Wow, did I have an awesome time hanging out with the Cub Scouts at the Cub-O-Ree! The event was held at the Lost Pines Scout Reserve, outside Bastrop, Texas. Among 400 wooded acres of fun and games, Scouts were taught how to set up a proper wilderness camp, briefed in first aid, learned how to […]
That’s right, Travels with Gannon & Wyatt Botswana hit the Best Sellers list in Aspen. Even better, we made the #1 spot! Patti and I would like to thank John Edwards and the wonderful staff at Explore Booksellers in Aspen, Colorado, for hosting our reading a slideshow presentation. We would also like to thank everyone […]
I just touched down in Colorado after an amazing tour of New England, where I visited dozens of bookstores and libraries from Boston, Massachusetts to Bar Harbor, Maine. One thing that jumped out as I traveled was the region’s deep appreciation of books. New Englanders love to read! Nearly every town, no matter how small, […]
Botswana has two official languages, English and Setswana. Setswana is also one of the many official languages of South Africa, and is spoken in parts of Zimbabwe and Namibia. In total, approximately 4.5 million people in Southern Africa speak the language. When we were traveling in Botswana we did our best to learn as many […]
Author, Patti Wheeler, recently dropped into the Barnes & Noble at the St. John’s Town Center in Jacksonville, Florida, and was greeted by a wonderful surprise. There, on the shelf in the middle-grade section, was Travels with Gannon & Wyatt: Botswana! Three copies sold while she was in the store and much to the delight […]
The following is a short excerpt from my safari journal. It was written in 2008 while conducting research in the Okavango Delta with Gannon, Wyatt and co-author, Patti Wheeler, for our book Travels with Gannon & Wyatt: Botswana. Shinde Camp Okavango Delta, Botswana August 28 We arrive in Maun, Botswana by way of a Botswana […]
Did you know that every zebra has its own unique set of stripes? It’s true. Their stripes are like fingerprints. No two patterns are alike. Scientists aren’t exactly sure why zebras have stripes, but most think that they are used to camouflage them from predators. When Zebras travel in herds their stripes make it hard […]
The San Bushmen are the indigenous people of southern Africa. Recent genetic studies tell us that the Bushmen are the oldest culture on earth! Dr. Ben Smith, a genetic scientist, believes the Bushmen may have been around for as long as 60,000 years. Traditionally the Bushmen are hunter-gathers. That means they live entirely off the […]
Last week, Patti Wheeler and I were interviewed by Publisher’s Weekly. We had a great conversation with Sally Lodge and she published a wonderful article that covers everything from our initial inspiration to the goals we have for the series. Thank you so much, Sally! Read the complete Publisher’s Weekly article by clicking the link […]
This morning, I heard a troubling story on the radio. According to the story, rhinos around the world are being killed in record numbers.
The story, though sad, did have a hopeful ending. Authorities are stepping up efforts to capture poachers. Recently they began using drones, small unmanned aircraft with infrared cameras, to identify poachers at night when they do most of their hunting. Once spotted, Rangers are given the poachers location so they can address the situation. Ultimately, officials believe the drone strategy will save the lives of many rhinos.