I’m back in Southern California and everything is upside down, starting with my sleep schedule. I did okay yesterday surprising Edward and getting up at 4:30 am with him. Then I fell asleep on him at 6 pm. Now I’m up at 2 am (well, it would be noon in Namibia!)  It’s not really a problem since I have lots to attend to having been out of the country for 4 months, but still…I wouldn’t have minded sleeping until 4:30 again. Maybe I’ll bother the cat. Wait, smart cat; she’s busy sleeping too…  Read More →

Last Saturday was the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year. Edward and I decided to make a day of it–little did we know that half of Los Angeles had the same idea… So we wandered around a little bit, took a hike up the mountain looking for the best view of the “HOLLYWOOD” sign, and then took in the exhibits. We brought along picnic fixin’s and stopped in a park to dine.   Well, I went back to the truck for something, and when I turned around we had a visitor. Needless to say, I was slightly alarmed… In the end it turned out to be an incredible experience. Since the coyote seemed at ease with humans, I kickedRead More →

This year we went completely non-commercial. No wrapping, no bows, not even presents! Just bare feet and beautiful weather. (Sure it feels a little weird to have my very first non-snowy Christmas ever, but you know what? I can already tell you that snow is way overrated!) You might have guessed that I’m not in Idaho, and you’d be correct.  Edward and I moved to the Los Angeles area last week. He’s got an exciting new job that’s top secret until 02 January. And for me there’s no looking back (to Idaho). As a wonderful friend of mine pointed out “The move sounds like a typical chapter in your life!! Everything happening all of a sudden at once.” And that about sumsRead More →

I have so much to tell you about Namibia (it’s been building up the month I have been here.) But first, the reason we are here: Studying Leopards, Cheetah and Elephants. I am here working for Biosphere Expeditions through the middle of December. I’m the expedition leader, which means that I am in charge of group safety, group dynamics, logistics, and a whole array of other things with a list too long to type! I am working with Vera Menges, who is here researching leopards for her PhD. She also works for Biosphere (she and I together head the group) and her PhD study is in conjunction with IZW of Berlin, Germany. IZW has a compound on Okambara where BiosphereRead More →

I guess this post confused a lot of people…When I said “Bring on the new owners!” I only meant that the house is ready for them…not that it’s sold. When it’s sold, you get to read about more adventures of mine since I hope to do a big trip with some of the proceeds…  Read More →

Actually, the exciting part was looking out the plane window and seeing a Southwest Airlines plane whiz by on fire. Yeup, that was enough t o shut down Laguardia airport for a while, making for about a four hour delay in departure. Since there are so few flights to Idaho Falls, I get the deluxe treatment in Denver–I get to sleep on the floor and catch the 11:00 am flight tomorrow. The cool thing is that there are two Spanish couples on the flight that do not speak any English and I get to pay back (or is it pay it forward) all the wonderful help I have received as a traveler over the years. They’re camped out next toRead More →

  When this post goes out I’ll be flying back to Idaho from Connecticut. For the moment I have two homes, I suppose, my beloved house in Connecticut and the home I have made in Idaho. Stay tuned for the next post…because after one week in Idaho I’ll me making my home somewhere else for a while…Read More →