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Just 2 weeks ago I had the great good fortune of seeing elephants in their natural environment in Samburu and Maasai Mara National Reserves in Kenya. They are truly magnificent and majestic creatures.

Later in the week, I visited the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust orphanage in Nairobi adjacent to Nairobi National Park. The Shedlrick orphanage does incomparable work in rescuing orphaned elephants and returning them to the wild when they are old enough to survive on their own.

Unfortunately, too often their efforts see only tragedy as the elephant they rescued is killed by the same ivory trade responsible for it becoming an orphan in the first place.

Right now, the number of orphans at the Sheldrick facility is at a record high, indicating that poaching is not abating, but on the increase.

That evening, over a few glasses of wine on the patio of Macushla House, I was discussing the problem of ivory poaching with Shelley Waterland of the Born Free Foundation, and Dr. Clay Wilson, wildlife veterinarian and founder of the International Wildlife Rescue. Both of these individuals are on the front line working to end the decimation of elephant herds to ivory poaching.

The solution, they say, is to eliminate the end market for ivory products. The largest markets for ivory are China, Japan and, surprisingly, the Catholic Church!

That’s right — rosary beads made of ivory are much prized by Catholics worldwide. A Catholic myself, I can’t believe that any Catholic would want their prayers heard at the destruction of these beautiful and intelligent creatures of God, as seen in this video!

It would be wonderful if the Sheldrick orphanage was unnecessary, but it will be in business as long as ivory poaching remains a lucrative industry.

ImageThe elephants are back at Mfuwe Lodge in Zambia on their annual trek for their favorite wild mango treats.  Check out the pictures on the link.  After viewing the last two on the bottom row, I’ve vowed never to pick on Teezer the Golden Retriever if she has an “accident”!

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These are really cute!  I voted for Polly because I felt sorry for her. . . nobody should lose their Pirate!

Trypp abstained in protest over no pachyderm on the ballot.

 

 

 

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Above link from the Chicago Tribune is good advice on car rental insurance coverage.

One big mistake car renters make is assuming personal insurance coverage also covers a rental car.  Maybe not. . .

  • If the driver is not listed on the rental contract as an extra driver, his/her or the personal auto insurance coverage of the renter might not cover costs associated with damage to the rental.   (The more economical car insurance companies charge a fee for extra drivers, so sometimes is less expensive to go with a premium car rental company when more than one person will be driving the rental car.)
  • If damage to the rental car due to something prohibited in the rental contract (e.g., driving off-road or even a gravel or dirt road or driveway), personal car rental policies might not cover the damage.

Remember, you are liable for the deductible on your personal car insurance policy for damage to the rental car.

Do consider purchasing the car rental option with travel insurance coverage for your trip offered by companies specializing in trip insurance (TravelEx, Travel Guard, etc.).  It is often less expensive than either the liability coverage offered by the car rental companies or the deductible on your personal car insurance, but you get COMPLETE trip coverage (baggage loss and delays, refund of trip costs for covered cancellation, medical treatment and evacuation, etc.).

I can help you with insurance details for you trip, whether it be complete “cancel-for-any-reason” coverage, or just enough to cover basics, such as a car rental mishap.

Great advice from our host agency’s CEO, Robert Polk, about personal safety when traveling, especially to Mexico. http://www.cobizmag.com/articles/denver-loves-mexican-vacations

From a steamy seduction scene of double entendre to a honeymoon in the upper berth, Cary Grant and Eve Marie Saint sizzle during the cross-country train scenes in Alfred Hitchcock’s classic suspense thriller, North By Northwest.  As Grant deadpanned, “Beats flying, doesn’t it?”

Hitchcock apparently thought so, setting scenes on trains throughout his illustrious directing career on both sides of The Pond:  The 39 Steps, Strangers on a Train, Shadow of a Doubt, and The Lady Vanishes, to name just a few.  Such was the Golden Era of Streamliner travel.

Train Holidays creates the ambiance of that era with a limited opportunity for glamorous seduction North by Northwest aboard a beautifully restored 1940’s-style private Streamliner Train.  For four trips only this Summer, 30 passengers will travel the Canadian Rockies from Seattle to Banff.  The Great Western Limited rolls through majestic scenery over the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, passing through the Cascade Mountains along the Skykomish River by day.  Fully hosted, the 8-day journey includes stops with sightseeing at Whitefish, Glacier National Park, Waterton Lake, Head Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, and 4 fabulous nights in Banff.

A choice of Pullman accommodations onboard features  luxurious bedding, turn-down service and private facilities.   Sumptuous meals are freshly prepared by the onboard chef and served in the dining and lounge areas with the gracious elegance of white linen and fresh roses on each table.

The tariff includes:

  • Accommodations and all meals, wines and spirits aboard the train.
  • Overnight deluxe hotel accommodations at Grouse Mountain Lodge in Whitefish; Prince of Wales Lodge at Waterton Lake; and 4 nights at the Banff Park Lodge.
  • Daily breakfast , one day at Chateau Lake Louise; lunch at Head Smashed-In Buffalo Jump; and dinner at Le Beaujolais overlooking the Bow River.
  • Complete sightseeing including “Going to the Sun Highway” and Lake McDonald cruise at Glacier National Park; and gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain, Moraine Lake and Lake Louise, Yoho National Park while in Banff.
  • Services of a professional tour manager for entire trip.
  • Transfers to Calgary airport.

Tours depart June 24, July 22, August 19 and September 16.  Availability limited.

For complete details, quotes and reservations on this Unforgettable Journey, contact Judy Duran, CTA, 720 270-5767; durandenver@msn.com.