For the final leg of our week-long visit to Brazil, we headed back towards Rio De Janeiro with a stop over at Serra de Canastra National Park, a national park in the cerrado biome of Brazil found on the watershed between the São Francisco and Parana rivers. Essentially this is a national park built around a waterfall. The São … Continue reading Water, Water, Everywhere – Brazil’s Final Leg
With only enough time for a short break from work (9 days to be exact), we decided to skip the Fourth of July festivities back home and head to Minas Gerais for a quick, but action packed week of chasing down some of Brazil's rarest birds. One bird in particular may have brought us here, but … Continue reading A Sunrise to Remember – Back to Brazil
It’s always funny when you picture in your head how a place is going to be and then you show up and it’s vastly different. Honestly I had no expectations and didn’t know what to expect but Ross had pictured in his mind walking wide, flat trails similar to the ones we ventured down in … Continue reading Ranomafana – Madagascar – The Last Hurrah
When visiting Madagascar, it is almost essential to hire a driver and vehicle to get around the island. Although you technically could visit everywhere via public transportation, the scarcity of rides in remote areas would involve long waits and very uncomfortable rides (remember Tsingy?) While hiring a private car can often be very expensive, when you … Continue reading Madagascar – Amber Mountain – And Chameleons and Geckos Galore!
Next on our agenda? Mauritius -- an island in the Indian Ocean home to some of the rarest species in the world. But getting there was a bit easier said than done! When we arrived at the airport in the Seychelles, the check in line for our next flight was basically out the door. Apparently … Continue reading Mauritius – Indian Ocean Islands – Wait, Are We Back In Hawaii??? (And wanted by the Officials?!?)
Although the World Health Organization recommended against it, the Seychelles still implemented a travel ban for anyone entering the country via Madagascar. (In case you missed it, there was a bit of a pneumonic plague situation going on.) Uh oh, I had a layover in Madagascar a few days prior! Luckily my layover in the … Continue reading The Seychelles – Indian Ocean Islands – Living the Dream
So before I jump right into our "Reunion on Reunion" let it be known that I left Ross and went home for three weeks in the middle of our 6-month trip. It took nearly 2 days of travel on either end to get from one side of the world to the other, and I realize … Continue reading Reunion – The Indian Ocean Islands – A Reunion on Reunion
After a few hours rest from the worst boat ride of our lives, Josh and I met up with Patrice who we planned to rent a car from. Once Patrice arrived it became apparent that we were not just renting the car, we were renting Patrice along with it. The price was still reasonable to … Continue reading The Comoros Part 2 – Anjo-what?! That’s a Sparrowhawk!
West Papua, while technically part of Indonesia, couldn't be more different than the rest of the country. In fact, when Indonesia declared independence from the Dutch in 1949, the mineral-rich island of Papua was excluded from the deal. It wasn’t until 1963 when then-president Sukarto demanded it, that West Papua actually became a part of … Continue reading Raja Ampat – West Papua – The Land of Beautiful Islands
Typically an island so small hardly warrants its own blog post, but the events that unfolded on our visit to the island of Boano became so complicated that nothing seemed to work out like we had wanted and is enough of a story to warrant individual treatment. Boano Island is very small, only 20 kilometers … Continue reading Boano – Indonesia – The Successful Shit Show