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The Coolest Thing to do in Denmark

Are you a fan of classical music? Here is a suggestion for you: download any requiem version on your ipod or mp3 player and come on our Denmark biking tour. Be it from Mozart or Bach or Verdi – pick the one you like, or just any one random. We will visit a cathedral there, which is like nothing you have seen before. It actually is the sanctuary and “graveyard”… Continued

By Guest Bloggers /

Surfing in the Galápagos

Day 2 Galapagos- First stop was at java lava a sustainable coffee farm, they are doing great work to provide an ecological friendly coffee farm and the coffee is amazing. Next we headed to the Cerro Mesa to see the view of the islands and a collapsed volcano. But the highlight of the today had to be surfing Tortuga Bay, it was probably the coolest thing I’ve done! Walking past… Continued

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South Africa’s Kruger National Park

Located in the Northeast part of South Africa, Kruger National Park prides itself on being one of the largest game reserves in all of Africa.  It covers just over 7,500 square miles, and has been designated an International Man and Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations Education and Scientific Organization. A great destination for Safari, Kruger National Park contains all of the Big Five game animals people want to encounter. … Continued

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Goals of Traveling

While on a flight from Miami to Ecuador I was pondering why I love to travel so much and what my goals of my trip to Ecuador were. For me traveling is about new experiences, finding things I can’t find close to home, seeing new places, trying new foods, meeting new people and making memories that will last a lifetime. You won’t always remember reading this blog or what you… Continued

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Whimsical Wonders of Hiking in Yellowstone Park

Yellowstone National Park may be the closest most people ever get to another planet!  Its a place where the ground is alive, where the water in the rivers, streams and lakes boils and bubbles like the whimsical brew that you would find in a wizard or witches pot!  Its the safari of North America! A Yellowstone National Park Vacation will undoubtedly leave one dumbfounded and scratching their head as they… Continued

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The Ultimate Road Trip!

Several years ago, my friends and I were on a quest to discover a new land for us to have the ultimate adventure vacation! It’s easy to imagine why we looked westward, after years of flatland life in Ohio. We all wished to indulge in a two-week, nature based journey to celebrate the thoughts of another summer and the freedom college would soon bring. So what better way to have the time of our… Continued

By Guest Bloggers /

Saying Goodbye to Namibia

  The last day in the field was a bit uneventful by Namibia standards, but still epic none the less. The morning kicked off with a sunrise game drive just outside Etosha National Park.  The game refuge holds just about every species one would hope to see on an African Safari, all but the elephant. With Etosha National Park so close and it being the prime elephant habitat it is… Continued

By Dan Austin /

How Many Lions Can You See?

  As I get set for today’s update I realize I probably under sold last night’s camp at Otjibumbunde.   We camped at the future site of a JV Lodge.   Our hosts were the owner of the lodge, leaders from the conservancy and the builder.   We enjoyed roast lamb and fine wines well into the night. A more spectacular setting would be hard to picture.  A spring in the vast valley… Continued

By Dan Austin /

Life in Namibia

  Set out this morning deeper into the bush.  Elephants, Giraffe are becoming common place. Today we are focused more on learning about the conservancies, its product and people. We visit a camp owned by locals (wait until you see the pictures) and continue west.  In a lot of ways this area looks a lot like the American Southwest, except bigger (and with a few elephants) arid, plateaus, valleys and… Continued

By Dan Austin /

In Search of a Black Rhino

When you wake up each day with a game drive (ok smiling faces and good coffee first) is pretty tough to have a bad day. Today was no exception.  After a few days In Africa you start getting into a rhythm, perhaps its the same rhythm the locals are blessed with. We eagerly headed out early this morning.  Our goal, the endangered  Black Rhino.  Our trackers headed out first and… Continued

By Dan Austin /

African Style

So I sent off my “daily report” a bit early last night.  I left off the best part, dinner African style!  As we rallied for dinner our local guide Allen asked us to join him for a short walk under the stars to “look for scorpions”. a little odd, but we were all game.  Apparently “scorpion” is code for a walk to a traditional African fireside dinner,  complete with a… Continued

By Dan Austin /

Welcome to Damaraland

Arrived back in Windhoek early evening, just in time to catch up with our new traveling companions for the week. It was actually quite a treat to put faces to “emails”.  Some of these folks I have known for many years and actually never met.  A fascinating group, Representatives from World Wildlife Foundation (both Namibia based and stateside), an old friend from Natural Habitat (a premier tour operator), Investment bankers,… Continued

By Dan Austin /

Fun Namibia Facts

Dan here from Namibia, I just wanted to share some fun facts about Namibia… Namibia is now an independent democracy ruled by a multi party parliament, in the past it under German, British and most recently South African rule. Gaining independence in 1990 Namibia is the 5th largest country in Africa. A country of stunning contrasts, with two vast deserts; the Namib and its red sand and the Kalahari in… Continued

By Dan Austin /

Two Wheels is All You Need!

