Meeting Mother Nature in her extremes, in Chile

I had never seen the Milky Way before, until I got to the Atacama Desert, in Chile, one of the driest places in the world. I couldn’t have had a better introduction to this country. 656 more words


Book Talk: A Tale of Two Plantations

The Menokin Foundation and Mount Airy bring Historian Richard S. Dunn to the Northern Neck

Friday, March 20, 2015

3:30 – 5:00… 347 more words


Extreme mountain highs and sad lows of Bolivia

I was told that if I was going to get sick anywhere it would be Bolivia. And I was. So much so, that I missed one of the sights I was looking forward to the most on my trip to South America – Salar de Uyuni – the world’s largest salt flat. 551 more words


National Championship

For those of you who don’t follow college football as obsessively as I do, this past Monday was the championship game. It’s significant because it’s the first year of the playoff system, rather than the old BCS system in which a combination of rankings determined the top two teams to play for the championship. 360 more words

Life Goes On

Flat Becca

Most days are special around here. I’m not just saying that. We get really interesting visitors – of both the human and the wildlife variety. Our work is exciting and fresh and full of potential. 145 more words


Jungle adventures and spa therapy in Ecuador

Stepping out of a dugout boat in the Amazon jungle, to the high pitched sound of thousands of mosquitoes is foreboding and exciting. The deadly welcome party was flying in synchronisation on the shore and together they performed a strange musical dance. 594 more words