in Southern Africa pales in comparison to Botswana. The wildlife and scenery are spectacular and our accommodations are absolutely out of this world.…

Our days started with a walking tour of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, then later we took a helicopter tour. I have time to just post a few of the 800 or so pictures I took, maybe later we’ll provide some narrative.

So much to write and so little time right now, so the story of our encounter with the lions in Zimbabwe is given in pictures.

Marcy and I finally had someone take a picture of both of us and looking at the suddenly pudgy version of myself, I am reminded to comment on the food here. A disclaimer to any native South African reading this post is that certainly, I…

It is 4:30 AM and it looks like I am the first one outside on this cool, quiet African morning. As I learned later, I could have looked up to see the Southern Cross for the first time in the bright sky overhead, but that…