My WOW is back

National Geographic Orion

National Geographic Orion

My reflections of our cruise “From Boreno to Bali” – All I can say is WOW. Linblad and National Geographic brought the WOW back into vacationing.

I quickly realized I came unprepared for the Orion experience. I thought it was going to be more ‘expeditionlike,’ so, I packed only expedition clothes. To my surprise the other guests dressed nicely for dinner. I was only slightly horrified. I will know better next time.

It was such an honor to meet and personally talk with Dr. Galdikas, of Camp Leakey and the Orangutan Foundation. She is truly a legend in her own right. It was surreal to interact with the babies and toddler orangutans of her work.

Dr. Galdikas, of Camp Leakey and the Orangutan Foundation

Dr. Galdikas, of Camp Leakey and the Orangutan Foundation

Orangutans

Orangutans

It was wonderful to be so active on this trip. My body has not failed me yet, but it reminds me how I need to take better care of it so I can enjoy the benefits in old age.  Dennis and I decided to take this trip now because we knew we weren’t getting any younger.

Snorkeling in Pulau Setaih

Snorkeling in Pulau Setaih

To our surprise the ship was filled with active older people! The average age was around 75.  Even the ones who couldn’t get around very well came anyway and experienced the parts they could. That is one group of active older people that are living life to the fullest! I want to be like them when I grow up.

Dennis & Cindy in Bali

Dennis & Cindy in Bali

The great things I learned about myself during this trip:

• I can handle the heat if something grabs my attention.

• My weight does not hold me back.

• I don’t like guided bus tours.

• I get tired of fancy food I can’t pronounce.

• My vacation must include animal sightings, otherwise I will feel cheated.

• I absolutely LOVE snorkeling.

• Dennis and I can spend three weeks together without killing each other.

• Litter disturbs me greatly.

• I am fearless when it comes to animals.

• I want to do another Lindblad/National Geographic expedition!

 

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