  Is there any better way of experiencing a place than cycling the back roads of a destination? I think not! Making your way to Old Faithful Geyser via bike will surely be a memorable part of your Yellowstone National Park vacations.  Cruising the rolling hills of California’s Wine Country, or the sea side trails of the San Juan Islands add an adventurous element to your trip that shouldn’t be missed. … Continued

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Life in the Namibian Desert

Headed back into the dunes, this time looking for “little” critters in Dorob NP. Namibia‘s newest National Park, founded  2010. Our guide Chris is an expert on the reptiles and insects of the region. Chris is blessed with infectious energy, passion and in depth knowledge of the area and its inhabitants. This part of Namibia saw 3mm of rain last year. A little less then normal, but plenty to “feed”… Continued

By Dan Austin /

Austria’s Hidden Gem

  Hohe Tauern National Park is highly protected in 3 different zones: the most inner zone cannot be touched by anyone, the 2nd layer is open to visit and the outermost zone is where our cycling tours head on our first day on our Austria Bike Tours – Alps to Salzburg. Our bike path leads us along the Hohe Tauern National Park in the valley surrounded by some of the highest mountains of Austria,… Continued

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Kayaking with the locals in Namibia

I could really get used to waking up by the ocean (not really practical living in Montana). We left at dawn to shuttle south to Walvis Bay where we met up with Jeannie our kayak guide. On the water early to beat any potential mid day winds was fine with us. As we drove to our launch site, we just knew we were on track for a great day.  The… Continued

By Dan Austin /

Breakfast at the dunes… My Namibian Safari

A rare east wind kicked up over night, squashing our sunrise balloon ride over the dunes.  (good excuse to come back). Sunrise over the dunes from camp is a spectacular site.   The wind stirring the rich golden grasses and the “red” sands make a contrast too good not to shoot and shoot. Why coffee, bacon and eggs taste so much better out here I have no idea, trust it does. After… Continued

By Dan Austin /

Off to the Dunes…. My Namibia Safari

A short 2 hour flight and we arrive in Windhoek. Capital city of Namibia. As promised Roger our guide is patiently waiting (with the welcome sign I so look forward too) just outside of customs. We load up our classic safari vehicle and head out for our 5 hour drive south (on well maintained gravel road) to “The Dunes”. In route, endless antelope, orix, ostrich, wildebeest and a 7ft cobra that had a… Continued

By Dan Austin /

Go Climbing in Yosemite!

            First off let me start by saying rock climbing is addicting, I just want to give everyone a fair warning! I have done a lot of sports in my day and rock climbing has to be the purest and most adrenaline pumping sport I’ve done. I used a photo of my twin brother on the left and a photo of me on the right… Continued

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Top 5 Reasons You Should Go with a Guide

A few years ago my family decided we should take a European vacation.  My cousin was living and studying in the Loire region of France and our family (3 generations!) decided we should go for a little visit.  I would never turn down an opportunity to travel, so off to France I went with the family!  The plan was to arrive in Paris, take the train to meet up with… Continued

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Arriving in Johannesburg, South Africa

It took all of 5 minutes on the ground in South Africa to forget about the 26 hours it took to get here (the last 14 straight Atlanta to Johannesburg). You see it is blatantly obvious from your very first contact with the African people, they welcome you with open arms and a warm heart.  You “glide” through customs and passport control with smiles and welcomes. With our crazy busy… Continued

By Dan Austin /

My First Adventure Vacation, Vamos a Ecuador!

I have been slowly preparing for my dream adventure to The Galapagos Islands along with a bonus land tour in Ecuador for a couple of months.  My personal schedule has been very full which probably means that I need this outing far more than I realize.  In addition to my full-time job for a cluster of radio stations, I volunteer several days a week at a wilderness park taking care… Continued

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Getting buff for my Peru adventure vacation!

It all started with a casual conversation with my daughter’s college roommate at her graduation last May. “Hey, Jacq, you should go to Peru with Kasey and me” . A couple of weeks later our group had grown from two to four, and then to five. A few more weeks down the road and our group is now seven in total, our final number ended up being eight! I love… Continued

By Carol Austin /

Namibia Here I Come!

After weeks and weeks of planning and “waiting”, its finally here,  time to pack and hit the airways and head south, way south to Namibia for our ultimate Safari tour. While I am not looking forward to close to 20 hours of flying, I can’t wait to touch down in Windhoek Namibia.  As luck would have it, I have some great friends that just happen to be there as well..… Continued

By Dan Austin /

Pika

This little fuzzy guy is a Pika! Pikas are small mammals that have short limbs and rounded ears. They kind of look like a guinea pig but they are not related to them.  They are active all year around and dart around on the rocks or travel through the snow in tunnels that they have created to/from their burrow holes. Some call the Pika a “whistling hare” because they make… Continued

By Christy Hamill /

Here I Come Peru!!

