Walking in the Footsteps of Bears


If you have ever seen a picture of a brown bear eating a fish on a waterfall, chances are it was taken at Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park Alaska.  National Geographic Photographer Joel Sartore captured his iconic grizzly image in 1999, but one doesn’t need to be a professional photographer to take an amazing picture at Brooks Falls.  The key to taking a great picture at Brooks Falls is just getting there. Brooks Falls is a now famous location for watching bears eat salmon as they swim upstream.  It is only accessible via sea plane (essentially a taxi ride...

Photographing Polar Bears in Alaska


  A Polar Bear walks toward our boat in Barter Island It has always been a dream of mine to photograph polar bears in the wild.  I was planning on being in Alaska in the fall (September 2019), and this time of year provides the opportunity to see grizzly bears in Katmai National Park and polar bears on Barter Island, Kaktovik, in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, North Slope of Alaska. Kaktovik is a tiny town located on Barter Island a remote region of northern Alaska. Katkovik is approximately 500 miles past the middle of nowhere (literally it is 500 miles...

Jane Get Me Off This Crazy Thing: Trapped on a Holland America Cruise to Alaska


The Holland America Eurodam
Rob and I have been great friends since we met freshman year at college.  In fact, in many ways Rob is responsible for my sense of wanderlust as it was with Rob that I had my first true travel experience, backpacking across Europe after graduating college.  It was that trip that got me hooked on travel and the idea of wandering the globe.   Thus, when Rob called and asked if I wanted to be his substitute date on a Holland America cruise to Alaska that he had booked for his now ex-girlfriend, I jumped at the opportunity.   One might say...

Into the Blue – Diving with Whale Sharks in Belize


It would be great if the first picture of this blog was an awesome photograph of a Whale Shark.  Sadly, I cannot show a picture of a Whale Shark because despite six dives over three days, I did not see a Whale Shark.  I am not alone in my lack of Whale Shark sighting, for as far as I know, no Whale Sharks were encountered by any of the hundreds of divers who went to Belize in April. During the months of April, May and June, just before and after the full moon, Whale Sharks visit an area about 30...

Fear & Loathing of Tour Buses


The Hawa Mahal also known as the Palace of the Winds, is a delicate and beautiful pink-painted palace in the heart of the old city of Jaipur. Built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh to enable ladies of the royal household to safely view city life it is a must see by every tourist who visits Jaipur. Tour bus drives by the Hawa Mahal I went to the Hawa Mahal early in the morning so that the site was my first stop of the day.  When I arrived there was a long line of tour buses parked in front...