Exploring Nature

Experiences and Observations


Winter escape

Eleuthera Above the Water

In my experience, these small prop planes are harbingers of unique experiences. I've never been disappointed. Silver Airways whisked us 220 miles from Ft. Lauderdale to the North Eleuthera International Airport. We landed in the warm, drizzling rain. After clearing... Continue Reading →

Swimming Shark-Ray Alley

Nurse sharks clamor around the side of the boat, swimming into and over one another splashing at the surface of the sea.  I feel like I'm looking down into an aquarium.  It's surreal.  We are tying up at Shark-Ray Alley... Continue Reading →

The Demanding Eels of Ambergris Caye

A thick, green moray eel slithers out of his hole underneath a mound of coral.  He knows the routine.  Our snorkeling guide is removing one of his swim fins and, above the surface, placing pieces of fish he'd brought into... Continue Reading →

Under Sea at Mexico Rocks

Four and a half miles north of San Pedro, Belize, off of Ambergris Caye, lies Mexico Rocks, a popular snorkeling site along Belize's famed barrier reef. Mexico Rocks is a protected patch reef that lies halfway between the barrier reef... Continue Reading →

Baja – Humpbacks, Land’s End and Magdalena Bay

On the fourth day of our week-long Lindblad-National Geographic trip we awoke sailing south along the southern Baja California peninsula in search of humpback whales.  They gather here in the winter to breed and spend their summers in Alaska. Amassed on the... Continue Reading →

Baja and the Sea of Cortez – Blue Whales and Sea Lions

In February 2015 we went on a week-long National Geographic Lindblad expedition in the Sea of Cortez.  We flew a Lindblad charter from Los Angeles to LaPaz, Mexico arriving in the early evening during Carnivale.  Our group of 55 piled... Continue Reading →

Snorkeling Vieques

The entire island of Vieques is surrounded by shallow reefs and pristine beaches.  The US Navy's use of the island for bombing practice protected 2/3 of the island from people up until about 20 years ago.  The Navy is still... Continue Reading →

Vieques and the Bioluminescent Bay

Rob and I spent a January week in Vieques, PR, a small island off the east coast of mainland Puerto Rico.  It was a much needed break from a gray, snow-less, gray, dark January in Chicago.  (Did I mention the... Continue Reading →

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