Tourism's Suicide

Tourism’s Suicide …?

Recently, the Costa Rican Times reported a slight problem. Apparently, a massive influx of tourists to the Ostional Wildlife Reserve was having a negative impact on the ability of the critically endangered Olive Ridley Sea Turtle to lay their eggs.  And why were all these tourists there? Well, to see the turtles lay their eggs. […]

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The Boundaries of the Sacred – A Visit to Zuni Pueblo

NOTE: This article was origionally published in the April 2015 issue of Vrai Magazine as a two-part series. ~ ~ ~ On a breezy late-June morning, Tom Kennedy, the Director of the Zuni Tourism Program at the remote western New Mexico Native American pueblo stands atop the remains of the ancient Zuni town of Hawikku, […]

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cultural tourism

Tourists’ Tastes Craft Culture

NOTE: This article was originally published in the November 2014 issue of Vrai Magazine ~ ~ ~ “I leave the good stuff at home,” the man said to me. “It doesn’t sell.” “What do you mean it doesn’t sell?” I asked him. Just last June I was at Zuni Pueblo in western New Mexico. On […]

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Some Recent Articles You May Have Missed

Not wanting to deprive you of other articles I’ve written the past few months but didn’t post on my website…. I kindly offer a few that were published here and there on the innertubes recently that you may have missed. The four articles I’ve linked to below run the gamut from a photo essy on Finland’s Kvarken World Heritage Site to […]

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Twenty-One Beautiful Birds of Costa Rica – More Birdgasm!

  See more from the #EcoCostaRica Project From my travel journal: December 2, 2013 Last night at the Savegre Lodge was downright cold.  I was there specifically to see the birds of Costa Rica. I lit a fire and hung my clothes near to the flames to dry the sweat from the day’s hike.  I made […]

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SEND ME BACK TO FINLAND! The Lake of Bothnia and Finland Ecotourism Project

My first crowdfunding campaign is under way! This is my very first attempt at crowdfunding one of the numerous projects I have in mind.  It probably will not be the last. Please help me set this project in motion. Click that link and please be so kind as to jump on board. Goal I need […]

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Paywa Zuni Bread – Sourdough From (PERHAPS) the Largest Horno in the State

Two days ago I dropped in on Jimmy Paywa of Zuni Pueblo for some bread. “Jim….hmmmm…. I think I’ll be able to remember your name,” he said. “Don’t worry if not,” I told him. “Sometimes I can’t even remember my own name.” “Then you might have a hard time remembering mine!”  He waved me over […]

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Ecotourism Costa Rica – The Impacts on Three Guides

It is hard to deny that ecotourism has benefited the nation of Costa Rica in a great number of ways.  The ecotourism boom began in the mid-1980s and really took off in the 1990s with 800,000 foreigners visiting the Central American nation in 1995, 1.03 million in 1999 and an astounding 2.34 million in 2012, […]

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Lankester Botanical Garden – #EcoCostaRica

Check out more from the #ecocostarica trip on Twitter, FB and G+ I’m a sucker for flowers and gardens of any kind. My dreams are full of them. Just outside Cartago, Costa Rica is an 11 hectare (27 acre) garden created by Charles H. Lankester in the 1940’s. The native of Southampton, England was never formally […]

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Travel Blogging Calendar 2014 – Less Skin, More Elephants!

I’m sure you remember. Last year I joined in with a a bunch of other bloggers to bare it all for charity. It was a fun project with an excellent goal.  But…well….my butt. My butt was the problem.  Preciously few people were interested in seeing that white mass hanging out there in the cold mountain […]

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I’m Off to Costa Rica!

At 6am in the morning on November 30th, I’m flying out to Costa Rica. Astonishingly, this will be my first trip to Costa Rica but my second opportunity this year to get to Central America – a part of the globe I’m totally falling in love with. Way back in June I announced that I […]

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Deforestation in Panama

EDITOR’S NOTE: I still have so much material from my first visit to Panama. Yes, I plan another visit as soon as possible – Costa Rica first however, in just three weeks!  I’ll be trickling out more from Panama over the next few months. Deforestation in Panama In January 2013 I spent several days hiking […]

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