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New for Alaska for 2016! Wait – am I talking about NEXT summer? But this one has barely started! True, but I don’t want you to miss out on an Alaska adventure. I am always amazed at how fast Alaska sells out for the summer and if you want to go on one of our summer 2015 cruises you can choose from… wait for it… THREE cabins between June and when the kids go back to school. Everything else, all nearly 100 cabins over three boats on more than 35 departures this summer are sold out! The good news is that 2016 dates, itineraries, and rates just became available last week. New for 2016: Family pricing available on all departures. Kids between 8 and 13 receive a $500 per child discount. Two new itineraries/ships available this year – Exploring the Wilderness of Muir on the Safari Endeavour featuring a day in the Glacier Bay National...

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This Sombrero is too sexy for me! This is the third Seattle Sombrero I have owned… I lost the first two (orange and red) over the years and now it is my new blue sombrero that travels with me everywhere I go…. From my short bike rides to the grocery store to my multiday trips around Costa Rica, this sombrero and I are inseparable. Here in Costa Rica we have a long rainy season, even though it rains for only one hour or two a day, this rainy weather can extend from May to November. This classic Outdoor Research Seattle Sombrero is a must have to protect yourself from light rain to serious tropical downpours, there is no way your head won’t stay dry with this Sea Somb!. The hat comes in 4 sizes and 10 colors… I love all the fun color combinations Outdoor Research offers. Besides being waterproof, it is breathable and features brushed tricot interior...
The Game drives were like being in a National Geographic Show Wildland travelers, Dave Olander and Dan Wofsey, visited Tanzania on our Serengeti Wilderness Safari during the short rainy season of in February with their wives Jitka and Carol. Their trip covered the northern part of the country, traversing Tarangire National Park, the Lake Eyasi Basin, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. This can be a particularly excellent time to catch the great migration in the Southern Serengeti as the wildebeest prepare to calve in a two week long coordinated event. They recount their experience here: Jeff, I have had multiple trips to unusual places, but our trip to Tanzania was the best one. The game drives were like being in a National Geographic Show. A personal highlight for me was the animals. It was all about the animals, the exotic terrain, and the beauty of the place. I had high expectations and they were exceeded.  Our time with the Hadzabe was...

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Everything was planned to perfection. Second-time alumni Sue and Carmi recently returned from an extended trip to Costa Rica during the month of May.  This is what they shared with us after their journey: "Hi Grettel!! Carmi and I want to thank you for the most WONDERFUL trip to your beautiful country. Everything was absolutely perfect and planned to perfection. The lodges were amazing and comfortable; Ely was a great driver and always on time; our adventures (zip lining, hanging bridges, canyoneering, hikes, ) were so fun, Gerardo was the BEST guide, and the extras (Vida Campesina, La Fortuna Hot Springs, Word Adventure) were great and special because we never would have done them without your suggestions. Throughout our 2weeks we did many hikes into the rainforests and Monteverde cloud forest and saw the most beautiful birds and animals. In Lapa Rios, Guillermo took us to see the macaws, and I took the Medicine Plant...
Complain, Complain, Complain: Everywhere on this trip they complained.   I've never traveled with such a bunch of complainers!     What with everywhere we went and everything we enjoyed, the amazing wildlife we encountered, the luscious wines we tasted and delicious cuisine, one would think the group wouldn't complain. But everywhere we went on our 19-day Wine and Wildlife Safari through South Africa and Zimbabwe they complained.     The complaining started after the first two days in sunny Cape Town and we moved on for a few days in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, then four nights on safari at Tanda Tula in the Timbavati concession in Greater Kruger, then Victoria Falls and finally four more nights in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. At each place there were more complaints for the same reason:  Every time we were just settling in to these beautiful places, enjoying amazing meals and wine tastings, and getting to know people in the wineries,...
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