Baby Elephants

It’s pretty miraculous that a developing country which is struggling to take care of its people can even think about making room for environmentalism. But Nepal is doing just that. They are actively employing solar power and non-invasive hydro-power instead of coal, and they…

Girls Work: From School to Government

The air is thick and hot and hazy. It’s ninety degrees. Mary Beth and I are in a circle of makeshift chairs. We’re outdoors on a dusty patch of ground with a dozen community leaders from this group gathered around us. We drove for eight hours…

Traveling with Record Holders

Occasionally I stop and marvel at the turns I’ve traveled on life’s path, at the amazing people I have run across and worked with. Two years ago today I was in a car with five other people for eight hours on a thin and…

The Pressure of Novelty

I often think about the effects that Western travel is having on the developing world. What if Mallory or Hillary had never decided that climbing Everest was a thing? Adventurers and explorers are amazing and I won’t talk them down, but today’s travelers come…

Facing Chitwan

When I wrote my first bits about Chitwan, the south-central tropical region in Nepal, it was raw and painful to consider sharing with you. I did it anyway because I knew then I would have something to go back and begin with once I…

Ruby Sunset

Chitwan is coming. For now, you get a sunset in the thick air of burning jungle.  

Two Stories, One Lie

The wildlife in Chitwan was amazing. There were tropical jungle beasts just like in the Jungle Book. It was a haven for elephants and rhinos and tigers, where visitors arrive and spy on the exotic, flourishing fauna in its natural habitat, in tropical Asia. There is an…

Safari in Chitwan

Elephants and birds and crocs and rhinos. Forgive the perpetual motion. Elephants are bumpy as you’ll note from a couple of the clips. Take your Dramamine now. And forgive the ridiculous parts. I’ll blame the malaria meds again. Four of us and a driver…

Photos from Chitwan National Park

Brief descriptions under each. Click photos to see them larger. Tharu woman preparing tumeric   Shepherd   Tharu elder – the tattoos on her legs describe her marital status and family life.   Feed for family or animals (don’t know which) from the jungle   Yeah….

Chitwan Burning

This is a tough one. There is so much to digest that I probably shouldn’t be writing about it yet. Chitwan is an amazing place. It has shown me things and allowed me things that wouldn’t have happened to me elsewhere in the world….