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Denver Hikes for Visitors

October 2, 2019 1 Comment »

Denver hikes

In an effort to bring you some new voices on Ottsworld, here is a guest post from writer Chris Englert. I met Chris as a party last year and learned that she was an expert of Denver by foot, so of course I started talking to her about hiking in the area! I’ve asked Chris […]

Rookie in the Saddle Overcoming My Horse Riding Fear

September 12, 2019 3 Comments »

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In an effort to bring you some new voices on Ottsworld, here is a guest post from writer Sherry Spitsnaugle. Sherry has written for me before, so I’m thrilled to have her back to tell this story about her first horse riding experience. I can certainly relate to horse riding fear, I was bucked off […]

This is me 13 years later…

September 6, 2019 19 Comments »

13 years of blogging

Thirteen years – I’m astonished. It all started in September of 2006. I had been working in my corporate IT career for 14 years. My 20’s and half of my thirties were all about climbing the ladder, running projects, setting up Point of Sale Systems, learning about the world of ecommerce, and so many meetings. […]

13 Years of Blogging And 13 Prizes For You

September 5, 2019 8 Comments »

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I have rounded up 11 companies who I LOVE to join me in this giveaway. I’ve chosen some of my favorite travel and photography gear to giveaway for the next month! You’ll have to chance to win products from Intrepid Urban Adventures, Eagle Creek, Point6, Wallaroo Hats, Vim & Vigr, Krimson Klover, Oboz Footwear, LensCoat, […]

What Travel Can Teach You About Rhino Conservation

August 27, 2019 4 Comments »

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I picked up the thin, nearly translucent shaving from the ground. It looked like a shaving of a fingernail. I examined it closely. I slowly did a rough calculation in my head. This little, tiny rhino horn shaving, no bigger than a dime, is probably worth $150. It’s hard to wrap your head around it […]

A Walking Safari Isn’t About the Animals

August 2, 2019 1 Comment »

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The safari jeep pulled away and we were all just standing there. On the ground. With no transportation. My heart raced. I quickly realized I had a whole different perspective doing a walking safari. I suddenly felt what it was like to be an animal living in this tall grass – wondering what predator was […]

How to get the most out of your South Africa Safari

July 31, 2019 1 Comment »

Zebras South Africa Safari

“This is Zululand not Disneyland. You can’t book animals to show up,” our safari guide Christian reminded us. Granted, he had sort of taunted us because on the first game drive we went on he asked what we hoped to see; we said giraffes and he delivered about 40 giraffes to our view in front […]

Hiking Through the Ecosystems of Saba

July 3, 2019 7 Comments »

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What’s the highest point in the Netherlands? It’s Mount Scenery in the Caribbean standing at 2,910 ft. Are you confused yet? This all makes perfect sense, because the island of Saba is a Dutch territory! In addition to Saba Island, the Dutch Caribbean also includes Bonaire, and Sint Eustatius. In case you are ever in […]