This is proper African jungle, and as the sun sets, villagers will take to the waters to cast their fishing nets and malachite kingfishers will lace figure eights in the skies above you.
LA PAZ, Mexico – I knew it wouldn't attack me. Whale sharks eat plankton and algae, for goodness sake. But when a 15-foot anything is swimming towards you, and you're practically naked, it's freaky.
Snakes make the best travel companions, don't you think?
CAYO DISTRICT, Belize – Howler monkeys roar, composing a tune to rival the Jurassic Park soundtrack. The day provides enough stories to fill your travel journal.
SABI SANDS GAME RESERVE, South Africa – We followed lion tracks for hours, passing elephants, hippos, and giraffes, until we found our jackpot: two lionesses licking a freshly killed impala.
WYOMING, USA – He will want nothing more than to ride for the next week, just like the rest of us. We head off into the big wide open. The Snowy Range mountains are in the distance, and the sky is painted a shade of blue I’ve never seen.
CAPE OTWAY, Australia – Once the sun goes down the kookaburra starts to sound like The Joker in his pivotal moment of revenge.
SOUTH GEORGIA, Antarctica – Penguins! Thousands of them! Everybody loves penguins.
ALASKA – You must never turn your back on a grizzly. Every time the bear looked at the ground, I edged downward on spongy tundra, never looking behind me for a foothold.
I have traveled to my fair share of destinations requiring loose cotton clothing that can be easily washed in the sink. It doesn't mean I have to dress like a park ranger.