10/04/19 - 10/06/19
MONO LAKE IN THE AUTUMN
The eastern Sierra Nevada is glorious in the fall, the air is crisp, the sky so blue. The aspen groves will be shimmering in brilliant shades of burnished gold and orange as we explore the wonders of Mono Lake and environs. This body of water is over 1 million years old – a remnant of a much larger inland lake. Its wildlife, unearthly scenery, and life-sustaining streams were recently released from hostage to the water needs of Los Angeles. Bizarre tufa towers, fantastic cinder cones, spooky lava caves, gurgling hot springs, and dramatic mountain canyons are its backdrop. We will get intimate views of California gulls, coyotes and the nearly two million eared grebes that stop here in the fall. American Avocets, Western and Least Sandpipers, Snowy Plovers, White-faced Ibises, and Dowitchers are stopping to feed on their journey south. While this is not an official photography seminar, bring your camera because the photo opportunities are incomparable. A list of accommodations is sent upon registration.
September 29 to October 1, 2020
October 2 to October 4, 2020
1/2/19 - 1/19/19
THE HOLIDAYS IN ECUADOR
My son Hunter is leading this remarkable tour of Ecuador. I have led this adventure over 25 times, and it’s time to shake things up a bit and let Hunter lead the way. He’s visited Ecuador several times and done this trip twice—you’ll be in good hands! This journey takes us to the Galapagos Islands, the Amazon, the Andes, and around the capital city of Quito. The Amazon: From Quito, we fly 30 minutes to the frontier town of Coca and travel by speedboat down the Napo River deep into the Upper Amazon Basin. Biologists think that this part of the world has had no major climatic change for 100 million years! The diversity of life is astounding: jaguars, caimans, piranhas, monkeys, sloths and more exotic tropical birds than you can possibly imagine. We will venture daily into the surrounding jungle on foot and by canoe. Best of all, there are surprising few annoying insects! The Galapagos: We then have a week in the Galapagos on one of the finest yachts in the archipelago, and we swim and snorkel every day. Our yacht carries 16 passengers so we are guaranteed an intimate visit to islands where fauna show little fear of humans. We’ll see close-up giant tortoises, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, lava lizards, fur seals—we’ll even swim with penguins and sea lions! The Andes: Back on the mainland, we will tour dramatic Quito and the Highlands (9300’ high) and surrounded by the Andes snowcapped volcanic peaks. Colorful Indian markets offer incredible shopping, and we’ll have a birding and wildflower adventure on the lower slopes of Volcano Cotachaci.
COST: $7950 land costs, $1100 single supplement. $500 non-refundable deposit
DATE: December 9th-26th, 2020
1/28/19 - 2/27/19
THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH
Tanzania, not Kenya, has the best wildlife show left on the planet, and we will be there at the peak of 1.5 million wildebeests giving birth in a 3-week period! This is in addition to viewing giraffes, elephants, lions, rhinos, leopards, gazelles, impala, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs, dik-diks, and zebras. And the birds! Flamingos, storks, pelicans, white-crowned shrikes, eagles, bee-eaters, ostriches, rollers, and so many more. Comfortable private tent camping combined with cozy lodges make this the perfect trip. Resident Tanzanian naturalists accompany us throughout our visits to Arusha National Park, the Serengeti Plain, Tarangire National Park, Olduvai Gorge, and the Ngorongoro Crater. I have been leading trips to the Serengeti every winter since 1992, and it remains my all-time favorite natural history experience. I have taken over 800 people on this safari and they have all had a phenomenal time and a life-changing experience. It remains the perfect choreographed itinerary with exquisite local guides. This is indeed the trip of a lifetime; you owe it to yourself. If not now, when? And no, it’s not too hot, and yes, the food is delicious and it is definitely glamping! All three trips are filling fast.
$9650 land cost (no change from last year) Non-refundable deposit, $500.
January 28 – February 12, 2021
February 12 – February 28, 2021
February 28 – March 14, 2021
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Michael J. Ellis
1275 4th St. #311
Santa Rosa, CA 95404-3522
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