In less than two weeks, I will be embarking on the journey of a lifetime – hiking into Machu Picchu “the back way” via the Salkantay Trail with family and friends. This is a trip that has been in the workings for an entire year! I’ve been counting down the days until May 16th just like a little kid counting down to her birthday. The date of departure for my… Continued

By Kasey Austin /

Second Chance of a Lifetime

Most photographers dream of going on a African Safari, while few get the tremendous opportunity. This May I get the amazing opportunity to go take pictures in Namibia. But this isn’t my first time, for me this is a second chance. In the summer of 2010 I visited the beautiful country of Namibia with Austin-Lehman Adventures and it quickly became my favorite destination. But I had one regret, that I… Continued

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Ecuador Bound

I don’t think excited is a strong enough word for how I feel about my upcoming trip to Ecuador. I will be taking my 66 year old Dad on his first adventure vacation! We’ve done some hiking vacations before, but they were a long time ago. This will be his first full-on multisport trip at 66! I mention this becuase it is awesome, I have to give the ole man… Continued

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Austin-Lehman – Adventure Travel Guides

At Austin-Lehman our guides are our lifeline – the folks with you throughout your journey who truly make the experience. Selected for their dynamic personalities and expertise in everything from history and geology, to environmental science and marine biology. No two Austin-Lehman guides are alike. They do, however, share one thing in common: a love affair with the great outdoors.  Impassioned leaders, friends and naturalists, our guides can’t wait to… Continued

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The Smell of Lavender and Adventure

As I was putting on my hand lotion today the smell of lavender took me back to my San Juan Islands adventure vacation in August.  After our group enjoyed an amazing picnic lunch created by our guides Blair and Toby at South Beach. Which by the way, South Beach is located in American Camp that was developed during the Pig War back in 1859 between the United States and Great… Continued

By Christy Hamill /

Andy Austin- Photographer/Graphic Designer

            Andy  is a Psychology student and football player at Montana State University. He has had a passion for photography ever since he was a young boy traveling with Austin-Lehman to exotic places. In the past few years that passion has developed and continues to develop as he learns from one of the best, Dennis Coello, who has shot for ALA for many years. This… Continued

By Guest Bloggers /

The Magical Harvest Season in Napa

There is no bad time of year to be in California’s wine country, but perhaps the best time of year to plan your visit to this bountiful region is for the harvest.  The harvest in the Napa Valley begins as early as August and can continue through early November, but the prime time is October. The harvest is truly a magical time to be in wine country.  There is a… Continued

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Family Rafting Adventure on the Salmon River

What kid doesn’t love swimming, camp fire cookouts, sleeping out under the stars and water wars! Kids (and adults) of all ages are in for a treat when they launch on this exciting Idaho Family Salmon River Raft . You’ll spend the next 6 days traveling through the canyons of the Snake and Salmon River, hoot and holler while you swim the river and ride the rapids. On the banks… Continued

By Carol Austin /

South Dakota-History of the Old West

Who doesn’t just love a good story of pioneer grit and survival?!  South Dakota is home to some of the most colorful history you’ll find in the American West.  The Black Hills is home to a number of historical sites and filled with natural beauty.  I have visited the area many times and enjoy hiking and biking around this western edge of the state.  I’ve found the quiet forests to… Continued

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I Got Love For Alberta

The Canadian Rockies… Just look at that view! You’ll find the Canadian Rockies in the province of Alberta and I must say Alberta blew my mind on my last trip there. Alberta in my opinion is one of the best, if not the best place for adventure vacation packages. It is just loaded with adventure activities: hiking vacations, cycling tours, white water rafting, rock climbing and all in the most… Continued

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Richard Tooke- The Travel Maestro

Richard grew up in Montana and has been an adventure-seeker and traveler all his life.  He has backpacked and explored most of the wilderness areas of the state, fly fishing, skiing and floating rivers in his free time.  After spending two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador he became a nomadic school teacher living primarily in Montana, Hawaii, South Dakota and Chile.  He has lived and traveled all… Continued

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T-Minus 9 Days To My African Safari

Just over a week from today I will head back to the African continent and my favorite country in the world of Namibia. I pretty much always get at least a bit excited about upcoming travels, but down right ecstatic when it comes to heading to Africa…  This trip will be no exception and will highlight both new regions (Skeleton Coast and The Dunes) as well as re-visit some of… Continued

By Dan Austin /

Havasupai Memories

If you’ve never experienced the breathtaking beauty of the Havasu Canyon, you need to put this awe-inspiring place on your “to-go” list asap! The colors will astound you: the reds, oranges, and yellows of the surrounding canyon (Havasu is an offshoot of the famous Grand Canyon), the unreal blue-green waters of Havasu Creek, and the popping green of the cottonwoods in the base camp combine to form a spectacular vacation… Continued

By Kasey Austin /

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