Category Archives: A Traveler’s Journal

BROOKE’S TRAVEL TIPS: Don’t Forget the Grapefruit Seed Extract

There’s nothing worse than getting sick when you’re out of town! Away from home, an upset stomach becomes a ball and chain; the aches and pains of a common cold feel more like the flu. We all know germs lurk in crowded … Continue reading

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BROOKE’S TRAVEL TIPS: Wear a Wrist Wallet

As I prepare for my July departure to Costa Rica, the floor is a colorful sea of clothes and supplies awaiting the duffle. Perhaps you too are packing for a summer adventure. After all, this is the season for family … Continue reading

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Native Australia: Our First Trip Down Under

Kevin and I recently returned from Australia. During our two-week sojourn, we stayed along the eastern seaboard, first in Sydney, then Cairns, then Melbourne. We visited spectacular nature preserves, including the Daintree Rainforest and Phillip Island. We dove the Great Barrier Reef. … Continue reading

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My First Deployment with HSUS: 200+ Animals Rescued from a Hoarder

This desolate property is strange and unnerving, a reckless spot of scrubland in eastern Arizona. The big rig for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is being carefully negotiated into position as I follow the lead team on … Continue reading

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Grant Approved for Extension Survey of Golfo Dulce

Guess what?!? We have another eco-adventure ahead! I just received notice that my recent proposal was approved by Friends of the Osa (www.osaconservation.org). I have been granted another Greg Gund Memorial Fellowship to continue my conservation research in Costa Rica, so I’ll be returning to the Osa … Continue reading

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A Visit with an Ancient Tree

“Are you really 1100 years old?” she asked the Oak, her eyes wide with the wonder of it.  Yes, whispered the tree. It is true. “Oh please then, tell me what you’ve seen.” And she sat on the sun-dappled earth, … Continue reading

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Southern California Oasis is a Birdwatcher’s Paradise

My father wakes me at 6:15am with a tentative knock on the bedroom door. My last memory is dozing off, the satisfaction of last night’s rich Thanksgiving dinner still warm in my belly. Kevin and I are at the ranch for … Continue reading

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Killer Whales Top Off a Killer Day

It’s cold. Despite the radiant orb hanging low, unobstructed by clouds, and the pretty waves of blue rhythmically lifting our boat, despite our smiling faces and the playful energy of the sea lions off our port side, all of which … Continue reading

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A Warmhearted Audience is Half of the Equation

Last night I spoke in southern California for Friends of the Beaumont Library. The room was warmed with smiles. The air lifted in sweet moments of laughter. It was a lovely evening. And, as is always the case, much of … Continue reading

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A Forest Saved Yesterday Brings Glory Today

I have only been to Yellowstone National Park two times and each visit lasted less than twenty-four hours. Still, I have had—hands down—more wildlife sightings there in terms of both number and sheer variety of species than any other place … Continue reading

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