Blog Posts - Animal Encounters



National Parks Birthday – 100 This Month! (Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota)

In celebration of our national park’s 100th birthday, here is Stu Patterfoot at Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota. Bison and wild horses roam the park. It was here in a parking lot, where I overheard a man asking a park ranger if...

The Chipmunk Horrors of Honey Lane

If you are anything like me, you might be of the opinion that chipmunks are very cute. They are perfectly striped critters, with amusing antics. They’re small and darling enough to hold in your hand if you could. When gathering seeds, they can...

Rescuing Elephant Orphans in Nairobi, Kenya

Kenya is without a doubt a wildlife paradise, its wilderness unparalleled and one of the few places on earth where one can admire the Big Five. But with these unique attributes come challenges, as poachers decimate herds for the ivory trade, killing...
by Viator Travel Blog on May 11, 2016

Zanzibar Island Beyond Stone Town: Top 12 Things to Do

Zanzibar has been an important commercial stop since the ancient Assyrians, with traders coming from as far as Arabia, India and the Persian Gulf. This fusion of different African, Asian and Arab influences can be seen today in the island’s archite...
by Viator Travel Blog on May 9, 2016

Plot Twists from Animal Encounters, Part 7, NY Erie Canal

Plot twists don’t have to be concerned just about circumstances, like the surprise at coming upon a wild animal. It can involve other senses, like smell. (So don’t forget to include your sensory awareness in your writings.) When we lived...

Plot Twists from Animal Encounters, Part 7, NY Erie Canal

Plot twists don’t have to be concerned just about circumstances, like the surprise at coming upon a wild animal. It can involve other senses, like smell. (So don’t forget to include your sensory awareness in your writings.) When we lived...

Plot Twists from Animal Encounters, Part 5 — Wisconsin

In the continuing examples of thinking of plot twists pulled from personal experiences, here is another story of a character (me) trying to reach a goal (a river) with a twist and conflict thrown in. I’m an early bird, rising with the sun and watch...

Plot Twists from Animal Encounters, Part 5 — Wisconsin

In the continuing examples of thinking of plot twists pulled from personal experiences, here is another story of a character (me) trying to reach a goal (a river) with a twist and conflict thrown in. I’m an early bird, rising with the sun and watch...

Plot Twists from Animal Encounters, Part 4 – Iowa

In the continuing saga of memories of Carlson animal encounters, and how these are never sought after, but add an interesting twist to our average, ordinary, normal lives, which is exactly how we writers need to think about plot twists in our stories...

Plot Twists from Animal Encounters, Part 4 – Iowa

In the continuing saga of memories of Carlson animal encounters, and how these are never sought after, but add an interesting twist to our average, ordinary, normal lives, which is exactly how we writers need to think about plot twists in our stories...

Plot Twists from Animal Encounters, Part 3 – SD Black Hills

Opportunities for plot twists can be observed in real life.

Plot Twists from Animal Encounters, Part 3 – SD Black Hills

Opportunities for plot twists can be observed in real life.

Plot Twists from Real Life Animal Encounters – SD Black Hills

Opportunities for plot twists can be observed in real life.

Plot Twists from Animal Encounters, Park 2 – Deer

Plot twists. Every editor and reader wants them. How do we think up all these plot twists? Life. Experiences. Experiencing the unusual, the unexpected. I’ve lived in many places where deer have also lived. Here in Michigan, there are three to five...

Plot Twists and Real Animal Encounters – Deer

Plot twists. Every editor and reader wants them. How do we think up all these plot twists? Life. Experiences. Experiencing the unusual, the unexpected. I’ve lived in many places where deer have also lived. Here in Michigan, there are three to five...

Plot Twists from Animal Encounters, part 1 – NY

Lately I’ve been recalling several wild animal encounters our family has had over the years. I started writing some of them down. I’m only to 10K so far, so not sure it would be enough to make a book. But I thought I’d share one of...

A Moment with the Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda

If your bucket list includes observing gorillas in the wild, Rwanda should be your destination of choice. Its mountain gorillas -- the world’s most endangered apes -- live in the Virunga Mountains across Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo...
by Viator Travel Blog on Nov 11, 2015

Winter Adventures Around the Arctic Circle

The Call of the Wild ... Jack London described a world of pure white, dangerous and exhilarating. Contrary to his time, today you can easily travel to the great northern territories of the USA and Canada and experience the thrills without the danger...
by Viator Travel Blog on Oct 5, 2015

Alpacas, Llamas & Goats at Apple Hill Farm in North Carolina

Children shriek in giddy delight as alpacas nuzzle the fence—a strange feel of Andean charm in the middle of Appalachia. Alpacas are the main attraction here on Apple Hill Farm in North Carolina, about 25 minutes from Boone, but there are also goat...
by Viator Travel Blog on Sep 10, 2015

A Month in the Jungle, Part 3: Animal Life (For Better and Worse)

During my month in the jungle of Peru, I had all kinds of animal encounters - some better than others. Here's a humourous excerpt of my experiences. The post A Month in the Jungle, Part 3: Animal Life (For Better and Worse) appeared first on The Prof...
by The Professional Hobo on Aug 3, 2015


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