This was the day that we saw what we came for – The Great Migration! We started the day with a beautiful sunrise at our camp before we left. Before we got to the river crossing, we saw one of our leopard friends from the day before. When we pulled up to the river, it […]Read more "Kenya Day Six – Maasai Mara"
Every summer, millions of wildebeest, zebras, and gazelles migrate across the Mara River to graze on the tall grasses. This is part of a larger cycle that the herd animals follow all year round. Our trip was planned specifically to (hopefully) catch part of the migration into the Maasai Mara. There’s no way to predict […]Read more "Kenya Day Five – Maasai Mara"
We spent our last morning in Amboseli driving around one last time. We got one last sneak peek of Mount Kilimanjaro and enjoyed watching some more flamingos. After we watched the flamingos, we started driving to see what else was going on and noticed a hyena running purposefully across the plain. Our driver said that […]Read more "Kenya Day Four – Amboseli National Park & Maasai Mara"
After my last blog post, I continued to edit what I thought were the next day’s photos. However, since I had two cameras with me and the time/date was set to California time, when the pictures downloaded to my computer, the days actually overlapped! I edit pictures by the day instead of all at once, […]Read more "Kenya Day Three (Cont…) – Amboseli National Park"
The first part of our Kenyan safari began in Amboseli National Park, which is located in the southern part of Kenya along the Tanzanian border. The park offers an amazing view of Mount Kilimanjaro, which is located in Tanzania. Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest free-standing mountain in the world and the tallest mountain in Africa. […]Read more "Kenya Days Two and Three – Amboseli National Park"
Our first day in Kenya was a down day of sorts to allow us to rest and get acclimated to the new time. We had gotten into Nairobi late at night, so we were happy to have a restful morning! We started the day with a visit to the Nairobi National Museum, which allowed us […]Read more "Kenya Day One – Nairobi"
We woke up in Viñales on our last full day in Cuba and we were greeted with a layer of fog that had settled into the valley. It was beautiful! We left Viñales to head back to Havana for our last night. Our first stop was the fishing town of Jaimanitas, which has been turned […]Read more "Cuba Day Six – Havana"
We started our day by taking a tour of the Cave of the Indian in Viñales. The cave is located in the bottom of a mogote and was discovered in 1920. This cave was an ancient indigenous dwelling and opened to tourists in the 1970s. Outside of the cave entrance, there were artifacts and some […]Read more "Cuba Day Five – Viñales"
We left Havana to head to Viñales, which is located in the Pinar del Río province of Cuba. It’s about a three hour drive from Havana. The Viñales Valley was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999 because of it’s unique landscape and the traditional agriculture that takes place. Viñales is where a […]Read more "Cuba Day Four – Las Terrazas & Viñales"
We started our third day in Cuba by visiting the Plaza de la Revolución. This plaza is where Fidel Castro and other political figures have addressed Cubans. Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis have also both held large Masses at this square during papal visits to Cuba. The square is massive, but even at […]Read more "Cuba Day Three – Havana"