Tropical jungle and raging rivers, endangered orangutans playing in the jungle and Irrawaddy dolphins splashing in the water; Borneo is a land of immense beauty home to an incredible diversity of species. Thousands of mammals, birds, reptiles, and insects live here but if you don’t take time to pause and take in your surroundings, you might miss them.
As we remain at home during these crazy times, I find myself looking back on so many wonderful travel memories. The yearning to “hit the road” hangs over me while I cook, hike, and do my daily yoga in beautiful Marin, California. I feel blessed and lucky to be able to dream of future adventures. That dream keeps me alive and full of a sense of yearning.
It had been a long run up the broad, shallow river, the color of milky tea. We were packed shoulder to shoulder, sitting on the rounded bulwarks of our Zodiacs, the rigid inflatable boats carrying us from our small expedition cruise ship, the Caledonian Sky, to our day’s adventure.
Coral reefs: The bustling underwater cities of vibrant colored structures. Bearing a resemblance to Cinque Terre with as much, if not more, drama and passion of animals fleeting around the streets. It wasn’t so long ago that we were sliding into the turquoise waters that blanket these colorful cities, bobbing around like neoprene blimps observing their day to day lives.
As Zegrahm Expeditions celebrates 30 years of adventure travel, I look back on the magic of these three decades and reflect on one of the most memorable experiences of my lifetime. It unfolded at Ifalik Atoll, Yap State, Micronesia.