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What to Expect on an Overland Adventure

Simple Discoveries Exploration, Travel

Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. It’s a quote by Helen Keller that seems to be a rallying call for those bitten by wanderlust, thirsty for adrenalin, or anyone else seeking a thrilling moment of exploration. When such an adventure calls you to Africa, an overland safari may seem the best way to scratch the itch. No other …

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Fighting Extinction: Matopos Rhino Experience

Simple Discoveries Exploration, Travel

It felt like a scene you might watch on a wildlife documentary. We were stooped over, shuffling through grass and brush, our eyes darting between the powerful creature we were approaching and the tall man in khaki. We were exploring Zimbabwe’s Matopos National Park and working our way closer to a pair of African White Rhinos. A pair of African …

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Exploring Chobe National Park

Simple Discoveries Exploration, Travel

The water lapping the hull of our pontoon boat had the appearance of being peaceful. It’s silky ribbons almost tempting one to swim and escape the scorch of the Botswana sun. But these waters are also home to some of Africa’s most aggressive animals. About halfway into our overland adventure with Acacia Africa and we’re exploring the Chobe River in Chobe National …

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Namibia’s Fish River Canyon

Simple Discoveries Exploration

The crunch of the gravel road softened and with a pop and hiss the brakes on our overland safari vehicle signaled our arrival. Just three days into our 25-day adventure across southern Africa with Acacia Africa and we were gazing upon the largest canyon on the continent. The nearly 100-mile stretch of Fish River Canyon cuts across southern Namibia and for …

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Listening to Spaceships: Canberra and the Deep Space Network

James Johnson Exploration

About 35 kilometers outside of the Australian capital of Canberra a sign reads, “Help us listen to whispers from space.” Just past another sign adorned with the logos of NASA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), the sign encourages entrants to the Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex (CDSCC), part of NASA’s Deep Space …

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How Travel by Campervan is Like Exploring Space

Simple Discoveries Exploration

Planes, trains, automobiles, and…campervans. In kicking off our around-the-world adventure in New Zealand, we added a new method of transport to our list – the campervan. A simple four-wheeled vehicle retrofitted with a place to cook, eat, and sleep, all the while enabling us to explore on our schedule. No hotel check-ins or crowded tour buses…

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Antarctica: In the Footsteps of Explorers

Jayleen Guttromson-Johnson Exploration, Travel

In early 2009 I had read Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage; a story recounting the perilous 1914 Antarctic expedition of Ernest Shackleton and his crew. The book outlines elements of exploration through true stories of leadership, teamwork, dedication to a mission, and grit. All elements of exploration I tried to exemplify in my daily work. Reading…